Blue Raiders Wordmark Logo
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have a long and storied history in college athletics, and their wordmark logo is an important part of that legacy. The current logo has been around since the early 2000s, but its roots go back much further than that. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the evolution of the Blue Raiders’ wordmark logo over time to better understand how it has become such an iconic symbol for Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).
The first iteration of MTSU's official athletic mark was introduced in 1966 as part of its transition from being known as "Middle Tennessee Normal School" to "Middle Tennessee State University". This original version featured two blue lines with “MTN” written inside them. It wasn't until 1985 when they officially adopted their now-famous nickname—the “Blue Raiders"—that the school began using a more recognizable version featuring three blue lines with “BLUE RAIDERS” written inside them.
In 2001, MTSU unveiled another new look for their wordmark: one line instead of three and featuring larger letters spelling out both words—BLUE RAIDERS—in bolder typeface than before. Alongside this change came other updates like switching from navy blue colors to royal blues or adding stars on either side to represent patriotism or even just making minor tweaks here and there throughout each season (like changing fonts slightly). As time went on though these changes were mostly cosmetic so fans could still recognize it easily enough without feeling overwhelmed by all too many alterations happening at once!
Today's modern version was created in 2016 when MTSU decided they wanted something fresh yet familiar enough not to alienate longtime supporters; thus resulting in what you see today: A single line design with large block lettering spelling out BLUE RAIDERS set against a white background which appears almost 3D due its shadow effect underneath each letter! Despite all these different looks over years - ranging from minimalistic designs to simple typography - one thing remains constant; The pride & spirit associated with being called 'Blue Raider.'
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2019 - Present
Wordmark “BLUE RAIDERS” in blue.Font: Unknown
2015 - 2019
Triple lined wordmark “BLUE” in blue on top, “RAIDERS” in blue with white trim on a black formed background, and “MIDDLE TENNESSEE” in black on the bottom.
A new shade of blue is added.Font: Custom
1998 - 2015
Triple lined wordmark “BLUE” in blue on top, “RAIDERS” in blue with white trim on a black formed background, and “MIDDLE TENNESSEE” in black on the bottom.Font: Custom