The Firebirds Logo
With our fierce new name comes a fierce new look.
Pat Cummings ’04, who earned a degree in graphic design at Carthage while interning in the Office of Marketing and Communications, designed the Firebirds logo and related branding.
Living in Portland, Oregon, he now leads a team that designs T-shirts and other apparel for a major sportswear company. On the side, he has created logos for high school, college, and professional sports teams, including the Indy Eleven of the United Soccer League.
Digging through old Carthage yearbooks for inspiration, Mr. Cummings wanted the Firebirds brand to honor the past while signaling a bold new chapter.
As a student, Pat honed his design skills both in and out of the classroom. He interned in the Office of Marketing and Communications, where he helped develop an earlier iteration of the Carthage Athletics identity (the “C” and shield we still use today). He also played football at Carthage for two seasons “before realizing I was much better at art than blocking on the offensive line, but I was always on the sidelines cheering on my friends.”
“As a Carthage alumnus, I’m so proud to have helped Carthage on the journey to the Firebird era,” Pat says. “Being able to combine the two passions that drew me to Carthage in the first place — design and athletics — is one of the greatest honors of my career. Working on something so close to me, I wanted to create a mark that will stand the test of time.