With over 500 objects, films and interviews in sports performance, kit development, stadium design and much more, Football: Designing the Beautiful Game presents its viewer with stories of club legacies and team badges, the sport’s most important stadiums and footballing legends including Pelé, Lionel Messi, George Best and Diego Maradona.
Created in cooperation with the National Football Museum in Manchester, the exhibition is on view at the Design Museum in London until August 29 and represents the first major exhibition on the design of the world’s most popular sport. Ready to build hype as the 2022 FIFA World Cup approaches, Soccer pays homage to a game with unprecedented cultural significance and reveals how human creativity has pushed gaming to its technical and emotional limits.
Divided into five sections——Performance, Identity, Crowds, Spectacle and Play——the captivating exhibition begins by looking at performance through the lens of football equipment design and production over its 150 years of history. history, including efforts to design new tools to allow teams to play longer, faster and more consistently.
An immersive setting brings out well-known elements of the stadium’s architecture, from the player’s tunnel to the stands, while visitors can relive the feeling of being part of a matchday crowd via a stadium reconstruction in the area “Crowds”. The Hillsborough disaster is alluded to, with survivor Peter Carney designing an emotional commemorative banner which can be seen in the ‘Identity’ section.
Examine the oldest FA Cup and a set of World Cup posters, listen to archived radio clips that transport you through the sport’s history and discover a specially commissioned soundtrack by Coda to Coda, which plays the vocals fans and players of the highest professional levels. football down to the local level.
With an estimate that more than half of the world’s population (around 3.5 billion people) watched a game of the FIFA World Cup in 2018, football is unquestionably the most popular sport in the world. , with a dedicated fan base and a truly international reach. For everyone, from fanatical supporter to part-time bettor or sports skeptic, Football: Designing the Beautiful Game showcases how design has shaped the world’s most popular sport; visitors were able to experience the remarkable design stories behind the beloved game.