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Thursday, May 27, 2010

We covered 5 of the greatest logos of WWE pay per view in the previous part of this article. It’s time for more of them, so here we go;

Wrestle Mania, Produced annually in March or April, is considered the flagship event of World wrestling entertainment as it is the most successful and longest-running professional wrestling event in the world. What can we say about a logo or anything related to wrestle mania! Everything is great about it. All of the wrestle mania logos are great as every year wrestle mania came with a new one. I have written an article series covering the legendary wrestle mania and its logos which you can read here.
Survivor series was used to held in November, It was one of the "Big Four", as along with WrestleMania, Royal Rumble and SummerSlam, it was one of the original four annual WWF/E pay-per-views. This logo has a textured type font with two extended “V”. The font colors are the shades of black and white, which are achieved by the graphic gradient tool.

No Mercy was held on May 16, 1999 in Manchester, England. Red colored freaky type fonts (also representing the blood) clearly represents the picture of “no mercy” without any additional symbolization.

Extreme Rules (formerly known as ECW One Night Stand and later One Night Stand) is produced every June. The event was created in 2005. As the name says, “Extreme”, the logo has extreme kind of fonts which don’t interrelate to any decency. Red, white and black, all of the colors make it a great logo.

Cyber Sunday was produced in 2004 and 2005, the event was known as Taboo Tuesday. The concept was to give wrestling fans the opportunity to select the match types and stipulations by voting online. Cyber Sunday’s logo is one of my favorite. Flash symbol on the front that also depicts the letter “S”. Red, black, white and silver, these colors are used in this logo. That represents the cyber Sunday theme in an appropriate manner.

I hope you like how I discussed the WWE PAY PER VIEW logos and all the info related to their events. Have a say by dropping your comments below.

WWE Wrestling PPV Logos- Can You Handle Them? (Part 1)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

For many years WWE has been producing so many pay per view events that have been very successful among wrestling fans of all ages. Some of the most famous pay per view events have been Royal Rumble, Extreme Rules, Backlash, Cyber Sunday and Wrestle Mania. Each year, with every WWE pay per view event comes a new logo design. I have gathered the top 10 WWE PPV logos for all of you wrestling fans which will be covered in two parts of WWE wrestling PPV logos article. So here are the first five:

Backlash Logo

Backlash is produced every April. The event was created in 1999, with its inaugural event produced as “In Your House event” in April of that year. The logo has a lightning effect which can also be seen as the electric current. Good use of typography and the letters that have a glow effect look good.

Judgment Day Logo

Judgment day is produced every May and the event was created in 1998. Logo represents the terror of judgment day (the term Judgment day is also known as Day of the Lord in Christian theology, which is the final and eternal judgment by God of all nations). This logo has great use of type fonts in gray and white with the black background.

King Of The Ring Logo (KOR)

KOR was held every year from 1985 to 2002. KOR logo has KING OF THE RING written in white with “KOR” in the back ground with the same color but white border to separate it from the back ground. This was not over the top rope, but was an average one.

No Way Out Logo

No way out was produced every year in February. In its logo, “No” is written in Capital Letters and “way out” in small. Words “No way” are in white color while the “Way” is in red with its “Y” stretched and drawn below the very word “WAY” to represent a “WAY/Path”.

Royal Rumble Logo

Royal rumble is produced every year in early January and the event was created in 1988. This logo is a simple but effective one. It has golden colored elegant type fonts, with an “M” letter in black, quite IMPRESSIVE.
Don’t forget to read the 2nd part of this article next week on this very blog to learn about rest of the 5 WWE PPV logos.

To be continued…


Saturday, May 8, 2010

As I was elucidating about the most famous pro wrestling programs and their logos in the previous part of this article, I will continue from where I left (You may read the previous post wrestling logos part 1). Let’s continue with the next pro wrestling logo:

ROH (Ring Of Honor): ROH is an American professional-wrestling promotion, founded in 2002 by Rob Feinstein. In 2010 ROH became the third-largest professional wrestling promotion in the United States. The ROH logo has the red color too, which again is the symbol of power and attitude with the added black and white colors. The main ROH typography and the slogan of the company are written in the same type font only with a “dimension difference” as ROH has a 3D look. Not an impressive logo, but not too bad.

