As Ireland get set to take on Gibralter in Faro in the first of two Euro 2016 qualification games, Dundalk-based design studio Grandson deliver a double set of posters in the latest of our ongoing Matchday series. In what will likely be three points against the part-timers for the Boys in Green, a sterner test will follow in the game against Georgia three days later at home in Dublin.
Grandson are a progressive and multidisciplinary design studio based in Dundalk (the home of the League of Ireland champions).
They are passionate about good design and football.
This design uses a lyric from The Stone Roses song ‘Made of Stone’, which the guitarist John Squire says is about “making a wish and watching it happen. Like scoring a goal in a cup final… on a Harley Electra Glide… dressed as Spider-man”. The song is about fantasising, which is something most football fans are all too familiar with. Using this particular lyric is also a subtle nod to the oppositions most famous landmark, The Rock of Gibraltar.
“I didnt want to go down the Sky Sports/Michael Mann route with smoke, fireworks and overlays – instead I went for analogue “Olé’s”
“The concept was to keep it typographic and flat, using the stylings of a tactics board or a Subbuteo felt pitch.”
“Also the first thing you think of with Irish football is ‘Olé’ – repeated four times. At every gig or every high point in Irish life or culture. Forever.”