Dynamo is the first Voluntary Sports Society in the Soviet Union. It was created on August 18, 1923, within one of the RSFSR – State Political Directorate NKVD departments. Dynamo Kyiv club was founded in 1927.
There were similar sports organizations in large republican and regional centers, but the Kyiv VSS, along with the Moscow one, was considered the most successful. Between 1961 and 1981, it won nine championships and made it to the European Cup. Until 1929, it was a team of military personnel and law enforcement officers, and civilians were not accepted into it. Then the severe restrictions were lifted.
Meaning and History
The Kyiv club’s logo reflects its name, which it inherited from the Voluntary Sports Society “Dynamo.” Initially, this word was suggested by the head of the political department and a former employee of the electric machine-building enterprise “Dynamo.” The name chosen embodies movement, strength, and energy. True, only the first letter is depicted on many emblems – blue (as before) or white (as now).
1924 – 1926
On October 8, 1924, the State Political Directorate NKVD issued an order to create a governing body for sports societies “Dynamo,” which appeared in various cities of the Soviet Union. At the same time, its logo was approved: a black and white diamond, which depicted eleven sports attributes, including a soccer ball. The top corner of the diamond was decorated with a five-pointed star, and the name of the organization was written in the center.
1927 – 1938
Dynamo Kyiv was founded in 1927 and immediately adopted a simple, laconic emblem with a capital Cyrillic letter “D” in a white rhombus with a blue outline. The designers used an imitation of a handwritten font with loops and smoothly curving lines.
1939 – the 1970s
In honor of the 15th anniversary of the Voluntary Sports Society “Dynamo,” a small logo redesign was carried out to coincide with the receipt of a special award – the Order of Lenin. The letter’s writing style has changed, the lines have become thinner, and a five-pointed star with a red-white gradient appeared at the top of the rhombus.
the 1970s – 1988
In 1972, the logo took on the shape of a triangular heraldic shield with a rounded bottom. At the top was the Cyrillic inscription “URSR” (abbreviation for Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic). The diamond with the letter “D” was reduced and moved down – into two wide stripes of red and blue, representing the state flag of the Ukrainian SSR.
1989 – 1995
In 1989, based on the sports community Dynamo Kyiv, a football club of the same name was established. In honor of this event, the management organized a competition for the best logo. After considering many options, the jury chose a minimalistic wordmark. It contained the already familiar letter “D” (above, without a rhombus) and the inscription “КИ наВ” in Ukrainian (below, in a blue rectangle). The geometric shape that contained the name of the city turned yellow in 1991. This color was chosen as a tribute to the national flag of Ukraine.
1996 – 2010
In 1996, the new leaders of Dynamo Kyiv initiated a change of the logo. As a result, the club crest became round like a seal. The center was a yellow circle with a large letter “D,” a blue rectangle with the name of the city and the number “1927”. A blue ring was used as a frame, written in Russian letters “FOOTBALL CLUB DYNAMO.”
In 2003, a single yellow star appeared above the logo, marking the victory in ten national championships. In 2008, a second star was added to it – a reminder that the team won thirteen USSR championships.
2011 – present
In the early 2010s, the club returned to its roots and adopted a diamond-shaped emblem with a capital letter “D.” It was distinguished from previous versions by the presence of the word “КИЇВ” and a simple frame consisting of two lines.
To avoid visual similarity with a similar Moscow Dynamo sign, blue was chosen for the background, and white for the inscriptions. The yellow had to be removed because the yellow and blue palette belonged to the national team. The author of the new logo is Maria Priydan.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The main symbol of Dynamo Kyiv is the Cyrillic letter “D.” It was developed for the visual identification of the Voluntary Sports Society “Dynamo,” and then was inherited by all sports societies of the same name in different cities of the Soviet Union. The Ukrainian club kept it in order not to lose touch with its origins.
The logo uses two radically different fonts. The first one is handwritten, with rounded lines and decorative loops (letter “D”). The second is printed, strict, sans serif (the word “KYIV”).
The main colors are white and blue. When the Voluntary Sports Society “Dynamo” was created, they symbolized the organization’s employees’ pure thoughts. Now it is simply an iconic palette, without which Dynamo football club cannot be imagined.