With the launch this week of Football Type, a book on typography in football, we decided to take a look back at some of our football fonts.
Football Type includes one of our earliest sports fonts, which was created for football club Tottenham Hotspur. The typeface was created as part of an overall identity review which aimed to modernise the image of the club, along with its rather dated branding. The font had to remain true to the club’s long held ideals, as well as standing the test of time and appearing to be fresh and modern.
The font we created is a characterful, all-caps, slightly serifed typeface, with a design that has its roots in the industrial age. It is designed to be a display font which can be applied to a variety of uses, from merchandising to signage and on the club’s website. The font is also an integral part of the new crest that was created during the rebrand, where the letters of “Tottenham Hotspur” have been optimised to be used on a curve in the typeface. The numerals also had to be carefully designed, as they would be used on the backs of the players’ shirts in large sizes and had to be readable even at a distance.
We had to deal with the same issue for our Puma Gaffer font, which would be used on players’ shirts. We worked with design agency GBH to provide Puma with a folded tape font for their grassroots “Make Football Anywhere” campaign. This was revisiting a successful partnership that had already seen Dalton Maag produce the Puma Pace font for the 2006 World Cup.
GBH knew that this font had to be more than just a novelty typeface so they asked Dalton Maag, as experts in type design, to create the structure of the font. We set to work creating a set of Latin characters which would then have the tape texture applied to them. This included experimenting with folding, overlapping and cutting tape to make letter shapes. The resulting typeface is both unique and legible.
A roundup of our football fonts wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the FA Cup. We were approached by Design Room to help create new branding for this well-known competition. The trophy is an iconic image itself, and the font had to work with the flowing lines of the new logo graphic that incorporated the trophy. It also had to be bold and make a strong statement, so the team at Dalton Maag used their expertise to create an angular, sans serif font.
The primary purpose of the resulting typeface was to have impact, but it was also readable and, equally importantly, distinctive. It worked well as a counterpoint to the curves of the logo without seeming out of place, or overshadowing the graphic. The new football season sees the logo being pressed into service in a wide variety of places.
And finally, Dalton Maag’s Almaq was created for use by the Qatar 2022 bid for the World Cup. The phrase “Expect Amazing”, displayed in Almaq Rough, was a key part of the bid campaign. Almaq Rough and Refined are available in our library.