I am a total sign nerd. I love good wayfinding programs and I love cool signs. On more than one occasion I have deleted pictures of my son from my camera in order to make space for a picture of a sign. One of my Wish List places to visit is the Sign Boneyard of Vegas, a repository of many amazing signs and other dimensional oddities from casinos and hotels that are taken out of commission.
The original Boneyard was owned by YESCO, a sign fabrication company, but the amount and uniqueness of the collection lead to the creation of the Neon Museum Las Vegas in 1996, where many of the signs are on display. Today in my inbox was the good news, courtesy of Design Within Reach, that they are expanding the museum and Boneyard lot into a full-on sign park for my nerdy pleasure, opening in 2011. Vegas, here I come.
With it officially being winter and 2010, we here are getting ready to watch the 2010 Winter Olympics! Some of our favorite events are speed skating, snowboarding and of course, curling. As a follow up to our post in September, we wanted to take a quick look at the winning city’s logo…
The logo for the 2010 games shows no resemblance to the candidate logo that was designed in 2003. The logo for the games, which was unveiled in 2005, is named Ilanaaq the Inunnguaq (or friend in Inuktitut). This figure is based on a sculpture that was donated to the City of Vancouver in 1986. The color and look are classic – reminiscent of the Barcelona 1992 games. In addition to the logo, a series of mascots have also been design, and were inspired by traditional First Nations creatures.
Logo design for Olympic cities have produced some really great marks. To see all the marks as well as some of our favorites (Mexico City 1968 and Torino 2006) visit www.olympic.org.
Let the games begin!