Posts Tagged ‘logo’

City of Vancouver’s disastrous new logo

Friday, February 24th, 2017

New City of Vancouver logo, in un-kerned Gotham typeface

I still can’t entirely believe it, but this bland, amateur wordmark is the City of Vancouver’s new logo—or to be more accurate, since it barely qualifies as a wordmark let alone a logo: here is our new sad bit of typing.

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Vancouver vs. Melbourne, Australia – graphic identity

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Compare Vancouver’s graphics and logo with Melbourne, Australia’s graphic identity. Any contest?

I am consistently mortified by Vancouver’s recent graphics, especially considering they were launched just before the Olympics and the whole world saw them. They’re suburban if I’m being generous; they’re in the style of feminine hygiene packaging if I’m being honest.

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Museum of Vancouver – new graphic identity

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I really like the new (2009) graphic identity for the restyled Museum of Vancouver. It was designed by Amanda Martens of Kaldor. Related items such as this entryway banner were put together by designer Sofia Pona. The striking building, which also houses Vancouver’s planetarium, was designed by architect Gerald Hamilton in 1968.

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Mexico Olympics, 1968 – graphics and design

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

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Superb design, a rival to both Montreal and Munich, if not superior to both. Thanks to the Canadian Design Resource for pointing this out.

Lance Wyman was the designer for the graphics for the ’68 Olympics, and did it on a minimal budget.

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Munich Olympics Graphics, 1972

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Logo and graphics from the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics, by Otl Aicher. Via. Unfortunately the excellent design produced by Munich was eclipsed by the gruesome tragedy that unfolded at the Games.

It’s a little-known fact that the graphic icons for each sport – now so familiar to everyone – originated with the Munich ’72 Olympics. 

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2010 Olympics anti-graphics

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Graphic design isn’t usually my focus, but when you’re interested in design and are living amidst the deluge of an impending Olympics in your hometown, the tide of graphics is impossible to ignore. Here’s a small sample of political cartoons and posters that incorporate the various Olympic logos – the standard logo with the five rings, as well as the Vancouver 2010 “Inukshuk” logo.

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