The Pittsburgh Pirates recently announced they’re looking to update the buccaneer logo and are asking for fan input. Since I’m a local designer, I figured I’d fuse my passion for sports and creativity and submit my own design for consideration.
Bob Gessner was the artist behind the 1968-1987 “friendly pirate” logo. I know Bob, and he has inspired me for this design. I wanted the new logo to remind fans of the glory years. Between 1968-1987 the Pirates won a couple of World Series championships and fielded many great players such as Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, and Steve Blass to name a few. This was also the era when “We Are Family” was adopted as the Pirates anthem. The city of Pittsburgh and its fans embraced those great teams and a new logo for 2014 should pay homage to the important times in Pirates history.
I didn’t want to simply regurgitate and tweak any recent Pirates symbols, rather I wanted to design an original icon, something that feels right as the modern buccaneer. My new logo is a positive, forward-facing character, looking right into the future. He has the confident gaze of a leader. It resembles tradition, but has a modern flare.
I hope the Pirates and their marketing staff would consider my design not just because of the logo itself, but also because it’s done by a local guy. I’m a Pittsburgh-based designer – born, raised, and living in the Burgh my entire life. It would cool if that happened…