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CS85 last won the day on October 4 2017

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  1. 2018 NFL Offseason

    Pretty incredible that ESPN lost the rights. They built their name in great part due to having the balls to televise the NFL Draft.
  2. Just to be clear, these are "Official Portraits" for the Smithsonian. These have nothing to do with the White House. Those won't be out for another 6 months, if not longer. Bill Clinton's Smithsonian portrait was pretty damned weird: Compare that to Clinton's actual White House portrait: George W Bush's Smithsonian portrait was more subdued: compared to the White House portrait:
  3. I don't like the all-white panther idea at all. Teal, gold, and black - that's what's important here. White is a given for any NFL team, so...yeah, I hope they don't do some stupid crap here and go from absurdly overdone to absurdly simplified.
  4. Before I begin, I'm obviously going to whore my blog, 1985Edition.com. I write mostly about the Chicago Bears, but also my personal goings on, sometimes the very rare Cubs or Blackhawks post. So there's really not a lot to the design, but I was very pleased with how it turned out. My inspirations were to make something clean, elegant, and timeless, because my writing ability is so good and my thoughts so incredibly poignant that it deserves a look that sells it as such. Jokes aside, I loved the Wordpress theme I went with and wanted to make a look that fit the style of the page. Here's an example of how a post is laid out: The look is very clean on its own, and the font I went with, PT Serif, is easy to read, has some nice flourish to it, and I didn't want to leverage legibility for style. I wanted the design to echo the font, and to serve the layout without feeling forced. -------------- The theme allotted for a header, and the larger you make the header, the more space it takes up on the page. I wanted to make it rectangular so as to feel and fit naturally, whereas something round would look weird and unnecessarily expand that top bar. I want people to acknowledge the design and source of the writing, but I don't want it to ruin the experience by draping itself over so much of the page. I took inspiration for a design from two things: The iconic and simple LIFE magazine and National Geographic mastheads: And primarily the numbers on my family's home address. What I came up with was a marriage of those ideas, and, like I said, there's not much to it, but I was very happy with the simple look. It's legible, imperfect, and works for me. The spacing is probably a bit off, but whatever. I'll worry about that later. #professional #designer #artist #kony2012 The fonts I went with were a slightly transformed version of Engravers MT and AveFedan. Engravers is a pretty formal font, but I love the serifs, big round terminals (I think that's the typeface industry term, anyway). I mushed it together a bit to make it feel like disparate, getting some of the "air" out of the rectangular crate it's stuffed in. With the big flags and swooping serifs, I needed to compress it into something static, and I felt like it's pushed together just enough to stay legible without being too obviously cramped. AveFedan is a wonderful font that is so fluid and easy on the eyes. It makes it look like there's almost a signature on the logo, and breaks up the sharpness of the rest of the masthead. There's no font like it anywhere else on the page, so it certainly stands out. As this is a social media world, and most of these damn pages are using circular pictures, I also had to craft something simple and small to work as a twitter emblem. The rectangular masthead wasn't going to work, and none of that text is going to fit into a damned globe, so I went with this: It's kind of 'cheating' to just have '85 inside of a circle, but ... The apostrophe fits naturally and it maintains the simplicity I was going for. ------------ Anyway, thanks for reading, and if you have thoughts or criticisms, I'd love to hear them.
  5. 2017 Miami Dolphins Creative

    Whoever handles the photography deserves a raise. The design stuff is certainly great quality, but without the dramatic and well lit/edited photos, it wouldn’t t have the same impact.
  6. Waste Management meets the TriForce.
  7. Shoney's has an updated logo

    Went from tacky to forgettable.
  8. 2018 NFL Offseason

    Patriots or bust for McDaniels. I doubt any team in the league hires him after this. Who am I kidding? Some dumbass team would hire him.
  9. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    What the hell was NBC doing with their Madden 2008 player models, also?
  10. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Just chiming in here with my thoughts on the game. Easily the most entertaining Super Bowl I've ever seen, although I did sleep through the Panthers/Patriots SB which was supposedly one of the more entertaining title games in recent memory from what I've heard. I have absolutely nothing to complain about game-wise. Belichick calling that timeout on the Eagles 3rd down may have cost him the game, or at least felt a bit reckless. Converting the 4th down to Ertz was 1a to the strip-sack of Brady being 1b. Butler being benched was absurd. It depressed me seeing Alshon Jeffery make highlight plays out the ass, while Stephon Gilmore was playing quality defense out there. Neither player wanted the Bears money. The commercials were so self-serving and counterfeit that I was audibly disgusted. The room would groan every time there'd be a sweet humane message followed by a T-Mobile or RAM logo. Justin Timberlake's halftime show sucked. Pink's national anthem was whatever. Collinsworth had his head so far up the Patriots' ass all night long, and I have no earthly idea why he was being so deliberately stupid. The Ertz touchdown was in no way controversial, yet he talked about it like it was the Zapruder film.
  11. Say it ain't so, Joe

    There'd be no footage, as all the cameras in the room would magically malfunction.
  12. YouTube Video Logos

    Here's an idea I put together.
  13. I don't think we're there yet. 99.99999998% of fans know better than to breach the players' domain. Anytime something like the above video occurs, I can't help but believe that alcohol was involved. I would hope most players understand that, and considering that the Malice in the Palace is something modern stars grew up watching, the lessons from that event's fallout should be imbued across the league's collective roster, both formally and unconsciously.
  14. Say it ain't so, Joe

    could have been worse more satisfying