The time comes every year when the excitement of the fantasy football preseason begins to permeate every part of your brain. Who to draft, who to start, and how to plan a bad-ass fantasy football draft party dominate your thoughts. It can feel overwhelming, overjoying, and cathartic all at once.
But let’s be honest. Without an awesome custom logo to go along with a great team name, you’re not really being the best fantasy football player you can be. So if you’ve put in the time for the draft and thought of a crafty, cunning, (and dirty) team name, take your game to the next level with a tasteful, eye-catching fantasy football logo. It’s easier than you might think.
Many of the ideas of professional and modern logo design carry over into the world of fantasy football logos. Not all of them will stand true, but implementing basic design elements can inspire an impressive logo (or even a t-shirt design if you want to go the extra mile).
Some things to think about when you’re creating the logo include:
While you don’t necessarily have to stick to these guidelines, they’ll enable you to create something that’s memorable.
You don’t have to go to school for graphic design to create a high-quality fantasy football logo. All you really need is a bit of design inspiration, a logo concept, and some extra time. But before you channel your inner graphic designer, follow these steps to ensure a great logo from start to finish.
Your team name plays the most vital role in your fantasy football league logo. While you’re brainstorming, take care to choose a team name that translates well into a sports team logo. Shorter names are always better in terms of readable typography if you want your team name in the logo.
If you’re dead set on a longer team name, you can always omit the name in favor of a mascot or graphic only.
From the grocery store to the online marketplace, knockoffs are everywhere you turn. While they may exist in poor taste in some regards, don’t worry if you use an existing logo to inspire your own — especially if it highlights your team name.
Graphic design platforms range from simplistic options for the novice designer to complex software used by professionals. Which one you choose is simply a result of how much time you have, how tech-savvy you are, and the type of detail you want. Don’t be afraid to experiment, but don’t be afraid to go simple-stupid as well.
Finding a graphic design platform or a logo maker only requires a quick Google search. However, you may find that you’re inundated with so many options that you aren’t sure which one’s best for you. To save you time (and a headache), here are a few of the best.
Not everyone is the creative type, so if that’s hindering your fantasy football logo design, look no further than Looka. Using AI-powered software, Looka enables you to create a killer fantasy football logo with no prior design experience required.
With Looka, you only need to enter your team, select your colors, add some design cues based on categories or other designs, and voila! You have dozens of awesome logo options in less than a minute.
Canva is a design platform that’s used by professionals across all types of industries. However, it also has a free logo maker that can take the guesswork out of creating one of your own.
Using logo templates, you can tweak and alter pre-made logos until you find one that you want. With both free and paid graphics and elements to add to your logo, you can put together a fantasy football logo that makes you proud and instills fear (or hilarity) in your opponents.
Canva also has several tutorials that enable you to use the software with more speed and precision. It’s definitely worth the effort to go through these if you want to create something special.
Adobe PhotoShop is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the graphic design world. Unfortunately, it terrifies novice users with the endless amount of features and complex interface.
But Adobe got the message. Thanks to its online logo maker, you can forego the difficulties of PhotoShop and go straight to making your own logo. Just type in your team name, select a graphic, and Adobe will give you dozens of logos.
Another awesome (and free) logo maker is Snappa. It’s similar to Looka, but it comes with several royalty-free photos on top of graphics. So rather than having to use free vector software to convert actual photos into usable graphics, Snappa does the work for you. Beyond that, it’s a straightforward platform that’s simple and easy to use.
The only annoyance of Snappa is that — unlike Adobe or Looka — you’re required to sign up for the service. It doesn’t cost you anything but don’t be surprised if you get a bit of spam.
Around the web, you can find plenty of fantasy football logos that are shockingly well done, hilariously put together, or some combo of the two. If the design is stressing you out or keeping you from moving ahead, grab some inspiration from some of these custom logos from social media and around the web.
Once you put together a logo, the next step is to upload it to your league website — whether you use Yahoo, CBS, or ESPN, uploading a logo is relatively easy. You only need to have the right format and file size.
In most cases, your fantasy football logo should be no more than 500 KB or 0.5 MB, or at least that’s the case with the major fantasy football league sports platforms. You also need to save the file as either a PNG, JPG, or JPEG format.
If your logo is too large, use compression to bring it down to size. Websites like Canva — even the free version — allow you to do this with ease.
Even the best fantasy football logo design doesn’t mean much when the season is in full effect, you struggle to get fantasy points and wins, and you’re on the cusp of being a cellar-dweller. So if you want to enjoy the spoils of victory and have full rein of trash-talking, make sure that you put together a winning squad each and every week with Wise Guys Edge.
Using odds from Vegas sportsbooks, Wise Guys Edge allows you to accurately compare up to five NFL players at once so you always know who to start and who to sit. Paired with a creative team name and a custom logo, your team might just be the last team left standing at the end of the year.
You get out what you put into your fantasy football season, whether it’s a championship or a disappointment. At the very least, you’ll have a cool fantasy football logo.