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  1. Jacksonville Jaguars Unveil Stripped-Down Uniforms

    That’s just a standard nameplate typeface. You’ll see that E on lots of teams.
  2. College Football uniforms- 2018

    Just a bit of housekeeping, but knits and wovens are basically the two polar opposites of fabric types. Knits are made from a continuous yarn that’s looped to create the structure, which is naturally stretchy and wrinkle resistant. Wovens use multiple yarns (the warp and weft) to create the structure. They are less stretchy (unless created with elastic yarns) and less wrinkle resistant. A garment’s base fabric is usually a knit. The lettering, numbering, and patches are usually a twill, which is a woven fabric.
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars Unveil Stripped-Down Uniforms

    On the flip side, is it better as an integrated, purposeful design element or as a “just make it the highest contrasting color” billboard? As much as I hate to say it (I’m anti-ad/anti-manufacturer logo), if it’s going to be there, I think it’s less obtrusive when it provides a design purpose rather than when it’s just there to be as visible as possible.
  4. NHL 2018-19

    Which is by design, since the Flames franchise was born in the early 1970s. That work also draws heavily from western prairie textile design motifs as well as cowboy, ranch, and cattle branding aesthetics. It brings some of the region into it.
  5. Tradition Evolved: Tennessee Titans Unveil New Uniforms

    Good lookin’ out.
  6. NFL 2018 changes

    If the helmet and pants always have one stripe and the sleeves and socks always have two, i think it will look fine and balanced (I actually wish the Colts took this approach). Gimme the Batman. That prototype jersey from the Oregon spring game with the chevron front seam is tailor made for it.
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars Unveil Stripped-Down Uniforms

    To echo your first point in a different way, even if they were to change in 5 years, I very much doubt it would be only to add a small amount of gold. What Miami did to its uniform is very much the exception, not the rule. To your second point, the uniform does have a clean look without the gold, and I feel the concepts floating around that add gold and black everywhere (especially the numbers) show how it can make the whole thing look slightly muddier, less impactful, and frankly, more expected, for better or worse. Some people love that and that’s okay. Others (myself included) enjoy something a little different and less conventional. I don’t think all the colors have to be used on all the elements; I prefer a more purposeful and selective use of accent colors. Keep the bold single color numbers, but put them on a teal (or white) jersey with black collar and cuffs, and make those little slivers next to the collar and cuffs gold, and I think you have the right balance.
  8. Georgia Tech tweaks colors and adds new wordmark ahead of switch to Adidas

    I think the monogram could have become a really cool wordmark. I also think it could have used a nice cleanup; the flat spot on the bottom of the G has always bugged me.
  9. Tradition Evolved: Tennessee Titans Unveil New Uniforms

    Good info. Where did you find that out? Interestingly, the only specification for how the stars are to be oriented is that the centers of any two stars shall not be on a horizontal or vertical line (and the top one should be closest to the hoist, but that’s flag specific), so even if the layout didn’t mimic the flag exactly, there are still many alignments in which it could still technically be compliant with the rule. The T-sword and the guitar pick both depict the bottom two stars on a horizontal line.
  10. The NFL's "Five Year Rule" Explained

    Exactly. By the letter of the law, teams should not be permitted to mix and match pants since they can only have “one home uniform design and one road uniform design” and it is explicitly specified that the term “uniform” includes helmet, jersey, pants, socks, and literally everything else a player wears that is visible. What the Rams have done is also explicitly counter to these rules as written. I have to assume they obtained a waiver as described, but the fact that they were granted permission to change such a large portion of the uniform and the club colors, but not the jersey shows where the enforcement line is and what the priorities are. Even if they had to retain the St. Louis home uniform as a third for a few years to not upset the retail pipelines, the best resolution would have been to grant them a waiver to fully accommodate their color change, even if that meant wearing Penn State hand-me-downs due to design timelines. For whatever reason, they weren’t, at which point they probably should have abandoned the white plan, or replaced their throwback with a full blue and white third uniform if they felt that strongly about it (Now that I think about it, whichever of the two color schemes becomes the primary home and road look, I hope they utilize the other for the third). I wonder if they were given a choice: Change only A and C, but not B, and you can still do your full redesign when your building opens... Change A, B, and C now, but you have to wait five years to do the full redesign.
  11. Classic Coral: Dolphins Tweak Colours for New Uniform

