Miami Dolphins Logo

Miami Dolphins Logo

Ever since its introduction in 1966, the Miami Dolphins logo has been using the same symbols: a teal dolphin and an orange circle representing the sun. However, the emblem has undergone several subtle modifications.

Miami Dolphins Logo Meaning and history

Logo Miami Dolphins

The very first time the team appeared at AFL was in 1966. The image of a dolphin leaping through a sunburst could be seen on the team members’ helmets. It was then that the recognizable combination of the orange and aqua colors was used for the first time.

In 1974 the dolphin was moved right and to the top, in other words, was placed in the middle of the roundel. In 1989 the color scheme got a little darker, and a few new strokes were added to the dolphin.

1997 Miami Dolphins symbol

Miami Dolphins symbol

Probably the most notable modification of the Miami Dolphins logo occurred in 1997. In addition to the two basic colors, designers decided to use a dark shade of blue, so as to make the palette more diverse and appealing. The dolphin became more true-to-life, while also adding several kilos in weight. The sunburst lost the small lines, due to which it actually started to look clearer and more recognizable.

2013 Miami Dolphins emblem

Miami Dolphins emblem

In 2013 the Miami Dolphins emblem was given another facelift. The dolphin started to look more relaxed, as if it were not leaping but flying or swimming. The helmet was removed. The sunburst was also modified: there are “rays” of three sizes now.

Font of the Miami Dolphins Logo

Font Miami Dolphins Logo

It is hardly possible to discuss the typeface, as the only letter present in the logo, “M”, was removed from it in 2013. We can mention that this was a classic, clear serif type.

Color of the Miami Dolphins Logo

Color Miami Dolphins Logo

The iconic color scheme bears a symbolic meaning. The orange color represents the bright South Florida sun, while the teal color was inspired by the characteristic hue of the Atlantic Ocean by the local shores. A navy shade of blue has been also present in the logo since 1997.