WCW (World Championship Wrestling): WCW was an American professional wrestling program which existed from 1973 to 2001. Established in Atlanta, Georgia; it began as a regional promotion associated with the National Wrestling Alliance “NWA” (Discussed in the previous part). The WCW logo seems to be the logo from which TNA took an idea of creating their logo.

Why I am saying that the TNA’s logo looks like the WCW because the type font letter’s edges that are extended in a shape of spikes in sideways and downwards and the RED color with black background resembles to the WCW logo in a huge way.

And Last but not the least,

NXT (Next Generation): NXT is a sports entertainment professional wrestling Reality television show created by Vince McMahon, and is a replacement program for ECW on the SyFy Network. Everybody has higher expectations about NXT as the wrestlers who are going to wrestle in NXT will be the guys from FCW (Florida Championship Wrestling) that was formed by Vince Mc Mahon and currently working. The logo of NXT is one of the best logos I have ever seen of pro wrestling so far. It has the futuristic look that wrestling fans look for. The grungy effect on the type fonts really look cool, which reminds me of the ECW logo which was wrapped up with barbed wires (discussed in the previous part). The type fonts are bordered with black color which suits the main font’s color. On the top left corner, WWE added their logo to clarify that NXT is their brand and not of some other company.

As a logo designer I cannot deny the fact that these pro wrestling logos are great, and if they weren’t good, why would any of us remember them till now when many of them aren’t even a part of pro wrestling anymore.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

What is street fighter? Street fighter is a combination of power, passion, attitude, arrogance and victory. It was the only game that drove me nuts when I was a kid. It had everything that I wanted in a game, whether it was the multi player action, characters stories, or the electrifying boss characters and so on. Over all, it was, and still a complete package.

Now about the street fighter game logos. They were just like the game itself; Stylish, innovative, attention grabbing and extreme. With every street fighter part, came a new logo. But the best part was that none of the logos were similar to the older ones (not even one). It is one of the best qualities of street fighter logos.

There have been many logo versions with each set of street fighter game series such as; EX series, Alpha series, Vs series and more. Every logo had the characteristics of speed, energy and futuristic era. Let’s have the logos now:

Street Fighter (1987)
This was the first logo of the series and was definitely innovative. The red and orange shades of colors depicted the element of fire and force with extremely cool type fonts.

Street Fighter II series (1991–1996)

The second logo had almost the same colors which the previous ones had, but in a reverse manner along with new type fonts. Really eye catching.

Street Fighter Alpha series (1995–1998)

When the alpha series came out, the whole street fighter logo look got changed. Now the orange and yellow colors were replaced with the shades of blue and red with “ALPHA, warrior’s dreams” written with different colors.

Street Fighter EX series (1996–2001)

Again the writing style of the logo was stylishly changed with “EX” written in the background. This time the text “street fighter” was in total blue with a shadow effect and “EX” was in a merged red and yellow color mode.

Street Fighter III series (1997–1999)

This one has the lightning strike font feature which looks too appropriate to the game subject with the “III” written in the background. The colors match with the black background which is the best part of this logo.

Vs. series (1996–2003, 2008)

This is the most unlikely logo series of street fighter because it had so many colors and font styles which look amateur to me at most of the times.

Street Fighter IV series (2008, 2010)

This one has a dark feature involved to it. Mysterious type fonts and colors with black background make it different from the rest of the street fighter logo series.

One of the most mysterious aspects of the street fighter logos is their type fonts. Despite of attempting a lot of research I still couldn’t find the type fonts that were used in these logos. Therefore they are unknown till now but the most similar fonts to the street fighter logos in my opinion are; Informal Roman, Biffo MT, Brush 738, Zombie Guts Yanked Italic and Rapier.

Because of the space limitation I could not include all of the logos of each street fighter series category; however I mentioned the main logos of each series to enlighten the main ideas of the logos. If I succeed in reviving your gaming memories with this piece of writing please drop your comments in.