Rotis in the Allgäu is legendary as the place where Otl Aicher lived and worked. What other designer’s domain has acquired such mythical status or become so closely linked with a designer’s personality? Rotis was both venture and vision – and an experiment in which a great deal more was involved than design. What remains?
Television documentary: Olympia cultural (1971)
First broadcast: 15.02.1971 (Only available in German) © Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich
How Otl Aicher’s papers and materials came to the HfG-Archiv/Museum Ulm
The papers and materials documenting the work of Otl Aicher were presented to the HfG-Archiv/Museum Ulm by the Aicher-Scholl family in the summer of 1996. Many of the documents on this website originate from the extensive collection.
Under Otl Aicher’s direction, designers, architects and landscape planners shaped the face of the Olympic Games 1972
A joyful festival that united sport, design and art is what they had in mind. Designers from various disciplines developed a concept for a bright and cheerful Summer Olympics. In Munich, an open, transformed Germany was to present itself to the world. Among the architects and designers, there was no doubt at all that a new visual image was indispensable to the Federal Republic’s renewal.
How a dachshund conquered the world: former Aicher staff member Elena Schwaiger on plush animals, fakes and the authentic mascot of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich
Elena Schwaiger (née Winschermann) was part of the team surrounding Otl Aicher that created the overall design of the Games of the XX Olympiad in Munich. She had started an internship there in 1968 as a graphic design student. Together with Aicher, she then designed the famous Waldi mascot. The colourful dog obediently followed the design guidelines that had been established – and appeared in many different versions as the cheerful ambassador of a new Germany.