1979 Mediterranean Games

The first Mediterranean Games took place in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1951, with the most recent in Mersin, Turkey, in 2013. The multi-sport event takes place every four years in the year following the Olympic Games.

1979 Mediterranean Games symbol

Designed by Boris Ljubičić in 1976, the three rings of the symbol represent Europe, Asia, and Africa — the three continents around the Mediterranean — just as the five rings of the Olympic symbol represent five continents. Blue was chosen to symbolise the Mediterranean, with the bottom of the rings immersed in water to further highlight the sea.

1979 Mediterranean Games symbol

“The symbol is a symmetric graphic figure consisting of three uniform circular elements joined together to form a regular sequence. Since each of the circular elements is symmetrical along the vertical axis and the left half is mirrored in the right half, the entire symbol consists of six such halves. One-sixth of the symbol, or one half of a circular element in the upper part, may be drawn with a pair of compasses, while the bottom part is a more complex curve which must be constructed by means of a grid.”

(Quoted from the manual.)

1979 Mediterranean Games symbol

1979 Mediterranean Games symbol

1979 Mediterranean Games symbol

1979 Mediterranean Games symbol

The Games’ mascot was a Mediterranean monk seal, showing a touch more restraint than the gaudy mascots we see at more recent sporting events.

1979 Mediterranean Games symbol

1979 Mediterranean Games symbol

Catch more from the 1977 manual on designers books. Via Aisle One.

6 responses

  1. Boris, I have designed many logos. Identity design is my work for almost 15 years. I have seen tons of them. But this is the best of all. Truly!

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