Another week has flown by and it’s time to take a look back at the latest news from the world of logo design. Here’s what caught our attention this week:
By far the biggest news of the week was the unveiling of an updated logo for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They didn’t get this much press when they played for the Super Bowl twelve years ago. The new logo features a meaner looking skull, and a cleaner layout. It looks great on the new helmet, complete with a first-of-its-kind chrome face mask—though on the samples we’ve seen, it’s a bit too big for the space. The team unveiled a new secondary logo as well—a cleaner ship logo you can see at this link. Overall, it’s a nice update.
Another sports logo story: The New York Times writes about the huge hole in Olympic restrictions on corporate logos in the games.
Florida was rich pickings for stories about new logos. Across the state, Jacksonville’s new soccer team unveiled its logo this week. The Armada plays in the North American Soccer League. The logo was picked from more than 1200 submissions from fans (though we think the final logo may have been tweaked by a professional designer).
Is this the inspiration for the Seattle Seahawks logo?
We really like this update to the Unitarian Universalist Association logo that was unveiled this week. The previous logo was of a flat, flaming chalice. The new logo is more like the stereotypical holy grail with a flaming torch inside. They’ve ditched the blue and made the logo a bright red. And they type is nicely simplified. While some may be disappointed that the logo no longer contains the traditional flat chalice, here’s a nice write up of how the logo may (or possible not) intentionally include a beacon, a symbol with historic ties to the Unitarian church.
And the logo controversy we told you about last week? Well that’s been settled. No new logo for Brantford.
Another logo controversy is brewing over a new logo design that has cost a city “millions” of dollars. This one is in Cape Town, and despite the best efforts of a local newspaper, no one seems to know what this million dollar logo looks like. According to someone involved in creating the new logo, the city “wanted something fresh and new because Cape Town had made such great progress in recent years”. In our opinion, that’s a very bad reason to spend millions on a new logo. Click here to see what the paper said was the new logo (which was denied by the city). The logo shown here is the city’s current (or very recent) logo. Perhaps understandably, city leaders are not pleased with the criticism.
No new Google logo designs in the United States, but we did notice this really nice one in Germany this week celebrating expressionist painter Gabriele Munter’s 137th birthday.
Did we miss anything? Let us know.