    I can’t keep this straight. In one day, I’ve seen it’s a horn, it’s the bow of a ship, and it’s an axe. Thats an interesting style. I’m curious if the indent on the 3 is intentionally different from those on the 8. The 4 is polarizing, but I like that as long as you take the time to look at all the number pairs and nothing jumps out in a bad way. Have you considered a 4 that’s still open, but also has that familiar angle as a compromise between the two (see below for what I mean if I’m not explaining it well)?
  12. NHL 2018-19

    You’re right. Looking deeply at it, I think I would drop the outer red trim on the jersey and sock stripes to match the coloration of the C and maintain that red/yellow/white “gradient” of color. Then I’d follow suit on the other elements, flipping the pant stripe so that it matches the coloration of the C as it appeared on the red jersey, and finally, matching the striping style of the red jerseys to match the white one.
  13. Tradition Evolved: Tennessee Titans Unveil New Uniforms

    I’ve never been a huge fan of the sword logo, either. What I do like about it, though, is that it has a more proper and recognizable depiction of Tennessee’s circle emblem (the only mistake being the alignment of the stars). The fact that their identity package not only features two different T logos, but also two different depictions of stars inside a circle, is strange. I don’t feel that three random stars in whatever color carries the same meaning and association to Tennessee as the full emblem does. The neck detail of three stars in a line (especially red) is more closely associated with D.C., and without the circle, you lose half the meaning (the circle represents the union of the three stars; east, central, and west Tennessee). The color, size, and misalignment/misorientation of the stars in the primary logo stray too far from the recognizable qualities of the real emblem for me. Playing with color to make it fit your team is okay (the Predators do this), but matching the size and orientation of the stars is crucial if you’re going to do that. The Titans also have the perfect color scheme where they really don’t need to play with the color too much. For that reason, I’d much rather see the actual circle emblem (maybe with some Greek detailing) in place of the T circle on the flaming thumbtack. Let the flames or a meander pattern tell the “Titans” story, and the circle and stars tell the “Tennessee” story. You’re one of the few states with a signature icon; utilize it properly!
  14. Jacksonville Jaguars Unveil Stripped-Down Uniforms

    Now that they have the foundation of a good uniform back in place, that’s really all it needs (minus the black jersey; I’ve just never cared for it as it never seems to be as good as its teal counterpart). I really like the purposeful use of teal, and paring the stripes down to just black and gold. It reminds me of the original uniform in that way and it looks great. It’s just as simple, but the litttle bit of gold and the teal numbers make it a Jaguars uniform (great pant design, by the way). This is is an interesting conversation. I think the styling of the numbers is dictated by how well it coordinates with your team identity. Many of those teams’ marks work best with a single color number, but some, like the Cavs or Bucks, invite more opportunity for multi-color numbers. It’s also interesting to me that the attachment to number trim is semi-unique to American sports. The aesthetic is not as prevalent outside of North America. Can any equipment staffers or lettering sewers attest to how multi-color typography affects what you do? Do the multi-colored numbers always come in pre-constructed, or do you ever have to layer them yourself? I thought gold trim was a viable option, but after seeing these two, I’m blown away by how much I actually like it. It’s bright, unique, and has a subtlety that adds just the right amount of richness. The black trim feels clunky in comparison. I’d argue it’s more of a design trend than a football trend, and all high-profile uniforms are now created with the guidance of designers, not just coaches, executives, and equipment staff like it was way back when. In my opinion, the Stars don’t look as clean with trim on the numbers, but you’re talking to the guy who thinks the same about the Blackhawks (I love the early Stan Mikita version), and they wear very similar styles. That uniform style just looks right with single color numbers to me. I think it’s the way the white number coordinates perfectly with the white stripe. Chicago also has all that color to balance a simply styled number, of which there is less in Dallas. Totally agree on the Browns, though, and I think for the same reason. The numbers look best when they mirror the crisp white stripe against the brown jersey.
  15. Classic Coral: Dolphins Tweak Colours for New Uniform

    Fair enough. I guess I really like those things you mention because they communicate the glistening water on the dolphin’s skin reflecting the colors of the sunrise. The gestural nature of the mark is another thing I really like about it, as it suggests the speed and dynamism of a dolphin jumping out of the water. Apart from a few issues with the line work/illustration technique, my biggest issue with the current one is that the dolphin’s not in a jumping posture at all; it’s in a swimming movement (and yet, there’s somehow still a sun behind?)
  16. Classic Coral: Dolphins Tweak Colours for New Uniform

