Posts Tagged with “icons”

Otl Aicher and the 1972 Munich Olympics


When it comes to my top three most influ­en­tial design­ers of all time, the list includes Josef Muller-Brockmann, Wim Crouwel, and Otl Aicher.

Otl Aicher is a leg­endary designer and one of the most influ­en­tial graphic design­ers of the 20th Cen­tury. He’s respon­si­ble for many incred­i­ble designs, but he’s most famous for the work he did for the 1972 Munich Olympics. He cre­ated a beau­ti­ful and ele­gant design sys­tem on top of a func­tional grid sys­tem for the entire games that cov­ered all visual aspects includ­ing posters, books, cat­a­logues, flags, mas­cots, medals, tick­ets and stationery.

To honor all this work and to cre­ate an ongo­ing col­lec­tion, this site was cre­ated. The col­lec­tion includes pieces that span the entire visual iden­tity for the games, many of which I’ve never seen before.

A few months ago an exhibit was held in San Jose Cal­i­for­nia that focused on all the work done by Aicher for the games. What I would have done to have been able to see it in per­son. If you’re one of the unlucky souls who wasn’t able to visit, there is a Flickr set of the exhibit.

Recently, I’ve become obsessed with obtain­ing items from the games. Con­sid­er­ing that the Olympics hap­pened in the 70’s and it’s become pretty pop­u­lar among the design com­mu­nity, most of it is hard to find and expen­sive. I’ve man­aged to get my hands on a few things, which I’ll be pho­tograph­ing and adding to my Flickr page very soon, but my “holy grail” is Die Spiele (The Games), a 3 vol­ume set cov­er­ing the design, exe­cu­tion and usage of the entire visual iden­tity for the games. It’s a damn gold mine! I’ve seen it on ebay only 3 times in the last year and all 3 times I’ve lost the auc­tion because the price went too high. I’ll get a set one day. Any­way, here is a nice Flickr set show­ing the inte­rior pages of Die Spiele. Get a bib because you’re going to drool.

The image above is the from the excel­lent Blanka Flickr set. You can also see more juicy stuff here and here and in the Otl Aicher Group.    


Dave posted a gallery of his Ico­graphic Mag­a­zine col­lec­tion. Ico­graphic was founded by John Halas in 1971. It was designed and edited by Patrick Wal­lis Burke and focused on visual com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Excel­lent col­lec­tion. I have to get my hands on some of them.        

iPhone Web Clip Icons

iPhone Web Clip Icons

With the intro­duc­tion of Web Clips in the iPhone 1.1.3 a new craze as been born for Web Clip icons. You can cre­ate cus­tom icons for sites you own, sites in sub­di­rec­to­ries and sites to which you have no server access to, like The New York Times. Very excit­ing indeed! Hope­fully soon every­one will get on the band­wagon and cre­ate their own icons, but in the mean­time I’ve gone ahead and cre­ated some for pop­u­lar sites. I’ve cre­ated icons for Flickr, FFF­Found, Media Tem­ple, Bank of Amer­ica, Fan­dango, IMDB and The New York Times. You can down­load a zip file which includes all of these icons. I’ve also set up an icon for AisleOne so when you cre­ate a Web Clip to this site, it will auto­mat­i­cally use it.

Here’s a lit­tle tip if you want to cre­ate some on your own: The default size seems to be 57x57 but it was later dis­cov­ered that a 60x60 image cre­ates a much shaper icon.