10 thoughts on “Design at the Vancouver Olympics: Ilaanaq, Curling Pants, and Charlotte Sans

  1. Tuque on Dude … I like the logo too, and I love the tuques. Cannot wait to get my hands on one. As for the pants, I will pass on having a pair of those in my wardrobe, but Shea and you have my blessings in adding a pair to yours.

    As for curling … I love that too. I cannot get enough. Though I think Pam has had enough of me watching. I hope they add a coed version in future Olympic games, so that our NAI S.P.O.R.T.S. Team has a shot at the gold. Rock on curlers!

  2. My wife thinks the graphic designs on the fencing (fabric?) around the events is outstanding this year.

  3. As of this morning, the Facebook page, “The Norwegian Olympic Curling Team’s Pants” has over 300K fans.

  4. As someone who has blown off a Tim Merriman workshop in order to go curling (sorry Tim!), and the future founder of the South African curling team, I gotta say that anything that brings attention to curling is OK by me. Which is why I think it’s marketing GOLD that the USA Curling team is sponsored by a condom manufacturer and a brand of whiskey. Cuz if you’ve got 46 pound stones, condoms, and booze, you’ve got a party!

    But I want your thoughts on the pants that the Azerbaijanis wore for the opening ceremony. The Norwegians are tame by comparison.

  5. Curling Rocks! I absolutely love the green blue color pallete and design for all the background stuff and the number vests. However, I’m really annoyed that I can’t tell who anybody is by their uniforms anymore. Sometimes we wear dark blue pants, sometimes stars, sometimes gold with flames, etc. Does that bother anyone else or am I getting to be an old fogey?

  6. Dude, having just returned from a visit to Vancouver, I can tell you the hot fashion item is the red mittens. Even Oprah got into the act. The mittens themselves are lovely: fleece-lined on the inside and traditional knit on the outside, with the Olympic rings on the back and the maple leaf on the palm.

    I was impressed at how thorough the design team had been at covering everything from snow fence to concrete bollards with the official colours and graphics. The whole city feels like one giant themed attraction. At night they have huge search lights set up. (Which, light pollution, anyone? But shhh. It’s cool.) It wasn’t until the weather turned more typically overcast that we saw how the lights were intended to reflect on the cloud cover and evoke the Northern Lights. Very nifty.

    I think Germany wins for ugliest uniform with those pink and blue vests. Ugh.

  7. Oh yeah, the mittens are awesome.

    Also, I forgot to mention that there is a giant inukshuk in a park overlooking False Creek, which is the body of water where you’ll find the two main stadiums and the Athlete’s village. I think the logo is referring to that local landmark, as well as the things the statue itself represents. The (Eh-hem – Look! Relevance!) interpretive/information sign at the base of the sculpture reads:

    Ancient symbols of Inuit culture traditionally used as landmarks and navigation aids, this grey granite statue representing a human form with outstretched arms is a well-known symbol in Canada of northern hospitality and friendship.

    Constructed originally by Alvin Kanak of Rankin Inlet, this monument was commissioned by the Government of the Northwest Territories for its pavilion at Expo 86, and given to the City of Vancouver.

    Permanent location of the Inukshuk on this site was sponsored as a gift to the city in 1987 by Coast Hotels through the Vancouver Legacies Programs.

    – Vancouver Board of parks and Recreation

    So it’s a cool logo because it has symbolic value on several levels, including sense of place, winter/the North, Vancouver history, Indigenous peoples, and waymarking. And it’s easy to reproduce!

  8. Wow, Joan, that is a great addition to this conversation. I’ve added a photo to the post. Thanks!

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