We all know that the Minnesota Vikings’ logo is one of the best in the National Football League. Now, a survey of nearly 1,500 fans that was recently conducted online has confirmed that obvious truth.
A site called FanJuicer surveyed fans that came mostly from the NFL communities on Reddit, and asked them to rank all of the team logos across the National Football League. The Vikings’ logo came in at #5, behind only the New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, and Los Angeles Rams.
They asked a graphic designer exactly what they thought of all of the logos, and here’s what they had to say about the iconic Norseman design that the Vikings have used since their inception (with a few tweaks over the years):
The Graphic Designer: Anything that I don’t like about this logo comes down to personal preference.
FanJuicer: What do you mean by that?
The Graphic Designer: It is very manly, which is great for football. It’s not my personal style, but from a design standpoint it is well done, and I can understand why it may be one of the higher ranked ones. The outline of the figurine is great and sends a distinct message. He has a strong jaw and facial features, and I really like the implied shape of his shoulder – that creates a nice effect. I imagine it might be difficult to fit typography under the logo with this braid sticking out. There’s quite a few shapes sticking out from the central figure, but again, my hangup with that is personal preference. Regardless of any of my hangups, it still feels classic, and I mean that in a good way.
I don’t think there’s ever been a problem with getting the name “Minnesota Vikings” underneath the logo or anything, but I suppose I could be wrong on that.
As mentioned, our NFC North rivals from Detroit wound up ahead of the Vikings at #2 overall. Our other two NFC North brothers were not nearly as highly thought of. The Packers’ logo was ranked at #20 overall, and the Bears found themselves down at #28.
Personally, I think the Vikings’ ranking on this list is about four spots too low, but I’m pretty clearly biased.