Golden State Warriors Logo

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The current logo of the professional basketball team Golden State Warriors has received mixed reviews, from admiration to criticism.

Meaning and history

Golden State Warriors Logo history

Except for the very first two versions of the emblem, the visual identity of the American basketball club has always been based on a blue and yellow color palette, which represents energy, activity, professionalism, and reliability. Though the badge of the team was redesigned ten times throughout history, all the versions look alike due to the bright and lively color combination, which became the club’s signifier, along with other symbols, adopted during the years.

1946 — 1951

The original logo, introduced in 1946 for Philadelphia Warriors, was composed of a simple yet funny image of a Native American man executed in purple lines and a yellow basketball. The script diagonal “Warriors” inscription is placed over the image and balanced by a yellow feather in the man’s hair.

1951 — 1962

In 1951 the logo was redrawn with its lines being strengthened and the color palette switched to blue and white. The “Warriors” lettering became more visible and now the white “Philadelphia” inscription was placed on the elongated tail of the “W”, stretched to the left.

1962 — 1969

The club relocated to San Francisco in 1962, and its logo was changed in the same year. The new emblem featured a circular medallion composed of a thin yellow outline, a thick white frame, and a small yellow circle in the center. The blue feather Indian headpiece was placed on the yellow part of the badge, while the wordmark was written in a white part, around the badge’s perimeter.

1969 — 1971

The redesign of 1969 brought a new image to the Warriors’ visual identity. It was a solid yellow circle in a blue outline with an image of a blue bridge. “The City” inscription in blue was arched above the yellow medallion.

1971 — 1972

The club changed its name to Golden State Warriors in 1971, redrawing its blue and yellow emblem. The new concept comprised a bold yellow circle with the blue contour of the California state and a solid blue five-pointed star on it. The inscription was placed around the badge, with the “Golden State” arched above and written in a fancy wild-west style, and the “Warriors” in a modern sans-serif arched under the badge.

1972 — 1975

The color palette of the logo became brighter and some elements were redrawn in 1972. The wordmark was simplified to “Warriors” on top and “Basketball” on the bottom of the composition, plus an extra-bold blue “14l was placed on a yellow background, on the right from the state’s contour.

1975 — 1988

The yellow circle was redrawn as a basketball in 1975. The “14” was removed and the California silhouette was enlarged. The color palette remained untouched and the logo looked bright and strong.

1988 — 1997

golden state warriors old logoThe lines of the Golden State Warriors emblem were cleaned and refined in 1988. The yellow shade of the palette became a bit darker and smoother color while the lettering gained a new sleek typeface with rounded bold lines and softened angles.

1997 — 2010

The comics-style emblem was created for the club in 1997. The alien-like superhero in gradient blue was placed in a basketball black ground above the stylized yellow and orange inscription in a blue outline. The lettering was executed in a fancy modern typeface with the lines of the letter “W” elongated and drawn as a lighting bolt. This badge stayed with the club for over a decade.

2010 — 2019

golden state warriors emblemThe redesigning of 2010 brought up a fresh insignia for the basketball team — a light blue loop medallion in a double yellow-blue outline with an elegant and sophisticated image of the bridge drawn on it in yellow lines. The blue wordmark in all capitals was placed on both upper and bottom parts of the medallion and executed in a classy serif typeface with wide and solid contours of the letters and delicate sharp serifs.

2019 — Today

In 2019 the color palette of the logo was switched to a darker and a more intense one, and the typeface of the inscription was changed to a more modern and sleek serif with softened curves and playful elongated streaks.

Font

golden state warriors new logo

The typefaces look very much like Copperplate Medium (for the “GOLDEN STATE” lettering) and Copperplate Bold (for the word “WARRIORS”).