The Miami Dolphins logo: a history

Miami Dolphins logo composite
(Image credit: Miami Dolphins /

The Miami Dolphins logo is as old as the team itself, having been in place since the very beginning, debuting with the team’s founding in 1966. It was and is a remarkable piece of design, using only two colours and and two key elements to create something highly distinctive. While the logo has evolved over the decades, as we’ll see in this piece, one thing that’s remarkable about it is how the basic concept of a dolphin overlaying the Florida sun has never really changed.

The Dolphins’ logo, like all the best sports logos, is a piece of design that has stood the test of time. And while these days the Dolphins don’t enjoy the same kinds of successes as they did under legendary coach Don Shula from the 1970s to the late 1990s, thanks to icons like Shula and Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, their place in NFL history is similarly assured. 

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Jon Stapley

Jon is a freelance writer and journalist who covers photography, art, technology, and the intersection of all three. When he's not scouting out news on the latest gadgets, he likes to play around with film cameras that were manufactured before he was born. To that end, he never goes anywhere without his Olympus XA2, loaded with a fresh roll of Kodak (Gold 200 is the best, since you asked). Jon is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq, and has also written for in Digital Camera World, Black + White Photography Magazine, Photomonitor, Outdoor Photography, Shortlist and probably a few others he's forgetting.