Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Vancouver 2010 as graphic design

Watching coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Winter games, I'm struck not so much by the athleticism of the competitors or the variety and peculiarity of the events themselves, but by how wonderfully graphic the whole spectacle is. From the ground up, everything has been designed for maximum impact at the level of the image. The requisite markings for each course, rink and arena are done in a bold simplistic way. Combined with the stark white background, the bright simple uniforms and the cold non-judgemental gaze of the sports camera, the images presented on our screen attain an almost abstract quality. Although they are photographs, below are some images taken from various news websites which have this strong graphic quality about them (excuse the watermark on the last two).

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