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  1. ltravisjr

    Other Design Help

    Frankly, I would start with good old fashioned pencils and paper. You don't want the learning curve of software hampering your creativity. Not speaking for the others, usually logos are hand-drawn anyway before they are scanned, traced, and refined in the software. That said, as far as software goes, I would suggest a vector program, and rather than invest in Adobe Illustrator right off the bat, go with Inkscape, which is free and has all the capabilities you would need as a beginner. The concepts of paths, curves, fills, etc., are pretty fundamental to any of the vector programs.
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    One tradition you NEVER want to change

    No short pants in baseball. No long pants in hockey. No sleeves in basketball.
  3. ltravisjr

    2019 MLB Changes

    Now digital art is at best an occasional hobby for me. That said, when I deal with offset paths, I make the larger path its own shape behind the smaller one and tweak things like vertices and serifs because the offset path tool can exaggerate things or otherwise not look quite right. Knowing that, I just cannot "unsee" the curved bottom of that "N". Its like the only reason its that pronounced is because that's what the offset tool caused. Again, and you can tell by my rather poor terminology, I am no professional in illustration software but even I can see that problem.
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    Redeeming Qualities of Bad Uniforms

    Is he wearing a red polo shirt under that jersey?
  5. ltravisjr

    2019 MLB Changes

    I guess its the nostalgia value but I do agree. What's worse is that they took what was a bad logo and made it even worse. It is hopelessly generic now because the original logo never had the batterman separate from the block "SOX" beneath it. Never. Never ever. The bottom of the batterman torso even had a point protruding down to fill the void space of the "X" underneath. It wasn't the logo with a separate wordmark under it. The wordmark was integral to the logo and is what connected it to the team. Also, this logo was never black and white. Never ever ever. It was blue and red, the colors of the team then.
  6. ltravisjr

    2019 MLB Changes

    The funny thing is, back in the 70’s-80’s I didn’t really think of the powder blue as a “color” per se. It was just a neutral, as we think of road gray now. Perhaps that is because it wasn’t part of a team’s brand, but just the blank “canvas” of a standard road set. I contrast that with the all maroon Indians, monochrome yellow Pirates, etc. of that era, which garner a totally different “out of the box” perception than the monochrome powder blues.
  7. ltravisjr

    2019 MLB Changes

    I grew up in the seventies so my perspective is different. Powder blues and pullovers were practically obligatory and except for a handful of stalwart teams that always wore grey, when other teams started going grey it was novel and welcome. Also, since it was a pullover era, spoon piping was very rare and I welcomed seeing another team or two adopt them. Now, however, spoons are so ubiquitous that I almost get sick of seeing them appear in new branding. Back to the powder blues, they were so standard that there were some I preferred and some not. I liked the lighter more saturated versions and the White Sox of the early 70’s were maybe the best example. They were very bright, true powders and the blue contrasted well with the red and white. Ironically, they predated pullovers as they were zippered with belts and were actually their “traditional” unit before the awful collared pullover pajamas that followed.
  8. ltravisjr

    DC Baseball - Nationals alt concept

    Ahh now that's what I'm talking about. Given this, I think the DC logo works well as a cap logo. If its going to be for a major league team, I would make the crown of the cap dark though. I am on the fence on the wordmark fonts. I think the "Nationals" and the "Washington" marks should be the same font. I am not sure but I *think* I prefer the "Nationals" font since it matches the DC and is not overly stylized (MLB teams are pretty conservative). The bird seems out of place. You might not need it but if you want it, it should probably use the same colors as the rest of the set.
  9. ltravisjr

    DC Baseball - Nationals alt concept

    Ok looks good, but by "a home" I don't just mean a theme. You nailed that. I hear patriotism loud and clear. What I need is the situation. "Celebrating baseball and freedom in our nations capitol." Ok, that's cool. Now how? With a baseball logo? Ok then, going with that, a baseball logo is for a baseball team, so... who is the team? Maybe an unaffilated minor league team called DC Patriots? A rebranded Washington Nationals? A special celebrity team called the "DC Eagles" that tours in 2039 celebrating baseball's bicentennial? See what I mean? You have done the hard work. Now just put it on a team so we an imagine it in play.
  10. ltravisjr

    WNBA's Chicago Sky unveil new logo

    Good idea but I think the Hancock building would have been better. It's symmetry, tapered height, and diagonals would have lent themselves nicely to this design and it is a unique and recognizable Chicago building.
  11. ltravisjr

    DC Baseball - Nationals alt concept

    This is the best version yet. You could really call the design itself finished. However, I think I might see why the concept feels "generic" despite the clever idea. The finished logo needs some sort of context other than just "DC baseball". When a logo is designed, its job is to present or hype the team or organization it stands for. It "brands" the team and its identity. Someone needs to wear the hat, after all. However, at this point this logo isn't presenting a team, it is simply presenting itself. All you have to do is find a home for it. My first thought would be as a basis for team hats for the annual Congressional Baseball game. Whether its that or something else, you need to get a story behind the logo to elicit some sentiment beyond "cool design idea" and have the logo tell a story about something other than itself. Find that home and its a winner.
  12. ltravisjr

    DC Baseball - Nationals alt concept

    I have only one suggestion: lose the seams that overlap the ball's outline. Consider extending the fills of the letters over those parts instead if necessary. I just think that the outline of the ball should contain the whole ball, seams included. Once that's addressed, I think you can call this one done, and well earned.
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    MLB changes 2018?

    It almost as if the Royals are taking the TAHC event literally and using it as a means to float a trial balloon...
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    MLB changes 2018?

    If I recall, there were no high numbers at all in the MLB until Carlton Fisk flipped his #27 to #72 when he joined the White Sox. At the time there was a little bit of contention, almost as if folks wondered if was breaking some rule by doing it.
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    MLB Changes 2017

    ...or 8 players, with neither a DH or pitcher hitting.