Stunning 1964 Olympic logo design sheet unearthed

Tokyo 1964 Olympic games
(Image credit: Yusaku Kamekura)

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games might be over, but there's no shortage of Olympic-related design material out there to nerd out over. Going back almost 60 years, one of our favourite examples is this design sheet for the Tokyo 1964 Olympic emblem – voted by design legend Milton Glaser as his favourite Olympic logo ever. 

Designed by Yusaku Kamekura, the Tokyo 1964 Olympic logo was features a red sun (representing the Japanese flag) above the Olympic gold rings, with 'Tokyo 1964' typed in Helvetica. Like all the best logos, it's simple and effective – but as the design sheet reveals, that simplicity belies an incredible amount of precision.

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where she worked as Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life. In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves the reader as best it can.