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2020 Tokyo Olympics Mascot
Posted: Posted December 31st, 2017
Edited December 31st, 2017 by mariomguy
Earlier this month Tokyo released the shortlist of mascots for the 2020 summer Olympic games. One of these 6 will be chosen by every school child in Japan and their affiliate schools. What's even more interesting is the list was chosen from 2042 entries in a competition open to the public, so, the selection process is incredibly democratic.
The first mascots chosen by public vote were 2014's winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and consisted of a polar bear, leopard, and hare. The designs were so successful, since then 3 of the 4 last mascots were ultimately chosen by public vote, and the process appears to be getting more and more democratic as time goes on.
In the past, a LOT of Olympic mascots used to suck. Badly. I can only imagine committees would hire a designer without properly vetting the person or explaining the themes/paying much attention to it, and that lead to a TON of terrible mascots. In recent years submissions have been open to the public, and this has improved the quality (infinite monkey theorem), but it wasn't until a few years ago members of the public had the final word. Because most people do not have a trained eye for design, I do not believe such monumental decisions should be made by anyone who isn't a designer themselves. I also believe, while designs may be submitted by the public, committees include a professional artist to refine it. I'm certain most of these designs were made by professionals, but removing the refiner from the process means all the mistakes made from the first individual go to the final product and pushed in front of the world over.
Every Olympic game since 1972 had an official mascot, but the process to this day still has not been nailed down.
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