Detroit Pistons Concept Logo


NBA concept logos of the Detroit Pistons by various design artists from around the world. These are redesigned ideas and not actual team logos.

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By Matthew Harvey – Graphic Designer  Website

Year: 2017

With this concept, I tried combining different era’s of the Pistons logos into this design. I also tried combining a big car grill for the “Motor City” into the concept as well.

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By MuntyHoops – Graphic Designer  Website

Year: 2016

The overall idea was to represent the logo like a car badge, paying homage to the auto industry.

Ornamental features of the badge are cylinders that form the letters “D” and “P.” They wrap around the ball in a circular motion, implying rotation, just like a car motor. This also reflects the city’s residence to just keep moving through the hard times.

The Alternate Logo – The idea was to encapsulate a piston in basketball as the organization has never used imagery of a piston in any logos.

The Wordmark Logo – The blocky and rigid typeface represents the community efforts of rebuilding the city in contrast to the sleek car designs.

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By Yu Masuda – Graphic Designer  Website

Year: 2015

A logo concept work of the Detroit Pistons professional basketball team.


By Matthew McElroy – Graphic Designer  Website

Year: 2015

Fictional rebrand for the Detroit Pistons


By Addison Foote – Graphic Designer  Website

Year: 2015

Detroit is known as “The Motor City”. Hence the name “Pistons”. I used i piston to replace the “I” and tried to make their current logo look a little more “automotive” if that makes any sense?


By Michael Weinstein – Graphic Designer  Website

Year: 2010

Basically, I wanted this to look almost like a car logo. The team name and the city they play in is such a good match, and the current logo doesn’t reflect that at all. The text in the logo was heavily influenced by the Heuer logo, which has nothing to do with cars (shit) but I thought it had the feel of an old car logo.

Like I said before I did like the horse in the older Pistons logos, so I wanted to include that. One big inspiration for the horse was the Mobil pegasus logo. I also looked at a lot of Art Deco-style hood ornaments from old cars. these are perfect because they are simple and have a great sense of speed.