andrewharrington

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    NBA Changes 2018-19

    There’s absolutely no function for those lines on an NBA court. Thus, they shouldn’t be present unless a college team uses the same floor (which doesn’t happen, either). Likewise, a proper college court doesn’t have the NBA lane lines, nor does a FIBA court have any lines beside the trapezoidal ones that define the lane under those rules. Having lines on your court or field that don’t apply to your game is the territory of high schools and colleges that don’t have the budget for dedicated fields and courts for each sport.
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    Ducks Go Mighty Retro for New Third Jersey

    I think its because they they were designed to go with the original wide-set back numbers. The current (taller) back numbers were designed for Stadium Series and then were adopted by the club for the home and road, so they’re probably more different than what you would normally see on any given team. I’d guess 90% of teams have different sleeve and back numbers. I’d also say that if it’s done well, you don’t even notice it.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    I think the current ones are based more on this era (without the height-modified set for the back), but it does look like the serifs and overhangs were shortened a little to open up what are otherwise very thick and dense forms. Prior to the latter half of the 1990s, Miami wore several variations of block numerals depending on who was making and/or embellishing the jersey at any given time. Sometimes they were in a very thin one like Clemson, sometimes a very thick one , other times somewhere in the middle.
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    One Year Uniforms

    I prefer the simpler pant stripe from this era, but the plain jersey is what makes the crazy pants work in this case. Another gaudy design element to carry the jersey would instantly push this uniform (as a whole) too far into novelty territory. It has just enough uniqueness and organizes what *is* there into a sound, functional hierarchy. The only changes I would make to it even today are removing the logo from the sleeves, thinning out the TV numbers a little and switching over to a darker blue. It’s honestly probably the best balance of classy and contemporary they’ve ever achieved, in my opinion. Until the recent trends brought simple design back to the forefront, this was one of the last redesigns I can remember that emphasized cleanliness, cohesion, and hierarchy amongst the elements. For the next 20 years, the vast majority of we saw in sports design was driven by the “needs more stuff” philosophy.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    What a shame. That was the perfect amount of character to add and really made that uniform set, in my eyes, one of the best in college football.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    Sure, but a white helmet and orange jersey, even as separate elements, are at best vestigial parts of Florida’s look (that is, they’ve worn them, but not really in their most successful eras, rarely together, and few would pinpoint them as integral pieces of their visual brand). A white helmet and orange jersey, however, are the single most signature elements of Miami’s visual legacy on the football field, and they are a chief in-state rival.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Kits

    My guess is we’re going to see Croatia in red checkers with white shorts/socks and France in all blue (with a dark horse chance that they go blue socks/red socks, respectively) My second guess is Croatia in all black and France in all white. I’d be shocked if it weren’t one of those two matchups based on what we’ve seen at the last few World Cups.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    Good catch. I think on its own, the one on the right is more classically proportioned, but it does look slightly narrow compared to the 2. I’m guesssibg they opened it up to make it feel a little wider. The new one is unique, and maybe even a bit weird-looking, but it’s theirs, and I like that. what I don’t like is that doublewide N sitting in the center of the word. I’m guessing it’s meant to evoke a cyclone, so the one stripe goes front to back and the other back to front. I think the numbers are trying to accomplish this as well, but the end result doesn’t really communicate the cyclone idea very well.
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    Los Angeles Lakers 2018-19 Uniform Discussion

    It’s only been on the uniform in its current form since the 2000 redesign, but it definitely has caché in the retail era because so much product has been pumped into the market. Preferences aside, what it comes down to for me is that they don’t need to be different; it’s not outwardly strategic and it doesn’t solve a problem. If you have an iconic wordmark, leverage it and ride it as the singular typographic star of the brand by using it in the logo and uniform (whichever one you choose). For a brand that seems willing to update its look with the times, keeping the old logo comes across like trying to live in two different eras.
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    NFL Increases Use of Alternate Uniforms in 2018

