Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pictogram font Olymp80

Dedicated to the XXII summer Olympic Games. I was inspired by the icons of these games when creating font Olymp80.

Monospaced font Olymp80 for names, logotypes, titles, headers, topics etc. Font includes only uppercase letters with two alternative designs for each letter.

This is an excerpt from the official report of the Moscow Olympics:

"Sports pictographs, as we know, are pictographic drawings symbolising sports. They serve as points of reference and help overcome language barrier. Over the past few years, they have been integrated into the decoration of Olympic cities, and have been depicted in Olympic posters, commemorative medals, postage stamps, tickets, souvenirs, etc.

On the OCOG-80’s request, graduates from several art colleges took up the design of the pictographs of the insignia as the theme of their dissertations. With the help of the research institute of industrial aesthetics, the Organising Committee chose the work submitted by Nikolai Belkov, Mukhina Art School graduate from Leningrad.

The State Committee for Inventions and Discoveries under the USSR Council of Ministers recognised the new design as a production pattern. Though highly stylised, the new signs are easily comprehensible. They are smoother in outline because they are constructed at an angle of 30-60 (previously the angle was 45-90).

Another merit of the new system is that the designs can be adapted for use in four representations: direct (solid, black against a white background), reverse (solid, white against a black background), contour (black contour against a white background), and reverse-contour (white contour against a black background), and permit several colour and shade and size variations."

All text and pictures you ma see on 1980 Moscow, Volume 2, Part 2, Page 420.

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