The World Cup in Brazil might be over, but these stunning instances of art, design, and photography will always remain.
Simon Prades | Moment of the Match
In a project for The New Republic, Illustrator Simon Prades transformed a defining moment from (almost) every day of the tournament into a stunning work of art.
Cristiano Siqueira | ESPN Poster Series
ESPN commissioned Brazilian graphic designer, Cristiano Siqueira, to create a poster series depicting each of the 32 nations competing in the 2014 World Cup. Each poster highlights between one and three players and dons the common nickname for each nation. There’s not a whole lot more that needs to be said about these. The work is truly remarkable and one of our favorite collections from this year’s tournament.
I Love Dust | #RiskEverything & #BecauseFutbol
Our friends at I Love Dust created some amazing work during this World Cup. In addition to creating great cover art for our USMNT Mixtape, they churned out amazing creative work for the likes of Nike, Pepsi, and official World Cup sponsors Hyundai. You can find more of their work here.
Maan Design Studio | World Cup Stamps
Maan is an independent studio formed by a group of designers based in Vila do Conde, Portugal. To celebrate the World Cup, Maan created a beautiful collection of commemorative stamps. The concept for this self-initiated stamp collection is based around the travel of the 32 participating nations playing matches in twelve cities across Brazil.
Richard Swarbrick | World Cup Animation
Richard Swarbrick is an artist and filmmaker based in London. Though we were familiar with Swarbrick’s work prior to the tournament, his animated game highlight videos were simply fantastic.
Steve McGarry | Real-Time Illustrations
Steve McGarry is an established illustrator and cartoonist based in Southern California. With a history of football illustrations it may come as no surprise to some that he took the World Cup as an opportunity to release more great work. McGarry created a series of real-time illustrations as the tournament unfolded and the results did not disappoint.
Matt Diffee | The New Yorker
Matt Diffee is a Los Angeles based cartoonist for The New Yorker. Diffee covered the World Cup for the magazine in the form of a series of illustrations, or “Diffee Doodles.” There were plenty of great ones to choose from, but none more pleasing than this Tyson x Suarez combo.
Paolo Ito | Street Art
If you watched the World Cup (or was on the Internet in the month of June) you saw this image. Ito’s piece really stuck with us (so much so that we made a video about him and his work with VICE Sports.
Rizon Parein X Tokyo | NEONMUNDIAL
Thanks to our friend Kimou, we were pleased to come across the very unique NEONMUNDIAL project. NEONMUNDIAL is the first collaboration of creative 3D designer Rizon Parein and TOKYO, a Belgium based graphic design studio. The project nicely combines TOKYO’s distinct illustration style and Rizon’s 3D and design skills.
Leonardo Finotti | The Soccer Fields of Sao Paulo
The Wall Street Journal published a fantastic photo series by noted architectural photographer Leonardo Finotti sharing aerial shots of fields in Sao Paulo.
Mandy Barker | Penalty
While Mandy Barker’s excellent photo series, Penalty, isn’t directly tied to Brazil’s World Cup, the timing was perfect. Barker, a graphic designer turned photographer, conceived this project to raise “awareness about the problem of marine plastic pollution that exists in World oceans, using the single plastic object of a football to represent the issue on a global scale.” With the help of a dozen friends, Barker traveled the World collecting marine debris footballs from various beaches.
Eugene Kan | Hypebeast
Hypebeast’s Eugene Kan captured some incredible images of the World Cup, taking viewers from the stands of the Maracanã, behind the scenes in locker rooms, and to the streets of Rio de Janeiro.