The Legend of Zelda is a series that includes about 20 action games. Their fantasy plot is based on the adventures of Link, a legendary hero with elven ears. He is reborn every time the world needs to be saved. Princess Zelda accompanies him: she becomes a captured girl or a magical assistant. In one part, the princess appears as the reincarnation of the goddess Hylia. The “parent” of both characters is director, producer, and designer Shigeru Miyamoto. He himself invented names for them. The word “Link” is because it was initially planned to introduce computer motives into the game: the Triforce artifact consisted of electronic chips. And Zelda was named after the writer Zelda Fitzgerald.
Meaning and History
The action-adventure series debuted in 1986. It was initially so popular that it became the basis for a large-scale media franchise. Based on its plot, comics and an animated series were created, and the music from The Legend of Zelda sounded at the concert in the form of a symphonic poem. Many famous personalities have admitted that the Link series has influenced their creativity. As it turns out, she influenced the developers of Grand Theft Auto, Shadow of the Colossus, Fable, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
The current logo for The Legend of Zelda contains the full franchise name. It is presented in red and written in high contrast type with sharp triangular serifs. The style of the last word is slightly different because its letters are outlined with additional lines: pink stripes are drawn on the top and left, and burgundy ones are drawn on the bottom and right. These contours create a three-dimensional effect. The first “Z” is decorated with a diamond pattern with two pointed quadrangles at the edges. Compared to the word “ZELDA,” the phrase “THE LEGEND OF” seems very small. It has a 2D design and sits at the very top, to the right of the top of the huge “Z.”
The game has a whole system of symbols that are used to identify individual characters, items, and races. These include the so-called Royal Crest – the mark of the Royal Family of Hyrule. He is usually depicted in ceremonial clothing, weapons, and other objects associated with the ruling house. It is a multi-part emblem with two main elements in its structure.
Above is the sacred Triforce artifact. It is a large triangle with an opening in the shape of a small inverted triangle. According to the plot of The Legend of Zelda, this is a golden relic left by the gods at the creation of the world. She serves as a source of courage, wisdom, and strength.
The bottom of the royal emblem is called the Goddess Crest. This is Hylia’s identification symbol. He looks like a stylized winged figure and represents the giant birds that Skyloft residents fly on. The artists portrayed him in a rather unusual way: the base of the wings resembles pointed horns, the front part looks like an animal’s skull, and the two paws at the bottom end in sharp claws.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The Legend of Zelda series features a unique text logo that designers used in-house glyphs to create. Later, fonts appeared that imitated the style of the original lettering. First came the so-called Triforce. Then he was replaced by a similar Hylian Serif from Artsy Omni. Both typefaces feature bold lettering, high contrast between primary and secondary strokes, and triangular serifs.
The wordmark is almost all bright red, except for the outlines painted in burgundy and pink. The Royal Crest emblem can be black and white or gold, as in the game.