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    Seattle NHL Brand Discussion

    You're probably right, but I'm still confused as to why those groups didn't use a color scheme that was already associated with sports fans in that area. Navy / Blue / Green / Lime / Silver in Seattle and Green / Gold / Black / Red in Portland.... I don't get it, but I'm not in the sports marketing biz so I'm clearly missing something
  2. I’m going to be sharing some NBA concepts I’ve been working on and tweaking for a while now. I started these almost two years ago when the first Nike designed uniforms came trickling out. I was a bit underwhelmed by many of them and started to work up my own. The time has come to share!I haven’t posted concepts on these boards in probably 5 years (and those were under an old username), so this should be fun! I'm here for the feedback, comments, and criticism so don't hold back! I want to make these better, so please help!I’ll start with basic icon/association/statement sets for each team and then loop back around at the end to get a bit more wild with the city, and maybe earned, sets if inspiration strikes. Before I get into it, major thanks to @Hoopladawg87 for sharing this template with me, and to all the other designers on these boards who keep putting out inspiring stuff - I find browsing here to be super motivational. Western Conference Portland Trailblazers San Antonio Spurs Eastern Conference Indiana Pacers
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    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    Hey, thanks for the feedback. I'm fully aware these concepts aren't all going to please everyone, especially since I'm be taking some risks. Even so, I appreciate anyone taking the time to give a thoughtful review! I considered using that exact 90's fiesta warmup script for the Statement jersey, but decided against it for fear of coming across as an attempt at a "faux-back". I'm trying to take the Spurs identity forward a couple decades, because (as you note), many of their current design elements have been around since the 90's - and frankly I don't think they're all that good. The Bank Gothic-y font and the chunky numbers and the way the logo is awkwardly shoehorned into the wordmark . . . none of it works all that well, imo. It's almost too bad that Duncan & Co. made the 90's-00's look so recognizable, because it's now hard for the franchise to move on. I chose the inline font because it has some of the beef and strength that I identify with the Spurs, and as a design element it also allowed me to seamlessly work in the spur under the U and tie into the striping. I was focused on creating the cohesiveness that I see the Spurs lacking currently. In the Statement uniform, the narrow font is actually an adaptation of just the inline from the other two uniforms. It's beefed up a bit and stretched vertically to take up more real estate, but it's the same font family. Again, trying to keep a cohesive identity. Sounds like I missed the mark in your book, but still, thanks for the feedback. There will be City uniforms coming eventually, so look for some Fiesta flair in that set. For now I'm doing some tweaking on the next two teams and I hope to get those posted this week.
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    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    Haha, thank you? I expected this response from at least a few people and coming from a basketball coach it makes sense. When I played, my school didn't have matching tops and bottoms until you made varsity. One pair of green shorts, and then a green or yellow top depending on if we were home or away. There was something that felt "big time" about getting that matching set of uniforms, and an opposite "practice squad" feeling about wearing the mismatched set. So I understand the feeling. However. . . I don't think that is a failure of the concept or design in general. That's just tradition speaking - and a fairly new tradition at that, because mismatched sets used to be common back in the day. Soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse, hockey . . . every other sport wears contrasting tops and bottoms at times. Why not basketball? So that's where I'm headed with this series. Not every team will get the mismatched treatment, but a handful will. Maybe by the end I'll make a convert out of you! As far as fiesta, or the all silver, those are both great ideas. I considered the fiesta set, and think I may incorporate those colors into the City uni. For the all silver, I'll try that out and see what I think. A three uniform rotation of silver, black, and silver/black would be pretty nice and definitely unique. Thanks for the suggestions!
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    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    Yes, there was thought behind it yet. Glad you asked! Full disclosure, I'm an architect by profession and I tend to overthink these things . . . The Icon and Association sets were easy. Jersey base color, and then thick/thin/thick striping in contrasting color. See below: The Statement jersey was harder because of the mismatched tops and bottoms. The waistband of the shorts is where it transitions from gray to black and if the waistband goes with simple, “even” triple striping, the top of it would be against the gray jersey and the pattern wouldn't read right. You'd have a super thick gray block, thin black stripe, thick gray stripe, black shorts. So with that in mind I laid out the whole thing as a striping pattern and leaned into the uneven-ness. See below: This striping pattern accounts for the transition from gray jersey to black shorts, and could theoretically go on forever. I'm just taking a slice of the pattern for this uniform, but if you were to continue it, below the hem of the shorts would be another large gray block and above the collar of the jersey would be the transition to the next large black block. Because the mismatched jersey and shorts is such a strange look, I'm trying hard to look at the uniform as a whole and treat the entire thing as a cohesive composition. This was my attempt at doing that. Hope that makes sense!
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    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    Yeah, I didn't explain that very well. The concept from the beginning was to place the Pacers back in time a bit with a very simple navy/white scheme where the gold was strictly an accent. Then the Statement edition really stands out. Like a guy who wears jeans and a black t-shirt everyday, then throws on a tux once and a while and everyone says "wow"... However you're right, once I set up the parameters for the design concept I needed to go back and look at the final outcome to make sure I had what I wanted. I had boxed myself in a bit, and adding more yellow is a good way for the Icon set to look more like the Pacers without blowing up the concept.
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    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    Thank you! I am still kind of with you on the Blazers white collar. As a flat design, it is the one that appeals to me the most. However, in live action I'm not quite sure. I have always liked this look, and this look kind of irks me in a weird way. Phase 2 of this prioject (once I've beat all the designs to death) will be to put together some player renderings and get some portfolio pages together. I'll mock-up both versions of the Blazers then and that may be where I make my final decision. Thanks for the feedback!
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    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    The feedback is much appreciated. You guys are right; the striping has to really hit the mark in order for the Statement uni to read as one uniform and not two separate pieces thrown together. I've made a few tweaks that I think help tighten up the design a bit. Let me know what you think! Also, I added the Texas logo to the belt buckle location on the Icon and Association unis as just another little detail to tie the three sets back together even more.
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    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    With the Spurs, I wanted to really push the black and silver color scheme. For that reason, the only white you'll see in this set is the Association uniforms. The wordmark is simplified, but has a modern twist on a classic aesthetic. The side stripes on the Association and Icon edition uniforms form a 'spur' on the shorts and the inline stripes echo the wordmark and the numbers. The statement uniform is a bit more wild. It incorporates the first custom logo I've added to a set so far with the state of Texas on the shorts. The different color shorts and jersey are something that people see as a "throwback", but its a look that I wish was more common in the modern game. I know it feels a bit bizarre, but it is a design element I"m planning on bringing back for a few different teams in this series. The stripes at the hem and waistband are supposed to call back to the inline design of the wordmark and numbers on the Icon and Association uniforms. I'd love some feedback on this set in particular! Thanks y'all.
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    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    If I removed the lines, it wouldn't resemble a center court! I do love the idea of matching courts though . . . maybe I'll follow up this series with some court designs. Thank you much, that means a lot coming from you! I struggled with adding more color to the Pacers navy set, because I wanted the navy/white color scheme to be strong so that the gold statement set would really pop, but I hear you about not "looking like the Pacers." Here's a version with a bit more yellow and I think you're right, it is a better look. Thank you all for the kind words! I hope y'all like the next ones as much as the past two! And with that, let me post the next team . . . the San Antonio Spurs!
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    MLS Kits 2019

