Tokyo 2020 unveils official sport pictograms

March 12, 2019 | Surfing
Tokyo 2020: the official surfing pictogram for the Olympic Games

Tokyo 2020 unveiled the official sport pictograms for the Olympic Games. They were designed by Masaaki Hiromura.

The 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games were not only the first Games to be held in Asia, but they marked the beginning of a design movement: sport pictograms.

The 20 sport pictograms created for the event changed wayfinding at the Olympic movement forever.

Today, sport pictograms are indispensable to the success of the Olympic Games. The spirit of the original pictographs will live on at Tokyo 2020.

The 1964 pictograms consisted of straight lines and precise circles. Simple and beautiful, they were understandable by anyone anywhere.

Tokyo 2020: the official sport pictograms were designed by Masaaki Hiromura

The 2020 icons also add a new dimension by including the vibrancy and fluidity of athletes' movements.

Fifty pictograms for 33 sports have been developed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The new icons will sometimes run, sometimes jump, and appear anytime and anywhere to capture your attention.

Such innovation expresses the charm of each sport actively and clearly the new pictograms will help visitors navigate the sites and enjoy the sports of the Games.

Surfing will make its debut in the Japanese Olympic Games, and its official pictogram shows a surfer throwing an aerial trick.