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    Goodbye Baby Cakes: New Wichita team seeking name ideas

    And a Yard Goat is an old locomotive that moves trains from track to track. If Hartford had a 100 year old team with that name, no one would have their pitchforks and torches out. (funny enough, they did have a team named the Babies https://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Hartford_Babies) They aren't just puling names out of a hat, there is a lot of background research into the names. Yes, some names are better than others, but specifically Baby Cakes would only work in New Orleans. If the name was around since 1930, their relocation would be about the franchise, not the "failing" of the name. How I see it, the Eugene Emeralds, Norfolk Tides, Asheville Tourists, and Arkansas Travelers aren't on the top 25 merchandise sales list despite all having strong recent Brandiose branding and history. A safe name with a good logo doesn't guarantee anything. I get where people are coming from, i'm not putting on blinders in this conversation. Brandiose isn't bulletproof, their swinging mascot logos do feel templated. They've seen to move away from that in the recent brand reveals. I just think a lot of criticism they get for being too "crazy" isn't 100% justified since some of their crazier stuff does market itself.
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    Goodbye Baby Cakes: New Wichita team seeking name ideas

    Toledo Mud Hens is basically a Brandiose name from 1902 to be fair
  3. So this might be a first of it's kind here! I've gotten into the ins and outs of curling competitions. It's building up to a big project that I'm currently in a lull with. Every year, the Tim Horton's Brier is held. It's a 16 team curling tournament with Provencal Canadian teams. It's a massive deal! So why not have a little fun and do an American version? We, of course, have a lot more states to deal with. Of the 50, 48 of them have some sort of curling club. Alabama and West Virginia are the ones that don't. I figure having four tiers of 12 teams with promotion/relegation after each tournament would be the best format of this. Two groups of 6 make relegation easy, and the top 2 teams in each group move to a playoff. Brier isn't a name of a curling tournament, but the original sponsor of the Canadian version. Despite changes in sponsorship, it's remained the tournament name to the point where it basically took on a new definition. I thought this was the best option of a name to bring down south. I'm talking too much. Here, have some concepts.
  4. So I was scrolling through twitter today and saw this peculiar tweet. I did some digging, and apparently the CFL has a deal with the Liga Futbol Americano to hold a draft of players from the professional Mexican football league. Now, I know Mexico had college football, but never did much searching beyond that. It started in 2016 and will expand to 10 teams this year for it's 4th year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_American_Football_League_of_Mexico I'm not gonna embed every logo and uniform to save your eyes, but the Raptors Naucalpan might have the coolest helmet I've ever seen.
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    Mexican College Rebrands

    So sometimes your joke ideas COULD be cool! I found that map and i couldn't stop thinking about it. I really like league structures. That led me down a wormhole of translations and I've sort of decoded what Mexico's college football system is like. Basically the ONEFA (pictured above) is full of schools in 3 divisions, two better divisions (Green and white) then a lower division for newer teams (red). There's also the CONADIEP, which is a breakaway league. They're mostly the better teams, but the winner of CONADIEP and ONEFA play for the title game. My issue is that the branches of colleges use the same logos and stuff, just different city names attached. There's literally 6 Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey around the country all with the same Wild Sheep logo. As you can see, if the logos aren't rip offs of other schools, they're mostly just duplicates or crude. SO THAT'S WHERE I COME IN. I'm not sure how much or what I want to do. But I do like matching styles(In this case, American college logos) and want to be more intricate with my logos. So rebrands for now, but maybe football uniforms if I get a good template. UVM-Lomas Verdes Linces (Lynx) Current: Mine: Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo Toros Salvajes (Wild Bulls) Old: Mine: A mix of USF and Cincinnati to build their own brand.
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    Goodbye Baby Cakes: New Wichita team seeking name ideas

