andrewharrington

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    NBA Changes 2018-19

    Maybe it’s not done as much now, but I distinctly remember watching a Mexican telecast of the 1995 World Series in Spanish class, and the announcers referred to the teams only as “los Indios” and “los Bravos.”
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    Philosophical question - Monochromatic Design

    Personally, I don’t subscribe to the belief that certain sports have traditions and anything outside those traditions is inherently bad or ugly. I evaluate solely on whether it looks good and/or provides value to the team because of its distinctiveness. There are plenty of looks that are aesthetically sound even though they break the “aesthetic rules” of the sport, and plenty more that could be fine with a few adjustments. I wouldn’t mind a few teams going monochromatic in football, a few teams going full color in baseball, a hockey team or two using white breezes, and a team or two going mismatched jersey/short or loud color in basketball. When everyone tries to do it is when it becomes tiring and valueless.
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    El Paso Locomotive FC (USL soccer team) crest

    The perspective is accurate, though. If you were standing in front of a train with the mountain in the background, the train and mountain would be squared up while the star would have a flatter perspective because it’s laying on the angled slope of the mountain.
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    NHL 2018-19

    Teams drive the process, so even if a team briefs a new design and is presented several options, they’re under no obligation to proceed with that work (they can revise, change direction, or even drop the plans altogether). Occasionally, a team will supplement their brief with work done in-house or by an agency they’ve contracted. For example, of those you’ve mentioned that have been released thus far, Calgary, Arizona, New Jersey, and New York were all originally briefed as new designs, and those teams were each presented with several new options. The first three teams changed direction and went retro, while the Islanders came back with their own uniform design and suite of secondary marks, but with one of the NY monograms I did (part of their original brief challenged us to make the NY monogram from their black jersey into a better mark). San Jose came with their own uniform design (I helped to refine the circuit pattern, though). Carolina also came with their own design that was massaged over the course of a few versions.
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    Football: bring back metallic pants

    Notre Dame is the most interesting case for sure. I think I like the matte pants on them. One, their helmet finish is so unique and perfect for them, but there is no shiny fabric (maybe lamé?) that could even approach the same look. I’d rather the pants be intentionally different than failing miserably to replicate the helmet. Plus, I think the matte pants look traditional and fit the ND brand, and they also match the gold on the jersey pretty well. The Notre Dame helmet is a truly iconic, special piece of equipment, and I like that it stands alone, unique from the gold that you find on the rest of the uniform.
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    Football: bring back metallic pants

    Weight is a small factor. Moisture absortbtion and moisture transfer properties, airflow and dry time, stretch, compression, and comfort (both in material and in construction), durability, cleaning properties, etc. are all considerations. Maybe they had talented players, good technique, smart coaching? Material technology isn’t really a “performance enhancer.” Rather, it’s meant to make players more comfortable, remove avoidable performance obstacles, and (theoretically) give the athlete the best chance at success, independent of skill or athletic ability. Just because good players and/or good athletes *can* succeed with older equipment and garments doesn’t prove that material technology has no value, nor does it mean that designers and athletes should stop innovating and trying to make better equipment.
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    NHL 2018-19

    The blue is trim. It’s meant to be subtle. The logo’s hierarchy is whale tail-W-H and, in my opinion, using the white keyline and background on a dark garment makes the “hidden” H too obvious. It showcases the color scheme, but at the expense of the mark’s hierarchy and presence, because the green W recedes into the green background. Granted it’s not the worst, but it’s certainly not the most elegant or powerful way to show it. There’s a reason that sports is the only place you see a white keyline added to make a logo work on dark backgrounds; it’s not the best way to design a mark.
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    NHL 2018-19

    First photo is a little sun-drenched, but the second one is pretty accurate.
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    NHL 2018-19

    I bet he’s wishing he coulda squeezed a better joke out of it.
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    Alliance of American Football - Team Names and Logos

    I’m just not seeing it, unless you give it a huge design handicap for being born in the mid-1980s. There were maybe three high-caliber logos in the entire league, and a vast majority of the uniforms were just stock designs (albeit in fun colors); they were the 1980s equivalent of the “click-n-fill” uniforms everyone loves to hate for the last 20 years.
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    Caps Go Old School, Bring Back Retro Third Uniform

    I think teams have the opportunity to carry a “retro night” jersey separate from their third, but they aren’t permitted to wear it as many times as the third.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    Heat-pressed numbers don’t typically have stitching around the edge.
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    Sharks Switch to Stealth Mode with New Alternate Uniform

