Psychedelic design of NBA legends


Marco and Stefano (30) are twin brothers from Italy. Together they are Van Orton Design, a graphic design group that recently has created a new series of prints with a kaleidoscopic take on some NBA legends. The works focus on the league’s late 80′s-early 90′s era, with Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Patrick Ewing and Magic Johnson as subjects. OSA – born in the 70′s, kids in the ’80′s and 90′s themselves – had a short talk with the illustrators/designers.
How would you describe your work?“Our work expresses our passion for the years 80′s and 90′s-era. We came up with a way to represent the magical universe of those years that are still a huge source of inspiration. We love the NBA, specially the 90′s. We were kids then and we followed our heroes of basketball. So we decided to pay homage.”

In what way did these players influence you as an artist/kid/human being?

“We are very much influenced by their style and their image of great athletes and great men. Jordan has also managed to create a unique style. He also has a logo of his own. That is just amazing!”

A lot of your work has a connection to the 80′s and 90′s. What appeals you so much about this period?

“Maybe because we were kids back then, and when you’re a kid, everything is a new discovery. Everything is magical! I think that without all the technology we have today, you gave much more attention to everything around us. You remain more fascinated that way.”

From idea to realization, which steps does the process go through?“Everything happens in a very natural way, starting from an idea develops the concept of a collection (in this case: NBA legends) and how to show it. Then the rest is done accordingly.”

What are the techniques you use?“Only Photoshop and Wacom.”Are you a sports fan in general?

“Although we don’t do a lot of sports ourselves, we really enjoy watching sports. As a good Italian we love football and we are fans of Turin FC.”

Can we expect more work, connected to sports?

“For now, we have many ideas that are not sports-related. But it is possible that we could make a new collection; maybe related to football in the 90′s.”

 ewing bird barkley