And this was the WGDFC of 2016:
Foosball, Lots of Beer,
and Bed Prism Spectacles

For 13 years in a row, the World Graphic Design Foosball Championships attracted countless competitive and non-competitive foosball enthusiasts and free-beer lovers.

Designers from all walks of life met for a night of revelry and slightly bending forward.

No bags with laptops or ideas stolen this year.

It was a beautiful Thursday night at the Herb Lubalin Gallery at Cooper Union in New York City. The first teams and spectators arrived early to warm up at the four perfectly leveled Warrior foosball tables and/or at the free beer bar. The volunteers put on their official WGDFC hats and shirts (this year in neon on neon).

As every year, OPEN attended as the top of the non-competitive/non-able side competition. Collected Works had awesome jackets. Random House didn’t live up to their names’ potential. Same with karlssonwilker Jr. and For Good Measure, both sucky at foosball but nice people. Selman Design were present as were The Collected Works, facing off in the early rounds on table 4. We were happy to have Red Peak 1 & 2. Friends & Family, always a pleasure to have you, although this time not all the way to the Elite 8. Local Projects are nice people. Hello Monday showed up strong, with an inter-office battle in the Elite 8 losers bracket, cancelling each other out (which isn’t possible but sounds cool).

The inimitable Paul Sahre (of O.O.P.S.) had registered with his old team mate Peter Ahlberg, but had to cancel last minute. The tournament went ahead, although 3 people did inquire about them.

The speaker system gave enough decibels for the younger folks to dance.

The annual Team Outfit Competition trophy was handed to Collected Works, donning the above mentioned Bed Prism Spectacles ($13.49 on Amazon). The trophy came in a huge bubble wrap ball, rolled in by last year’s winner for their bubble wrap outfits.

In any case, fun was had by everyone and everybody—that's what's important—proving that creatives care less and less about intellectually stimulating activities.

The final match was quite exciting. After dropping to the losers’ bracket in the Elite 8, karlssonwilker was as once again surprised as anyone to make it to the finals. Winning the first game 5:4 against Opto/Freemasha, and therefore forcing a second game, they gave it away 4:5 after a 4:1 lead.

Cheers to next year, which will be the 14th anniversary of the WGDFC! (Find more about WGDFC's glorious history under "Archives" on the site.) Next year everything will be different! Haha!

Big big big Thank You to our awesome volunteer helpers Astrid, Claire Jardin, Peter Dommermuth, Julie Finn, and of course Sasha, the man, at the Herb Lubalin Gallery, as well as dear Victor Lam (check out !), without you, there would be no WGDFC. And a big hand to Adobe for their continued support—immensely helpful. Awesome. And Brooklyn Brewery gave us a special deal, which is super, for everyone involved.

The WGDFC 2016 TOP 8:

1. Opto/Freemasha
2. karlssonwilker Sr.
3. Hello Monday 1
4. Hello Monday 2
5. Pantheon
6. Big Spaceship 1
7. Random House
8. B&B

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Welcome to the
13th Annual
World Graphic Design
Foosball Championship


Thursday, December 8, 2016
6pm – midnight
Herb Lubalin Gallery at The Cooper Union,
41 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003



The best team jersey contest returns for the 13th Annual WGDFC, studio or agency members with the “best” team jerseys will win the “Special Superficial Triple S” Award. A hand-picked jury will be responsible for presenting the best-dressed title. Check out “2016 Prizes” for more information. Good luck & happy sewing.

The winners of the Inaugural Team Outfit Competition will receive a make-shift trophy and raucous applause from the crowd.


WGDFC is an annual foosball tournament amongst the design community and is now on its 13th year. It is the preeminent and only annual foosball tournament amongst the design community. The WGDFC represents the perfect combination of loose talk and competitive spirit. It is an event that only exists through passionate volunteers and the support of long-term sponsors, like Adobe. It started in 2004 with 20 teams attending, since then it has grown into a robust community of around 70 teams with over 40 New York City graphic design studios, firms and advertising agencies in attendance. As always, drinks (cold beer) are free all night.


ELIGIBLE – OFFICIAL 2 PLAYER STUDIO TEAMS ONLY! Entry fee is $40 per team. Remember, this buys you and everyone else free beer all night! This year's tournament is limited to 64 teams, so sign up early. The WGDFC is a doubles tournament. It is played by the United States Table Soccer Association (U.S.T.S.A.) tournament rules. It is a double elimination bracket tournament(everyone remains in the tournament until they lose twice, now nice!).

Important Notice: In years past, non-eligible foosers posing as official team representatives have been publicly humiliated and driven from the event. Don't let this be you!

On a sunny summer day in 2004, Paul Sahre and Hjalti Karlsson drove to New Jersey and came back with a soccer trophy. Paul cut off one leg to make it foosball-relevant, and glued the loose leg onto a piece of wood. The coveted one-legged trophy was born, as well as the wooden runner-up trophy. It is a challenge cup, and over the years it was proudly displayed at the offices of Doyle Partners Knopf Publishing, Penguin Books, OOPS, karlssonwilker, SiaEa, and many others.
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