Tokyo 2020; Medals unveiled at one-year countdown event

Design

©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The design of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals reflects the concept that in order to achieve glory, athletes have to strive for victory on a daily basis. The medals resemble rough stones that have been polished and which now shine, with “light” and “brilliance” their overall themes. The medals collect and reflect myriad patterns of light, symbolising the energy of the athletes and those who support them; their design is intended to symbolise diversity and represent a world where people who compete in sports and work hard are honoured. The brilliance of the medals’ reflections signifies the warm glow of friendship depicted by people all over the world holding hands.

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

 

Specifications

– 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

 

Medal designer

Junichi Kawanishi
-Representative, designer, SIGNSPLAN
-Director, Japan Sign Design Association
-Director, USD-O (Osaka Design Society)

 

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Ribbon

©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The ribbon will employ the traditional Japanese design motifs found in ichimatsu moyo (harmonised chequered patterns) and kasane no irome (traditional kimono layering techniques) in a modern presentation. The ribbon is designed to be a reflection of Japan itself and of the way the country demonstrates “Unity in Diversity”. The design also promotes the Tokyo 2020 brand vision of “Innovation from Harmony”.

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

©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The design of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic medal case is inspired by the Tokyo 2020 Games emblem. Each case pays tribute to the Olympians who have reached the pinnacle of athletic achievement. Japanese craftsmen will carefully create the cases with a blend of traditional and modern techniques. Like each individual Olympian who steps onto the field of play, each medal case is distinct and has its own wood fibre pattern subtly infused into the design.

 

Source: The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

PyeongChang 2018; Design Guidelines (3)

POCOG’S STYLE GUIDE : PRE-GAMES EDITION

» Link (Olympic World Library)

 

MEDAL DESIGN : THE PYEONGCHANG 2018 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES

» Link (Olympic World Library)

 

PUBLICATION DESIGN GUIDELINES : THE PYEONGCHANG 2018 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES

» Link (Olympic World Library)

 

Update:

 

CULTURE MARK GUIDELINES : THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018

» Link (Olympic World Library)

 

EDUCATION MARK GUIDELINES : THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018

» Link (Olympic World Library)

 

PASSION CREW MARK GUIDELINES : THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018

» Link (Olympic World Library)

 

SUSTAINABILITY MARK GUIDELINES : THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018

» Link (Olympic World Library)

 

LIVE SITE MARK GUIDELINES : THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018

» Link (Olympic World Library)

 

CULTURE MARK GUIDELINES : THE PYEONGCHANG 2018 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES

» Link (Olympic World Library)

 

EDUCATION MARK GUIDELINES : THE PYEONGCHANG 2018 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES

» Link (Olympic World Library)

 

LIVE SITE MARK GUIDELINES : THE PYEONGCHANG 2018 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES

» Link (Olympic World Library)

 

PASSION CREW MARK GUIDELINES : THE PYEONGCHANG 2018 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES

» Link (Olympic World Library)

 

SUSTAINABILITY MARK GUIDELINES : THE PYEONGCHANG 2018 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES

» Link (Olympic World Library)

YOG – Buenos Aires 2018; Medal Design Competition – Final design

Tokyo 2020; Update Medal Design Competition (April 2018)

Press release by Tokyo 2020:

Tokyo 2020 Completes First Review of Medal Designs
25 April 2018

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today carried out its first review of medal designs, narrowing them down to a shortlist of three for the Olympic Games and three for the Paralympic Games. The review comes as the nationwide collection of discarded electronic devices aimed at yielding the precious metals that will be used to make the medals continues to progress.`

The medal design competition commenced in December 2017 and more than 400 designs were submitted by the public. A Tokyo 2020 medal design selection panel comprising a member of the Tokyo 2020 Brand Advisory Board, Olympic and Paralympic medallists and professional designers subsequently reviewed all entries and selected today’s shortlist.

The competition guidelines stated that the designs need to embody the Tokyo 2020 Games’ vision, “sport has the power to change the world and our future.”

With the help of the designers, a manufacturing institution will create three-dimensional mock-ups of each medal design; one Olympic design and one Paralympic design will be selected in the summer of 2018. The new medals will be unveiled in the summer of 2019 together with specially commissioned ribbons and cases.

In April 2017, Tokyo 2020 commenced the nationwide collection of discarded and obsolete electronic devices, in order to use the metal they contain in the production of medals – the first time such an innovative and environmentally-friendly approach has been adopted by an Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee.

As of January 2018, approximately 9,000 tons of discarded devices had been collected by municipal authorities across Japan, and more than 2.6 million used mobile phones had been handed in at NTT DOCOMO stores across Japan. An update on the collection process is available at Tokyo 2020 Medal Project.

 

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Tokyo 2020; Olympic & Paralympic Medal Design Competition launched

Press release by Tokyo 2020:

Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Medal Design Competition
20 December 2017

Tokyo 2020 launched today a competition whereby Japanese nationals and residents of Japan over 18 years old can submit design proposals for the medals that will be awarded at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The competition is aimed at those with design experience—young and old, design students and professionals. As a first step, applicants will be requested to submit their personal profiles and examples of previous design work for evaluation by 19 January 2018.

Applicants must:
– have previously created 3D art work in their academic or professional careers
– be 18 years or above on 1 April 2017
– be residing in Japan during the selection period (between January and August 2018)
– be able to communicate in Japanese – it will be necessary to liaise with the production company at various stages during the mock-up production process

Competition guidelines are available for download from the Tokyo 2020 website (available in Japanese only). https://tokyo2020.jp/jp/games/medals/competition/

Those judged to meet the necessary criteria will be invited to submit designs for the Olympic medal (rear side) and for the Paralympic medal design (front and rear sides). Designers must submit their proposals for all three designs as a set.

A Tokyo 2020 medal design selection panel (TBC) comprising members of the Tokyo 2020 Brand Advisory Board, former athletes and professional designers will review all entries and select a shortlist of designs by April 2018. The designers of these and a manufacturing institution will create three-dimensional mock-ups of the shortlisted designs, with the winning design set being selected in August 2018. The new medals will be unveiled in 2019.

The Olympic and Paralympic medals are something very special for all athletes. London 2012 Olympics boxing gold medallist and current WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata commented, “The medals need to last for ever. A simple design that you never tire of is better. The Tokyo 1964 and Nagano 1998 medals were impressive in that they had a Japanese feel to them.”

Earlier this year Tokyo 2020 commenced the nationwide collection of discarded and obsolete electronic devices, in order to use the metal they contain in the production of medals – the first time such an innovative and environmentally-friendly approach has been adopted by an Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee.

Collection update (April – October 2017)
– approximately 1,874 tons of discarded devices collected by municipal authorities across Japan
– approximately 1.78 million used mobile phones handed in at NTT DOCOMO stores across Japan