NBA changes its logotype after 48 years

NBA changes its logotype after 48 years

The National Basketball Association (NBA) recently revealed its first logo update in nearly half a century. The changes, spearheaded by The Original Champions of Design (OCD), Commercial Type, and Erik van Blokland, include updated typography and colors.

The original logo, designed in 1969 by Alan Siegel of Siegel+Gale has risen to iconic levels; it even retroactively nicknamed Jerry West, whose silhouette Siegel used in the design, "The Logo." The NBA—which earns $3 billion per year in licensing—wanted to keep the logo "essentially the same with slight changes."

The update uses a modified Action Condensed, which van Blokland originally designed for his website LettError. In its announcement article, The NBA stated that "the taller, leaner typeface embodies the NBA game and its athletes." OCD redesigned more than just the logo, bringing Action Condensed to NBA Summer League, NBA TV, and more.

Sub-brand logos by OCD and Commercial Type

Sub-brand logos by OCD and Commercial Type

As mentioned, the colors have also changed—the older blue and red have been swapped for deeper, darker replacements. These new colors appear stronger and more distinct from those used by the NFL, MLB, and NHL.

Secondary logo: before and after

Secondary logo: before and after

You can read more about the redesign here, and see it on uniforms and collateral starting this season.

Announcing TYPE No. 1

Announcing TYPE No. 1

Meeting grounds for typographers and type designers

Meeting grounds for typographers and type designers