First it was the Olympic Rings, and now it’s the turn of the Paralympic Agitos to grace Tower Bridge.

Tower Bridge

Just as the Olympics boasts the famous five Olympic Rings emblem, so too does the Paralympics have its own symbol: three ‘Agitos’ coloured red, blue, and green, encircling a single point on a white field.
The colours of the Agitos (from the Latin verb ‘agito’ – I move) feature the three most widely represented colours of national flags around the world.

London Paralympic venues

For the most part, the Paralympics use the same venues as the Olympics.
There is also one additional venue to the Olympic Park which was not used for the Olympics: Eton Manor, which hosts the Wheelchair Tennis competition.
Outside London, there are three venues. Eton Dorney will still host the Rowing and the Sailing will again take place at Weymouth and Portland in Dorset. The cycling events will take place at Brands Hatch in Kent.

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Coinciding with London Olympics, Designed to Win explores the various ways in which design has shaped the sporting world.
The exhibition, created in association with Oakley, celebrates design in sport, focusing on the the relationship between design and performance and function, looking at how new materials, fashions and technologies have transformed sporting equipment.
Film clips, photography and models are shown alongside interactive displays, sporting equipment and timelines.

“Designed to Win” is split up into several different themes. The section on speed, power and performance features a selection of bicycles including a track bike, a downhill bike, a time-trial bike and a racing BMX to take a look at how the needs of different cyclists lead to highly specialised, technologically amazing bicycles. This part of the exhibition also features Bradley Wiggins’ recent Tour de France winning bicycle.

Also featured: Speedo’s controversial line of swimming suits, launched at Beijing 2008 Olympics, where 94 per cent of all races were won by athletes donning the LZR Racer. By August 2009, 93 world records had been broken by swimmers wearing it, prompting major investigations and allegations of “technological doping”. The suits were banned in 2010.

The exhibition also looks at safety equipment. There’s a selection of cricket helmets showing how their design and the materials used changed through time as they moved from steel to plastic to Kevlar protective shells. You can also see F1 racing helmets worn over the last three decades including Lewis Hamilton’s.

The final room is all about sporting controversies, and features in particular Ilie Nastase‘s spaghetti racquet.
The double-strung tennis racquet was first sighted in 1977, but was soon banned due to the excessive spin it generated. Ilie Nastase used what became known as the ‘spaghetti-strung’ racquet to end the 57-match claycourt winning streak of Guillermo Vilas.

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Designed To Win, Design Museum, until November 18. £10

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London based design studio, hat-trick design was commissioned by the Royal Mail to design a series of stamps to commemorate the London Olympics.
The stamps feature iconic London landmarks blended with olympic sports to celebrate both the sport and the landmarks of London.

Via designboom