2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Mascots revealed
When I think about year 2020 it seems so far into the future, one with flying cars and rogue androids. Well, believe or not, it’s 2 years from now and I haven’t seen any flying cars yet. Although, I’m definitely not very eager to meet any vicious, replicant type of android.
2020 is also the year of the Tokyo Summer Olympics and as a designer, this is an opportunity to discuss any graphic design features. It’s especially paramount to talk about how you could have done way better. Well, rejoice, because the chance to split hairs is here: the mascots of the great event have been revealed.
There were three sets of them announced a year before. Each has one for the Olympics and one for the Paralympics and the winners were chosen based on children’s votes. That’s right! 16,769 schools asked their elementary students which would best represent their country and culture. I’m guessing they didn’t go through any complicated analysis, instead chose the cutest, most relatable ones. Indeed, I find them to be quite hypnotizing (Hello, manga eyes!) and futuristic looking thanks to those sharp edges. Is it weird that the third set of mascots makes me think of Russia?
Anyway, now that we have the mascots, expect them everywhere in 2020 in parades, in the crowds with fans, all over social media or cheering for the athletes. Their purpose is to create hype and communicate the spirit of the games, of course. The names will be announced at a later date and in the meantime, you can have a look at their profiles and learn about their personalities: