With the 2016 Rio Olympics just weeks away, we thought we would share some of our favourite Olympic logo designs, but first a little bit of history about the Olympic logo design.
In 1894, Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin brought together a group of interested parties in Paris with the goal of reviving the ancient Olympic Games. The parties agreed on proposals for a modern Olympics, and the International Olympic Committee was soon formalised and given the task of planning the 1896 Athens Games.
But it wasn’t until after the 1912 Stockholm Games, the first Games featuring athletes from all five inhabited parts of the world a design of five interlocked rings, drawn and coloured by hand, first appeared at the top of a letter Coubertin sent to a colleague. Coubertin used his ring design as the emblem of the IOC’s 20th-anniversary celebration in 1914. A year later, it became the official Olympic symbol. The rings made a belated debut at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, Belgium after the 1916 Games were cancelled because of the World War.
Coubertin later explained his logo design: “A white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: Blue, yellow, black, green and red…is symbolic; it represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.”
Over the years there have been many famous logo designs, and some infamous ones like the 2012 London Olympic logo, but our favourites.….well whilst we like the 1956 Melbourne logo design, we love the 2000 Sydney logo design.
Our favourite logos:
Have we missed any other great Olympic logo designs?