Tag Archives: london 2012

design: iconic; graphic design.

10 Apr

A look at some of our favourite iconic, and not so iconic but equally as beautiful examples of graphic design . . .

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design: Thomas Heatherwick to design London 2012 Olympic cauldron.

7 Apr

Beijing 2008 will go down as the Olympics of spectacle, but already the London 2012 Olympics could be billed as the design Olympics.  With the Olympic park masterplanned by ForeignOfficeArchitects, the Olympic Stadium designed by HOKsport, the aquatics centre by Zaha Hadid, and the velodrome by Hopkins Architects.  It seems Locog have left nothing to chance by working with the best in their field . . .

It seems they have wanted to push this even further though by the appointment of Danny Boyle he of Slumdog millionaire fame to oversee the Opening ceremony, ensuring they are both artistic and relevant – promising to be “epic and intimate“.

Organisers have also announced the designer of the iconic Olympic cauldron.  The cauldron is the iconic emblem of the games, ensuring the spirit of Olympus watches over every modern games, and usually becomes the very symbol of each host city to the millions of television viewers across the globe – step forward to the challenge then Mr Thomas Heatherwick.

You may recognise Heatherwick from earlier projects including the British pavilion for the Shanghai expo (above) or the sculpture ‘B of the Bang’ erected for the Manchester Commonwealth games (below) – if the cauldron looks anything like these two earlier projects then we could be in for something truly special indeed . . .

And here we take a brief look at some earlier cauldrons from the Olympic movement . . .

top row: 1976 (montreal, canada); 2010 (vancouver, canada); 2004 (athens, greece)
bottom: 2002 (salt lake city, USA); 2000 (sydney, australia); 1992 (barcelona, spain)



design: The city is the real star in the 2012 Olympics.

21 Mar

Ever been to London and wondered as you walk back from Buckingham Palace what it would be like to see scantily clad men and woman playing beach volleyball on the historic parade ground at the bottom of the Mall?  Or wandered through Greenwich park, King Henry VIII’s favourite hunting ground and wished you could hear the thunder of hooves on the hallowed ground?

Well for those who answered yes to both of these next year at the London 2012 Summer Olympics your wish will be granted, as these latest graphics released show – and how exciting the venues look – where the Beijing Olympics impressed by sheer magnitude and scale of every venue the London Olympics prove already to be a more understanding affair (some might say a much more typically British show) by using temporary venues in spectacular settings, and as with the masterstroke of diving platform at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics shows that the City itself, not just a handful of architects will be the real star . . .

Apply for tickets and to see the rest of the venues click just here.



design: Olympic fever builds across London.

5 Mar

It seemed such a long time ago that London was crowned the XXX Olympiad city, but now we can say that the Olympic games will take place next year they don’t seem so far away, with the start of several large scale installations across the city, the 5 interlocked rings of the Olympic movement took pride of place at St Pancras international station, the arrival gate for many competitors taking high-speed services from Mainland Europe to London for the games, and also the departure point for many thousands of spectators as the high-speed ‘javelin‘ service will depart from here too . . .

With the large scale rings to be hoisted into place on the London Eye, and Tower Bridge in comings months, followed by the rings projected onto other notable buildings including the Houses of Parliament and the National Gallery the Olympic countdown has most definitely got off the starter blocks . . .

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