In order to come up with a range of designs from which to choose, Tokyo 2020 held a competition open to professional designers and design students which attracted more than 400 entries.
Tokyo 2020 medal design competition (in Japanese)
International Olympic Committee regulations stipulate that obverse medal design should include the following elements:
-Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, in front of the Panathinaikos Stadium
-The official name of the respective Games, in this case the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
-the Olympic five rings symbol
– Diameter: 85mm
– Thickness: Thinnest part: 7.7mm
– Thickest part: 12.1mm
– Weight Gold: about 556g
– Weight Silver: about 550g
– Weight Bronze: about 450g
– Composition Gold: more than 6 grams of gold plating on pure silver
– Composition Silver: pure silver
– Composition Bronze: red brass (95% copper and 5% zinc)
– Ribbons Attached to the top of medals
– Side of Medal The name of the event will be engraved in English
-Representative, designer, SIGNSPLAN
-Director, Japan Sign Design Association
-Director, USD-O (Osaka Design Society)
Silicone convex lines are applied on the surface of the ribbon so that anyone can recognise the type of medal (gold, silver or bronze) by simply touching it. Chemically recycled polyester fibres that produce less CO2 during their manufacturing process are used; these allow the ribbons to incorporate the Tokyo 2020 core graphic colours and to be extremely durable at the same time.
Medal case design
Source: The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Text: Press release Tokyo 2020
Images: Tokyo 2020 & Toyota Motor Corporation
Tokyo 2020 Mascot-type Robots
The Miraitowa Robot and Someity Robot will welcome athletes and spectators at Games venues and other Games-related locations with human-like movements such as bowing and waving, and with a variety of facial expressions. Cameras mounted on the robots’ foreheads will allow them to recognise people nearby and to react to them, as well as to transmit images to remotely located robots. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Toyota are additionally discussing a number of ways for the robots to make it easier and more enjoyable for children to experience the Games.
Press release after the break.