It isn’t a particularly difficult job to mock the official mascots of the London Olympics, so I’m not going to. I think you can probably do that yourself if you go and have a look at them:
I wonder how London has managed to get it so awfully wrong with the design for the Olympics? The logo looks like a throwback to a 1980s band logo, and these new mascots just look ridiculous. For a city with some sense of style, or at least pretentions to stylishness, it really is an extraordinary failure.
I had arrived at the conclusion that it must be Seb Coe’s fault, as the whole thing does smack of an aged Tory trying to reach out to ‘the kids’ and to be ‘cool’, but then I tried to think of the decals and mascots for previous events, and in fact with few exceptions the Olympics and World Cup throws up crap time and again. The exceptions that I can think of (and all is, of course, subjective) are Ole from the 1982 World Cup, and Ciao, the 1990 mascot, who was basically just a stick man.
Are sport and good design mutually exclusive?