I found the Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC redesign to be one of the most difficult of all of my redesigns, both during the first attempt in 2013 and during the 2018 redesign all SPFL badges.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club. ICTFC. If the name is a mouthful, the current crest is an eyeful. Caledonian Thistle FC was the result of a 1994 union between two historic Invernessian football clubs – Inverness Thistle and Caledonian, both established in 1885. In 1996, Inverness District Council requested that ‘Inverness’ be added to the club’s name. So instead of going the easy route with Inverness United FC or something of that ilk, we have the monstrosity that is ICTFC. And like the name, the current badge is quite busy and disjointed. It features a thistle (the symbol of Inverness Thistle), a golden eagle (the symbol of Caledonian) and a football. It’s not so much the presence of these symbols that make this badge challenging, but that there are at least two very distinctive illustrative styles employed in their depictions. Mix that with a very poorly designed banner and you get the current badge, on the right below, which was shared with my initial redesign on 13 June 2013.
Regarding the current badge, I do think that it has a number of strong points. It’s unlike any other SPFL badge because of it’s asymmetrical appendage up top. I think the eagle could stay and make this a successful badge, but at the very least the banner must go and the eagle and thistle could be illustrated in the same style. Ultimately, in my initial redesign, I decided to incorporate the historical ICT symbols, with the stylised golden eagle’s wings enveloping the thistle. I made use of the club’s colours and added a date in clunky Roman numberals. In truth, I was never satisfied with this initial redesign, but at the very least, I thought that it provided some unity to the ICT badge.
Below is my 2018 redesign. In terms of design elements, I started entirely from scratch as I deemed my previous attempt unusable. I decided to rework the golden eagle’s wings to make them ever-so-slightly more identifiable, and to have them raising upward, better framing a redesigned thistle. Ultimately, I decided to incorporate an early football. This goes hand-in-hand with my inclusion of ‘1885’, as I thought the fact that ICT’s direct ancestors were in existence for more than a century ought to be acknowledged.
For the home shirt, I decided to go with ICT’s blue and red stripes, which have featured on most of the club’s kits since the union in 1994. More often than not, the sleeves have been solid blue, so I decided to push the red for a change. The away shirt is inspired by Caledonian Thistle’s home strips from the early 1970s, with the black and red in near constant use in from 1894 until the union.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.