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12th Annual GamesBids Olympic Logo Design Competition

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Yes, this again. Following last year's reasonable turnout for a competition that was basically a giant timing error, we have returned to the tradition of GB's winter Cultural Olympiad for the 12th (!) edition. After an August start in 2017, I'm sure you're pleased to leave it to November 26 before breaking out the festive songs. First, as ever, a proper thanks to the two Aussies whose foundations for the comp led to its longevity - @thatsnotmypuppy, the founder who came up with the idea, & @Sir Rols, who kept it going & is enthusiastically taking up his newer role as official sounding-board once again - thanks mate :) Now, in my latest attempt to live up to the great comps of old, I'm going for a format that's semi-traditional, but incorporates what made the World Cup one of 2016 successful. In addition, our 4 cities (yup, 4, 2 summer & 2 winter) have been picked for controversy, challenge, & pure design potential, so there's a lot to work with. 

So let's go around the world, from A to Z & from M to...M, here are the logo comp cities of 2018:

WINTER 2030 CITY 1: ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN (the controversy)


It had to be. Everyone's favourite Kazakh not-capital, this is the city that bids for every Winter Olympics except the one it might actually win. It's the city everyone's talking about, & as the IOC finally run out of options, it's a Games that might even happen. How would you show it to the world?

WINTER 2030 CITY 2: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (for challenge)


The largest city in the IOC's homeland, I can only assume that the reason it's never so much as bid for the Winter games is that mountains are a fair way away. That & the democracy thing. Neither of these matter to the comp (or the IOC), so how would you brand the Olympics' sort-of homecoming in 2030?

SUMMER 2032 CITY 1: MEXICO CITY, um, MEXICO (for potential part 1)


2018 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant Olympics of all time, & we're returning to where it all happened - Mexico's sprawling capital. From the Aztecs to Kahlo, Mexico is full of inspiration - a gift to the designers of our board. How will you show off Mexico as the Olympics return?

SUMMER 2032 CITY 2: MUMBAI*, INDIA (for potential part 2)


And finally, one of the largest & most vibrant cities on Earth - Mumbai. To emulate their big rival China by hosting the Olympics would be a huge deal for India - & in Bollywood's home city, design ideas shouldn't be hard to find. I've long wondered how the designers here would brand an Indian Olympics - here's your chance.

*A note on names - Mumbai is the only official name of the city, not Bombay. If you really must use Bombay in your logo (for a visual pun, say) I can't stop you, but as we like to be realistic, bear in mind Mumbai is the only name that the IOC & India would use, & would be the name used for any real purpose.


We are, as ever, after logos that encompass the overall feel of the city and local influences that can be tied into a design concept. How can any of these cities articulate graphically what they could bring to future Olympics hosting? What flavour will they bring to the games? Will it inspire any of these to actually bid for the damn thing?

The logos should be presented as full colour designs on white background. If you like, however, they can also be presented in black and white or utilised in forms like street banners, t-shirts, apps, vehicles, pins etc. For voting purposes, the main (colour) logo will be used on the polls, & extra stuff is not obligatory, but any extra material you produce may help you “sell” your design better to the wider GamesBids voting membership.

 These logos are for the cities as they HOST the games. So you CAN use the rings, and don't need to include the words “Candidate City, Olympic Games 2030/32” or whatever the IOC want this week.

Please post your preliminary submissions on this thread. If you want to hold anything back to be presented as a “surprise” when voting starts you can contact me or Rols via PM and I'll tell you where you can send the extra material. However, it would be nice to see as many on-thread submissions as possible for people to chew over in-thread, & to try & get the old buzz back.

You can submit logos for any of the cities, & anything up to all 4 of them. However, you cannot enter more than one logo for the same city (see below). So entering one logo for each of Almaty, Mexico City & Mumbai is fine, but two logos for Almaty, say, is not fine. You are able, encouraged even, to enter for multiple cities.

Feel free to post as many logo designs as you like, & to ask for feedback from our famously discerning electorate. If you really can't decide between your own designs for a city, feel free to start a poll (or to ask for one to be started). When the time comes for voting, however, you will be asked to settle on a maximum of ONLY ONE official logo per city as your official entry. 

