London 2012: The Logo Debate

Olympic2012 >> London 2012 brand and logo: Official site
>> BBC News: Deconstructing the Logo
>> London 2012: Can You Do Better?
The branding for the 2012 London Olympics was unveiled less than 72 hours ago and not since Euro 2004 referee Urs Meier disallowed Sol Campbell’s header in the England–Portugal quarter final has there been such a massive (and vocal) online reaction to a sporting news story.
Seb Coe and the Olympic committee are at pains to point out that the brand should be seen not only as a static logo, but as part of an animation or video emblem. You can see the videos at the official site and read the views of design and branding experts on BBC News.
Unofficial site Can You Do Better? has already received around 4000 comments and 20000 votes on the suitability of the new logo. They’re also allowing anyone to upload their own homemade logos which can be reviewed and rated by all site users. Some of the submissions are impressively professional and eye-catching. Others are somewhat rough around the edges!

Latest WOTD links

Full blurb to follow! (Sorry a bit non-stop at work right now!)

Friday 04 May
>> Recycle Now: Compost 4 Fun game

Thursday 03 May
>> Oxford DNB: Musuem & Galleries Month Interactive Map


>> Mobyko
This impressive free service can be set up to automatically backup all the numbers in your mobile phone’s address book to a secure online locker. No software or cables are needed and the service claims to work for 90% of current UK handsets – over 150 different models.
Samsung and LG owners should be aware that the Mobyko service does not fully support their handsets (but they – and all other mobile users – can still use the service to store text messages, photos & videos taken from their mobile)

Vote for the Modern Seven Wonders of the World

7wonders >> New 7 Wonders
This is the official site for a global vote to elect the modern 7 wonders of the world. A long list of 77 monuments has been whittled down to a final 21 candidates which ranges from the Easter Island statues to the Sydney Opera House, the Kremlin and the Statue of Liberty.
The final 7 Wonders will be announced on New Years Day 2007 and until then anyone can vote on which monuments deserve to rank alongside ancient wonders like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and The Colossus of Rhodes.

(Please note: Votes are submitted by international phonelines and call proceeds will be used to fund worldwide heritage restoration efforts. Please check call rates with your ‘phone provider before dialling.)

All back to normal

You may have noticed that this site has been a bit out of date over the last few days … The site is powered by a blogging service called Typepad, whose system failed in the middle of last week. As a result I was unable to update the site on Thursday and Friday, and a couple of posts from earlier in the week were temporarily lost, while Typepad had to revert to a backup version of this site.
By the time you read this, Typepad have restored the site to its former (ahem) glory – but apologies if you had trouble finding a particular link at the end of last week.

Half Term

Website of the Day is currently enjoying half-term somewhere near Gloucester! Back on air next week – so in the meantime, why not explore the archives on this site!
Oh and here’s a bonus (not-featured-on-the-show) news story that made me laugh from the Jamaican Star:

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Children as young as two are the target audience of a new software that will enable toddlers to both surf and send e-mails safely without help from their parents. The software is described by its developer as a "children’s own operating system" and is aimed at two- to 12-year-olds. The idea is to protect them from sex and drugs spam and other unsavoury aspects of the internet, while at the same time give them access to the web’s more useful and entertaining sides. The man behind the software, Easybits program developer and partner Lars Jolstad, describes it as a "protective shell" that is placed over Microsoft Windows. Only authorised content can pass through the shell, so parents can draw up "white lists" of e-mail addresses with which their children can communicate, and of websites they can access, he told BBC News Online.

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