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You might remember our collection of all Olympic logos from 1924 to 2020, this time we looked into history between 1896 and 2014 and collected all Olympic posters. This collection includes 87 Olympic posters. Since many Olympics had several posters, I tried to find and select the best ones. I hope that this collection will give you an idea of how poster design have changed over the time.
From this collection you can see that 1960 Winter Olympics were the first that moved away from ancient motives and sculptures toward graphic elements. I don’t know if design in general changes around the same time but we can see that it changed Olympic posters forever.
Another turning point is around 1992 Winter Olympics when design become abstract and much simpler. Less colors and pure white background. This is something still trending in Sochi Olympic and other regular poster design.
Another great example is from 1968 Summer Olympics, when first icons were introduced that represented each Olympic discipline and they are used since. Check Sochi for example. It would be interesting to know if Mexico come up with this idea or come from International Olympic Committee.
City that seriously nailed Olympic poster design was Munich in 1972 Summer Olympics. These posters could be used today and no one would notice that they were designed over 40 years ago. One of them looks similar to Nexus 7 background wallpapers.
If you feel that some Olympic poster is missing, please let us know which ones is it and I will update this list. Otherwise, enjoy this collection and leave your comments below.
1896 Summer Olympics – Games of The I Olympiad – Athens, Greece
1900 Summer Olympics – Games of the II Olympiad – Paris, France
1904 Summer Olympics – Games of the III Olympiad – St. Luis, United States
1906 Summer Olympics – Intercalated Games – Athens, Greece
1908 Summer Olympics – Games of the IV Olympiad – London, United Kingdom
1912 Summer Olympics – Games of the V Olympiad – Stockholm, Sweden
1920 Summer Olympics – Games of the VII Olympiad – Antwerp, Belgium
1924 Summer Olympics – Games of the VIII Olympiad – Paris, France
1924 Winter Olympics – I Olympic Winter Games – Chamonix, France
1928 Summer Olympics – Games of the IX Olympiad – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1928 Winter Olympics – II Olympic Winter Games – St. Moritz, Switzerland
1932 Winter Olympics – Lake Placid, United States
1932 Summer Olympics – Games of the X Olympiad – Los Angeles, United States
1936 Summer Olympics – Games of the XI Olympiad – Berlin, Germany
1936 Winter Olympics – IV Olympic Winter Games – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
1940 Summer Olympics – Games of the XII Olympiad – Helsinki, Finland
1940 Summer Olympics were cancelled due to WWII
1940 Summer Olympics – Games of the XII Olympiad -Tokyo, Japan
1940 Summer Olympics were cancelled in 1938 due to Sino-Japanese War
1948 Summer Olympics – Games of the XIV Olympiad – London, United Kingdom
1948 Winter Olympics – V Olympic Winter Games – St.Moritz, Switzerland
1952 Summer Olympics – Games of the XV Olympiad – Helsinki, Finland
1952 Winter Olympics – VI Olympic Winter Games – Oslo, Norway
1956 Summer Olympics – Games of the XVI Olympiad – Melbourne, Australia
1956 Winter Olympics – VII Olympic Winter Games – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
1960 Summer Olympics – Games of the XVII Olympiad – Rome, Italy
1960 Winter Olympics – VIII Olympic Winter Games – Squaw Valley, United States
1964 Winter Olympics – IX Olympic Winter Games – Innsbruck, Austria
1964 Summer Olympics – Games of the XVIII Olympiad – Tokyo, Japan
1968 Summer Olympics – Games of the XIX Olympiad – Mexico City, Mexico
1968 Winter Olympics – X Olympic Winter Games – Grenoble, France
1972 Summer Olympics – Games of the XX Olympiad – Munich, West Germany
1972 Winter Olympics – XI Olympic Winter Games – Sapporo, Japan
1976 Winter Olympics – XII Olympic Winter Games – Innsbruck, Austria
1976 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXI Olympiad – Montreal, Canada
1980 Winter Olympics – XIII Olympic Winter Games – Lake Placid, New York, United States
1980 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXII Olympiad – Moscow, Soviet Union
1984 Winter Olympics – XIV Olympic Winter Games – Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1984 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXIII Olympiad – Los Angeles, United States
1988 Winter Olympics – XV Olympic Winter Games – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1988 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXIV Olympiad – Seoul, South Korea
1992 Winter Olympics – XVI Olympic Winter Games – Albertville, France
1992 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXV Olympiad – Barcelona, Spain
1994 Winter Olympics – XVII Olympic Winter Games – Lillehammer, Norway
1996 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXVI Olympiad – Atlanta, United States
1998 Winter Olympics – XVIII Olympic Winter Games – Nagano, Japan
2000 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXVII Olympiad – Sydney, Australia
2002 Winter Olympics – XIX Olympic Winter Games – Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
2004 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXVIII Olympiad – Athens, Greece
2006 Winter Olympics – XX Olympic Winter Games – Turino, Italy
2008 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing, China
2010 Winter Olympics – XXI Olympic Winter Games – Vancouver, BC, Canada
2012 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXX Olympiad – London, United Kingdom
2014 Winter Olympics – XXII Olympic Winter Games – Sochi, Russia
Huge thanks goes to Bill Pileggi, Olympic researcher who contributed to this collection by providing high quality posters from his personal collection.
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