The format is a revisit to the tournament system that served the World Cup comp so well in 2016. Exact details will depend on the numbers received - so will be revealed when we get there. Unlike the World Cup, the winter & summer 'halves' will be entirely separate, there will be two winners in the Olympic comp tradition. 

The competition is open to all members of GamesBids, or to any new legitimate members who join before the end of the submission period. I, with consultation, will rule on the legitimacy of new members.

As you would expect, I will rule on any disputes - always aiming to be as fair as possible in the process. As always, just remember, this is all meant to be fun. Olympic spirit, remember?. 

Hopefully this will spark up some action on the board. I'll be dipping in, keeping a close eye on things, but otherwise will try and keep my green yoshi-paws off until the polling stages.

The deadline for submissions is 1pm London time (that is, midnight in Sydney, as per tradition) on NEW YEAR'S EVE, 31 DECEMBER 2018. Thus, GB will begin 2019 with the voting.

And this is just to alert @Rob. to the existence of the new comp in the hope that he'll do his traditional bit of putting up links to various free design programs etc for the benefit of those who want to take part but may not have the facility at the moment.

All that is left to say is thank you Rols once again, and to all participants for having the guts to put your logos up for the annual GamesBids dissection, & may the best logos win. 

There are too many languages involved to do this properly, so I'll just say GOOD LUCK! :) 

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Hello everyone! 

I'm Utkarsh from Varanasi, India and here's my logo for the MUMBAI 2032 Summer Games.

The logo mainly consists of a figure of Mumbai's iconic monument, The Gateway of India with the colorful Indian patterns on it that represent the profound diversity and vibrancy of this beautiful nation called INDIA

I created this logo more than a year ago and since then I'm using it on multiple social platforms to promote the idea of bringing the 2032 Olympic Games to India.

And now I'm glad to share it on this forum too.

Thanks to all the admins and members of GamesBids for this really amazing competition and Good Luck to all the other participants. Wish you all a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance.



And lastly, if anyone wants to follow or join the initiative to bring the Olympics to India, they can follow @mumbai2032 on twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

I will really appreciate your precious support.



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Ok, I know there always used to be a good few members who only creeped out of the woodwork when a logo comp was on, plus there’s several old big names who haven’t been seen round here for some time. Since we don’t have status updates anymore (grumble) the only way to alert them is like this: @daveypodmore @Glacib @woohooitsme83 @Scotguy @JO2024 @mr.bernham @Rob. @Lord David  This doesn’t include anyone who I know is aware of the comp, isn’t in any kind of order, & I’m sure I’ll think of more. Also, Utkarsh, you can also submit a logo for any of the other 3 cities, but not for Mumbai unless you want to replace the one above. Housekeeping done :)

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I can't help but appreciate the existence of such an Olympic emblem design competition as this one, despite being an unofficial one. I've been searching for any news on an official competition like this for Paris 2024 but to no avail, for which case, I have made one for that on my shelf, just in case.

For now, I submit an OFFICIAL entry to this competition for ALMATY 2030!


As much as I want to do design application (venue dressing, pictograms, banners, tickets, etc.) with my emblem design, I am unable to actually do it as class schedule here in medical school is busy and unrelenting, plus a week full of exams approaches before Christmas break.

Let's see if I could still be able to create entries for Zurich, Mexico City, and Mumbai before the deadline.

Thank you and long live GamesBids!

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Right, stocktake:

@JDCLauron - Mumbai still open. Also, I don’t know why, but your Mexico City logo isn’t showing for me. 

@Utkarsh Verma - Mexico, Almaty & Zurich still open. 

@Sir Rols Almaty & Zurich still open. 

@Glacib Mumbai, Mexico & Zurich still open. 

Of course, anyone is still free to alter or replace any logo they’ve submitted already. For everyone, the deadline is New Year’s Eve at 1pm GMT - less than 2 weeks away. Thank you :)

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Christmas break here commences on the 22nd and I'd be done with those exams from then. I may want to suspend making my entries for Mexico City and Mumbai until that date but I'm not that guy who would feel bad about goofing off just to do them. Just saying... ha ha... Look, I'm posting this in the middle of reviewing for the Family & Community Medicine and Otorhinolaryngology exams, due within 7 hours overall. Somebody stop me. Again, just saying...


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