Minnesota Timberwolves Logo

Minnesota Timberwolves Logo

Minnesota Timberwolves Logo PNG

One of the most well-known professional basketball teams in the US, the Minnesota Timberwolves are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although their logo has always been built around the image of a wolf, it was not one and the same wolf. Both the animal and the wordmark underwent profound changes.

Meaning and history

Minnesota Timberwolves Logo history

In terms of main symbols and color palette, the visual identity of the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball club has always been pretty consistent — the gray, blue, and green combination with an image of a wolf on it, this is how each of four badges created for the team looks like, though the style and disposition vary from logo to logo.

1989 — 1996

The original logo for Timberwolves showed a gray and acid-blue basketball with a green outline and a white and blue wolves’ portrait on its left side. The animal looked graceful and had its eyes scoopers green. The wordmark was placed under the badge, with the “Minnesota” in small green cursive, and the enlarged “Timberwolves” in all capitals of a narrowed and bold sans-serif typeface.

1996 — 2008

Minnesota Timberwolves Logo 1996

The refinement of 1996 conveyed a new image to the club. The logo, created by Peter Thornburgh, depicted an aggressive image of a wolf’s head with its mouth open and ready to attack. The animal’s portrait was placed above the green trees with a stylized wordmark crossing them. The “Minnesota” in white clean capitals was placed on a narrow black banner above the blue “Timberwolves” with uneven elongated shapes and white outline.

2008 — 2017

Minnesota Timberwolves Logo 2008

The color palette of the emblem was brightened up in 2008, adding a light green shade to the trees and white — to the lettering. The new wordmark was executed in a bold and elegant serif typeface, with all capital letters placed close to each other, and the double blue and black outline glued.

2017 — Today

Minnesota Timberwolves logo

The redesign of 2017 brought a contemporary and stylish badge to the club’s visual identity. The gray and the navy blue wolf is placed on the left part of the blue basketball with a small green four-pointed star in it. The white lettering in a simple yet confident sans-serif is written along with the dark-blue round frame of the emblem.

Font

Font Timberwolves Logo

The primary logo used in 2008–2017 sported a distinctive all-cap typeface with rather sharp angles in the letters “M”, “W”, and “V”. In the “Wolves” wordmark logo used in 2009–2017 this distinctive feature was emphasized. Here, the letters had even sharper angles, which was supposed to symbolize the sharp claws of a wolf and thus contribute to the aggressive and intimidating image of the team.

The logo unveiled in 2017 features a completely different sans-serif all-cap font. It would have been regular if not for the “A”, which lacks the horizontal bar and thus looks like a “V” turned upside down.

Color

Color Timberwolves Logo

In terms of the color scheme the Minnesota Timberwolves logo has stayed mostly consistent since 1989. It has always been based on a combination of green, black, blue, grey, and white. However, shades of these colors haven’t remained exactly the same. The most important modification took place in 1996, when the colors were made darker, thus creating a more refined impression.

The current logo comprises a bright shade of green (Aurora Green) paired with two rather discreet shades of blue (a darker one, called Midnight Blue, and a lighter one, called Lake Blue,); a very light, almost transparent shade of grey (Moonlight Grey); and white for the letters (Frost White).