    Okay let me have a few more sources in my argument 1) yes there is no set deal in place for the Baby Cakes to remain, a team relocating there likely wouldn't rebrand. Your hated Baby Cakes moniker was in the top 25 in merchandise sales for 2017, the first year they used that name. https://www.milb.com/milb/news/minor-league-baseball-announces-its-top-25-teams-in-licensed-merchandise-sales/c-286940194 Noticeably absent is the New Orleans Zephyrs from the 2016 list, which you can read from the line "The Albuquerque Isotopes, Buffalo Bisons, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Hartford Yard Goats, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, New Orleans Baby Cakes, Reading Fightin Phils and Rochester Red Wings made the list in 2017 after not making the Top 25 in 2016." Of the list of 25, i count at least 11 Brandiose branded teams. Most of the others are storied teams that are nearly 80 years old and always going to have support. The Baby Cakes saw an improvement in 10,000 fans from 2016 to 2017, despite the fact they lost 14 more games. The Jumbo Shrimp saw a 63k fan increase the same year they ditched the Suns moniker. The Baby Cakes made the news, drew interest, and sold merchandise which is all minor league teams can control. 2) "Owned by the Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District, which primarily oversees the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the state, the 10,000-seat stadium is among the oldest in minor league baseball. It would likely require several million dollars of renovations before it would be chosen to house a possible successor franchise, potentially a team in the Double-A Southern League." https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/zephyrs/article_1d94ae8e-b157-11e8-9847-cba1d3fc31a3.html I'll concede that one since it seemed more of a certainty when Ballpark Digest posted about it and where I got my original idea that they were in talks to move a AA team. https://ballparkdigest.com/2018/09/06/its-baby-cakes-to-wichita-southern-league-to-new-orleans/ 3) The Mudcats got sold to a man who moved them to Pennsacola, while the guy flipped that cash and bought Kinston. That being said, Kinston's stadium was built in 1949 and had no renovations. Zebulon was built in 1991 and renovated in 1999. Again, not quite the situation I thought. It's not like fans held protests for the name to remain the same, just sort of a continuing with life situation. They aren't moving because of the name Baby Cakes. It could have easily been the Zephyrs moving to Wichita, and it would be slightly less of a story. 4) I'll take Rocky Mountain Vibes, Amarillo Sod Poodles, Florida Fire Frogs, and Rocket City Trash Pandas. You can have the Syracuse Mets.
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    Goodbye Baby Cakes: New Wichita team seeking name ideas

    I find the title somewhat misleading due to the fact that the franchise is moving but the name Baby Cakes would stay in New Orleans, and that they're looking into getting a Southern League team to relocate to New Orleans. The Carolina Mudcats moved to Pensacola to become the Blue Wahoos, and the Kinston Indians moved to Zebulon to become the "new" Carolina Mudcats. It's just one of those Minor League things. Plus, you guys complain about Brandiose too much
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    Concept Thread Think Tank

    As you know, I do A LOT of series around here. But I have a lot of ideas on threads, that honestly, I don't think I'll ever get to. I normally tweet out ideas, but I feel like this can just be a good start for people who are fresh off projects, or people stuck on them. More than one person can do these series, I just don't think I'll ever get to them. I love Africa so much, but don't want to do another soccer series for a while. So I think it'd be cool to do a national team jersey for all 54 countries. Here's the thing, that sport would be hockey. Lots of unique striping and new logos would be really neat. I also love the Scotish soccer system. I have a football manager save and the league's have 12 teams and it feels really tight knit. I'd love someone to do that with Canada. Just a complete system, from the top with Toronto all the way down to cities like Missasuga and Moncton. Or how about making 11 soccer teams in New York City to match the 11 in London. A mix of neighborhoods and Burroughs would be neat. Just some ideas, feel free to claim or add to the list. This could be a great research if people go through and finish them. I also would love some competition pitches which could be done through the competition council.
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    United States Brier - Curling States Competition

    Thanks Brandon! Just you wait till Maryland if you want pants patterns
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    United States Brier - Curling States Competition

    That’s absolutely a fair point! Didn’t think of that. I’m trying to avoid team colors as much as possible, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. I really just looked up some pics of North Dakota and saw a lot of golden fields and bison! My thinking was these were designed for each state, then the teams that win their state tournament get sent a set of uniforms. That’s why I didn’t do names on the back rather than a state. ill change up North Dakota a little bit tonight. Also it's worth mentioning I'm intentionally leaving room in places for sponsors, which teams would have to help travel costs. Also the jacket is supposed to be a clash kit of sorts, I'm going to make them be a secondary color to differentiate the matchups.
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    The XFL may be making a comeback

