Olympic Icons

March 1, 2010

Now that the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games are a wrap, the world has a new set of sports icons: the medalists of this year’s competition. But another set of icons will also go down in history: the pictograms and other graphics used at the various venues and in the media. This “frenzy of visual signage” hasn’t been lost on Steven Heller, co-chair of the MFA Design Department, who traces the evolution of the Olympic pictograms in each sport since their appearance in 1932. Click here to view his multimedia report for The New York Times.

Another member of the SVA community, BFA Fine Arts Department faculty member David Ross, recently talked about the Olympic posters with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report. Read the original post here.

Image: Vancouver 2010 pictogram for alpine skiing, © VANOC/COVAN.

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