    It probably wouldn’t work on the throwback, for example, but if the logo and uniform are going to be conceptualized around the idea of a “streamlined, modern dolphin,” the Dolphin Stadium iteration was a much better execution of it than the current mark is.
  17. Classic Coral: Dolphins Tweak Colours for New Uniform

    It’s definitely a huge step in the right direction, but now that the color balance and overall design of the uniform are back on track, it makes the weak parts of the package that much more glaring. It’s a new number set, a new wordmark (and removal of it from the jersey), and a small adjustment to the below logo away from being the ultimate modern incarnation of the Dolphins’ look.
  18. NHL 2018-19

    Hasn’t the C always been black or white on the red jersey? I don’t recall a yellow one (or maybe you just meant to type black?).
  19. Jacksonville Jaguars rumored for new uniforms in 2018

    Moving this to a separate post since it’s a separate thought... My gut reaction is this: I think the fans are gonna be a little disappointed. Personally, I don’t feel the product matches what has been advertised for the past few months (or, at the very least, I don’t feel it would match my interpretation of that if I put myself in a fan’s shoes). I don’t think fans are going to feel they got what they were told they were getting. I actually do like these, though. There’s a solid framework to build on in the future, say, if they decide to tinker a little rather than blow it up again in five years. From what I can see, the numbers are a good example of a style that balances tradition and sophistication, but I am worried that there are only a few digits visible there; I feel like the possibility of a head-scratching surprise or two still exists. On the flip side, the identity system designer in me dislikes that they’re adding a new typeface to an identity that had just settled on one. This has the potential to be a stronger typeface to build on, in my opinion, but ultimately, I don’t see them changing the wordmark and re-typing the stadium, so it’s likely to be an outlier typeface for the foreseeable future, which has been par for the course in recent NFL redesigns, for better or worse. Overall, there’s nothing objectively bad about these and I think that’s good. They could be a bit more than what they are, in my opinion (and the jury is definitely still out on the pant design), but you could do much worse as a football team.
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars rumored for new uniforms in 2018

    If by “works,” you mean, “can’t be read from across the field by a referee, let alone anyone in the press box,” then I agree. However, in practice this simply doesn’t work well enough for its intended purpose. The only function of a number is to identify the players. If your design fails that test, then it’s already not successful. If your design otherwise lacks identity or personality, then you need to find a way to add it in that doesn’t compromise the base function of the jersey. You can get away with a lot in basketball, but in football, there are twice as many players (all wearing shoulder pads and helmets) on a playing surface three times the size, and the the people who need to identify them are ten times farther away. You simply can’t design counter to those constraints. With that said, of the words used to describe these, I think the one where they left the most on the table is “distinctive” (at first glance, of course). Though you can argue that the black/white look is unique in the NFL, it doesn’t immediately strike me as a unique look for some reason. The colored numbers would have been more distinctive, but it’s easy to see that they don’t work well on the dark jerseys and why that’s so. Design is the process of finding a way to make the uniform distinctive *and* functional.
  21. Jacksonville Jaguars rumored for new uniforms in 2018

    Where does, “snaps of some dudes puttin’ vinyls up on the windas” rank in terms of the weirdest ways a uniform has been officially leaked? Like, how disappointed is the person who suggested, “I got it. We won’t put them up for sale until *the following week* so the stores don’t leak the design!
  22. NHL 2018-19

    This is a really good point. Black, as it relates to “flames” (to me) carries the connotation of being charred or burnt (or even just a dark background for the flame itself, like a campfire in the woods), but I don’t necessarily get the feeling of any of those things from the way they currently utilize black. However, the way yellow was used as the middle value between red and white on those old jerseys (particularly the red ones), I got the feeling of the glow, the heat, and the flames. To me, it’s a great example of the simple power that design can wield. There’s a way that they can really make black work for them; I just don’t know that they’ve quite found it, yet.
  23. NFL 2018 changes

    What exactly would it be?
  24. UA - MLB Deal Delayed Until 2020

    It depends very much on the team and league. Some teams go to agencies they choose themselves, some utilize their league’s relationships with certain agencies, and some have their design work done by the league outfitter.