Book recommendation; Otl Aicher – Guidelines and Standards for the Visual Design The Games of the XX Olympiad Munich 1972

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Guidelines and Standards for the Visual Design The Games of the XX Olympiad Munich 1972
Otl Aicher

German with booklet in English, French, Spanish, 22 Ausklappbögen / 44 pages, 22.5 / 63 x 30 cm, ring binder
ISBN 978-3-7212-0999-0
Release date: 10/2019

 

_First reprint ever of the original manual of most famous design for Olympic Games
_With booklet including all texts in English, French and Spanish
_Ring binder in original style with 22 foldout sheets
_Design concept set new standards for branding and corporate identity

Almost a quarter of a century after the end of National Socialism in Germany, Otl Aicher was commissioned to design the “cheerful” Olympic Games in Munich 1972. He systematically and scientifically approached this task and liberated visual communication from national pathos by reducing it to the essential in the Bauhaus sense: the use. The manual, completed in 1967, contains a flexible system of colors, forms and fonts that enabled Aicher’s team and partners to “play freely” and saved “unnecessary preparatory work and time-consuming detailed decisions”.

With the use of this kind of visual grammar more than 100 design areas were developped. They were successfull to create an extraordinary broad impact of the appearance and set new standards for branding and corporate design. Munich 1972 is still regarded as the most successful design project of all the Olympic Games.

 
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Source: Braun Publishing AG / niggli Verlag

Book recommendation; Olympic Games – The Design by Markus Osterwalder

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Olympic Games – The Design
Markus Osterwalder

English, 2 x 776 pages, 6000 illustrations, 21 x 28.5 cm, 2 hardcover volumes in box
ISBN 978-3-7212-1000-2
Release date: 10/2019

 

_The design of all Olympic Games of modern times including Tokyo 2020
_Author has the worldwide biggest collection of Olympic objects
_With essays by leading designers on selected design topics
_Olympic design as study of coporate identity

Is there a bigger challenge for a designer than the creation of an identity for the Olympic Games? Each venue has developed its own unique image, merging national spirit and international trends with the Olympic spirit of friendship, solidarity and fairness. “Olympic Games – The Design” provides an in-depth overview of the history of the Games, with for the first time the visual appearance in the center of attention: logos, mascots, medals, pictograms, uniforms, tickets, luggage tags, posters, souvenirs and much more.

The author Markus Osterwalder presents a total of around 6,000 illustrations on over 1,500 pages in two volumes with 58 chapters including astonishing facts and stories about who created what and how. For each of the Games, the passionate Swiss collector has systematically chosen examples from the fields of graphic design, typography, fashion design and product design that enable viewers and readers to fully grasp the design identity of the respective Games. In addition, this title also shows an extraordinarily exciting development in the field of corporate identity and brand design.

 
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Source: Braun Publishing AG / niggli Verlag

Book recommendation; Olympische Spiele: Architektur Und Gestaltung. Berlin – Munchen – Stuttgart (German)

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Olympische Spiele: Architektur Und Gestaltung. Berlin – Munchen – Stuttgart
Begleitbuch zur Ausstellung
Bearbeitet von Bohl, Peter / Friedrich, Markus

ISBN / Artikel-Nr: 978-3-17-036208-6
Auflage: 1. Auflage
Seiten: 192
Illustrationen etc.: 152 Abb.
Erschienen: 2018
Maße: 245mm x 215mm x 17mm

 

Die Olympischen Spiele der Neuzeit sind seit 1896 “das” Weltereignis des Sports. Als globale Medienereignisse stellen sie an Architektur und grafische Gestaltung höchste Anforderungen: der Auftritt muss unverwechselbar und “omnipräsent” sein. Der Katalog wird gemeinsam mit dem Institut für Sportgeschichte Baden-Württemberg e. V. präsentiert, das sein 25jähriges Bestehen feiert. Die Spiele von München 1972 sollten das Gegenmodell zu 1936 werden. Deutschland präsentierte sich weltoffen und modern. Dafür steht das Konzept der “visuellen Kommunikation” von Anton Stankowski und Otl Aicher. Bekannte Architekten aus dem Südwesten, Günter Behnisch, Frei Otto und Fritz Auer, waren in München beteiligt. Der Begleitband zur Ausstellung umfasst neben dem umfangreich bebilderten Katalogteil eine Einführung in die gesellschaftliche, architektonische und kulturelle Bedeutung der Spiele für den Südwesten.

Book recommendation; PyeongChang 2018: The Olympic Games Through the Photographer’s Lens

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PyeongChang 2018: The Olympic Games Through the Photographer’s Lens
Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-911282-38-9
88 Pages
180 x 180 mm (7 ⅛ x 7 ⅛ in)
62 colour
In association with the International Olympic Committee, Lausanne
October 2018

 

This fourth volume in a series celebrating the Olympic Games presents stunning photographs from the Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018.

The Olympic Games produce an untold number of breathtaking images: athletes at work and rest, events from ski-jumping and bobsleighing, sporting facilities, venues from rugged mountains to indoor ice-rinks, and unique moments that allow the viewer to share the passion of the Olympic Games.

