Designing The 2008 Olympic Pictograms and Those of Years Past


above left: Inscriptions on the Gui bronze vessels; above right: Pictograms of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Photo and graphic courtesy of ARCOG

Graphic designers had to consider how to create a look that represented China, but also how to design images that would be attractive to an international audience, ARCOG (the Art Research Center for the Olympic Games) deputy director Hang Hai explains. (more…)

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Olympic Torch, Cauldron, Stand and Relay Lantern: Design, Facts and Images

The Beijing Olympic Torch boasts strong Chinese characteristics, and showcases Chinese design and technical capabilities. It embodies the concepts of a Green Olympics, a High-tech Olympics and the People’s Olympics. (more…)

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The Vascabarca-Barcavasca Tub. No Lifejackets Required.

The Vascabarca-Barcavasca Tub

The Vascabarca-Barcavasca Tub, an unusual limited edition stone tub by French artists Anne and Patrick Poirier for Antonio Lupi of italy is a little dinghy…. literally. (more…)

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All The Olympic Posters Throughout History & The Story Behind Those 5 Rings

Olympic Posters Throughout History

The 2008 Olympiad games begin this week in Beijing and so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you some fun Olympic design history as well as some present Olympic design-related news all this week. Today we’ll start with the Olympic Posters, and the meaning behind the five rings. (more…)

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Maude Decor’s Patricia Baun: Floors With Flair

Maude Decor Rugs and Art

When I first learned of Maude Decor Rugs and Art by Patricia Baun (shown above), she simply had fabulous hand-painted canvas rugs which were first introduced in 2002. Those alone were worth a blog post. However, now the range has greatly expanded to include silk, flax and wool rugs, art prints, wall hangings and more– all graphic and colorful and unique. Even unusual collections inspired by Canadian Mountains and Constellations. (more…)

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