Last week, England’s Royal Mail issued definitive stamps celebrating the upcoming London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. The stamps were printed in orange and blue inks on specialist stamp printing presses in Walsall, West Midlands. While “definitives usually only feature an image of the Queen, this is the first time a commercial logo has been included.
Unfortunately, the logo is the much-maligned one created for the Olympics and Paralympics. Predictably, the stamps are getting the same kind of razzing from the design community and public at large. Sample responses from the Daily Mail site:
“A ridiculous logo, so pathetic, no doubt designed by a friend of a friend in high places, and they have the nerve to put it on a stamp, just to rub your nose in it.”
“I trust we will be able to buy real stamps rather than these abortions.”
“Words cannot describe just how utterly vile the logo is.”
“Looks like an obscene Rorschach test. Figure(s) appears to be an individual or group of individuals whose emotional drives have been repressed by a dominant female figure resulting in mood lability, loose thought associations and flight of ideas.”