Make the Super Bowl Logo Great Again

In the world of consumer marketing, brand consistency is important – in marketing class, we’re told this fact over and over again. It’s marketing on a higher level – adding trust, reducing confusion, driving loyalty, reinforcing key messaging, and differentiating your brand from the competition.

There’s a reason why the world’s top businesses, like Apple and Google, place such a huge emphasis on getting it right – it’s important stuff.

Knowing all of this, it still doesn’t change my opinion that the NFL’s decision in 2010 to standardize the logo of their annual championship game, the Super Bowl, was the wrong move, announced by the NFL’s design firm, Landor, in 2010:

“The NFL has historically introduced a dramatically different Super Bowl logo every year based primarily on the location of the game, and using roman numerals for greatest impact. Landor’s strategy for the new visual identity system places at the heart of it the Vince Lombardi trophy, given to the Super Bowl’s winning team each year. Depending on the NFL event, the new system allows for complementary elements to be introduced. The released version, for the Arlington 2011 Super Bowl XLV, is the first example of a region-specific identity which will include each year’s stadium venue and the roman numerals to designate the event. This system affords the NFL consistency from year to year, regardless of the playoff event.”

Just like that, the magic was extinguished. Can you spot when the change was made?


Via: The Atlantic (City Lab),

No longer did each logo’s colors, imagery, shape, typeface, and theme match the host city’s personality and the design trends of that time. No longer did each Super Bowl stand alone as a unique, stand alone event, completely unique and independent from other years’ big games, like the Super Bowl logos of 1996, 2001, 2003, and 2005 (my personal favorites):

New Orleans’ 1996 Super Bowl logo, paying homage to Mardi Gras.



The 2001 Super Bowl logo, made to invoke a sense of patriotism and unity in the country after the attacks of 9/11.



Houston’s 2003 Super Bowl logo, serving as a tribute to the city’s indelible connection to NASA  and the Johnson Space Center:



Detroit’s 2005 Super Bowl logo, a nod to the city’s rich automobile manufacturing history:


These sort of colorful, imaginative, and completely unique logos were squashed for this template:


Via: SportsLogos.Net

Sure, the Super Bowl logo is now consistent and uniform, but to what end? The Super Bowl isn’t a brand that’s shown off to the public year around, where it would truly benefit from a consistent look. Rather it’s a one-time event, in the public’s consciousness for about a week each year. What’s the point in establishing brand consistency for something you’ll see once a year and probably forget about in a month?

As marketers, we need to do a better job of ensuring creativity isn’t sacrificed in the name of branding consistency. It’s crucial we find that right balance of creativity while delivering on the needs of the business and end-user.

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Making Numbers Beautiful




One of our most satisfying tasks as designers here at Tribu is to take numbers and information and make them interesting and visually engaging for the end user. Our year-end summary for the City of San Antonio Economic Development Department is one such project. By making the department’s annual review aesthetically pleasing, we increase our chances of the audience engaging with the content and absorbing it in a more meaningful way.

To make our information more digestible, we use contrasting colors and thought-provoking infographics. The goal is to make main points and summaries obvious to the reader, so they’re encouraged to read more closely for the necessary details.

The color pallet makes the piece striking, visual and modern with shades of blue, black and white. It’s pleasant to read but catches the eyes in a meaningful way.
Does your business deal with data and lengthy pieces of information? Our designers know how to take that information and make it engaging and functionally easy to read. Contact Tribu for all of your informational design pieces, and we’ll work with you to create a beautiful, high-quality end product.

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