Tokyo 2020; Posters Paralympic Games

Hirohiko Araki, Manga Artist, The Sky above The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa (©Tokyo 2020)
Koji Kakinuma, Calligrapher, Open (©Tokyo 2020)
GOO CHOKI PAR, Graphic Designer, PARALYMPIAN (©Tokyo 2020)
Tomoyuki Shinki, Artist, Offense No.7 (©Tokyo 2020)
Mika Ninagawa, Photographer, Film Director, Higher than the Rainbow (©Tokyo 2020)
Chihiro Mori, Artist, Beyond the Curve(Five Thousand Rings) (©Tokyo 2020)
Akira Yamaguchi, Painter, Horseback Archery (©Tokyo 2020)

Tokyo 2020; Posters Olympic Games

Naoki Urasawa, Manga Artist, Now it’s your turn! (©Tokyo 2020)
Shinro Ohtake, Painter, Space Kicker (©Tokyo 2020)
Daijiro Ohara, Graphic Designer, flow line (©Tokyo 2020)
Shoko Kanazawa, Calligrapher, FLY HIGH ! (©Tokyo 2020)
Tomoko Konoike, Artist, Wild Things-Hachilympic (©Tokyo 2020)
Taku Satoh, Graphic Designer, OLYMPIC CLOUD (©Tokyo 2020)
Takashi Homma, Photographer, TOKYO CHILDREN (©Tokyo 2020)
Theseus Chan, Art Director, EXTREME REVELATIONS (©Tokyo 2020)
Chiris Ofili, Artist, The Games People Play (©Tokyo 2020)
Viviane Sassen, Photographer, Ludus (©Tokyo 2020)
Philippe Weisbecker, Artist, Olympic Stadium (©Tokyo 2020)

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

From the publisher:

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.

You can order this book here.


Source: Braun Publishing AG / niggli Verlag

Book recommendation; Olympic Games – The Design by Markus Osterwalder

From the publisher:

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.

You can order this book here.


Source: Braun Publishing AG / niggli Verlag

Beijing 2022; Olympic and Paralympic mascots unveiled

Image: The Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games


Olympic Games: Bing Dwen Dwen

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, and Minister of the General Administration of Sport of China and BOCOG Executive President Gou Zhongwen jointly unveiled Bing Dwen Dwen(冰墩墩), the official mascot for the Olympic Winter Games, along with Chinese short track speed skater Wu Dajing and local school student Zhang Jiman.

The jovial panda mascot is an ambassador for winter sports. Bing (冰) is the Chinese character for ice, while Dwen Dwen (墩墩) is a common nickname in China for children that implies healthiness, cuteness, and ingenuousness – characteristics also shared with pandas.

Clothed in a full body suit of ice, a symbol of purity and strength, Bing Dwen Dwen wants to emulate the physical and mental power of Olympians, and to help spread the enduring Olympic spirit. The heart shape in its left palm represents the host country’s hospitality, and the mascot is expected to connect and bring joy to people participating and watching the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 from all over the world.

The coloured halo surrounding its face is suggestive of ice and snow tracks, as well as the flowing “ribbons” on the exterior of the National Speed Skating Oval, one of two new competition venues in the Beijing zone that is expected to become a landmark of the Games.

The dynamic lines of the halo also embody the increased connectivity in the era of 5G communications. Resembling an astronaut, Bing Dwen Dwen stands for Beijing 2022’s embrace of new technologies that will bring about a future with infinite possibilities.

Source: The Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (BOCOG)


Paralympic Games: Shuey Rhon Rhon

Secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and BOCOG President Cai Qi, Governor of Hebei Province and BOCOG Executive President Xu Qin, Chairperson of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation and BOCOG Executive President Zhang Haidi, together with Chinese wheelchair curler Chen Jianxin and local student Wang Ruoyu, introduced Shuey Rhon Rhon to the audience as the official mascot for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.

Shuey Rhon Rhon (雪容融) is a Chinese lantern child ready to welcome friends from around the world for a big party. Exuding positivity, the glow emanating from its heart symbolises the inspiring warmth, friendship, courage, and perseverance of Para athletes that light up the dreams of millions every day.

The Chinese lantern is a millennia-old cultural symbol associated with harvest, celebration, prosperity, and brightness. Red is the most auspicious and festive colour in the country, and is all the more fitting given that the Games will coincide with Chinese New Year celebrations in February and March 2022.

The overall design on Shuey Rhon Rhon draws from traditional Chinese papercut art and Ruyi ornaments, and features doves, Beijing’s iconic Temple of Heaven, and snow to symbolise peace, friendship, and good fortune.

Shuey has the same pronunciation as 雪, the Chinese character for snow. The first Rhon (容) in the mascot’s Chinese name means “to include, to tolerate”, while the second Rhon (融) means “to melt, to fuse” and “warm”. The name expresses the hope that there would be more inclusion for people with impairments, and more dialogue and understanding between cultures of the world.

Source: The Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (BOCOG)


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