The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) have introduced Wenlock, the London 2012 Olympic mascot, and Mandeville, the London 2012 Paralympic mascot to the world this week. Although they could easily have been designed by Pixar, they were in fact created by London based agency Iris. Wenlock and Mandeville have an awesomely rendered metallic finish, a single large eye representing a camera lens, a London taxi light for hair and Olympic rings as friendship bracelets. What is particularly impressive about the mascot designs is the way in which, just like the 2012 Olympic logo, they have a flexible chameleon-like quality which enables them to visually adapt to any context whilst remaining recognisable.
Although they have facebook profiles, Twitter accounts etc, Wenlock and Mandeville can also be found at home here:
Thanks to Paul R, Andy L, Chris R, Marisa T, Adam L, Christian B, Valerio M, Karen C, Jane S, Rhona O, Sarah N and Carrie C for contributing to the content of this post.