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Olympic Posters and Stamps.

June 5, 2012

I’m not a sporty bod, but I thought I should do my bit for the Olympics. As an artist I thought I’d look at the range of posters and imagery that has gone before. Here’s a few from Otl Aicher, also known as Otto. He paved the way for the series of stick figures that have nowadays become well known on signs, architectural plans and even toilet doors !

Like these …

Some posters dating as far back as 1948, with a lovely flair.

A splash of excitement and colour from Lake Placid, Beijing and Mexico, amongst other places.

Some funny, yet rather creepy interpretations from photographer Oli Kellett of the best athletes to have on your team.

Great idea but I wouldn’t like to meet them on the dark end of a pier one night !  Two up-to-date posters and dare I say it, much more interesting than some of the other 2012 entries (see here on The inspiration Room site). Some colourful stamps designed by Paul Smith, contrasted with some classic ones from 1948.

It’s all great advertising for the UK, let’s hope the summer appears for the events too. Good luck to all taking part.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2, 2013 1:26 am

    I love your fantasy posters – especially the wrestler!

    Check out the Olympics advertising stamps I’ve found – http://alphabetilately.org/Oly

    • August 2, 2013 7:11 am

      Hi Bill, thanks for the link, some great ones there. I always seem to favour the winter ones, perhaps the snow scenes have more impact lol.

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