I feel a lot better than what New York got for its logo on the 2012 bid. http://www.gothamist.com/archives/2004/04/06/nycs_olympic_logo.php
I was hoping to get your critique of the logo when I emailed the story to you, but it looks like you were one step ahead of me! Nice work!
Great blog post, spud. You nailed everything. This logo is simply fantastic on so many levels. I am very proud to be a Chicagoan (transplanted in the burbs.)
The logo is symbolic on many levels and it is very striking. Great, great work.
The symbol is great after all it doesn't have to do a hard job to sell. If Chicago ain't a great city I'll eat my hat. I am just not sure about us having the olympics. It so expensive and the rewards might not cover the expense.
do you think we'll get a 5th star on our flag if we host the olympics? the olympics are star-worthy, right?
and yes, the logo rocks.
Excellent point! Chicago SHOULD add a star to the flag if we get the olympics. Remember back in the day when the US of A would add a star for every state added to the union? Flags were much more updateable back then. We need flags that get updated regularly more often now. That would be make for some good flag fun. Plus, by adding a star to the Chicago flag, it would be a good lesson to everyone what the other four stars stand for.
I'm onboard to add a 5th star to the chicago flag (if we get the olympics). That'd be great!
Here's a site that has a neat explanation of what the stars mean. Just roll over the stars! And don't forget to roll over the blue stripes as well.
If you're too lazy to check out the site, here's a quick run down:
Fort Dearborn, Chicago Fire, The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Century of Progress Exposition of 1933.
Lake Michigan and North Branch of Chicago River,
South Branch of the Chicago River and Great Canal
oh i forgot. The points on each star has symbolism as well. Just to that loosetooth site and check it out.
Thanks for that link, moose. Here's what the points on the stars of the Chicago flag mean:
POINTS ON STAR 1:
POINTS ON STAR 2:
POINTS ON STAR 3 each represent the various hands that have laid claim to the land and the changing definition of the area:
--Great Britain (1763)
--Northwest Territory (1798)
--Indian Territory (1802)
-Illinois statehood (1818).
POINTS ON STAR 4 each represent a different motto or nickname of Chicago:
--World's Third Largest City
--Urbs in Horto (the official city motto)
--the "I Will" motto
--Great Central Market
says of the logo: "It's pretty lame. The torch looks more like a golf tee, and the skyline making up the flame is so generic it could be anywhere." Man, it DOES look like a golf tee. crap.
I understand the history but I'm not really sure how buildings on fire really sit with me after 9/11 and knowing that Chicago towers have been targets of plots.
And a golf T...yea, it does look like one.
Nice choice of font and nice styling of the skyline though.
It seems far too Art Deco to really represent Chicago. The type is nice, but it looks like a some sort of modified Neutra Face font? Why? It seems more New York or Miami with that color palette too. However it is one of the better olympic bid identities I have seen. Here is to Chicago FINALLY getting the Olympic games.
I love the overall look of the logo and the Art Deco artwork, it really comes across as a symbol of Chicago, but I hate the typeface. It clashes with the overall 20's architecture style of the art and falls into the "futura-like" sans movement that is so overused these days.
I don't care for the font either. Seems a little bland for a logo for a city with some of the world's best architecture and the pride the city will feel when the Olympics come here!
I will break this rating down into three catergories being as unbiased as possible and focused on attributes that make a great icon for our terrific city.
A scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the highest rating).
is how this has been developed:-Practical Applications.
1. Practical Applicaton (1 of 5) A failure.
It's way too vertical a logo to work over the wide array of applications that a global icon needs to.
The color blending will cause problems for all official licensing agents.
On braodcast, this will get sliced into many variations since it cannot work in the 5 x 4 (or now the 16 x 9 letterbox ratio that is becoming more common).
2. Memorable Chicago Iconography (2 of 5)
A torch. Very predictable. I would imagine that a city like Chicago with such a rich and robust visual language would provide more memorable imagery.
The Chicago Fire. Presenting a tragic event 145 years previous seems to be a macabe and negative event not to be focused in for such an uplifting and positive moment in ur history.
The Sears Tower. Are they paying for the naming rights in 2016? Then I get it but otherwise it's off target.
The reflection of the lake? Ok, I like that a lot.
We are a city on the water and should embrace that fact and this does a good job.
I will remember the logo for what it's not rather than what it is.
3. Emotional Appeal (1 of 5)
Would I want to wear this if I was traveling to another city of even country to spread the pride and passion for the Olympics? No.
Overall, I think that VSA is an outstanding collateral and systems firm. As it relates to global brands icons, I don't see the level of quality and experience to support the cities selection of the firm.
While pro bono is an admirable stance for nono-for-profits and public service initiatives, for the money making machine the Olympics will be, why do this for free?
If this logo is a forebearer of the process to come for 2016, go LA and SF.
font: looks like 'Gotham' by Hoefler.
I am a fan of the logo....while no logo will satisfy all parties, when you look at the link to Wikipedia and see all the other logos shared with the world, Chicago's is truly MODERN, progressive, visually appealing, compelling in telling our story without need for words and simple.
The previous comments on the pencil line and focus on our "city of broad shoulders" being our skyline is cliche but it is also what symbolizes our city.
It is the nuances displayed through color that really makes the head-heart connection to all the ideas and the spirit of our great city.
i am very happy to know thatchicago did beat L.A. in the Olympic race
The logo was just determined to be in violation of Olympic copyright. Candidate cities can't use flames!
I just read that story. In a Chicago Tribune.com online poll the majority of voters agree that the logo should be changed.
ha. Chicago should say "it's not a torch, it's just the chicago fire."
I'm a bit disappointed by this news that Chicago has to change their bid logo. I was getting attached to it with all the photos I was taking of the posters around town. At least in the future, when we see this old version of the logo, we can point to a specific time when it was used. The new logo will help to differentiate the 2nd phase of the bid process.
I'm quite anxious to see what they will draft up. Hopefully, Chicago will stick with VSA Partners, as they did a wonderful job already.
definately Gotham Font (http://www.identifont.com/show?9YC)
I don't really understand critics... the logo seems fine.
I think the logo is cool. It explains our city's history and has to do w/ the olypics. I'm not sure if having the olympics is a good idea, though...it's pretty expensive and we might not get as much money back
I think the logo is cool. It explains our city's history and has to do w/ the olypics.
i've worked with the logo (old and new one) and they are raster... odd choice i feel.
Adding a 5th star to the city flag would end up costing the city a ridiculous amount of money. Just for the CPD alone they would have to re-outfit every Policeman with a new Chicago Flag.
I wouldn't mind this being one of the people who produces their emblems but it would just be such a taxing change.
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The font that is used is SR Franklin Medium I think? Anyway, it's the same font that's used in the Chicago Theatre neon sign, they also use it in the cover of the movie Chicago.