Forget fashion. Forget adidas, nike and anything that claims to be original. In September 2015, 24 refugee children from Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Serbia, Albania and Romania under the age of 9-15 years took part in their first graphic design training session in order to create their own personal and very original soccer apparel.
Under the artistic direction of Timm Hartmann, the children practiced autographs, designed logos, discussed details in typography, worked out tactical moves on big A0 papers with broad markers and remembered inspiring quotes by their parents, trainers or siblings and wrote them down.
The result of their work was critiqued, color and form of the jerseys were coordinated. In order to achieve a uniform appearance in future matches, the players learnt screen printing techniques to finally put their logos onto soccer socks.
During the project the kids gained insight into creative processes as well as a graphic designer’s wide spectrum of tasks. At the same time the children practiced evaluating their own strengths, seeing their diverse backgrounds as a chance and, eventually, being a team outside the field as well.