    Damn. Yeah, that is worse than Toronto forgetting to design their new red kit. That "Nachos Grande" bit reads like a weird combination of a Cinco de Mayo Trump tweet and a 90's SNL sketch.
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    MLS Kits 2019

    I don't know if I can remember a more boring kit than Toronto's new one. All red, no design at all? Not even contrasting stripes or piping or cuffs or a collar anything? Head-to-toe plain red? Wow.
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    stadium series 2020 logo concept - jersey update 1/6

    Be proud of this one. I think you nailed it here. The shape is unique, locally relevant, and unmistakable. Bravo.
  14. Ditto. It is really bad and has been for a couple weeks now. I submitted another bad ad report. But I’m not sure that it’s doing anything. Site was unusable yesterday. All day. At at least I got through this post today
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    Oregon looked good today. Didn’t play good, but they definitely looked good...
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    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    The Indiana Pacers are another team for whom I immediately had issues with Nike's new uniforms. I liked where Nike's ideas were headed, but found the execution muddy - this will be a common theme - so I tried my hand at reworking them. To me, Indiana's basketball team should be drawing on the basketball heritage of the Hoosier state. They were one of the original ABA dynasties and the state has a storied connection to March Madness, James Naismith, high school basketball, and so on. With this in mind, I wanted the Pacers in a classic and understated uniform set - but one that isn't boring or faux-throwback-ish. I simplified the color palette (another recurring theme) so that they're essentially a navy and white team with gold accents. The primary icon and association sets fit this color scheme, and the statement uniform flips gold to the primary color to, uh, make a statement. The design is inspired by the one thing in the game that hasn't changed (much) over the past 100 years - the lines on the court. The team name and jersey number are organized around a center court circle. The name on back is placed on a nameplate like a team name on the baseline. The striping and trim is all simplified to evoke the lines on the court and give the entire set a classic vintage feel. I hope y'all enjoy, please keep the feedback coming!
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    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    Thank you! I wish the same thing, lol. I still find myself going back and forth on which red jersey design I prefer, but for now I'm leaning towards the chest number over the original design. I've updated the 3 uniform sets below to include the jersey sponsor (sigh) and the other minor tweaks. Of course more feedback is always welcome, but I'm going to move on and post the next team . . . the Indiana Pacers
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    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    Thanks for the feedback. The off center wordmark is definitely going to stay, because I'm attracted to the asymmetry and it works for the team, but I do want to make sure the jersey is appropriately balanced. I've been playing around with dropping the word mark lower and adding a chest number. Is this better? Thoughts?
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    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    I felt they looked too plain without outlines. What isn't good about them? Do you think the outlines are too thick?
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    NBA | New York Knicks Primary Logo Refresh – UPDATE

