When Japan released the design of their logo for the 2020 Olympics, it was widely derided as being unattractive. Now an even more serious allegation has been made: It’s not just ugly, it’s stolen.
That’s the assertion made by Olivier Debie, a Belgian graphic designer whose 2011 logo for a performing arts theater seems too close for comfort. Let’s look at them side-by-side:
Debie began lobbying the Japanese government shortly after the Olympics design was unveiled in July. He subsequently created the following gif, which was recirculated on social media and built a groundswell of support: