Hibernian Football Club was established in 1875 by Irish immigrants in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh. They have been based at Easter Road in Leith since 1892.
Their initial badge consisted of a harp within a shield, reflecting their Irish heritage. From 1876 to 1879, their shirts featured the letters ‘HFC’ in blackletter across the chest. The Hibs kits featured no badge from 1879 to 1980. It was during this period (1920) that Leith was incorporated into the City of Edinburgh. 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 ship to represent Leith, a harp to represent their Irish heritage and a castle to represent the City of Edinburgh. Below is my redesign published on 24 June 2013:
I find their current crest, while very strong with regard to symbolic significance, to be a bit busy and disunited, and the typeface to be a bit bulky. In this 2013 redesign, I opted to go for a full on retro look, with a typeface that calls 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 used 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).
My 2018 update is very minor, only inverting the white and green of the badge and adding an outer ring.
I find the dominance of the white in the redesign especially striking against the green field of the home strip (which is based on the classic Hibernian home strip of a green body and white sleeves). I’ve also incorporated a larger, offset harp in a darker shade of green on the body of the home shirt. For the away strip, I decided to go with a yellow and dark blue colour scheme and a minimalised harp badge, the harp calling back to their first kit.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.