    Yeah, that’s what I mean. They have their look, and they play within that theme when they do a new kit. Where I think the similarity to the new NBA is, though, is in the change kits, which are sometimes a very random, non-team color (as opposed to international kits, where the change is often still the national colors, but in a different application). I don’t feel that club soccer brands are any worse because of the random colors, but for some reason, that approach doesn’t work as well for people when it comes to the NBA, which is interesting to me. I think a lot of it is simply the expectation of iconic American brands to remain so, especially in sports.
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    Los Angeles Lakers 2018-19 Uniform Discussion

    I can’t agree there. The current uniform wordmark is really just an updated version of the older one, with some fixes like an L that’s the same angle as the other letters, more even spacing, and cleaner forms, but it’s still very clunky if you look at it with a critical eye. It needs a lot of refinement that is already done in the logo wordmark, like the weight of the E and fixes to some head scratching design decisions, like chopping off the top serif on the crossbar of the E. Rather than update the non-matching jersey wordmark yet again, I think it’s the right move to use the classic lakers script from the logo (minus the splash/motion lines), provided it’s crisp and elegant like the original shown above. I’m willing to bet the original uniform was supposed to look like the logo, but whoever was hand-cutting the letters at the time just didn’t do a great job matching it. It doesn’t really look like a purposeful mismatch like, say, the Tigers had for so many years.
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    Los Angeles Lakers 2018-19 Uniform Discussion

    This is what they need; to go back and find an old, if not original version of the logo and re-build it digitally. If you look at several teams with older logos in the present day, many of them were done quite poorly when they were first converted to vector art, and that poor facsimile of the original artwork goes on to live as truth, sometimes for decades. Go back to the originals, though, and you can find much better, cleaner, and well constructed artwork. Just look at this Lakers logo and how much nicer the letterforms and spacing/alignment are compared to the team’s “official” logo.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    That’s probably the best semi-arbitrary black jersey of all time. The only thing that seems out of place to me is the white on the helmet logo. I think that would have looked better filled with black for this one.
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    NFL Increases Use of Alternate Uniforms in 2018

    I can definitely see both sides of this. For football specifically, I don’t like relaxing the rules because as many have stated, there are only 16 games and it absolutely does dilute the brands over time if there’s no one to control or guide them. Then I look at soccer, and every team has their “look” that changes slightly every year or two, along with an extra kit or two that depart wildly from “the brand” and change just as often, yet soccer brands seem to do fine. Maybe they’re already careening down the slope to the point that it’s all normalized?
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    Los Angeles Lakers 2018-19 Uniform Discussion

    I would be ecstatic if they used the logo wordmark on the jersey. The current uniform wordmark is fat, clunky, and ill-proportioned compared to the logo, whose sleek, refined curves evoke mid-century LA so well.
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    Unpopular Opinions

    Just because it’s their unique color doesn’t necessarily mean it’s best applied everywhere; it’s never appeared in any of their logos or typography, either. I do like it on the shoulders, but I thought they were good without it as well. The full red/pewter combo is on the borderline of too much dark color for me, though. This is my biggest issue with it. The silhouette is so stylized that it looks almost butterfly-like. I really think it’s just trying too hard to do too many things. A more anatomically sound shape to the wings would do wonders (the Capitol already tells you it’s Washington, so the W is redundant), and I don’t like the contrasting head of the eagle in conjunction with the Capitol cutout. I know it’s supposed to be a bald eagle, but especially on a dark background with a keyline, it creates a strange composition, with one focal point stacked on top of another. The golden eagle on the seal posted above is a good example of the head not needing to be white to get the point across. I also think, in general, the style of it is a bit similar to D.C. United, and both those changes would help differentiate it.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Kits

    The main reason that dark blue and black are thought of as incompatible is because the combination is rarely used in an effective, purposeful way (and thus, to its full potential). Croatia looks fantastic in this color combination, and it’s perfect for a change kit. The blue and black are different enough to showcase the checkered design but close enough to create a subtle and solid background for the other elements to stand against. The main kit is beautiful in its own right, but you can’t deny that it is very noisy, and the numbers and crest do get lost in the checkered background. Another tried-and-true example of this color combination is a midnight blue tuxedo; looks great with the black satin lapels, pant braid, waistcoat, and shoes.
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    MLB changes 2018?

