Friday Tip: Make your own kind of Munich

The Olympic flame will shortly be wending its way through Kent. To mark the occasion, UCA Canterbury is holding a very special exhibition of graphic design.

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Will London’s legacy be this pretty?

This week’s tip comes from Paul Zara, head of our Brighton architects.

There is a lot of talk about the likely cultural legacy of the London Olympics – both positive and negative. Is Paul In this light, it’s interesting to look at the legacy of previous Games.

In 1972, the Olympics went to Munich. The organising committee commissioned a large body of design work to accompany the Games, with Otl Aicher at the helm. His brief was to celebrate the rich culture of Bavaria, and of Germany as a whole.

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Some of the Munich ’72 graphics work on show

Amongst a range of groundbreaking work, Aicher developed a set of pictograms, which inspired the stick figures that now litter our urban landscape.

Aicher's influential pictograms

Aicher’s influential pictograms

UCA Canterbury’s exhibition examines the design output of the Munich Olympiad, and how this work was later commercialised. All in all, a great way to spend your weekend!

Will there be similar exhibitions about London 2012’s output in 2042?

You can check out the exhibition website here – or take a look at the Facebook page.

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