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  1. NHL 2017-18

    Buffalo is going to blow it, again. So close and yet so far with every unveiling. Do a white version of the old 40th anniversary jerseys, keeping the blue between the gold stripes. Blue shoulders? fine. Buffalo script with the colors inverted or MAYBE that new leaping Buffalo logo, and be done with it. I'm already disappointed.
  2. NHL 2017-18

    I agree. Red jersey, introduction of silver, light-colored O, it's too Ohio State-looking. Their team could wear that tomorrow and there would be few questions. ...and I LIKE the O. Canadiens had a chance to diagonal stripe and be interesting. They blew it. Silver additions to the 100th jersey look like crap...again.
  3. It's been a long time since I've done an alternate history, my previous two, the original Ottawa Senators http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/73848-what-if-the-original-senators-never-folded/ and the Montreal Maroons http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/73802-what-if-the-maroons-never-folded/ Got some great opinions. but someone mentioned an idea (and I wish I remembered who) that intrigued me enough to go after, because it's nowhere near as straightforward as one would think. What if the NHL had taken more teams from the World Hockey Association? Of course we know that the NHL absorbed the Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques, Winnipeg Jets, and Edmonton Oilers before the 1979-80 season, what if they took four more? Joining the NHL in this hypothetical are: Birmingham Bulls Houston Aeros Indianapolis Racers Cincinnati Stingers along with the usual 4. Now, this will cause some difficulties, for instance, the Minnesota North Stars wouldn't move to Dallas if there's already a team in Houston. Columbus won't be an NHL city if there's already a team in Cincinnati, and so on. However, I like following Doctor Who time travel logic in that some things are meant to be, so there'll be some familiar looks and logos throughout. So without further ado, the first team to be unveiled will be: Cincinnati Stingers Upon entry to the NHL, the Boston Bruins threw a fit over Cincinnati's jerseys, and rightfully so. They had just lost the battle over keeping the Pittsburgh Penguins away from black and gold, they wouldn't be beaten twice. The color they would add? Cincinnati Red. However, there wasn't time to redesign the uniforms that first season, and until proper jerseys could be ordered, red fabric was sewn overtop the original stripes. It would work for the first season. 1979-80 1980-88 The gold is lightened to yellow and a new look and logo introduced for the season. The Stingers were here to stay. 1988-94 At the end of the 1980s, teams were being discouraged from using gold at home in lieu of a white jersey. Cincinnati changes their home gold to white. To be continued...
  4. New Series - Redoing the NHL

    PERFECT Arizona, except the logo. Switch it to something else, something stronger, and that's a 10/10. Buffalo, I'd take the blue jersey and make the white stripes gold. The Sabres love running with a two-color look. These are awesome. Keep it up.
  5. NHL 2017-18

    I think I'm the only person here who legitimately hates the Jackets' new socks. They're too minimalist, it isn't going to show up on tv, and I don't really care that they match.
  6. Binghamton Devils New Look

    The secondary logo is good. it would be a better primary than what they have, and it would be a pretty weak primary. This will make all sorts of "worst of" lists in a decade or less.
  7. Columbus Blue Jackets Concept - 3rd Option Posted

    Make the hemline stripe thicker, at least as thick as each red stripe on the sleeve, and put a full collar on the white. The alt needs to be cannon-centric to make it different enough to be worth doing. Otherwise, i love it.
  8. Spirits of St. Louis Reboot

    Try round it out first. See if that fixes it. The perspective on a third propeller while still keeping that bottom view of the basketball is going to be a nightmare. Plus, you could do a uniform with that long horizontal logo above the numbers instead of a wordmark, and it would look great. I think a two-propeller thing is a much better, much more vintage design. Let's see what can be done to un-snitch this first.
  9. Spirits of St. Louis Reboot

    You know, idk that the wings mistake is a problem. Because you're right, they DO look like wings. I think I thought the same thing initially. I don't know that it's a bad thing to think that, though. The Spirit of St Louis was a plane, the first thought of a fan might be a plane, it's a flying basketball, the idea works either way. It could be one of those "hidden features of logos" that say things we all know that blow away random people (There's an H in the Whalers logo. Whaaaa? The Brewers' old logo makes a glove with an m and b. WHOA! The Spirits of St. Louis logo is a propeller, not a plane. MIND BLOWING! ya know?) Because to do it fully correctly, the ball would have to be far smaller, and you lose the detail there. A third spoke would make the logo fill more vertical space, but it would not be accurate, and that could screw up the forced perspective where you see the St. Louis Arch on the ball. It's possible that there are some design issues, the little reflection on the right blade where it meets the ball looks like an error, idk if the lines line up as well as they should at the top, idk if the angles are correct on the blade - it looks alright, but the more you look, the more I want to compare lines. Hopefully with enough bumps, someone who knows design really well can nitpick this to perfection. But I think the logo looks very stoic, corporate-esque (and I mean that in a positive way), and on par with the NBA logos. It fits. It's super simple and effective and has all sorts of layers while looking simple. A logo this simple, stoic, and hard needs to be balanced with a more whimsical secondary, and if you're working on that, carry on. I think you've got an excellent start.
  10. Spirits of St. Louis Reboot

