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Team Logo Neon Signs


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I've always been fascinated by neon signs, especially the ones at bars that depict sports logos. Lately I've found myself thinking about the kinds of challenges and decisions that go into adapting a logo into this medium. We often talk here about how a complicated or colorful logo would work as an embroidered piece on a uniform, but I don't remember a discussion here about the merits of a particular logo as a neon sign.

It's a proposition somewhat exclusive to sports and beer brands, and there are fairly diverse and creative ways of turning logos into neon. Some work better than others, I think, a lot of which depends on how flexible the original logo is.

From my extensive experience in New York bars, I've always liked the way the Mets logo looked in neon:

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I like how the Bulls logo looks too, with the colors inverted:

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On the other hand, woof:

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Any other good/bad/ugly examples?

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Good topic.

There's a bar by my house that uses this and I always think about how bad it looks every time I walk by.

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That same bar also has this

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which I like.

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Cool topic. I love well done neon signs. It's probably a result of growing up back when neon signs were everywhere.

This one is...well...just awful. (And please, spare us the race to be the first one to call "Clevejacked.") Then again, when your logo is a helmet, what do you expect?

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I think this looks pretty cool. It manages to capture the essence of the Angels logo.

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Not good at all.

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This one works because, like the big A, it manages to translate well from the actual logo.

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What's wrong with the Ohio State sign? Seems like a good representation to me.

Yeah, I was probably a little harsh on that one. It's not like it's awful bad or anything. It just seems bland to me. I think a line of white around the inside of red O would make it look a lot better. Don't get me wrong, if someone wants to drop 500 bucks on one and give it to me, I'll gladly hang it up in my "alumni" room, but I think it looks a little incomplete when compared to the logo it's based on.

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Most of these are pretty interesting. Before labeling a certain logo "bad", really take into consideration the limitations of producing it in neon.

There isn't much room for detail, and "how will this translate into neon signs?" is pretty far down the list of importance when the initial design is reviewed. :lol:

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