andrewharrington

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    Rocket City Trash Pandas break MiLB merchandise records

    So, the ones that stick around in the same place with the same identity for long stretches of time, are they doing anything special or are they just in the right place, doing a good job with local marketing to get butts in seats, and maintaining a good relationship with their parent club? Is it that simple?
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    NFL changes 2019

    I don’t mind the Colts mixing two stripes and one stripe, but the way they do it feels bottom-heavy to me. It would feel much more balanced with a single stripe down each pant leg. That Miami helmet is a suggestion I used to throw out quite often (probably a decade ago now) and I would do it because it’s the helmet that the dolphin wears in the logo. Why would the players wear a different helmet than the dolphin?! The Falcons’ uniform is one of the best from the Reebok era, but I still feel it would be better with fewer “things.” I suppose I just don’t understand what the braided trim, the random armpit and leg darts, or the LSD big top circus design on the sleeves is supposed to communicate (and my distaste for redundant logos on the sleeves is well documented). Take it all away in favor of a simple black and red pant stripe and it’s mature, tough, yet still distinctively them; a top-5 look.
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    Who gets paid for defunct team merch?

    It’s all negotiated in a contract of some sort, so it may differ depending on the situation. Many leagues also share profits from merchandise, but there are even exceptions to that, like merchandise sold on-site at the team shop vs. online or at a store like Dick’s. Generally speaking, though, the trademark owner would be the entity receiving the royalty, which may be the current iteration of that team, the city they played in, the league they played in, or even some random person who decided to resurrect a defunct trademark.
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    Rocket City Trash Pandas break MiLB merchandise records

    Honest question, though, because I’m not super familiar with the business dynamics in minor league baseball; are there a lot of teams that have healthy enough stature to sustain themselves with merchandise being just a middling income stream? It seems like a lot of them are constantly moving and/or rebranding. There seem to be relatively few teams with the longevity of the MudHens, Redbirds, Voyagers, Isotopes, Express, etc.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    It definitely bugs me, but I’m not sure what the best course of action is, because the jersey ceases to look like Auburn with orange trim on the numbers, so you’re left with going solid blue on the monogram, which looks fine, but I’d guess most would view that as a net downgrade. Maybe doing a monogram with an orange U and blue A would be interesting.
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    NHL 2018-19

    Agreed. I think the Caps could use a refreshed set of logos, and I think their current uniform is getting dated as well, but I don’t think the 70s look is the right answer. They need something in between, possibly using the 70s look and the 90s look as inspiration, but something cleaner in its design, like something with the vibe of the Stadium Series jersey.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    Ah. I see the texture. That is something I haven’t seen.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    Looking at the photo, I’m not sure how novel this embellishment technique is. Based on the way the gold wraps around the lip of the outline and even spreads into the blue a bit, I’d guess it’s just a gold film applied over the kiss-cut outline of a normal number, which is a pretty common material these days for uniforms that use finishes other than plain twill (think the shiny inline in Oregon’s new numbers, the green/purple color shift film they occasionally use, or the silver films used to make numbers look extra shiny and metallic).
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    It’s blue. Because sits against the white, it looks darker than the numbers. This is one of the reasons I try to avoid mixing outlined and non-outlined elements of the same base color. I always look at how the colors meet one another and try to coordinate other elements that way. I would have gone gold with the corporate logos on both home and away, and no, I don’t care if that means it’s less visible on white. It’s a completely non-essential design element.
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    Seattle NHL Brand Discussion

    I dunno. Sounds more like a journalist stretching a few quotes into a provocative headline. I mean, she’s basing this on “buzz” and some testimony from an artist who “a while ago” talked to a group of nameless persons associated with the team?
  11. I wouldn’t say so. The Bucs’ charcoal/pewter/cannonball grey lid looks much more black, especially in indoor or nighttime lighting, than a bright gold or red helmet does.
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    NHL 2018-19

    I honestly don’t know what their plans are at this point.
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    Leaked! A first look at the Amarillo Sod Poodles jerseys

    The 2019 is just a support typeface. The INAUGURAL SEASON text is what the numbers look like, which is very distinct from the Mavs’ look.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    The hue and value of the purple does make a big difference. I also think that using the black and purple as background colors and keeping the logos and numbers simple and bright works really well, too. For example, I think this works nicely, with a simple, unique, and cohesive use of color: Whereas these look very stock and uninteresting to me, the purple and black being incorporated in the trims and such (top) and a white facemask killing the cohesion between helmet and uniform (bottom):
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    NHL 2018-19

