Olympic Games 1976 Montreal

21th Olympiad

CANADA

Sports: 23            National Teams: 92

Pictograms


  Signs

COJO gave the Graphics and Design Directorate a mandate to design a sign program for roads, cities, and Olympic competition sites. One team developed an "outside" sign concept, while a second group worked on a system for dividing the various stadiums into sections and seat arrangements, planning the signs needed. In November, 1975, the directorate was able to present the results of its research to the COJO executive committee. The project later was part of the vast sign manual published in order to make everyone familiar with each element of the sign program, thus guaranteeing their rational and efficient application in conformity with the overall projection of the 1976 Olympic Games image.

 
Archery
Athletics
Basketball
Boxing
Canoe
Cyclisme
Equestrian Sports
Fencing
Football
Gymnastic
Handball
Hockey
Judo
Pentathlon moderne
Rowing
Shooting
Swimming
Volleyball
Weightlifting
Wresling


The sign system selected was based on pictograms generally accompanied by an explanatory text in both official languages. COJO used the pictograms from the Munich Games in order to assure continuity in symbolic language. Some service pictograms, however, had to be modified for North American needs. The manual included precise instructions about the design of the sign panels. Types and formats were reduced to a minimum, first, for uniformity, and, second, to reduce manufacturing costs. Permanent panels, mounted at the actual competition sites, were of prefinished aluminium, while temporary road signs were made of plastic. The inscriptions were stenciled on and cut from adhesive vinyl sheets.



The rules of composition for the panels were as follows: all featured a dark blue background. The pictograms designating the sports were in white on a red base; those related to services were white on a green base, and the letters in the texts and the arrows were

Source document: Official Report 1976, Vol. 1, page 344
©  Copyright COJO 76, Ottawa 1978


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