“Football just isn’t what it used to be, is it”… are often the words uttered by the ageing football fan. They miss standing areas at grounds, smoke filled pubs with sticky carpets, a piping hot pie and a match day programme all for no more than a few quid. The graphics are all now corporate, polished and shiny. Over simplified, rounded and with little character. Shirt production costs see a focus on the digital print rather than the glory years of flocking for the badge and sponsor. ‘Sigh’.
But fear not – there is one man who is determined to remind us of the origins a football club’s humble beginnings and reminding us of a simpler, (probably crapper) time. But in these strange times, of face masks and toilet roll bulk buying, we’ve never probably needed Dan Norris more.
Dan, a graphic designer working in London with a love of pop culture, film and football has been focusing his attentions on the world of football iconography. A passion for visual storytelling – Dan is reminding us all of the days of cheaper turnstile entries and the days before betting company sponsorships. One re imagined crest at a time.
We caught up with Dan, to tell us more about his on-going work that aims to grab the attention and lives in the memory for supporters across the globe.
CK: First things first, Dan – who do your support?
Dan: I’m a Queens Park Rangers Supporter - it was hereditary passed to by my Dad and I thank him regularly!
My generation of supporters (80’s/90s kid) have experienced the highs of being London’s top team in the premier league and the lows of entering administration. I’m grateful now the owners and management are striving to move the club forward in a more sustainable way after our recent ill-fated forays into the Premie League.