FootyGraphic began in 2012 as a Twitter page between two friends. Initially known as FIFA Wall, the project soon ended and Joeri continued designs to form FootyGraphic. The 20-year-old student from the Netherlands has since racked up thousands of followers on Twitter with his eye-catching edits and designs. One of the best designers on Twitter, I had to speak to Joeri.
What sort of football designs do you do?
"I make football edits, so I just get pictures and change the setting or add effects to them!"
How did you get into designing?
"I was always looking for new wallpapers for my favourite club and messed around with Paint (yeah, I know). The older I got, the better software I used so I went to paint.net. After that, I continued to Photoshop. I started with a friend on Twitter with an account about FIFA and design where I took part of the design. From there, I’ve also added Facebook and Instagram accounts as well as my website."
What do you love the most about doing what you do?
"Getting in touch with other people! I love helping out with others, giving and getting feedback. It’s also really cool seeing people use your work, getting pictures of people using your work or actually seeing people with phone cases with your design on it. I’m a big fan of Willem II Tilburg and I’ve had a few times where my graphics were displayed on a billboard around the stadium."
What is your favourite edit you have made?
"I think this (image displayed) is my favourite. It didn’t really get popular but I think it’s the best one I’ve made and therefore my favourite."
Which of your tweets has gained the most popularity?
"I think this (image displayed) Schweinsteiger one. I saw a Sky Sports message and knew this would become huge news so I made an edit as soon as I could. My tweet didn’t get that much RT’s, but it was widely used on websites and pages by journalists all over the world."
Which other designers do you admire?
"I admire @DanielHardman, @F_Edits, @DesignFootyIG and @CMillustrations. There are a lot of other great designers but I chose these four because, besides their designing skills, they also helped me a lot to improve as a designer."
What sort of skills have you learned since becoming FootyGraphic?
"Obviously designing skills. I’ve learned everything just by trying, asking other for feedback YouTube videos but also personal skills. I’ve met a lot of new people and worked together with great people."
What do you plan to do with your graphics/Twitter account in the future?
"I’m not quite sure for the long term, but I’ve actually registered myself as a company last week so I’m aiming to get something out of that in the coming time. I’m not sure if it is the job which I’d want to do all day, but for now, it’s brilliant to get so much support and even get work experience by something that I love!"
My comment: "FootyGraphic is definitely one of the best in the business! His edits are always included in some of my favourites, and it's no wonder he is becoming heavily popular on Twitter. Follow him @FootyGraphic."