Let's talk about ISU logos that feature an actual Cyclone

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  1. Kagavi

    Kagavi Well-Known Member

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    While I was creating a mock vintage Cyclone logo for the 1920s, I was pondering this... ISU received the Cyclones nickname in 1895 and up until this year has had just two official logos that featured a Cyclone. Of course, we have the 1984 version:

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    And the swirly bird logo that was replaced by I STATE:

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    It's just a matter of time before ISU comes out with another logo that features an actual cyclone. I know there have been quite a few pseudo-official Cyclone logos. I remember the unique cyclone design for the gymnastics team around 2007:

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    I know there's more out there--share them if you got them!
     
  2. DBQ

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    The current Cy head kindof has a cyclone around it.

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  3. cyclone4L

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    I would much rather have a brand logo that we have had for years than a new one every few years. Most great teams have logos that have never changed. Alabama, Texas, USC, Miami, Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida State, Penn State, and Oklahoma have all stayed the same to represent the tradition that they have had and remember the players who wore that logo.
     
  4. colbycheese

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    When the new branding initiative came out a few years ago, I sent an email to the branding office requesting that there be a logo that actually features a cyclone. They said that this logo was intended as the logo to feature a "cyclone". They didn't have any plans or intention to make another logo featuring a tornado in profile like the first one posted by the OP.
     
  5. ISUCyclones2015

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    The 1984 logo is my favorite of all time
     
  6. 3TrueFans

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    Bring back swirly bird, said nobody ever.
     
  7. MNCyGuy

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    Yea, it's too bad that mark is associated with such a crappy era of football.
     
  8. everyyard

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    there is one from the 50's with a man as part of tornado
     
  9. 3TrueFans

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    Walking Cy is much better than the 1984 version IMO.
     
  10. colbycheese

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    [​IMG]???





    (From the Brooklyn Cyclones)
     
  11. cydline2cydline

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    My favorite tornado logo isn't even one we created. I really like the animated CY-Tornado that they show on ESPN when they talk about Iowa State. Couldn't find an image, gif, or video of it though.
     
  12. MNCyGuy

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    I love walking Cy, but I think he has some of the same issues as the tornado bird, just a bit too detailed to work to work on helmets, etc. The '84 logo, on the other hand, without the Iowa State lettering on top, could have been an iconic helmet silhouette if there had been any semblance of success with it.
     
  13. 3TrueFans

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    The '84 logo just feels dated, and not dated in a oh that's so retro way, but in a wow that looks old way. I think the lettering is a lot of it though.
     
  14. NickTheGreat

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    I like the 84 Tornado. But I was born in that era, so my first ISU stuff had that on it

    Walking Cy is a close second, because some of my stuff was older than 84 . . . :twitcy:
     
  15. bgprest

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    My sentiments, exactly.
     
  16. Althetuna

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    I thought the curent logo could be changed and the "I" could be make into a cyclone with the wall cloud forming the top part of the "I", the cyclone forming the middle part, and the ground and a debris cloud forming the bottom part of the "I".
     
  17. ISU_phoria

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    There's still an official twirly bird secondary logo that doesn't have any wording.

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  18. Clone1138

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    Walking Cy from '78 is still my favorite logo. The newer I-State logo is a close second.
     
  19. Peter

    Peter Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately, we are stuck with an acronym, mascot, and nickname that aren't easy to convert to a logo. The tornado tends to look like a triangular blob and I haven't seen a version of Cy that doesn't look a bit hokey. I think other schools with cardinal mascots have the same problem (see Louisville). The "I" in ISU is also hard to deal with. It's not like Indiana were you can frame it nicely with a "U." I think the only logo I've ever liked is the '85 logo. The font is a pretty old but it could be easily spruced up.
     
  20. Tornado man

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    Alabama doesn't bother with Crimson Tide, but instead uses their A logo or that elephant; Miami doesn't promote Hurricanes much, just uses their U logo along with the Ibis; I don't see OSU or Michigan promote buckeye nuts or wolverine animals much in their logos either.
     

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