A random collection of things that inspire, interest and trouble me
from the world of design, politics, art and culture.

Olympic icons

Posted: October 19th, 2009 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: icon design | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

For a year before the Sydney 2000 Olympics I was the lead designer on the Olympics newspaper project for John Fairfax Publications. I designed templates, worked out all the fine details of the type, and liaised with all the senior editorial staff to make sure it all happened on time. This was when I worked for de Luxe & Associates.

One of the parts of the job that I enjoyed the most was commissioning and art directing the icon set. I decided early on that the official Sydney 2000 Olympic icons were not appropriate for the design I was intending for Fairfax. Simon Harris was the illustrator and he did a smashing job. If you would like to see some of the pages from the newspaper, head over to my folio site.

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This is just to weigh in on the blog wave of this week – that the London 2012 Olympic icons have been released. You can read a post at We Made This all about them. They have been designed by design company Someone. I prefer the outlined “dynamic” ones to the silhouette ones. What about you?


Culturally-specific icon design

Posted: September 29th, 2009 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: icon design, product design | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I have just bought a new sewing machine. I am very excited as I have always had very old ones handed down from Grandmothers and mothers. Having a new one will mean I will stop buying mass produced clothes, so even though it is a new product, I feel ok about it.

Whilst I was in the shop, being attended to by a very helpful assistant, I noticed this icon set on a fancier machine. I guess it is about speed control, but would I know this if I was from another country? Is the hare and the tortoise story (attributed to Aesop) a universally known fable?

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