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Glory Glory

Graphic Design, Type / Typography

Posted by Rachael Steven, 13 August 2013, 16:04    Permalink    Comments (9)

Designers Nick Blakeman, Alex Brown and Craig Oldham have curated an exhibition of typographic posters based on football chants, on display tonight in East London.

More than 60 studios and designers from the UK and Europe have contributed to the project including Spin, AGI, Commercial Type's Paul Barnes, Oslo studio Heydays and Amsterdam's Experimental Jetset.

“There's quite a rich DIY aesthetic to football – a lot of people lament the old fanzines and match day programmes. But on a professional level, many designers feel that football design just isn't as good as it should be. Nick and Alex wanted to start a conversation about this, so we invited people to design a chant. The response has been overwhelming,” says Oldham.

The show runs for just one night but giclee prints of the posters and an accompanying book (below) featuring articles by Oldham, Jeremy Leslie and CR editor Patrick Burgoyne will be available to buy online, with all proceeds going to British Blind Sport.

Posters range from two colour prints depicting local team rivalries to one by Dave Sedgwick made up of 250 football boot studs on acrylic and laser etched wood.

“We didn't set many restrictions – designers were free to include a whole chant or just part of one on whatever material they liked. The only requirement was that the poster could be adapted into a print. We've got things printed on wood, foil, in two colours and four colours, and some unusual stock, so it's a very mixed bag,” adds Oldham.

Glory Glory opens at 6pm at Hoxton Arches, 37 Cremer Street, London, E2 8HD. For more information visit

Images (from top): posters by Design Studio, Change is Good, The Chase, Founded and NB Studio.

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i can't find Charlie Brooker's perfect rant imagining country music as an equally populist cultural phenomenon as football, so this will have to do.
graham wood
2013-08-13 19:53:33

Fantastic idea!
Matt Taylor
2013-08-14 08:42:25

Great to be involved and all for a good cause.
Greig Anderson
2013-08-14 12:02:30

I believe there were well over 250 submissions in the end. Looking forward to seeing the online archive. Great project and an excellent cause.
Barnaby Firth
2013-08-14 15:38:30

Glad to be part of this. Great event. Well done everyone involved.
Dave Sedgwick
2013-08-14 15:40:56

Only just spotted this, looks great. I would have submitted some Sheffield United prints if I'd heard in advance.
Alex Szabo-Haslam
2013-08-14 19:41:49

Yusuf Gündoğdu
2013-08-15 01:16:56

Is "Glory, Glory" a reference to the early Underworld Mk I track? Or was that in itself a reference to a football chant?
Stefan G. Bucher
2013-08-21 06:55:51

2013-08-27 14:40:24

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