Oslo 2022 Winter Olympics bid design

The design for Oslo’s 2022 Winter Olympics bid has been released.

Design company Snøhetta has created a logo inspired by the Olympic rings, combining geometric and circular shapes in the Olympic colours to form ‘Oslo 2022’.

Snøhetta said: “The identity of Oslo 2022’s visual language honours the inherent simplicity and openness in Nordic culture.”

The design has been applied to sample promotional material, such as brochures, and the official application document.

The Norwegian capital’s competitors include Beijing and Krakow, and if the bid is successful, the 2022 Winter Olympics will mark the 70th anniversary of the last Oslo Games.

Find out more about the design here and let us know what you think of it.

Designs of the Year Awards 2013 Nominations

The Shard LondonOlympic CauldronRain RoomThe Design Museum has announced the nominations for Designs of the Year 2013. Seen as the Oscars of the design world, the nominations will go on display in the museum from 20th March, whilst the winners will be decided by a jury and announced to the public on the 17th April.

Last year’s winner was the London 2012 Olympic Relay Torch, and this year still has some Olympic contenders with the Olympic Cauldron by Heatherwick Studio being nominated.

Other nomination’s include:

Acrhitecture – The Shard, London, UK
Designed by Renzo Piano
Digital – Rain Room
Designed by rAndom International

Fashion -Prada S/S12 RTW Collection
Designed by Miuccia Prada

See the full list of nominations here.

The 21 Best Doppelgangers Of The 2012 London Olympics

Olympics DopplegangersOlympics Synchnonised SwimmingTake a look at ‘The 21 Best Doppelgangers Of The 2012 London Olympics‘ on Buzzfeed.

Some great images found and suggestions made – some a bit odd. But quite funny.

They say ‘you will never be able to watch the Olympics in the same way again.

See them all here.

A new sport for the Olympics

This film clip has had us in hysterics in the office.

How to play football whilst wearing binoculars.

Hilarious. Definitely a sport to liven up the Olympics.



Jubilympics musings

NowTVSo has the Olympics whetted your appetite for how TV and internet can work together?   

Well that’s not just an excuse to mention London 2012 but we were thinking about what would be possible in the future with the new wave of internet TV services being announced.  Lots more content to come its seems.  

We’ve been told for quite some time it’s an era in which television and internet are converging; Google has launched Google TV and Apple TV is being relaunched apparently. BSkyB launched its NowTV service last month offering films and soon sport and entertainment, described as a brand new internet TV service from Sky.  

Are we going to want to actually watch all of this content sitting together on the living room sofa though?  Or does this new world of time-shifting, TV-on-demand and High Definition herald either an age of more arguments over the remote control. Or is this the end of watching TV together with family and friends, altogether perhaps as we chose to interact with these new services separately?

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist announced

The Hepworth
Olympic Stadium

This year’s RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist has been announced with six buildings, including the London Olympic Stadium by Populous and two projects by OMA.

The six that will compete for the £20,000 prize for the Best Building by a British-registered architect are:

The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire by David Chipperfield Architects (pic 1)
London Olympic Stadium by Populous (pic 2)
The Lyric Theatre, Belfast by O’Donnell + Tuomey
Maggie’s Centre, Gartnavel, Glasgow by OMA
New Court, London by OMA with Allies and Morrison
Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge by Stanton Williams (pic 3)

See more about the shortlist here.

Olympics stamps designs are a winner

Olympics Stamp DesignHat-trick Design has created a series of stamps to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics which feature iconic London landmarks alongside various sports. 

Great design.

They are on sale now.

Olympics Opening Ceremony Fun

Olympics Drinking GameAt no time does The Think Tank condone excessive drinking however this Olympics Opening Ceremony Drinking Game is great fun.

Something to keep you occupied tonight!

Issued by truelad.com

A Dash for Gold with Actuate

Dash for GoldDash for Gold 2Dash for Gold 3BIRT (Business Information Reporting Tools) developer and founder Actuate has launched a fantastic microsite, Dash for Gold,  that allows you to investigate and explore the results of sports competitions of the past and compare them to this year’s games.  