    Beyond all these valid points, an otherwise stylish and aesthetically sound typeface can certainly contain an embarrassing mistake (or several). Some might defend these pieces of design with a clever metaphor, like “look at the forest instead of the trees,” or something, but I tend to think that the best way to grow a beautiful forest is to start with healthy, solid trees. Also, one cannot, in fact, over-exaggerate.
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    NHL 2018-19

    Honestly, I’d expect it to be identical, but I’m not positive.
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    NHL 2018-19

    For me, it’s mainly that it’s a solid color panel. There’s no fiddling with trimming the panels in the third color like they did in the previous eras or on the Winter Classic jersey, which is what departs from the trademark Flyers look for me. I also see the sleeve and shoulder as kind of two design elements fused together into one, and from some angles, you can see the sleeve bands but not where they turn up into the shoulder stripe. This is one of the reasons the base design of the 50th jersey still worked for me. Even though the shoulder bands weren’t present, the familiar forearm construction still made the jersey feel like the Flyers because the big orange band followed by the black sleeve dip is such an integral part of their look. A black jersey with the full orange sleeve and shoulder swoop looks a bit ridiculous because I feel the success there hinges on the balance of orange, white and black (and it would likely overpower the austere look of the outlined logo and numbers), so the plain bands without the shoulder portion are simply a purposeful alteration of the full design to work in the context of the jersey. Maybe saying it evokes the design of the main uniform is a bad way to put it, but I definitely feel this jersey (and sock, which I forgot to mention!) fits the Flyers’ aesthetic, with purposeful edits to not only work in context and maximize the purpose of the colors, but also to make it just unique enough from the home and road to keep the set interesting.
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    NHL 2018-19

    So a jersey that embraces the unique and signature flaws of the main set and re-presents them in more elegant and cohesive ways around a tangible conceptual vision is lazy, but a straight color flip of the orange jersey (at the time) is an A+ design effort? Makes sense to me! How can an identity with such “glaring flaws” be described one paragraph later as “solid?”
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    Memphis Grizzlies Appear to be Tweaking Logos

    Normally, I would agree, but I also don’t believe they’d change the orientation of a mark they’ve used for twenty years “just because.” The only formal difference to point to is the natural symmetry of the claws in the new one, so I think there’s something to it.
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    NHL 2018-19

    I really like this as an alternate for them. I like the solid orange color bands that evoke their classic sleeve/shoulder band, but in a different orientation. It also parallels the main uniform with sleeve numbers that overlap the design, but in a more natural and compositionally sound way. Even the outline-only design language has ties to their classic jersey, mirroring the captain patch on the white jersey or the areas where the sleeve numbers peek over into the body color. The package is really tightened up with numbers that perfectly coordinate with the logo, and a nameplate that perfectly coordinates with the stripes. I’d be happy with a little larger hem stripe, but to me, this is a good example of what an alternate should be; inspired by and evocative of the things that are unique to the team, but cleaned up and formed into something new with a different perspective. This almost feels like a “Turn Ahead the Clock” uniform, which I think is a perfectly appropriate concept for an alternate, provided it’s realistic and tasteful, unlike the ones MLB tried to do in the 90s. In my opinion, creating yet another new design for an alternate (especially with another Stadium Series game on the horizon) would just dilute the look even further than did the previous foray into black (that had very little orange and inexplicably became the main uniform for a time), the tacky chrome P, or the faux-heritage package that simply felt miles off from the Flyers’ unique aesthetic.
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    Cincinnati Reds: Time For A Change?

    So, basically, the old uniforms, then?
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    NHL 2018-19

    I’m the opposite. I’ve never been a big fan of the logo, but their jersey design is (or was when it came out) unique to them and inspired by the desert landscape. I think they just need to go a little farther with the striping to make the banded gradient more apparent. I’d also love to see a larger hem stripe and some of the tan color in the sleeve and sock.