Photographers John Huet, David Burnett, Jason Evans and Mine Kasapoglu Puhrer were granted access to the training zones and accompanied the athletes as they prepared for their events before the arrival of the crowds. These unconventional images show the intensity of training and the mental state of the Olympians. The photos are accompanied by detailed commentaries by the photographers, describing the thought and planning behind the images, and the exact moment when the images were captured.

Book recommendation; Japanese Creativity — Contemplations on Japanese Architecture

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Japanese Creativity—Contemplations on Japanese Architecture
Yuichiro Edagawa
Foreword by Kengo Kuma

What lies at the root of Japanese creativity and its architectural artifacts? In his new book, the Japanese architect Yuichiro Edagawa explores this question in detail. By analyzing a wide variety of unique exemplary buildings from the sixth century to the present, he determines twelve distinctive characteristics of Japanese architectural creativity and composition, including: intimacy with nature, importance of materials, bipolarity and diversity, asymmetry, devotion to small space, and organic form. The key understanding, which pervades all these characteristics, is that “parts precede the whole.” The Japanese process of creation begins with designing parts and details and ends with combining them to one edifice.

With Japanese Creativity—Contemplations on Japanese Architecture Edagawa provides a personal and comprehensive understanding of Japanese creativity and the architectural process. The book gives us an inspiring insight into Japanese culture and identity, which in its essence is deeply traditional and modern at the same time. With a preface by Kengo Kuma.

 

Hardcover
14.8 x 21 cm
192 pages, approx. 199 col.
English
ISBN 978-3-86859-508-6
05.2018

Book recommendation; Will It Stand Up?: A Professional Engineer’s View of the Creation of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium

Will It Stand Up?: A Professional Engineer’s View of the Creation of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium
Will it Stand Up? Uses the London 2012 Olympic Stadium to demonstrate the seven principles for running successful projects. As well as sharing what went on behind the scenes of this iconic stadium, it provides you with a clear blueprint for improving your own project outcomes. Whether you’re an architect, engineer, developer or contractor, you’ll find this book both entertaining and educational.

Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Rethink Press (22 Oct. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781332800
ISBN-13: 978-1781332801
Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1 x 20.3 cm

Book recommendation; Rio 2016: The Olympic Games Through the Photographer’s Lens

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Rio 2016: The Olympic Games Through the Photographer’s Lens
Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: D Giles Ltd (1 May 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1911282115
ISBN-13: 978-1911282112

This, the third volume in a new series celebrating the Olympic Games, offers up a selection of photographs from the Games in Rio in 2016. Photographers John Huet, David Burnett, Jason Evans and Mine Kasapoglu were granted access to the training zones and accompanied the athletes as they prepared for their events before the arrival of the crowds.

David Burnett, an American photographer, has covered numerous conflicts for Time magazine, as well as every Olympic Games since 1984. American photographer John Huet began photographing competitive athletes 25 years ago. In 2004 he was selected an official Olympic Games photographer. Jason Evans’s work has been recognised by American Photography, the International Photography Awards, Photo District News, and American Photographic Artists. Mine Kasapoglu is a travelling freelance photographer who has been covering the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games since 2010.

Books; Upcoming book releases (Spring + Summer 2017)

Olympic Stadia: Their History, Their Design, Their Future
Author: Geraint John, Dave Parker
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Routledge (1 April 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1138698849
ISBN-13: 978-1138698840

Olympic Urbanism: Rome to Rio
Author: Judith Grant Long
Paperback
Publisher: Routledge (8 April 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1138667161
ISBN-13: 978-1138667167

Rio 2016: The Olympic Games Through the Photographer’s Lens
Editor: The International Olympic Committee
Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: D Giles Ltd (1 May 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1911282115
ISBN-13: 978-1911282112
Product Dimensions: 18 x 0.7 x 18 cm

London 2012 and the Post-Olympics City: A Hollow Legacy?
Editor: Phil Cohen, Paul Watt
Hardcover: 445 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2017 edition (30 May 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1137489464
ISBN-13: 978-1137489463
Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 21.1 cm

No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities are Passing on the Torch
Author: Chris Dempsey, Andrew Zimbalist
Hardcover: 232 pages
Publisher: University of New Hampshire Press (28 Jun. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 151260058X
ISBN-13: 978-1512600582
Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.2 x 21 cm

The 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games: Assessing the 30-Year Legacy (Sport in the Global Society – Historical Perspectives)
Editor: Matthew Llewellyn, John Gleaves, Wayne Wilson
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (23 Aug. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1138085375
ISBN-13: 978-1138085374

London 2012; Book recommendation: Renewing the Past: Unearthing the History of the Olympic Park Site

renewing-the-past-unearthing-the-history-of-the-olympic-park-site
© Trust for Wessex Archaeology Ltd

 

From the publisher:

Renewing the Past: Unearthing the History of the Olympic Park Site
Investigations have revealed the buried history of the 2012 Olympic Park site. Archaeologists have unearthed prehistoric settlements, a medieval millstream and a Victorian riverboat, and they traced the area’s industrial heritage. As the landscape changed over time, so did the lives of the people who lived and worked here. Now it has changed again, renewing and building on the past to create a legacy for the future.

Paperback: 44 pages
Publisher: Trust for Wessex Archaeology Ltd
Date: 1 June 2012
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1874350604
ISBN-13: 978-1874350606
Dimensions: 14,5 x 0,5 x 20,3 cm