I love design, it is the crossroads of art and practicality, posters are a prime example of this.
The London Olympics games people asked a group of leading British artists to come up with a series of posters to illustrate the games in 2012.
Sme of these works are very impress, others evocative and challenging but a couple of the Olympic posters do smack a bit of some of the artists suddenly waking up the morning they were supposed to hand them in and thinking ‘crap I knew I should have done that ages ago’.
One is just a few coloured rectangles that is supposed to signify the Olympics colours and show podiums beyond gold silver and bronze – which seems more of a quick justification than inspiration.
Another is a blue scribble that could show the movement of swimmers in water, or it could just be the artist had a pot of blue paint and did a bit of a scribble on the canvas with a brush and one is a sheet of dodgy striped wallpaper.
I am sure I’m wrong and they actually took months to complete,but perception is everything and my perception is that they come across more as a last minute, throw to together than a piece of artistic endeavour.
- London 2012 Olympics: leading artists unveil official posters (guardian.co.uk)
- London 2012 Olympic posters bring best out of BritArt (guardian.co.uk)
- Officials unveil posters for London 2012 Olympics (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics posters unveiled (telegraph.co.uk)
- London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics posters: the verdict (telegraph.co.uk)