    “Sorry, Mr. Neely, but no. I know what’s best for you and *that* is a stupid idea. We absolutely won’t have black socks made for you.” I'm sure that would go over well. They simply wanted something new, so they designed something new.
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    Best Logo Refreshes

    I’m still confused. It’s definitely not centered, at least not mathematically centered. It’s positioned so that it appears centered, which is typically referred to as “optically centered.” I do agree that having the feathers touch the edge isn’t ideal, but I also think that it’s the best way to center this mark at this size in proportion to the circle. Come to think of it, maybe that answers my question and proves that it doesn’t fit the circle particularly well, at least not st that size.
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    Best Logo Refreshes

    Fair enough, but it’s an old design meant to capture the spirit of an era that’s long gone, so most of those nitpicks are non-negotiable parts of the design. I am curious, though; how does their mark not fit the roundel well? It’s nearly circular in proportion and takes up a similar footprint as any of the other native heads they’ve used in the past.
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    New York Jets are confirmed to be getting new uniforms in 2019

    Football pants almost exclusively use simple elastic waistbands nowadays. No more lace-up fronts or belts.
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    Best Logo Refreshes

    It did come out fantastic. Very true to the spirit of the original, but also crisp and contemporary. My favorite part is the black chain stitching used to separate the texture of the hair from the felt background. The same black stitching is also used to keep the logo’s face paint in the crest, but in the most subtle way.
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    Leaked! A first look at the Amarillo Sod Poodles jerseys

    It’s tough to tell from two numbers, but it really doesn’t look like the Mavs numbers. There aren’t any numbers in this graphic, but it gives you a look at the rest of the typeface. It’s kind of a Western meets Art Deco hybrid.
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    NBA Changes 2018-19

    Also more proof that having a strong creative department (as the Jazz creative team’s role in creating their city uniform will attest) can really stir up some magic for a team. I think he was probably referring to the visiting team disappearing in the giant patches of blue court. Other teams sometimes wear blue when they come to Houston.
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    NHL 2018-19

    I prefer plain, solid-colored pads because they always work, but I think Ullmark’s pads are an ideal design. They mimic the team’s sleeve/sock design and blend tastefully into the rest of the uniform. The more, uhh, “interesting” pad designs do indeed catch the eye, and I don’t find that desirable at all. They’re pads. They absolutely should not be the focal point of any uniform, in my opinion. The goaltender is part of the team and should look the part. He/she already has a special helmet to express his/her style.
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    Best Logo Refreshes

    Side note: this is probably a good one to throw in the refresh bin.
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    Best Logo Refreshes

    I have my own opinions, and I’m probably more fortunate than others in that my employer doesn’t censor them. My stance on that is if you don’t critique yourself, you’re never going be the best you can be. With that said, I don’t alter my opinion based on who created the thing I’m critiquing, even if it’s from my company or if it’s my own work. If I believe in it, I’ll tell you why I think that. If, in hindsight, I think it could be improved, then I’ll tell you why I think that as well. Likewise, I give credit where credit is due, even if it’s from a “competitor.” As far as material technology goes, it is something that I believe in. Of course, I have the luxury of seeing and feeling some of the most advanced materials in the world, and sometimes even how they’re designed, developed, brought to life, and tested. It’s a place where science meets art (and business), and it’s quite interesting to me. Beyond the curiosity, though, I believe in taking small steps to advance something incrementally rather than keeping it status quo until you have the perfect solution (this applies to everything, not just materials), and that’s because the perfect solution is like a needle in a haystack. It’s hard to find, and sometimes that needle even changes its position as science, art, and commerce evolve. If you let something stay the same, it’s just going to become obsolete and disappear. Porthole mesh and dazzle were once modern and became very popular based on scientific and aesthetic qualities, respectively. Those materials didn’t evolve very much, however, and now they’ve either been left in the dust or are quickly disappearing because of it. Someday, though, I fully believe the appealing qualities of those fabrics will come back when we figure out how to incorporate them into modern textiles. Just look at wool’s transformation from chunky sweater yarn to one of the most technical fibers in use today, or how the tradional concept of a knit structure has evolved and is now a highly advanced process for footwear and garments, or even how the incorporation of elastic fibers has made woven materials a viable option for uniforms. Creating ideal materials for athletes doesn’t happen overnight, and I think climbing the ladder one step at a time is a better way to get there than hanging out at the bottom until we know what’s at the top.
  25. Again, talking broadcast booth level. If you glance quickly at a game broadcast and see the above combo, it looks like the Falcons (especially when they play indoors). All I’m saying is that red jersey/white pants isn’t a great choice for them. They need to wear pewter pants if they’re going to wear a red jersey. Would you let the Ravens wear their black jerseys and gold pants together? Of course not.