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2004 Olympic Poster by TheRyanFord 2004 Olympic Poster by TheRyanFord
Part of a class assignment.

Sometimes the simplest answer can be the best.

Final Print: 11" x 17"

Yet Another Update: I apologize for updating this so much, but there are little nitpicky details that keep getting worked out.
First off, the olympic logo I had at the bottom had been removed. It was redundant and unecessary.

I also modified the shadows to be more "shadowy" rather than flat grey shapes.

Then, I changed the light cyan gradient to a 5% Yellow and 2% Magenta gradient. After all, these are the SUMMER olympic, so it needs to feel warmer.
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:icontave:
tave Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2005   Interface Designer
simply excellent.... i love it so much
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astondo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2005
Classic and cool :)
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salted-eyes Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2004
Very nice work. I just love it. Awesome!! :-)
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MikkelT Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2004
I like this design a lot, as you say yourself, it does not have to be anything but simple, this one being simple also means a lot.

Though, I would say that the Olympia logo with the rings should be fully shown in some way, since it's their logo, it should not be cut off as you have did it, though, really cool effect

Great job :)
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reebok Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2004
I love the minimalism of it and everything! Excellent work, liquisoft.
+Fav.
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:iconvlda:
vlda Featured By Owner May 27, 2004
Extremely fluid and vibrant , bravo ! One thing bugs me though , its the flame . Have you tried using fewer bigger shapes to define it?

awesome though.
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karsten Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
lovely!
great grid, colors and typo.

the drop shadow also fit great.
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:iconofijo:
Ofijo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2004
Came to see your 'design skills' after reading you flame '!s-n-e-e-d' on a forum.
And - Whoa, Wonderful.
Simple, presentable, visually pleasing. Quite professional, I'de honestly see it as a poster on a public board.
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tigaer Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
perfect =)
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hif Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2004
Pretty darn neat.

However, shouldn't the greek flag be side by side with the olympic banner rather than on top of it - or maybe vice versa. I dunno, the fact that its in greece should be a secondary pause, its birthplace, rather than the main event of the image. Its the lympics you know.

And sorry if you have gotten the same comment before; I'm not gonna read through the previous 70.
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hypermind Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
Very nice design. Well done!

:hypermind:
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donvito Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2004
Hey :)! ... thanks 4 ur work :D! looks really nice :)! (I'm greek)
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cberry240 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2004
Watching your work progress has been quite fun. There has been quite a change even in the 2 years I have been here at dA and this piece is a perfect example of the fantastic new direction you seem to be headed. I really like your placement of the two flags having the olympic one under the Greek so that the Olympic symbol is there but not in the typical fashion like :devhalf-liquid: said. I, being one for the minimalistic approach, like most of the pieces that you show off here. Though I have to commend you on your guts for posting sometimes. I hold most of my work offline because it is a lot easier for people to rip designs when you post them.

Again great work, and be careful that you don't get stuck in a minimalist rut. A good designer can handle many styles though they may prefer on. I have had a few professors have to 'drag' me out of that approach cause it is so nice and can make for great designs.
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sciphex Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2004
Very professional man

Looks wonderful
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iamnophotographer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
why be complicated when the answer is simple.

turned out awsome. almost makes me wanna watch the olympics :p
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sakurakira Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2004
yes this does feel warmer, tho the gradient is even less noticable on this version that the one with the blue (tho i supposed ur going for that look and its just so its not so stark with a white bg :D).
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TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
Yeah, its one of those details that is only noticed upon closer inspection. Its even less noticable in the final prints, but thats how I want it. It feels a bit warm (or cool in the blue's case) without allowing you to realize just why.
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elysium Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2004
very stylish and sophisticated! :clap:

:+fav: | :+favlove:
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grafikdzine Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
Honestly, the more I look at it, the more I shrug my shoulders. This poster is way too expected. Flags... woo hoo. Athens is where the Olympic games started. I think something incorporated with that is more dramatic and deserving than flags. In Athens didn't the winners get like a grape vine or something? I would have that image of the grape vine in blue conntected to the olympics symbol. Two ideas, one execution.
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TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
You have to understand that setting my work apart from the 20 other posters identical to what you just mentioned is also important to me. ;)
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grafikdzine Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
Understandable. But I'm confident you're more than intelligent enough to come up with something more original. You're liquisoft man, I believe in you...
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TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
I actually had several other ideas which I felt would be more visually interesting, but again this is a classroom environment. Everyone felt the simplified work I'm showing here would be more internationally successful, and if everyone agrees on something like that I'll appear to not be learning from the critiques and thus will be graded down on the finished project. Its all politics. :(
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grafikdzine Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
I hear ya. Keep up the good work, I'll be watching.
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halfliquid Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2004
I also put in the olympic logo at the bottom, but I'm afraid its a tad redundant. What do you think?

