The making of the Olympic Games section for Sport 24 website

Overview• Process

Preparing to receive a flood of news from the Olympic Games, the website’s editors want to create a special section for them. It is important to design the section in a way that would allow to later use it for any other major sporting events.

Starting to work. After sketching the structure of Olympic events we decide to use the event format as the starting point.

Which is to say that the Olympic Games can be seen as a big tournament with lots of microtournaments (medal competitions).

Suggesting the first designs. Putting together a prototype to check the hypothesis. Deciding to add more Olympic symbols to the visual style and creating a background.

The logic seems to work well but visually this is too removed from the style of the existing website. Deciding to remove the background but keep the illustrations.

The illustrations go to the technical designer. Starting to draw and search for the style. Talking to the client to discuss the prototype and future content of the section.

The structure comes out as follows: overview, events calendar, medal table, articles, heroes.

Choosing formats for each entity.

Preparing the first variants of the illustrations.

Not what we need. The technical designer continues the search.

Meanwhile, the typesetting begins. Making changes in place without drawing any more mock-ups.

The technical designer sends in a nice design for the cover of the section’s main page.

Deciding to keep it on all first-level pages. Sketching graphics for other sections.

Drawing icons for various sports.

Continuing to fix the layout and prepare the templates for the launch while the editors work on the first articles. Waiting for the launch.