This is the logo unveiled recently for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Lord Coe, the guy who spoke at this auspicious event said “London 2012 is inspired by you and it’s for all of you.” The people of London are wondering WTF they did to deserve that comment. The thinking was sound: Olympic viewing will take place on a lot of media devices in 5 years time so they wanted a recognisable shape that can work across lots of platforms. Yet it should not look like Lisa Simpson giving a blow job. I love the bold intention to create an original Olympic ID and break from Otl Aicher's Berlin ID (enough with ancient history! most of us weren't born when that work was done.) I'm disappointed that the execution will open it up to massive criticism and give smug design/client conservatives one more arrow.
Creative Review Blog has a great article discussing this avant-garde/dated design piece. I'm sure the wits will be milking this logo for years to come.
ADD: Design Observer has some interesting updates on the logo debacle, including epileptic fits and petitions signed by Ms Lisa Simpson herself.