Author: Digital Arts Staff
Author: A total of 64 pictograms have been created, representing every Olympic and Paralympic sport for the first time in the history of the games
Pictograms for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games have been unveiled by the Organising Committee, marking the first time that all of the Olympic and Paralympic sports have been individually represented.
The pictograms were inspired by the official Rio 2016 typeface - developed by Dalton Maag - and were first drawn by hand. They were then digitally reconstructed to follow the contours of the letters.
"The athlete bodies and sports equipment were built from the characters, or part of them, in a continuous stroke, with variations in thickness in order to give the impression of depth," the Rio 2016 Organising Committee has said. "The pebble shapes, which are characteristic of Rio 2016's visual language, support the designs and alter their shape according to the athletes' different movements."
It took the team of designers 16 months to create the 64 pictograms. There are 41 Olympic pictograms and 23 Paralympic pictograms.
The pictograms will be used across the entirety of the Rio 2016 branding, and will be seen at venues, on tickets, on signposts, on souvenirs and more.
Each pictogram will be used both inside and outside of the "pebble" shapes shown here, and will be used in different colours, too.
Use the slideshow controls above and right to see more of the Rio 2016 pictograms.