Are You Ready For Some Futbol?

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A Typographical Quirk at the World Cup

About 25 years ago, when I was working as a book editor, I was introduced to the concept of a ligature. That’s the typographic term for what happens when two letters or characters are joined together in a single glyph or symbol, like in the examples shown at right (further info here).

Ligatures . . . → Read More: A Typographical Quirk at the World Cup

As The World Cup Begins the Knockout Stage...

By Phil Hecken

The World Cup has been progressing swimmingly (OK, perhaps if you’re a fan of Portugal, England, Italy or a dozen or so other teams, maybe not so swimmingly).

We know who won the games played on the pitch — but who won in the uniform department? Some teams wore . . . → Read More: As The World Cup Begins the Knockout Stage…

Building a Better Soccer Ball

[Editor's Note: Paul is on vacation, but here's a piece he left for your enjoyment.]

Back around February, I had a great idea: Since soccer ball designs are constantly being changed and updated, I’d run a ball-redesign contest on ESPN, similar to the uni-redesign contests that I’ve been doing for years. And I’d run . . . → Read More: Building a Better Soccer Ball