Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Olympics pictograms: Munich 1972


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German graphic designer Otl Aicher brought the Olympic symbol design game to a whole new level with his designs for the 1972 games, held in Munich. His event icons have become, well... iconic, used and abused by designers and artists to this day. There's something so concise and finite about the way he captured each sport and represented it with a series of dots and horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines.

Aside from the pictograms, Aicher also created an entire universe of astonishingly gorgeous posters, brochures, and other printed matter for the games.







Oh and how about some Olympic event matchbooks?!?!?



Credits must go to the original collectors of these great items. Please check out the Otl Aicher image pool on Flickr for more images and info!

4 comments:

FYBS said...

Man, I wish I lived in an era where matchbooks were considered a staple execution of an identity system.

MIKE DAVIS said...

For the new Heiruspecs album, they're having me do coasters and coffee sleeves! I'll try to get matchbooks for some projects in the future...

FYBS said...

Unfortunately, I think the smoking ban might have spelled the last goodnight for matchbooks the world over. However i do support the smoking ban anyway. And I'm a smoker.

Jeremy said...

BONER