James Campbell Taylor’s series of World Cup posters represents a beautiful, retro-tinged tour through history. Each poster evokes not only the particular historical moment in which the tournament was held, but also the sense of place for each host country.
As Taylor alluded to in our interview, his poster series is a sort of reaction to the corporatized spectacle football has morphed into.
I dislike how the corporate world has infiltrated football, just as it has everything else, particularly as I’m now old enough to remember [a] time when things were a little different. My series of World Cup posters was a reaction to this. With each poster I wanted to evoke a period and a place through graphic design that was neither corporate nor resorted to tired cliché. I think it’s important to have a good sense of history; that’s true for designers as much as anyone else. I enjoy placing examples of graphic design in their historical context, and seeing how styles vary between genres and eras. It’s incredible to me that a choice of typeface or subtle design flourish can suggest a very specific time and place. We all respond to these details whether we know it or not.
Click through the gallery and take a guided tour through World Cups past. All posters are available as prints through Taylor’s Society6 storefront.
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