Washington Redskins Logo

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Washington Redskins logoWashington Redskins Logo

Although the Washington Redskins logo has gone through a sequence of changes over its more than 85-year history, the core visual theme – an image of an American Indian – remained the same.

Meaning and history

Washington Redskins Logo history

The club, known as Washington Redskins for more than eighty years, had its visual identity constant and based on the portrait of a Native American man, though in the middle of the 2010s their name and emblem were claimed to be provocative and offensive, so the legendary team left its roots and legacy behind, and changed the name to Washington Football Team in 2020.

1932

Washington Redskins Logo 1932

The football club was born in 1932 under the name Boston Braver and its first logo was created in the same year. It was a red and white badge with the image of a Native American man in profile, with a large feathery headpiece. The body of the image was executed in red, with white color used for the inner lines and details.

1933 — 1936

Washington Redskins Logo 1933

The club was renamed Boston Redskins in 1933 and the logo was redesigned for the first time. The new emblem featured a monochrome portrait of a man, who was now facing right and had only two white feathers in his black hair. The image was enclosed into a double circular frame in black and orange.

1937 — 1951

Washington Redskins Logo 1937

With the relocation of the club to Washington and its next name change in 1937, the new logo was introduced. The Native American man got its color palette evolved and now had a more natural skin tone. The feathers’ color was switched from white to red and the frame was now in dark gold.

1952 — 1959

Washington Redskins Logo 1952

The framing was removed from the logo in 1952, and one of the feathers in the man’s hair gained a yellow color, which added energy and power to the whole image.

1960 — 1964

Washington Redskins Logo 1960

The redesign of 1969 switched the color scheme of the emblem again, repeating the original badge, but making white the main color, and red was used for the outlines and a small part of the background on a circular badge. The emblem gained a thick white circular frame again.

1965 — 1969

Washington Redskins Logo 1965

In 1965 the portrait of the Native American man was removed from the Washington Redskins visual identity. The new badge was composed of a minimalist and elegant image of an arrow with one feather attached to it. The new color palette featured yellow and white colors and a thin red outline. The sharp lines of the new logo evoke a sense of expertise and professionalism.

1970 — 1971

Washington Redskins Logo 1970

The new Redskins logo, created for the club in 1970, was composed of a white circular badge in a thick burgundy frame with a bold letter “R” inside. The letter was executed in a custom serif typeface and had massive shape and smooth contours. Two enlarged feathers in white and red were attached to the left side of the frame.

1972 — 1981

Washington Redskins Logo 1972

The Native American man came back to the team’s visual identity in 1982. With the renewed color palette, composed of white, yellow, brown, and black, the badge started looking brighter and more energetic.

1983 — 2020

Washington Redskins Logo 1983

The man changes his direction and is now turned to the right. The color palette of the logo got one new shade — burgundy, which was used for the bold sans-serif inscription, placed under the circular badge. It was the last version with the image of the Native American man, created for the legendary football club.

2020 — Today

Washington Redskins logo

Though the visual identity concept and the team’s name were dramatically changed in 2020, there is still one thing, which links the new club with its roots — the yellow and burgundy color palette of the logo. The new composition featured a bold burgundy rectangular badge, located horizontally, with a custom yellow lettering on it. The enlarged “Washington” nameplate had its letters’ ends elongated and sharpened, white the “Football Team EST. 1932” tagline was written in a delicate yet confident sans-serif typeface.

The icon, used by the Washington Football Team, featured a solid burgundy square with a yellow letter “W” on it. The letter is executed in the same custom typeface with sharp elements, the main nameplate is written in.

Font

Font Redskins Logo

The Washington Redskins logo features a solid sans-serif all-cap type. Being absolutely clean and legible, it manages to stay unique and recognizable due to a couple of unusual elements (for instance, shorter ends of the “K” and “R” characters, the unusual central bar in the letter “E”).

Color

Color Redskins Logo

The color scheme, which includes burgundy, yellow, white, brown, and black, has remained fairly consistent throughout the years. However, not all the colors were present in each version of the logo.

Symbol controversy

Washington Redskins symbol

The disputes connected with the Washington Redskins symbol started more than half a century ago, while they have gained considerable public attention since the 1990s. The football club has been accused of using harmful forms of ethnic stereotyping.

Emblem vs. other “Indian” emblems

washington redskins emblemIt is obvious for anyone who is knowledgeable on the subject that the Washington Redskins emblem attracts more media coverage than most other “Indian” teams. One of the reasons is that the club represents the US Capital. Also, the word “redskin” is described as derogatory or insulting in modern dictionaries.