Office of
Ricardo Santos

Graphic design. Illustration. Kindness.

Graphic design. Illustration. Kindness.
Lisbon → World.
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Around the World Cup

posters, research
studio project

Using the FIFA World Cup as an excuse to research, learn about and share cool little-known facts about the contesting countries, Around the World Cup is a 32 poster initiative by graphic designer Ricardo Santos with the help of countless kind and helpful internet strangers.

The initial idea was to present some sort of spherical artifact for each country — a wink to the football ball. The inevitable constraints of reality broadened that concept to round, cylindric or semicircular stuff — anything that mildly resembled a circle.

Ideas for each poster were sourced from the kind folks on that country’s sub-reddit, without whom this endeavor wouldn't have been possible. The texts are mostly adapted from Wikipedia and the images sourced from Wikicommons; thus, these posters are a testament to the power and vibrancy of the Creative Commons movement. A huge thanks is due to everyone, credited and anonymous, who somehow contributed to these posters.

The choice of each poster’s subject was entirely mine and based mostly on my own subjective interests and curiosity. There were instances in which I'd have liked to go another direction but insufficient information and/or visual material and time restraints prevented so.