• 05.26.10

Designing the World Cup: Coke Taps Vuvuzelas and K’naan for Inspiration

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour winds its way through South Africa on its way to the tournament’s opening match in three weeks, and marketers have begun ramping up their own World Cup promotions. From soda to athletic gear to high fashion, the World Cup is providing fodder for merchandise design, proving that sports is the world’s language — as long as you’re talking commerce. Even the soccer clueless, who can’t distinguish between Ronaldo and Drogba, will be able to get a hit of that African rhythm, as close as the mall or the grocery store.


In the next few days, we’ll take a look at how a few companies have tackled World Cup design bonanza.

Coca Cola, the official beverage sponsor of the games, began its massive roll-out of a world wide campaign months ago. With a visual identity created by the design firm Attik, the company’s signage will be distinctive and ubiquitous. “The FIFA World Cup games and trophy tour is the largest single event Coke has ever undertaken,” says Petro Kacur, a senior marketing executive with the company. The tour traveled 151,217 kilometers, over 225 days,  churning across five continents and being seen by at least half a million people.

About the author

Linda Tischler writes about the intersection of design and business for Fast Company.