You know what? .. I'd say that it is. That segment of the rings below the Athens flag is good 'nuff, I believe, to get the point across. I mean, you still know it's the "OLYMPICS" if those 'nother pair of rings are not there, right? Plus the torch is there as well and I think everyone can related to to the Olympics to boot. So, really, with that small pair of rings under the date, we're being told what it is three times over .. but maybe that's something that you're going for.

=P

However, it's solid overall. Looks really clean, pure and .. spiff!

:thumbsup:

--

HL's Rating: :star::star::star::star::star-half:
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:iconhalfliquid:
halfliquid Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2004
related to to the Olympics

relate that to the Olympics*

:doh:
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variel Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2004
I think Athens better get their act together or else we aussies may have to host it again.

This is clean and simple. Just the way I like posters to be. Good work.
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picard102 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2004
Not too redundant at all.
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splat Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
This is an absolutely stunning design. You've got simplicity and detail all together in one great package.

The flag is definitely my favorite part. It's so simple, yet you've got that look and feel of a waving flag to give it depth. Very creative. Also, it's got no border or outline which I think allows the eye to create the missing pieces.

As for the bottom of the poster, the typeface and the layout of the text is excellent, not to mention the great torch graphic. It's classy and very resembling of the Olympics in my opinion. I think your inclusion of the Olympic logo again at the bottom is fine considering it's cut off under the flag.

Lastly, the light gradient of blue to white is a nice addition. It's hardly noticeable, but it adds a bit to the entire piece.

Nice work Ryan, one of the best posters I've seen in a very long time. =)
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anagoge Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2004
The torch NEEDS to be at the top in order for this to look right. And the shadow on the flag still looks very strange to me.
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crunch Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2004
flag reminded me of windows
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catOutOfHell Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2004
gradient looks fine
i'd lose the "to" in date and just hyphenate it.
august 10 - august 20

maybe. just a thought
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sakurakira Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2004
hm the gradient is very nice, adding a sort of spotlight focal point to the whole image. i dont think that adding the olympic logo at the bottom was redundant, b/c having that text there (including logo) is sort of obligatory on things like that, and can be taken as a separate entity from the flags. very nice. forgive my babbling, im a bit tired.
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met4m0rphosis Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2004
really nice :)
i like the gradient, tho it's not too noticable.. the vector is very nice :)
if i was the ioc, i would use it :D
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bikerboy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2004
Now I seen the original, not sure if I commented on it or not but it looked nice with just a white BG. This BG with a soft gradient just makes it look more beautiful to look at, so nice on my eyes! <3
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cyphex Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2004
It was awesome before... but now it's GRRRRRRRRREAT! I really like the gradient, yay! white is bad... I think the olympic symbols are fine also, just another cool thing to look at. :D
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gauravpatel Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2004
To update to update(!): How does it look when you leave a gap between Athens 2004 and the August 13 to August 29 and sticking the logo in the gap, slightly above the dates?
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TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
I can tell you right now it won't look good, but thanks for the suggestion. It'd create a weird shape that wouldn't be attractive.
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:iconcyphex:
cyphex Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2004
Oh this is really cool, very profesional... I like this a lot! :D
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:iconmodulatum:
modulatum Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2004
word, it's beautiful
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poomtang Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
Very professional could actually see this being used. Good job man! :nod:
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shardz Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2004
Can't wait for the Olympics. No roof aaaaaahahahaha :lol:
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phyl Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2004  Student
really nice work on this, though personally i think you could have even simplified the flames on that torch a bit more. but...can i just say that i really admire what you've done in this gallery thus far? gives me inspiration especially since i've just begun my studies in graphic design :).
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jark Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2004
very nice and simple. quality work ryan.
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TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
Merci Beaucoup, El Jarko.
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grafikdzine Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
*gasp* you took my suggestion?! i feel so loved :D
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anagoge Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2004
The torch looked better at the top and the rings should be fully visible.
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souljahsstory Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
i defnetly prefer the other one, the emphasis on the torch is integral to the design i feel, as it really gave a sense of history and background if you get me?
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xta Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2004
definitely, the simple and clean style gives it a much bigger impact
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clev Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2004
Great detail in the flag!
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spyed Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
the IOC would want the full rings shown without question but otherwise it's great!
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