Presenting the winner and top designs from the New Orleans Pelicans logo contest!

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After hearing that New Orleans’ NBA basketball team, The Hornets, may be changing its name to The Pelicans, we asked 99designs users to create their own NBA New Orleans Pelicans Logo. The turnout was incredible! Almost 200 top quality designers participated in the contest, submitting unique variations of the beaky bird infused with a little New Orleans flavor.

We ran one external poll and two community polls to help us make our final decision. Kudos to everyone who participated in the contest and thanks to everyone who gave their input in the polls! Who knows, maybe one of these awesome designs will grab the attention of someone from the NBA …

Drum roll…. and the winner is:


Design by TinBacicDesign™

TinBacic’s winning logo is fantastic! First and foremost, we love the simplicity of the design, which hangs nicely with the 29 other team logos in the National Basketball Association. As for the pelican illustration, it achieves an effective ferocity that is not normally associated with the bird. The fleur-de-lis is a nice touch — a subtle reference to the history of New Orleans. The font is clean, original and lends itself well to further branding and merchandising.


Our decision was by no means easy! Just take a look at this incredible variety of styles and high quality logos that we received:

Design by dinoDesigns

Design by Mark™

Design by novanandz

Design by BennyT

Design by KiMLEY™

Design by Freshradiation 

Design by bodong™

Design by Widakk 

Design by aNk∆s 

Design by grapiKen

Design by BluegumBoy™

Design by TeachDesign

Design by Popovicmilan 

Design by Projectthirtyfour

Design by AriPerdana

Design by BTGraphicDesign

Design by Eren G.

Design by Nic03elic 

Design by minus*

Design by pixelmatters

Design by Freshinnet

Design by Rom@n

Design by Giulio Rossi

Design by damichi

Design by kingsandy

Design by OnQue

Design by dialfredo

Design by DSKY

Design by JayBee works

Which one do you think works best? Tell us in the comments!

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Garrett Sussman