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Olympic Games design (1896-2020)

I love Olympic Games designs. They are the pinnacle of the craft (most of the time) and I’ve always wanted a design compendium for that reason. And I might have to get this one. Olympic historian Markus Osterwalder collected around 6,500 pictures for a two-volume 1,600 book entitled Olympic Games–The Design, published by Niggli.

Osterwalder looks through every Modern Summer Games, from the Athens 1896 to Tokyo 2020 with all the branding, typography, and symbols used for events and hospitality. There aren’t any previews available (all the information I found was via Print Mag) but just the thought of all that design work has excited me. Some of my favourites:

Which Olympic Games was your favourite for design? Let us know in the comments.

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