A century of Olympic posters2nd November 2010
Passing the local library, I stumbled upon a graphic designers dream; a collection of Olympic posters showcasing the past century of games. Styles have changed over the years from strong, almost propaganda style glorious paintings, to minimalist iconic graphic art. In my opinion, the style peaked in Mexico ’68 (main image).
The exhibition is still running; well worth a visit. Apologies for the image quality, the lights were low to protect the prints. Better images of the collection can be found in the Independent article here.
The jury’s out if the 2012 posters become design classics, but as long as they leave off any reference to double decker buses, bowler hats, ‘Cool Britannia’, the 2012 Logo, accompanying typeface and McDonalds Logo, they should be great.