PYTHAGORAS IN BOOTS

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I studied product design in college and Dutch design has always interested me. I hadn’t dedicated a detailed illustration to Johan Cruyff yet and It occurred to me that one of the the most famous Dutch products is the ‘Cruyff Turn’ which would in turn make Cruyff a designer himself. If I could infuse a print of him with some Dutch design principles this observation could come full circle. The Dutch have the ability to make fun of themselves and their work has a way of combining things that usually don’t combine at all. So here I tried to illustrate this by visually incorporating his nickname, Pythagoras in Boots, into his playing style.

These three versions show Cruyff’s time at Ajax, Barca and playing for his national team. I hope you enjoy them! :)

Pythagoras in Boots - Catalan variant
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I studied product design in college and Dutch design has always interested me. I hadn’t dedicated a detailed illustration to Johan Cruyff yet and It occurred to me that one of the the most famous Dutch products is the ‘Cruyff Turn’ which would in turn make Cruyff a designer himself. If I could infuse a print of him with some Dutch design principles this observation could come full circle. The Dutch have the ability to make fun of themselves and their work has a way of combining things that usually don’t combine at all. So here I tried to illustrate this by visually incorporating his nickname, Pythagoras in Boots, into his playing style. High-res

Pythagoras in Boots - Catalan variant

Click here or on image to secure a print

I studied product design in college and Dutch design has always interested me. I hadn’t dedicated a detailed illustration to Johan Cruyff yet and It occurred to me that one of the the most famous Dutch products is the ‘Cruyff Turn’ which would in turn make Cruyff a designer himself. If I could infuse a print of him with some Dutch design principles this observation could come full circle. The Dutch have the ability to make fun of themselves and their work has a way of combining things that usually don’t combine at all. So here I tried to illustrate this by visually incorporating his nickname, Pythagoras in Boots, into his playing style.

FOOTBALL PHILOSOPHIES

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I’ve been capturing various well known footballing philosophies in a minimalist style over the last year. So far I’ve illustrated the fortress like Catenaccio, the myriad of passing triangles that is Tiki Taka, the dynamic Total Football and now my latest is a nod to Brazilian culture’s close links to both football and music. I drew a parallel between the strings on a guitar, an instrument used in Samba music, and the free form creative way in which Brazil line out.

Pythagoras in Boots
I studied product design in college and Dutch design has always interested me. I hadn’t dedicated a detailed illustration to Johan Cruyff yet and It occurred to me that one of the the most famous Dutch products is the ‘Cruyff Turn’ which would in turn make Cruyff a designer himself. If I could infuse a print of him with some Dutch design principles this observation could come full circle. The Dutch have the ability to make fun of themselves and their work has a way of combining things that usually don’t combine at all. So here I tried to illustrate this by visually incorporating his nickname, Pythagoras in Boots, into his playing style.
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Pythagoras in Boots

I studied product design in college and Dutch design has always interested me. I hadn’t dedicated a detailed illustration to Johan Cruyff yet and It occurred to me that one of the the most famous Dutch products is the ‘Cruyff Turn’ which would in turn make Cruyff a designer himself. If I could infuse a print of him with some Dutch design principles this observation could come full circle. The Dutch have the ability to make fun of themselves and their work has a way of combining things that usually don’t combine at all. So here I tried to illustrate this by visually incorporating his nickname, Pythagoras in Boots, into his playing style.

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I am currently reading Zlatan’s autobiography. He had a fairly hard upbringing, (war torn home country, broken home, trouble at school and with the law). His home place, Rosengard Tower Block seemed to help him hone is skills and was integral to the development of his style of play. I wanted to show where he came from as it is usually the most important aspect of a player. 
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I am currently reading Zlatan’s autobiography. He had a fairly hard upbringing, (war torn home country, broken home, trouble at school and with the law). His home place, Rosengard Tower Block seemed to help him hone is skills and was integral to the development of his style of play. I wanted to show where he came from as it is usually the most important aspect of a player. 

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