Redbirds Alternate Logo
The Illinois State Redbirds have a long and illustrious history, dating all the way back to their founding in 1880. Throughout the years, they have had numerous logos and alternate logos that represent their school spirit. From the classic redbird logo to more modern designs, each one has been an important part of ISU's identity. In this blog post, we will explore some of these alternate logo histories over time!
The first known use of a Redbird logo was in 1933 when it was used on letterhead stationery for official correspondence with alumni and supporters. This original design featured a simple red bird perched atop an “IS” monogram within two concentric circles - representing Illinois State University's initials (ISU). Since then, several variations on this theme have been created including versions featuring different colors or additional elements such as banners or stars around the circle border for added flair!
The most iconic version is probably that which features three interlocking rings encircling an oval containing both "Illinois State" text above and "Redbirds" below - which has become synonymous with ISU Athletics since its introduction in the 1980s (and remains popular today!). Other notable variants include those bearing only “Redbirds” text within either single-color backgrounds or outlined by white borders; while others feature unique symbols like flames surrounding them instead – giving rise to even more creative interpretations depending upon what kind you choose!
For NCAA sports teams specifically, however, there are certain regulations about how these logos can be used – requiring any changes made must still adhere closely enough so as not recognizability is lost among viewers/fans alike who may already associate particular images with specific schools & programs across countrywide leagues like Division I basketball, etc… As such many universities opt towards keeping traditional designs intact but just changing up details slightly; something seen oftentimes here at ISU too where our basic circular shape remains the same but various other elements get tweaked accordingly whether it be size/placement/colors etc… Ultimately though no matter what type chosen everyone knows exactly who they're supporting whenever seeing any iteration displayed proudly throughout town during game day festivities!
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2005 - Present
Angry redbird head above a wordmark “ILLINOIS STATE” in red with white highlights and “REDBIRDS” in white on a formed black background.
2005 - 2007
An aggressive cardinal in red, black, and yellow above a wordmark “ILLINOIS STATE” with a red line above and below with “Redbirds” in black and scripted.
Former primary logo.
1996 - Present
A side view of a full-body aggressive-looking cardinal in red, black, and yellow.
1996 - Present
A side view of an aggressive-looking cardinal in red, black, and yellow.
1996 - 2005
An aggressive cardinal in red, black, and yellow above a wordmark “ILLINOIS STATE” with a red line above and below.
1979 - 1996
A redbird gives the thumbs up in red, black, white, and yellow.
1979 - 1996
A left-facing red, black, and yellow cardinal gives a thumbs-up with the initials “ISU” on his hand inside a double-lined black ring.
1978 - 1984
Abstract-style redbird head inside the rounded box with a wordmark “Illinois State” in red and black.
1978 - 1984
Abstract-style redbird head in red and black.
1972 - 1996
Interlocking initials “ISU” in red with white and red trim.