The lettering on Barcelona's shirts for Friday's Joan Gamper Trophy match against Santos will feature a unique typography with a handwritten flair. The distinctive style, which will only be worn in this one match, is the work of Anna Vives, a local graphic designer with Down Syndrome. After the match, the players' shirts will all be auctioned off on eBay and the money raised will go to the Itinerarium Foundation, where Anna works.
The initiative is being promoted by the Itinerarium Foundation in association with the FC Barcelona Foundation, and aims to raise money for the Itinerarium’s BOX21 project to improve the lives, leisure and free-time of people with learning difficulties. Specifically, the proceeds will be used to foster sport among these people, and the project is being actively supported by Andrés Iniesta, one of the project’s patrons.
Anna previously designed a helmet for two-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo and even joined him on the podium after the Grand Prix Catalunya. But to Anna, having her work appear on Barca's shirts will be even more wonderful.
She told Globoesporte:
"It will be the happiest day of my life. I am a supporter of Barcelona and my favorite player is Andres Iniesta. He is a very good person. I also really like Neymar. He is a good person and is always laughing. I like that."
You can download Anna's typography and buy shirts, notebooks and other goods featuring her designs on her website.