Harvard Crimson Logo

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Harvard University sponsors over 40 varsity teams. The Harvard Crimson has been incredibly traditional in its brand identity – the logo has stayed the same for over 65 years.

Meaning and history

Harvard Crimson Logo history

The Harvard Crimson logo adopted in 1956 features a crimson shield housing the large letter “H.” The letter has a thin black outline, while the trim of the shield is black and white. While the logo is pretty minimalistic, it is also recognizable and possesses a certain degree of retro elegance.

1971 – 2002

Harvard Crimson Logo 1971
Until 2002, the teams used the Harvard’s own logo. It depicts a burgundy shield with three open books arranged in a triangle formation on it. There are letters written on them, together they say ‘truth’ in Latin. There are brown laurel wreaths encircling the shield, with a white strip that says ‘Harvard’ in their bottom.

2002 – 2020

Harvard Crimson Logo 2002
In 2002, they adopted a simpler logo: just a burgundy shield with a big white ‘H’ in the middle.

2020 – Today

Harvard Crimson logo
The 2020 redesign removed the black outline around the letter and the shield that was present in the previous logo. The letter itself was smoothened a tad.

Harvard Crimson basketball

Harvard Crimson basketball logo

The men’s basketball team has competed in five NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournaments, in three National Invitation Tournaments, and in the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The women’s team has won the Ivy League eleven times. It has competed in the NCAA Tournament six times.

Harvard Crimson football

Harvard Crimson football logo

The team, which also uses the primary Harvard Crimson logo, played its first official game in 1873, and thus, is among the oldest in the world. They boast thirteen national championships and twenty College Football Hall of Fame inductees.

Harvard Crimson Colors

CRIMSON
PANTONE: PMS 187 U/1807C
HEX COLOR: #A41034
RGB: (164, 16, 52)
CMYK: (08,100,65,24)

BLACK
PANTONE: PMS BLACK 6 C
HEX COLOR: #000000;
RGB: (0,0,0)
CMYK: (0,0,0,100)

COOL GREY
PANTONE: PMS COOL GRAY 8
HEX COLOR: #808285;
RGB: (128, 130, 133)
CMYK: (0,1,0,43)

SILVER
PANTONE: PMS COOL GRAY 4
HEX COLOR: #B6B6B6;
RGB: (182,182,182)
CMYK: (0,0,0,30)