2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 15

25 June, 2010 at 04:59 (GMT+01:00)

By Mr C.

Yesterday, reigning World Cup champions Italy, were unceremoniously dumped out of this year's competition. Defeated 3-2 by Slovakia, in what must be considered the match of the tournament thus far. There were tears and everything.

Sidepodcast F1: Four years ago Jarno Trulli was celebrating Italy's triumph in the 2006 World Cup.

Credit: Toyota Motorsport GmbH

Four years ago Jarno Trulli was celebrating Italy's triumph in the 2006 World Cup.

I guess the Italian contingent of the F1 paddock will be less than cheerful in Valencia today. C'mon, even England managed to make the final 16, although admittedly under the watchful eye of our, erm, Italian manager.

A time for unity

Are you ready for your next instalment of World Cup Typography yet? Good, because the timely Font Feed have even more brilliant insight to offer. This time looking at the work of Brazilian designer, Yomar Augusto.

Augusto designed the Unity set for Adidas, makers of the controversial Jabulani ball. In fact the revised ball, which caused so many negative headlines early on in the tournament, served as inspiration for the Unity typeface. The rounded-triangle shaped panels that make up the ball, forming an essential part of each elements design.

Next time you see a player on the pitch, pay special attention to the number on his shirt and shorts, as well as the writing on the Jabulani. All of those characters come from the Unity typeface, with the numerals 6, 8, and 9 taking their cue directly from the ball players are kicking about the field. Typography, eh?

About those matches

We have four more games to look forward to today, and they shape up as follows:

  • North Korea v Ivory Coast - 15:00 (GMT+1)
  • Portugal v Brazil - 15:00 (GMT+1)
  • Chile v Spain - 19:30 (GMT+1)
  • Switzerland v Honduras - 19:30 (GMT+1)

I'm hoping Spain do well out of those, if only because a grumpy Spaniard driving for a grumpy Italian team, might be just too much to bear during the course of the weekend.

Go Fernando Spain!

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