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The Canaries’ new logo takes off with help from illustrator Tobias Hall

When the brief came in to help redesign Norwich City F.C’s logo dropped in Tobias Hall’s inbox he admits he didn’t quite believe it.

 

“I had to pinch myself.”

A lifelong football fan, Tobias describes the opportunity to work on an iconic emblem as a “dream job”. The ambition was to bring the much loved logo into the 21st century, but Tobias knew a lot of eyes were going to be on the final outcome. Talking to the Athletic after the successful launch, he cited the careful balance he had to maintain.

 

“Fans are not interested in whether it’s a good piece of design. They are interested in what it means to them emotionally and the bond they have with it over countless years. The whole process is a balancing act between something that stays true to what the Norwich fans had come to love and also producing something to propel the club forward long-term, and all those practical considerations a modern-day club has to honour.”

 

SomeOne, the agency handling the project, were careful in consulting fans across the club to make sure they understood exactly what made the crest so unique to Norwich. Creative Director Rich Rhodes said that the message was clear - “we just needed to take the best elements of what was already there and improve them.”

The crest could ultimately be broken down into 3 parts - the canary, the lion and the castle.

 

It was certainly memorable and easily recognised, but the heavy black outline and slightly poorly vectorised edges gave it an odd appearance on wide-screens and even caused issues with merchandise embroidery.  While it was a fine fundamental design, the logo simply wasn’t fit for purpose.

Admittedly, the original lion will be missed by many, as its slightly unfit for purpose appearance had become a well loved oddity, however his elegant update undeniably adds a regal feel to the new design.

To bring the final design of the new badge to the finish line, Robert Clarke was brought in to work on the finer details. Clarke is described as an iconic name and a craftsman with all manner of well-known credits to his name.

Tobias Hall is represented by Handsome Frank

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