    That's what I'm seeing too. Those two colors just look a little soft next to each other, but they both pop nicely against the blue. I'm wondering if a stronger orange isn't the way to go. A shade similar to your personal logo in the corner may be just right. And/or lightening the gray even more. A second thought would be to replace the gray altogether with a dark navy...? Would that be too much of a departure?
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    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    Yes, I know what you mean. I went back and forth on that one myself, but I really like the balance that comes with alternating the colors between collar / wordmark / stripe / stripe. If I was to go with the red collar on the black jersey, for consistency's sake (and color balance), I'd want to swap the wordmark to white with a red outline and do the same with the number on the back. Here it is for reference. It looks good, but it also is the same main color that the team has had since the early 90's. I kinda wanted to mix it up . . . now I'm not quite sure which one I like better. Thoughts?
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    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    OK . . . I’ll start with the team that sparked this whole thing, my hometown Portland Trail Blazers. As far as I'm concerned, the Trail Blazers brand should revolve around its most recognizable design elements. The rest is just noise. 1. Black and Red 2. Lowercase lettering 3. Diagonal sash/stripe 4. Pinwheel logo When the team gets away from those four elements, they start to look pretty generic if you ask me. With this in mind, you'll notice I removed gray/silver from the uniforms. It's not needed and it just muddies up a crisp color palette. On the icon and association sets, I kept with some classic design elements and smushed together a few different eras. I love the gorgeous lowercase type face, created by Kyle Zadina, that the team introduced on the Rip City uniforms a few years ago. I can’t for the life of me figure out why the team is clinging to generic uppercase lettering when they have this beauty in their toolbox. It is uniquely "Portland" and fits the franchise just right. Lastly, for the statement uniform I mixed it up a little bit. I was tempted to create a red Rip City jersey, but I've always wanted to see the team with their whole "Trail Blazers" name on the front of the jersey. It is a pretty large word mark, but I think it is fun and has that asymmetry that is already familiar on the team's uniforms. On the sides I added five diagonal stripes that are a effectively a little slice of the pinwheel logo. The team has been using this design element in their social media and in-arena branding for a little while and I think it's a great look. I know it's a little like the Raptors chevrons, but I don't really care. Raptors had a unique look at one point, they only have themselves to blame if they end up looking like the Canadian Trail Blazers - We the Northernmost, anyways . . . Feedback is welcome and encouraged. More to come soon!
  23. They look great. Nice work. For a little C+C, the main thing that bugs me is the side stripes on the city jersey. They stop at the waistband and then the monument on the shorts comes up and ends at the hip, creating awkward negative space in between them. Why not remove the jersey stripes, enlarge the monument, and carry it up through the jersey, stopping somewhere around the rib cage? Lastly, the city uni seems to be begging for a recolored red/white version of the warbirds logo at the belt buckle.
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    Portland Herons MLB Expansion Concept

    Just catching up on this while researching my own Portland baseball concept. This is really phenomenal. Bravo. Just to pile on some more feedback. The ‘P’ cap doesn’t even seem optional. Gotta have one. There’s something that feels good about rocking a hat with your city initials on it. It’s a pride thing. Also, no matter how nice your heron logo looks, it’s never going to surpass the Blazers pinwheel as “the sports logo of Portland”. The uniforms are basically spot on. Colors and striping are perfection. My only beef is with the number font. I feel like a simple athletic block font would feel better, but that might be a personal opinion. Rounded, slanted, modern numbers end up feeling dated fast (see: Lions, Detroit). That stadium rendering/collage is awesome! I don’t know if you’ve been following, but the MLB 2 PDX group just purchased land for a stadium at the base of the Fremont bridge. Your concept may become reality sooner than you know! Great work, inspiring stuff
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    NBA Changes 2018-19

    90% of this new crop is fantastic. The Bucks, the Celtics, the Blazers, the Heat, Sixers, Thunder, Pacers . . . all the best those teams have looked since Nike took over. Fire emojis seem appropriate here.