Despite my undying love for a certain Glasgow club, it pains me to write about how Heart of Midlothian Football Club has landed on some hard times as of late. The illustrious club, bearing such domestic honours as four Scottish League Championships (tied for third most), eight Scottish Cups (fourth most) and four Scottish League Cups (fourth most), began the process of entering into administration on 17 June 2013. As a result of their entering into administration, the club has been forced to begin this season with a fifteen point deduction. But back in the 2007/08 season, Leeds United was able to bounce back from their fifteen-point penalty to reach the Football League One Play-Off Final (which they lost to Doncaster Rovers, 1-0), so perhaps all hope isn’t lost for Hearts. Here’s to fresh starts!
As far as badges go, the current Hearts badge is very strong. The image is based on a mosaic that can be found on the pavement outside of St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. The mosaic sits on the site of the Old Tolbooth (which stood between c. 1400 and 1817), the former administrative centre of Edinburgh as well as the site of a prison and public executions. But in this redesign I wanted to hearken back to an earlier age without doing away with the current badge completely. I borrowed some features from one of the club’s early badges:
I incorporated the more obtuse heart found in the current badge (bottom right) as well as the gold lettering. I also incorporated a subtle Saltire in the inner and outer rings of the redesigned badge.