Commemorative stamps are a great way for countries all over the world to capitalize upon national pride, and there's no greater opportunity to showcase that pride than during the World Cup. But from a design perspective, most World Cup stamps aren't very classy.

In fact, they're clichéd. At best, they might feature a triumphant player, or a soccer ball sailing into a goal. And at worst? These bizarre commemorative stamps from North Korea.

But maybe it doesn't have to be this way. Portuguese graphic design studio MAAN thought that World Cup stamps didn't have to be bereft of imagination, or sophisticated design skills.

And so they came up with a series of World Cup Stamps that create an abstract tribute to the game, without a single grunting player or FIFA game ball in sight.

Each of MAAN's World Cup Stamps is based on a diagonal grid system of multi-colored polygons, which the designers say is meant to give the stamps a visual rhythm while also implying the movement of the game.

Although when combined, the polygons evoke the national flag of each World Cup team, they also imply the movement of players running diagonally up and down a soccer pitch.

MAAN's World Cup Stamps are undeniably beautiful, but we can't help but wonder if they're a little too abstract for their own good.

These are subtle tributes to the hidden geometry of a beautiful game, but most people don't love soccer for its subtlety.

They love it for the adrenaline rush, something these stamps fail to capture.

You can see more image online at the World Cup Stamps Tumblr.

Beautiful Stamps Reveal The Hidden Geometry Of The World Cup

Portuguese design studio MAAN proves that commemorative soccer stamps can be compelling, not cliché.

Commemorative stamps are a great way for countries all over the world to capitalize on national pride, and there's no greater opportunity to showcase that pride than the World Cup. But from a design perspective, most World Cup stamps frankly aren't so classy. At best, they feature a triumphant player or a soccer ball sailing into a goal. And at worst? These bizarre commemorative stamps from North Korea.

It doesn't have to be this way. Portuguese graphic design studio MAAN doesn't think so either. Their series of World Cup stamps are an abstract tribute to the game, without a single grunting player or FIFA game ball in sight.

Each of MAAN's World Cup Stamps is based on a diagonal grid system of multi-colored polygons, which, the designers say, create a visual rhythm while nodding to the movement of the game. When combined, the polygons evoke the national flag of each World Cup team. As for the implied movement, think players running diagonally up and down a soccer pitch.

MAAN's World Cup Stamps are undeniably beautiful, but we wonder if they're a little too abstract for their own good. These are subtle tributes to the hidden geometry of a beautiful game, but most people don't love soccer for its subtlety. They love it for the adrenaline rush, which these stamps fail to capture.

You can see more image at the World Cup Stamps Tumblr.

[H/T Slate]

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