Remember all of the controversy that erupted when the logo for the London 2012 Olympics was first released back in 2007? As Alice Rawsthorn later wrote in The New York Times, “Garish colors, aggressive shapes and dodgy typography were just a few of its design crimes. Some thought it looked like a swastika. Others spotted Lisa Simpson doing something unmentionable. The animated version caused seizures among some people with a particular type of epilepsy.”
Luckily these posters designed to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which we spotted thanks to Creative Review, shouldn’t cause the same kind of drama. Created by some of the UK’s most famous artists, including Bridget Riley, Tracy Emin, Martin Creed, Rachel Whiteread, and Bob and Roberta Smith, the works were recently unveiled at Tate Britain in London. Click through to check them out know, and let us know if you have any favorites in the comments.
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You’ll buy the affordable, yet oddly-named, furniture. You’ll eat the delicious Swedish meatballs. But would you live in an eco-friendly Ikea house? The owner of the Swedish furniture giant certainly hopes so; that’s why the company is planning to build its first British housing development in an area of east London that’s adjacent to the… Read More
As Alice Rawsthorn noted in a piece in today’s New York Times, the reaction to the London 2012 Olympics logo has been vitriolic since it was first unveiled back in 2007. It turns out that it’s so bad that even non-design types find it offensive.
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“Garish colors, aggressive shapes and dodgy typography were just a few of its design crimes. Some thought it looked like a swastika. Others spotted Lisa Simpson doing something unmentionable. The animated version caused seizures among some people with a particular type of epilepsy. Fly posters appeared across East London featuring an unofficial version of the logo in which the numbers 2, 0, 1 and 2 were replaced by the letters of an off-color word.”
So, this is really cool. The BBC reports that “an international team of architects, artists and engineers” has dreamed up a centerpiece for London’s Olympic village called The Cloud. The observation deck/park consists of 400-foot tall mesh towers and a series of interconnected plastic bubbles that can be used to display images and data — like weather information, spectator numbers, race results. The inflatable elements would rest on top of the towers, stabilized by metal cables. Technology, similar to what’s used to earthquake-proof Japanese skyscrapers, would minimize the effects of the wind.
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