In the Shield Shirkers project, I’ve given myself 20+ club badges to design. I’m probably going to miss out any that I don’t absolutely have to design. Designers have their own ideas about what looks best and many will think their way is better than anyone else’s. I do have thoughts like that when critiquing design work online. However, I’m also prepared to say when I think someone else has nailed it. And where a club has an existing option to avoid heraldic issues. This brings me to Albion Rovers and Arbroath…
Shield Shirkers #01a – Albion Rovers FC
The goldmine that is the Historical Kits website shows Albion Rovers have switched between a badge inside a shield and one without. The obvious solution for them is to go back to the version without the shield. Maybe the designer in me should try to come up with an alternative but sometimes the best solution is ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’.
Shield Shirkers #01b – Arbroath FC
According to comments on Pie&Bovril.com, Elijah Wade’s redesign of the Arbroath FC badge has gone down pretty well. I would have done a similar thing of using the portculis chains to make a near shield shape. I doubt he was thinking about the Lord Lyon’s rulings but the effect is the same. I don’t think it’s worth duplicating the idea so I figured it was better to link to his site – credit where it’s due. Maybe a case of ‘great minds think alike’ on this one? There don’t seem to be many people doing redesigns of Scottish football club badges so hopefully there’s enough room for both of us!