Face Off

Title Face Off
Year 2010
Size H 1189 x W 841 mm
Technique 4 colour screenprint on 120 grams/m2 Natronkraft paper
Edition 20 signed and numbered prints out of 70 prints total

Detail at 100%

About to take off on a working-tour visiting a series of universities and colleges around the Great Lakes area (Toronto, Gatineau, Montreal, Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo), I was looking for a visual metaphor to announce my visit to both the US and Canada.

Browsing through my archive I recalled having seen this Super Chexx arcade game in a bar close to Northeastern University campus when I lived in Boston spring 2006. Competition, maybe even animosity between the nations, that was it of course!

2010 Winter Olympic Team USA/ 2010 Winter Olympic Team Canada official jerseys

Hockey jerseys are part of a true fan-cultus in North America, and way beyond the European love for soccer gear. I love the bold graphic styling, and the use of classic college type. Great source material.

Image Wikipedia

The layout of an ice hockey rink: an instant grid for a poster.

Logos found on Chris Creamer’s excellent sportlogos.net (Canada) provided the players and audience for a graphic hockey game. This doesn’t mean all logos necessarily have belong to ice hockey. The eagle ‘coach’ for example, is from the Philadelphia Eagles, a NFL American football club…

Comic inspired type found on MyFonts matches an aggressive but cute warning sign.

Instead of hockeysticks…

Endless finetuning of colour separations… Things have become a little too complicated!

And tracing sportslogos also is interesting material for a vector-drawing-speed-class, as Matt Soar’s Concordia University’s students experienced during my trip.

September 9th, 2010
, Posted in Posters