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Landing the Curiosity Rover on Mars.

Get updates on Twitter at @MarsCuriosity or for an alternative perspective, @SarcasticRover.

Animation via Infinity Imagined.

London 2012 Velodrome action

London 2012 Velodrome action

Photos by Bryn Lennon (top) and Jamie Squire, Getty Images.

Mo Farah

Mo Farah

A couple of my favourite Mo-ments from the London 2012 Olympics so far.

Mo Farah after winning the 10k.

Victoria Pendleton

Good luck to Ms Pendleton in the velodrome today.

Photo courtesy of John Wright.

Underground Supporters Olympics posters

London designers Rizon have created a series of unofficial posters for businesses to sidestep strict marketing rules that prevent them publicising their involvement in the London 2012 Olympics.

Their Underground Supporter posters can be downloaded here and are designed to avoid infringing the guidelines published by Olympic organisers LOCOG.

“Working in the field of licensing and merchandising, the draconian way LOCOG has enforced the brand rules around small and medium enterprises wanting to show their support of the games has incensed us,” says Rizon’s managing director Dave Collins.

“Total control for sponsors is not the Olympic spirit and certainly not in the spirit of British fair play.”

Via Dezeen.

London 2012 Olympic medals

London 2012 Olympic medals

The medals for the London 2012 Olympics were designed by David Watkins and produced at the Royal Mint headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales.

The design for the reverse features five symbolic elements:

  • The curved background implies a bowl similar to the design of an amphitheatre.
  • The core emblem is an architectural expression, a metaphor for the modern city, and is deliberately jewel-like.
  • The grid suggests both a pulling together and a sense of outreach – an image of radiating energy that represents the athletes’ efforts.
  • The River Thames in the background is a symbol for London and also suggests a fluttering baroque ribbon, adding a sense of celebration.
  • The square is the final balancing motif of the design, opposing the overall circularity of the design, emphasising its focus on the centre and reinforcing the sense of ‘place’ as in a map inset.

The front of the medal always depicts the same imagery at the Summer Games – the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike, stepping out of the depiction of the Parthenon to arrive in the Host City.

Some more details:

  • The London 2012 Olympic medals weigh 375-400g, are 85mm in diameter and 7mm thick.
  • The gold medal is made up of 92.5% silver and 1.34% gold, with the remainder copper (a minimum of 6g of gold).
  • The silver medal is made up of 92.5% silver, with the remainder copper.
  • The bronze medal is made up of 97.0% copper, 2.5% zinc and 0.5% tin.

Via London 2012.


Oceania: blue. Europe: black. Americas: red. Africa: yellow. Asia: green.

Oceaniaeuropeamericaafricaasia by creative director, Gustavo Sousa, uses the Olympic Rings to illustrate world inequality, depicting stripped-down statistics from each of the five world regions, through simple scale shifts of the Olympic’s iconic quintet of overlapping loops.

“The rings represent healthy competition and union, but we know the world isn’t perfect. Maybe understanding the differences is the first step to try to make things more equal.”

Via Co.Design.

Olympic highlights

Olympic highlights

Olympic highlights

Olympic highlights

Hats off to Danny Boyle for putting together a spectacular opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games, featuring  James Bond, a parachuting Queen, Mr Bean and the inventor of the Internet.

How do ya’ like them apples, Beijing..?

Google Web Lab

Google Web Lab is a series of interactive digital experiments, brought to life at the London Science Museum. It enables worldwide participation both online and from within the exhibition space, to control machines which explore and demonstrate a range of web technologies.

Bibliotheque created the environmental graphics and signage, working as part of the team alongside UniversalDesignStudio and MAP (the research and development design consultancy, founded by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby). The Web Lab website and identity were created by B-Reel, and the machines were built by Tellart.

Read on for more images and press release.

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Cute Little Things

A group of architecture students affiliated with the University of Waterloo School of Architecture are launching a new publication, Mole Magazine. With a jury including Mason White of Lateral Office, Daniel D’Oca of Interboro Partners, Brigitte Shim of Shim – Sutcliffe, and John Hong and Jinhee Park of SsD, the first issue is expected to print January 2013.

The inaugural theme is “Cute Little Things”; As our world expands, its components are becoming infinitely small: smartphones, microchips, mp3’s, teacup chihuahuas and so forth. We have become obsessed, and increasingly adept, at compacting complex systems and ideas into cute little packages. The downsizing movement has become immensely profitable; even the infamous American consumerism has been won over by this ubiquitous trend, putting pressure on product designers to cater to a marketplace where “smaller is better”; nanotechnology, ‘fun-sized’ snacks, Smart cars, and microbreweries have established a viable and pervasive market. New forms of infrastructure, technology and architecture are emerging in response to this vastly expanding framework. Architectural representation has begun to stray from the standard methods of communication, encapsulating entire projects into intellectually bite-sized diagrams.

Ironically, while the objects are becoming smaller, the modes of operation have become incredibly efficient in fragmenting holistic systems into a list of parts. The design community is tasked with the exciting challenge of exploring new means and narratives in response to the contemporary compacted landscape. What could be the new methods in organizing complexities embedded in our social networks and consumer culture? What is the role of designers in a world that asks for hyper-specialization? What are the potentials of small in mobility, transferability, economy, new materials, and customizations? Mole begins its inaugural launch with small beginnings and invites a discussion on all things cute and little.

Deadline is September 30th, 2012.
Submissions should be article, project, drawing, or photography based.
Send submissions to editor@molemagazine.com.
For more specifics, refer to the submissions page at molemagazine.com, or send an email to info@molemagazine.com.