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Football: Designing the Beautiful Game
The exhibition explores the story behind football, unpicking how design has been used to push the game to new limits. Take a journey through over 500 objects, films and interviews in sporting performance, kit development, and stadium design and immerse yourself in the stories of club legacies and game legends including Messi, Pelé, George Best and Diego Maradona.
Produced in partnership with the National Football Museum in Manchester, the show reveals the master-planning of the world’s most significant football stadiums, the design innovation used in today’s boots, how the graphic design of team badges, kits and posters shape a club's identity and how grassroots initiatives are pushing back against the sport’s commercialisation.
As the world’s most popular sport, football has a truly international dedicated fan base. It is estimated that more than half the population of the planet watched the FIFA World Cup in 2018. Join us for a rare insight into the people and processes that have made football what it is today.
Discover the beautiful game
To celebrate the exhibition, Arsenal legend Ray Parlour goes head-to-head with world champion freestyler Andrew Henderson to answer the question: ‘Is today’s football kit really better than its past designs?’ From free-kicks to dribbling, the pair faced a series of challenges to see how kit from the 1920s compare to today’s designs.
Online booking is advised but tickets will also be available to buy on the door. Last entry to the exhibition is 90 minutes before the museum closes.
Adult tickets from £16.80
Student tickets from £12.50
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Other concession tickets are available.
Present your exhibition entry ticket for 10% off food and drink at London Grade Coffee located on the ground floor.
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Programmed to celebrate our Football: Designing the Beautiful Game exhibition, Design Museum Director Tim Marlow discusses the illustrious career of one of the biggest names in football, Gary Lineker.
Join this football inspired hands-on workshop to design and print your own vintage poster working with traditional lino cutting techniques.
Take Football Home
The exhibition catalogue features contributions from figures across the world of football and design, from analyst Statman Dave and broadcaster Martin Tyler, to architect Jacques Herzog and VP of design at adidas Sam Handy. The diverse perspectives reveal the extraordinary richness of the game’s design legacy and cast new light on its future. Buy online or pick up your copy at the exhibition shop. Click and collect at the museum or home delivery options are available on the Design Museum Shop website.
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The National Football Museum originally opened in Preston in 2001. After investment from the European Regional Development Fund, the museum opened in Manchester in July 2012 and has played host to a range of popular and thought-provoking exhibitions celebrating football’s role and impact in wider society.