" Mujgan: Going back to Olympics, I am wondering how would you describe the development of pictograms within the Games? Would you say that there are certain patterns, general themes they all fall into? I am just curious about why for example Barcelona 1992 pictograms look very gender-neutral in very artistic style with brush strokes and then there is a set of Atlanta 1996 pictograms just right after that which explicitly depicts a silhouette of male body in a very detailed manner. There is no way that they were meant to be neutral.
Lance Wyman: I think the general tendency one could observe is that by time they all started becoming stylistic. I mean, what you said about Atlanta is a good example. I think their design was in some way hinting at Greek athletes from the ancient games (Figure 23). And, of course the Greeks didn’t have any women. They were all men running around with those black silhouettes, you know, pottery and everything. So, I think it’s the birth of all of these images that come from an attitude that’s either intentional or just naively the way it is."