Thursday, July 19, 2012
LE TOUR ON FIRE
If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I am a reasonably big sports junkie. In the last couple of years, I have turned my athletic interests to the Tour de France, an epic bike race that lasts three weeks, covers over 2,170 miles and has been likened to running several marathons a week (for all three weeks) and climbing three Mount Everests. Intense! I also like it, of course, because the best climber (aka the 'King of the Mountains') of each stage gets to wear this sweet red polka dot jersey.
This year's race has been particularly exciting: lots of impressive performances and even intrigue! One stage was rocked by flat tires caused by tacks a spectator had thrown on the road. Scary.
But what does this have to do with art, design and all things obsessive imagist? Well I recently stumbled upon these beautiful Tour de France posters created by Neil Stevens, brilliant mind behind the Crayonfire studio, which feature typographic and illustrative designs of each stage of the race, all while capturing the drama and excitement of it all. I may just have to pick up one of these posters for my tour-obsessed Dad or Dad-in-Law . . .
Check out all of the designs for 2012 here and the rest of his portfolio here.