COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF BRANDING.

Well, the big game is just a few days away so I thought I might as well share my thoughts on the new branding and logo for college football’s new championship format. First off, I like the mark a lot. Using the laces to represent the 4 playoff teams is beautifully simple and the brackets seem to give it an air of finality. The type is a little too uninspired in my opinion, but again at least it was kept simple.

Perhaps more important though, is how the logo was chosen. I am both worried and impressed by the fact that they had the stones to leave the final logo decision up to a public vote. It lets people feel involved and like they have a voice, which I understand is important given how long fans felt their complaints regarding the BCS were ignored. But I can’t help but be worried about the precedent set here given that it is such a high profile brand. We got lucky, as it was clearly the strongest design, but what if it hadn’t been chosen?

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The above shows the other options, which all fall way short of the mark in my opinion. Is it dangerous to give up the role of expert / control of the brand to the audience? Was the ability to vote for the logo really impactful enough to warrant that kind of a risk?

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