Jul 30, 2008
As the Summer Olympics draws near every aspect of popular culture tends to involve itself in it. The design world especially plays an important part in inspiring people to get excited about the games. Recently there was a book released called "A Century of Olympic Posters" (which was mentioned in Fabiano's Best of the Week #18 post back in June). I've actually never seen the book, but I found that I didn't actually need it to see all the posters. Wikipedia has them all easily accessible.
Looking through these posters is great because it's like looking at a timeline of the changes and innovations in Graphic Design. Some of my favorites are: 1912 - I love the 1912 one because it has a sort of Art Nouveau look to it, which is pretty appropriate for the time. 1924 - This poster almost seems like a German or Soviet propaganda poster. 1956 - Here we see a departure from depicting the usual roman statuesque male form that was part of the posters since 1908. In fact in completely removes any natural form. 1968 - I'm totally digging this Mexico '68 poster. 1988 - this one is in almost classic 1980's style. It looks like they actually used early computer graphics to make this.