United States Football League (USFL) logo

United States Football League logoWhile the United States Football League was only active for four years, from 1982 to 1986, it left an interesting design legacy.
The United States Football League logo has been obviously inspired by the flag of the United States, which can be seen both in the palette and patterns. The letters “USFL,” which form the focal point of the emblem, are visually divided into two fields. The top parts feature white stars on the dark blue background, while below, there’re red and white stripes. Of course, the similarity to the American flag isn’t exact. Unlike the flag, the logo features vertical stripes, and the colors are slightly different, too.
United States Football League USFL logo history


While the abbreviation “USFL” was rather popular, it still wasn’t familiar to each and every person within the country, so the author of the USFL logo had to include an “explanation.” He placed the lettering “United States Football League” below the main emblem sandwiching it in between two horizontal lines. The lines and the text are given in dark blue.
USFL logo
Apparently, both the abbreviation and the full name of the league are given in one and the same italicized sans serif type. While some designers may accuse the type of being pretty generic, it is also highly legible.