I was asked by French publishing house Solar Editions to design the cover for sports journalist Thibaud Leplat’s latest book, Football à la Française. The project delves deep into the history of football in France, discussing the game’s development and just what makes French football French. Given my fascination for le histoire du foot this was just the sort of project I love, allowing me to trawl an endless archive of gallic soccer images, and learn a lot about French football’s rich and often overlooked past. The book cover’s design incorporates a collage of French soccer icons within a hexagonal grid: the pattern is both reminiscent of a goal net but also representative of the shape of France itself, which is sometimes even referred to as l’hexagone.


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