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MÜNCHEN 1972

Coordt von Mannstein,Graphicteam Köln1968

Two names – one an artist, the other a designer – are often mistakenly credited with the design of the symbol for the 1972 Munich Olympics. Victor Vasarely created a limited-edition art poster based on the design, while the design director of the Games, Otl Aicher, came up with the original Kranz aus Strahlen (garland of rays) concept from which the final version, known as the Strahlenspirale, developed. But Coordt von Mannstein, the designer who radically and dynamically adapted Aicher’s first design, was in fact behind what has come to be regarded as one of the best identities ever created for an Olympic Games.

The process of designing the visual identity of a Games is lengthy, and the ...

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