With the 2016 Olympics kicking off in Rio this week, we thought we’d take a look at some Olympic history in the form of the posters created by Otl Aicher for the 1972 Games held in Munich, Germany.
Aicher was born 13th May 1922, and is regarded as one of the leading Graphic Designers of the 20th Century. In the early 70’s he was asked to head the design team who created the promotional posters for the 1972 Olympic games, held in Munich, Germany. His work for this project has become iconic, especially Aicher’s use of the Pictogram system, in which a pictorial symbol is used for are word. Aicher was also the creator of the first Olympic Mascot, in the form of Waldi the colourful Dachshund, a concept which has been popular ever since.
The element we love most about these iconic posters is the use of colour, the designs themselves are reasonably simplistic, and yet the technique of printing bold colours in layers creates movement, atmosphere, and great graphic design!
Thank you to http://www.1972municholympics.co.uk/
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