Hibernian Football Club was founded in 1875 by Irish immigrants and has been based at Easter Road in Leith since 1892. Their initial badge consisted of a shield with a harp, reflecting their Irish heritage. From 1876-1879 their shirts featured the letters ‘HFC’ in blackletter across the chest. From 1879-1980 a badge did not feature on their kit. During this period Leith was incorporated into the City of Edinburgh (1920). In 1981 the ‘crown crest’ was introduced, which consisted of a football topped by a crown and flanked by two olive branches. Some version of this badge was used until 1989, when a more modern badge was introduced. Their current badge has been in use since 2000 and reflects much of their history. It features a football, a ship to represent Leith, a harp to represent their Irish heritage and a castle to represent the City of Edinburgh.
I find their current crest, whilst very strong with regard to symbolic significance, to be a bit busy and the typeface to be a bit bulky. In the redesign I opted to go for a full on retro look, with a typeface that hearkens back to the time of their foundation and the reintroduction of a harp as the primary icon. I also desired to include both the Leith and Edinburgh heritage by including both names. I also incorporated a ‘V’ instead of the ‘U’ in Edinburgh in order to reflect the city’s current branding and the Latin in the club’s name (‘Hibernia’ being the Roman name for the island of Ireland).