Office of
Ricardo Santos

Graphic design. Illustration. Kindness.
Lisbon → World.

Graphic design. Illustration. Kindness.
Lisbon → World.

Around the World Cup

❒ posters, research
↳ 2018
↳ 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.

Croatia poster
Mexico poster
Russia poster: Kolobok Saudi Arabia poster: Kabsa Egypt poster: Ouroboros Uruguay poster: Boleadoras Portugal poster: Initiation Well Spain poster: Lady of Elche Morocco poster: Zellige Iran poster: Sheikh Loftollah Mosque Dome France poster: Cénotáphe à Sir Isaac Newton Australia poster: Circles/Dots in Aboriginal Art Peru poster: Tumi Ceremonial Knives Denmark poster: Trundholm Sun Chariot Argentina poster: Cockade of Argentina Iceland poster: Helm of Awe Croatia poster: Pag Lace Nigeria poster: Talking Drum Brazil poster: Brazilian Cheese Bread Switzerland poster: Swiss Railway Clock Costa Rica poster: Stone Spheres Serbia poster: Seal of Strojimir Germany poster: Nebra Sky Disk Mexico poster: Aztec Calendar Stone Sweden poster: Ericsson Globe South Korea poster: Buk Belgium poster: Brussels Sprouts Panama poster: Pintao Hat Tunisia poster: Tlila Jewelry England poster: Winchester Round Table Poland poster: Polish Paper Cutouts Senegal poster: Wolof Calabash Kitchenware Colombia poster: Poporo Quimbaya Japan poster: Temari Balls

Russia poster: Kolobok Saudi Arabia poster: Kabsa Egypt poster: Ouroboros Uruguay poster: Boleadoras Portugal poster: Initiation Well Spain poster: Lady of Elche Morocco poster: Zellige Iran poster: Sheikh Loftollah Mosque Dome France poster: Cénotáphe à Sir Isaac Newton Australia poster: Circles/Dots in Aboriginal Art Peru poster: Tumi Ceremonial Knives Denmark poster: Trundholm Sun Chariot Argentina poster: Cockade of Argentina Iceland poster: Helm of Awe Croatia poster: Pag Lace Nigeria poster: Talking Drum Brazil poster: Brazilian Cheese Bread Switzerland poster: Swiss Railway Clock Costa Rica poster: Stone Spheres Serbia poster: Seal of Strojimir Germany poster: Nebra Sky Disk Mexico poster: Aztec Calendar Stone Sweden poster: Ericsson Globe South Korea poster: Buk Belgium poster: Brussels Sprouts Panama poster: Pintao Hat Tunisia poster: Tlila Jewelry England poster: Winchester Round Table Poland poster: Polish Paper Cutouts Senegal poster: Wolof Calabash Kitchenware Colombia poster: Poporo Quimbaya Japan poster: Temari Balls