Los Angeles Clippers Logo

Los Angeles Clippers Logo

The depiction of a basketball has almost always been the core of the Los Angeles Clippers logo, with the exception of the 1972 version. In most cases, the logotype has been redesigned when the team changed its location and/or name.

Clippers new logo meaning and history

Los Angeles Clippers Logo history

The basketball team now known under the name Los Angeles Clippers was originally called Buffalo Braves. The club’s logo for the debut season in 1971 featured a blue buffalo on a yellow ball. The ball was surrounded by red feathers, which made it look even more like the sun.

old clippers logo

By the next season, a completely new logotype was designed. It was built around a large blue letter “B” with a feather (blue and red) in the middle. The way the letter was drawn suggested speed and motion, as it somehow resembled a rocket propulsion.

San Diego Clippers logo

San Diego Clippers logo

When the club moved to San Diego in 1979, it was renamed San Diego Clippers and, therefore, the need for a new logo arouse. Their first emblem was abstract and consisted of geometric shapes. There were three white overlapping triangles and a red circle above them. All these were placed inside a blue circle.

 

The emblem symbolized a ship, which was perfectly natural, taking into consideration the new name of the team (clipper is a fast sailing ship). The clipper with white sails (the triangles) was moving under the hot sun (the circle) shining in the blue sky. The shade of blue was darker than on the second logo, it looked more like the dark blue of the original 1971 logo. Below the emblem, there was the text “San Diego” (blue) and “Clippers” (red).

Symbol Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers Symbol

The logotype adopted in 1982 remained almost unchanged for the following 33 years. It featured a flying white basketball with a red outline. The name of the team was placed on this background. In 1984, as the team moved to Los Angeles, the lettering “San Diego” was replaced.

la clippers logo

As the result of the next facelift, which took place in 2010, the ball was rotated, while the letters in “Los Angeles” were enlarged. The overall design, which has been often compared to that of the LA Lakers logo, remained the same.

Clippers new logo

clippers new logo

The visual center is the word “Clippers” in bold capital letters. The curved lines above and below it represent the horizon of the sea as it looks like when you are standing on a Clipper ship. Above the wordmark, there is a monogram, in which a blue “C” “embraces” the lettering “LA”. According to the team, the “LA” represents a basketball court, while the “C” symbolizes the team’s love for their city. The monogram is placed over a white basketball outlined in black.

Font of the Los Angeles Clippers Logo

Los Angeles Clippers Logo Font

The Baskerville Old Serial Heavy font, published by SoftMaker, seems very close to the one used on the old wordmark, while the Clippers new logo features a customized sans serif typeface.

Color of the Los Angeles Clippers Logo

Color Los Angeles Clippers Logo

In 2015, the Clippers added black to the long-standing trio of red, white, and blue. Moreover, silver is also mentioned among the team’s official colors, although it is hardly possible to see it on the logotype. If one takes a closer look, however, he or she may notice the silver lining.