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NEWS: Blue Coat School Graphics students inspired by 70s Sky Blues programmes for project

21 April 2023

Year 12 Graphics students at Blue Coat School in Coventry have taken inspiration from the Sky Blues in their latest project.

Pupils at the Terry Road school have worked on a project around programmes, inspired by the old Sky Blue programme designed by John Elvin in the 1970/71 season.

His style as a designer was ahead of its time - cut-and-paste action shots, with Expressionist-style filters, pop-arty patterns, close-up photo portraits of players and a wide variety of typography.

While he was only at the Club for one season, his pioneering work raised the bar for matchday programmes and is still hugely respected to this day, and is studied by many.

The students at Blue Coat School have designed a range of imagery, using the style that was pioneered by Elvin but bringing them into the modern day.

This includes images of the Coventry Building Society Arena, Highfield Road and the current crop of Sky Blues players.

The images will be displayed in the Family Zone before the games against Reading and Birmingham City for fans to enjoy.

Jane Flanagan, Faculty Head of Art and Technology at Blue Coat School, said:

“ Our Graphics students were amazed at the quality of Graphic Design seen in the 70’s programmes and inspired by the pioneering work of John Elvin which inspired this large scale project which we are very proud of. ”

Mark Hornby, Head of Marketing and Communications at Coventry City, said:

“The work of John Elvin on our programme was pioneering and it is great to see the Graphics students at Blue Coat School take inspiration from his designs to create these brilliant pieces, which we are delighted to be showcasing.”

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