Design is the marriage of message and motif. It is the intersection of identity and icon. In crafting a logo or a slogan or a character, the end symbol is the summation of both the shape and the story.
That’s why the images of the Olympic Games
have reached such exalted status. The five rings
are a beacon of continental unity. The posters
have linked arms through the years to provide an intriguing portrait of episodic design trends and nationalistic pride.
Looking back at the summer and winter Games, we have offered reviews of:
The Olympic torch
is an often-overlooked aspect of sports history. Many viewers might remember the televised cauldron lightings, but few can recall the specifics of each particular torch style
. This is a shame, because the Rio 2016
cresset is a testament to careful design and deeply embedded meaning.
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