Using their intuitive reporting dashboard they interrogate a wide range of economic, demographic and geographical data to hunt out the trends and enable users to analyse and predict their own medal winners in simple and easy to understand graphical interfaces.  

The Think Tank was asked to create a brand identity for the online application including a detailed infographic which explains what users can expect when they delve into its data.  

The branding was extended to a series of multi-lingual online banners and a video that guides users through the experience. Working closely with Actuate during the app’s development, The Think Tank has provided advice on messaging, design and graphical execution of the microsite and application as well as the marketing collateral that promotes it.  

This simple to use app puts you in control of the data past and present, allowing you to predict this year’s winners alongside a competition for the best dashboard created by users.  

Actuate Dash for Gold includes:  

Did you know: Sports and competition data at your fingertips

All historic and current information at one glance in a dashboard application with sports data that is updated daily. Compare and analyse historic results by country or by discipline. Get timely information on your country’s medal count.    

Interactive Analytics: Explore & Play  

The interactive analytics section of the Dash for Gold app allows you to correlate sports and medal information with external data and gain completely original insights. The app brings together different public databases with geopolitical and economic data by country as well as some fun facts. Review performance against world economic and demographic factors such as wine consumption, CO2 emissions or fertility rates. Or maybe you already knew that countries with a low birth rate under perform in swimming?    

BIRT Dash for Gold Contest: Join the athletes and compete  

From 27th July you will have the opportunity to create your own interactive dashboards to uncover trends and fun facts about the world’s top sporting competitions by applying economic, climatic, historical and other indicators to sports data. You’ll be amazed at what you find as you drag and drop Google-style gadgets to discover hidden correlations and expose exciting information about your favourite countries and sporting events.  

When you’re ready, submit your dashboards to the competition and they’ll be published to the community for all to see. Judges will evaluate and choose the top four dashboards and each will win a 32GB 3rd generation Apple iPad with WiFi.  

To get in the game you can find out more and register here to keep current on the latest updates and contest announcements.    

On the go – Mobile Dash for Gold  

Keep your sporting facts handy wherever you are with mobile access to Dash for Gold. After registering, you will receive a link to access daily updates to the latest competition results and figures. Dash for Gold Mobile has been optimized for iPad and viewable on most tablet browsers.

Get predicting here and delve into the facts.

Push-Up bus comes to London

Push Up BusCzech artist David Cerny has brought his London bus that does push ups to Islington in time for the Olympics.

He created The London Booster by attaching huge arms, suspension mechanics and adding groaning sound effects to the 1957 double decker bus.

The Czech artist commented that the piece could be seen as ironic because push-ups are “a common exercise for every sportsman” but also punishment.

It has been placed outside the Czech team headquarters in Islington, London for the duration of the games.

See it in action below:

Olympic poster designs by leading artists

Olympics PostersOlympic Posters 2In an exhibition called ‘Fit’, at Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, Vaughan Oliver and Jonathan Barnbrook invited leading British designers to submit their own Olympic posters.

See more of these great posters here on Design Boom or pop along to the exhibition.

Window Galleries, Kings Cross, 29 June – 30 August 2012

Cadbury Dairy Milk launches latest 2012 Olympics video

Cadbury Dairy Milk has launched its latest online music video in its Keep Singing, Keep Team GB Pumped campaign, the most motivating arm of Cadbury’s London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games sponsorship – ‘Danger Zone’.

The music video sees some of the UK’s biggest fans going to extreme lengths in a bid to get up close and personal with 10 unsuspecting racquet sport athletes.

Below you can get a glimpse of its making at well as the video itself – what lengths some fans will go to!



Tim Crocker films the 2012 Olympic Site

Tim Crocker has been filming oprogress at the 2012 Olympic site in London. See how Zaha Hadid’s aqauatic centre, Hopkin’s velodrome and the Populus main stadium are coming along.

View on Building TV

2012 Olympic Site under construction

2012 Olympic Site under construction


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