Redhawks Primary Logo
The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks have a long and proud history of athletic excellence. For decades, the school's teams have been competing at the NCAA Division I level, and their primary logo has evolved over time to reflect this success. The current logo for the Redhawks is one that combines both traditional elements with modern touches, creating an iconic image that perfectly encapsulates all aspects of SEMO athletics.
The original design for the Redhawk mascot was created in 1923 by artist Harold Tipton. This version featured a red bird perched atop a shield-shaped crest bearing three stars on its surface - representing honor, loyalty, and courage - as well as two, crossed arrows below it – symbolizing strength through unity – all set against a white background. This classic look served as an inspiration to later versions of what would become known around campus simply as “the hawk” or “Redhawk” but it remained relatively unchanged until 1969 when graphic designer Terry Miller updated several features including adding more detail to both wings along with making them larger than before while also introducing new colors such as gold into its palette which helped give it greater visual impact compared to earlier iterations.
In 2003 another update was made by illustrator Steven Anderson who further refined certain details like giving each feather individual texture while also removing some unnecessary lines from previous designs thus resulting in a cleaner overall presentation—all without sacrificing any originality found within older renditions. As part of this process, he added additional symbolism not previously seen such as blue stripes meant to represent the Mississippi River running nearby Cape Girardeau where the university is located plus green ones signify lush forests surrounding the area too. Finally, the most recent redesign came about in 2013 when the team decided to go back to basics and touch up a few things here there ensure everything looked good digital mediums age social media etcetera so now we see today's iteration which still holds true many of the same principles established nearly century ago yet manages to stay relevant ever-changing world sports branding standards!
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2020 - Present
New in 2020, a side view of a red, black and grey redhawk’s head on top of the initials “SEMO” in white with red highlights on a black background.
2003 - 2020
A red, grey and black hawk’s head above wordmark “SOUTHEAST MISSOURI” in white on a black background and “REDHAWKS” in red with white trim on a black background.
1989 - 2002
Red with black highlights initials “SE” in the shape of a diamond with a white with black outlined spear going through the letters.