The Graphic Design of Olympics Past

This post was published and formated for an old version of the blog.

The summer games begin tomorrow. Millions, maybe billions of people all around the world will sit down in front of their television sets for two weeks straight and watch other people be athletic. We’ll get caught up in the back story drama, find ourselves crying over the triumphs of people we had never heard of this time last week, and swell with a patriotic pride that we haven’t felt since, well, the last Olympic Games.

Every two years, we get excited about the opening ceremonies and wall to wall coverage, but as graphic designers, we’re also interested in the logo! Over the years there have been some real winners and some real duds. Today, let’s take a look at the logos of Olympics past. Let’s get a dialog going about this. Which one’s work? Which don’t? Tell us in the comments!

1 Comment
  • Jef says:

    Great: Calgary 88, Atlanta 1996, Nagano 1998, Athens 2004

    Good: Los Angeles 1932, Helsinki 1952, Melbourne 1956, Barcelona 1992, Salt Lake 2002, Torino 2006, Beijing 2008

    Bad: Paris 1924, London 1948, Mexico 1968, Sapporo 1972, Lake Placid 1980, Los Angeles 1984,

    WTF: Berlin 1936, Rome 1960, Munich 1972, London 2012

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