Have you got football withdrawals now the World Cup is over having been transfixed by Brazil 2014 and the media storm including Roy’s Boys early return? Well the Graphic Design and Illustration programme at Liverpool School of Art and Design have produced their first project titled I Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me which takes a critical look at ‘the beautiful game’ through the lens of graphic design and illustration practice using Risography.
The publication and exhibition consists of a collection of artwork designed in response to an essay titled ‘The World Cup and Its Pomps’ written by Italian scholar, writer and semiotician Umberto Eco in 1978. Eco links football ‘with the absence of purpose and the vanity of all things’ and concludes with Eco asking rhetorically ‘Is the armed struggle possible on World Cup Sunday…Is revolution possible on a football Sunday?’
‘Each World Cup produces its own mascot or character. Football on its own is not enough. The vuvuzela in South Africa was the nadir of World Cup merchandising.’
The publication has been produced as a limited edition of 90 all printed in-house using the course’s Risograph printer using 4 colour ink on a B5 format including throw-out and tip-in’s designed by Jon Spencer featuring artwork by illustrators Chris Brown, Chris Rodenhurst, Ben Jones, Matthew Johnson, Cecelia Garside and Mike O’shaughnessy and graphic designers Anthony Ellis, James Quail, Jon Spencer, Ian Mitchell and Chris Jackson. The publication is available to buy for £5 from http://www.idontlovesoccer.co.uk, we have already got our hands on a copy!
The project was launched with an exhibition at Bold Street Coffee Liverpool and there is also project website which has been designed and built by Chris Jackson, go check it out.