Swindon Town vs Bradford City: Here We Go Again…
Help us to promote Town matches so we can fill the County Ground by printing out our posters to display at school, college, work etc
As some of you may be aware I (Brendan Hobbs) like to dabble in the world of graphic design. I enjoy nothing more than a good night in, with a bottle open and my headphones on whilst I endlessly dick about with the various graphic design packages that overcrowd my laptop.
I class myself as a low-rent amateur hobbyist, my output is wholly designed to amuse and entertain one person – and that’s me.
Sometimes I’m quite brave (or drunk) and ping stuff out on twitter in some vague attempt to impress others. I am also responsible for the graphics on this site and some of the early Trust STFC banners, membership cards etc. So in short, I try.
Last year, in some sort of confused response to the deafening silence coming out of the CG, I designed a few promotional match posters – inspired by the efforts made by Lewes FC. The feedback was mixed, sometimes it was warmly received and this ‘beauty’ even got me air-time on BBC Wiltshire Sound. However, sometimes it was not so good, like this one and I quote, ‘Not what we’d expect from a family club’. I did do a male version to avoid the sexism card but that didn’t fare much better.
I continued undeterred and I fired a few more out when I could be bothered.
This year, I felt the clubs outward communication hadn’t really improved, so I decided to do one for every home league game this season, I informed Ron (the Washbag editor) and Steve Mytton (TrustSTFC chair) of my plan, to be honest I did this whilst in a bit of a drunken fug, before I’d really thought about it – and then could obviously not back down.
I’ve already completed most of them, although I was a bit worried when Coops tenure was a bit ‘up in the air’ during pre-season, as he’s the cover star for two of them. I’ve recycled a couple from last year, sadly not the prostitute calling card though. Some of them are ok, some of them are a bit lame, but I amused myself and that’s the main thing.
Those familiar with my style with probably expect lots of stencilling and layered messy spray paint – basically just dirty, grimy, spattered affairs, so therefore I’ve attempted tried to mix it up a bit with some neat lines and clarity. Saying that, my first effort is quite typical of my normal output.
So here I present my Bantam effort, feel free to print off and put on notice boards, backs of cars etc. (But keep it legal people!) With this piece I tried to strike a sombre, yet uplifting, perhaps hopeful tone, not sure if I succeeded….. enjoy.