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1972 Munich Olympics

February 15, 2011

Otl Aicher was one of the leading graphic designers of the 20th Century as well as an educator and author. He was renowned for his structural visual systems and typography.

In the early 70’s he lead the team that designed arguably his most famous and acclaimed work, the 1972 Munich Olympics. The pictogram system that was developed has become the standard throughout the world. They also created the first official Olympic Mascot, a multi-coloured dachshund, Waldi.

In 1988 he developed the Rotis typeface family, naming it after the domicile in the city of Leutkirch im Allgau, where he kept his studio. He lived here until he was tragically killed in a traffic accident whilst mowing his lawn on 1st September 1991.

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