Berlin 1936 – Sports "Pictograms"

Designer: unknown


Until today it is not exactly known why the pictograms shown below were designed, but never used. All the more astonishing that in the 1930s the idea of strongly reduced, stylised sports symbols took on creative form but were only used for the first time many years later as part of the Tokyo Games in 1964. The ring depicted in the background as the connecting element of the Berlin pictograms could represent a reference to the Olympic rings, while sports equipment, animal and body parts as well as generally known symbols such as the gymnast’s cross symbolise the respective discipline. However, a uniform design language was dispensed with; the boxing ring is three-dimensional, whereas all other elements are presented in a two-dimensional perspective. Only the element water was visualised consistently by at least one wavy line. A special feature is the athletics pictogram with a winged racing shoe as a symbol of speed. Nonetheless, pictograms were not developed for all sports; art competitions, basketball, cycling, modern pentathlon, polo, high diving and wrestling are missing. As part of the Winter Games, pictograms for the alpine competitions, speed skating, figure skating and bobsledding were designed. These sports pictograms are not recognised by the IOC.


AQUATICS

ATHLETICS

BOXING

CANOEING

EQUESTRIAN


FENCING

FOOTBALL

GYMNASTICS

HANDBALL

HOCKEY


ROWING

SAILING

SHOOTING

WEIGHTLIFTING

WATER POLO


GLIDING