    First was because the NFL was seen as the No Fun League, now he's just so darn mad at kneeling during the anthem
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    Stolen Work

    oh no they're fine now, I've met a couple of them through my friend. Go for it! also @Griffinmarlins they rebranded and changed their handles
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    Stolen Work

    Nah it exists I looked him up during posting that. I’m not gonna show where cause it’s not worth it, but man I’ve seen his portfolio and it’s not strong
  14. Big :censored:in farts bro

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    Stolen Work

    So i've been quiet about this for a few years because I didn't want to make enemies in the industry I was trying to break into, but check this out. I applied to the United Soccer League in 2016. Did some test graphics for them (which they wanted built in indesign, big red flag). Here's one matchup graphic i made with the assets they gave me. In my in person, the designer Enrique Alvarado said he liked what I made but would maybe move the USL logo to the bottom corner. Totally reasonable, i was scared to break from brand guidelines and put it on a busy background. So imagine my surprise when this is their playoff graphics I didn't want to get into a fight but this really hurt me, because 1. I didn't get the job and 2. it looked worse! My friends took it upon themselves to go after him on twitter and I stayed out of it, all he replied with was some laughing emojis. They asked if i was interested in a position in 2017 which i turned down because I was with the Rays, and still had a job opportunity at Under Armour open. But mostly I would've socked him in his face when I saw Enrique. Since then, a close friend began working there and apparently he got fired (which is why the position opened up) and the mood seems to be that he was genuinely awful. There's some crossover in twitter followings so people will tag us together if it's about soccer design and I still absolutely hold this grudge. So if you're reading this Enrique, kiss my ass
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    Death to the Block S

    Pop quiz! What team does the above logo belong to? Time's up, the correct answer is Stanford, Michigan State, and Syracuse While there's nothing wrong with the logo, It's hard to believe this many teams got a patent.Anyways, I decided to create logos for those 3 teams revolving around the letter S and their team name. Stanford's S sometimes has a nice little tree on it. So I decided to create a logo where they're together. I wanted to make a diamond shape, but realize that hey duplicating the top bit looks a lot like a tree. I connected the branches and added a trunk. I started this concept MONTHS ago. The only progress I had was an MS alternating because I had another letter to play with. I played around with some stuff, and added a nose plate in the negative space of the S. This evolved into a Spartan helmet. The more I played with it, the more it evolved. It became an M-S-U logo, This one is an orange
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    Death to the Block S

    Update with the chin more prominent, and bringing the M legs out a little more to make the spacing consistent throughout. Also a non inline shaped one that I actually like a LOT
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    Football Reclamation Project

    I'm loving these, Jimmy! Love the template too.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Love that they have the stripes but not sure about the colors.
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    Death to the Block S

    It's funny because I really don't like the Cuse logo I made! I think this one is way better
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    Death to the Block S

    Hey guys! Wanted to do a revisit of this. I tweeted my behance project for the Stanford logo, and replied with the big super cut of Spartans logos I tried to create. I never felt like this one was finished. Then my friend DM'd me with an idea. Basically suggested that the rounded versions felt more samurai than spartan, and said it may look better if it was structured. I went ahead and played with the concept and here's what I came up with. The inline is greek inspired, with the break clearly marking an M S and U
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    Unpopular Opinions

    Everyone has one. A logo everyone else in the whole community goes nuts for, while you're sitting in your chair just like meh. What are some sports design related things that would be deemed unpopular with most of this place. Here is an example. With all the Brewers retro look, and everyone drooling at the BiG logo, ive looked at it a lot, and I think it's pretty cool with double meaning. I just think it's a logo that most people like just for the sake of being retro. I like the last two sets more than the original, but thats just me. Same with most of the old logos in the NHL(like Quebec, Winnipeg, and Minnesota). Speaking of which, I enjoy most of the Edge jerseys. How about you guys?
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    I was watching football this weekend and some Pro Bowl ads came on and I had the realization that football fans don’t even like the Pro Bowl. What a lot of these leagues are assuming is that football can be year round but the general feeling seems to be that the Super Bowl is the logical conclusion to the sport.