    I believe the numbers do have teal trim, and they are definitely standard size.
  14. As others have alluded to, it takes much more effort to create a great simple uniform than it does to create a lackluster one with lots of “stuff.” The presence of all those design elements does not indicate more effort was put toward composing the design or creating the conceptual background. Rather, it shows a lack of direction in distilling the concept down to a focused message and making sure that message is communicated with clarity and harmony.
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    Calgary Flames Go Retro For New Alternate Uniform

    I agree. For a team called the Flames, the white, gold and red bleeding together have a bright, fiery effect, which is perfect. Black tones it down, more like ash, embers, or charcoal. I say save the black for a third. Let your home and road be about the Flames, and the third can be used to say something else.
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    Alliance of American Football - Team Names and Logos

    I think I disagree, one, because you can’t trademark the form of the letter, and two, I don’t think one 50th anniversary season would be enough to convince a court that the NFL is actively using the mark. I don’t even think there’s even enough market awareness of the AFL brand to make a case that this causes market confusion, and this coming from someone who instantly thought of the AFL when I saw that mark.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    Makes sense, but to be fair, it’s not all that common for a team’s wordmark to match its monogram logo.
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    NFL 2018 changes

    They inadvertently teased a better version of their logo in the process of removing the silver trim (is that even a team color anymore). Take the red out and you’ve got a great update to their old logo.
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    NFL 2018 changes

    Yeah, those guys who button up their Yankees jersey or slide on their USC jersey for the first time must feel so disrespected. It’s so that when the kid grows up and wears his dad’s jersey, his friends know that it’s his dad’s jersey and not just a custom order from nflshop.com
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    Which, if it’s tasteful and strategic, does much more good than harm.
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    NFL 2018 changes

    As as long as they’re within the confines of the uniform design, using their actual name/credentials and the proper color and typeface, it seems like a silly thing to get annoyed about. If someone “doesn’t give a F if you have a kid with the same name as yours,” then they likely see you more as a football-playing entertainment cyborg than a human being and probably don’t care what your last name is in the first place. Sure, but then why even have names, because that basically proves how inessential they are. I actually share that point of view and that’s why I prioritize how the name looks with the rest of the uniform over how readable it is. It’s a name. It’s rarely, if ever, the best tool to identify a player, and I think these days, it’s mostly just there for ego purposes. The fact that there are still professional and collegiate teams that don’t put names on their jerseys is case closed for me. They’re nice, but they’re not essential.
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    Colorado Avalanche Unveil Third Uniform for 2018-19

    But the only other design element on a shirt like that is the team logo. No yoke, no stripes, solid color. Double outline numbers work fine in s vacuum, or with the Avs busy primary mark and previous jersey designs, but they don’t work with the ultra-simple mark and striping on their third. Strangely, navy blue has always been their preferred dark color. I don’t know why, but they don’t like black, even though it’s in their logos and plays a relatively major role in their uniform. One of those weird quirks.
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    Winnipeg Jets Unveil New Alternate Uniform

    All the credit to the Jets for this one (logo and uniform design). I think it’s the numbers from their retro look.
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    Winnipeg Jets Unveil New Alternate Uniform

    Very true. I just don’t think the political part of that sticks in people’s heads. People generally romanticize the thought of supersonic flight, walking on the moon, being the tallest, fastest, etc. rather than the wasted taxpayer dollars or other polarizing circumstances. Even lost potential can be celebrated; it’s just celebrating what could have been instead of what actually was. I mean, look at Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose, or the F-22. Both suffered from financial difficulties, but both will be remembered as aviation benchmarks.
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    NHL 2018-19

    You’ll get no argument from me there (though I actually prefer the burgundy/dark blue/white color scheme to their actual burgundy/sea blue/silver/white/black? color scheme). I love using a new color palette to tell a story with a third. The Jazz and Heat proved how successful it can be when done right. I actually really like the look of the jersey. It’s completely unique and thus, an ownable look that I find very appealing. I actually like it more than their current jersey, though I’d love to see the mountain hem stripe on the bottom of this one). The dark colors are used in an unexpected way, but I find it very effective, providing some depth in the backdrop for the simple white shapes to pop. If you don’t believe me, just think about how much more blah this jersey would be if it were all burgundy or all blue. But again, all that’s opinion, and regardless of how well you or I think the team executed their plan to tell this story, it doesn’t change thd fact that the third jersey is the most appropriate avenue to do so. I’d challenge you to come up with a better place to experiment that fans will actually care about or pay attention to.