    It's genius. Very simple, very straightforward, and the arch on the bottom of the basketball is friggin genius. Subtle. Fitting. Excellent. The script is ok. Functional. It works. Nothing super special though. What I'd like to see is a plane-based secondary logo, that's what's missing here. An actual look at the plane. That's the fun piece you need to make this something really special - that's where you put that ABA whimsy and make this less stoic.
  11. Anaheim Ducks Era Mashup concept

    Idk if that would do much. The gold and orange have this weird blending/clashing problem that just doesn't work well. At distance, they blend, in close, they clash. They're too closely related to work together. The team goes well out of their way to prevent them from touching, and I think you need to do it, too.
  12. Anaheim Ducks Era Mashup concept

    Gold and orange should never touch. I'd suggest moving the gold stripe next to the white or removing it altogether. Otherwise, this looks really solid, better than I thought a mashup would look.
  13. NHL 2017-18

    I saw the Vegas Golden Knights abbreviation for the first time today. It's awful. VGK How ugly does that look? And for what reason? Most teams represent their city. PIT, CHI, BOS. And only add the team to differentiate. NYR, NYI. I think about two-word nicknames, Red Wings, Maple Leafs, but even they represent the city: DET, TOR. The exception? Columbus. CBJ. As much as I love the Jackets, they're not the model to follow here. You're the first one to a new city. Vegas. Not even Las Vegas, LV would've been great. But it's not, so it's even easier: VGS VeGaS It reads naturally. It works seamlessly. You're the only one there right now, own it. OITGDNHL
  14. UNLV new logo

    It doesn't look like the most collegiate of logos, but it certainly does look Vegas. I like it.
  15. NHL 2017-18

    I have heard legitimate arguments for all of the above. The Hockey News actually argued for wooden sticks in 2004-05
  16. Adidas NHL "fixes" - Revisitng the Wild (7/31)

    Thank you. It looks good, but it throws the color balance all off, especially on the white. They would've had to add more red to the stripes and that would've gotten more complicated...I'm thinking, despite how much I like the hurricane flags, that Carolina made the right decision.
  17. Adidas NHL "fixes" - Revisitng the Wild (7/31)

    That I believe! My photoshop is nearly 10 years old and I use it essentially like paint and I find it to be incredibly annoying. I cannot imagine doing it in paint. You have this done already, so can you try something? What does it look like if you make the "secondary red" into black, so you have the red square flags on black? Should be just a paintbucket tool, and I'm really curious to see if the Canes really did make the correct decision with their sublimation.
  18. NHL 2017-18

    And those white gloves were the worst part of the entire uniform. I actually kinda liked the jerseys, I feel they really could've grown on me for a "modern" Detroit. But those gloves ruined it. It looked so goofy and it would go between their forearms blending with the ice and being so flashy that it was distracting. 1 day event or no, bad is bad.
  19. NHL 2017-18

    The gloves are going to look awful, regardless.
  20. Newbie NHL Redesign +RedWings and Predators added

    Bass clef. That might be the answer. Though, I won't lie, looking at it as your avatar picture, it doesn't look all that bad. What if you do it in just blue? Or the just the notes are gold? Or one gold outline around the whole thing, and not each piece? As for the keystone, why not try and make it self-contained? Everything in the keystone. Make the top of the penguin's head touch the top of the keystone and work your design from there.I think you have some weird angles or the penguin is doing weird contortions, I can't really tell.
  21. Newbie NHL Redesign +RedWings and Predators added

    Oh man, there is a lot of tremendous ideas in here. The treble-clef fleur de lis is an amazing idea. But it is too busy. I don't think the music bars work at all. There is no way to simplify that so far that it can be shrunk down well. I think you might have to go with basic shapes instead and make a clef-centric fleur de lis, which would on its own be an incredible idea. Perhaps some other idea will come out of those shapes, but I think you're simply trying to do too much. Minnesota Wild idea 1 is the best idea, but it creates a very weird effect with reflecting the M and W like that. The eye struggles to settle anywhere. I think it would work if it had no slant on either letter. Idea 2 is more effective, I think, for that reason. It's certainly easier to digest. I like them both. The Jets logo is the best fauxback I've ever seen. In fact, I think it's better than their 90s logo. Seriously. It's genius. You should run with that. Personally, I like the blue text better, but that could change when it's on a jersey. I think you should pursue a fauxback third jersey based on it and see where that goes. And the Penguin logo - I don't think the keystone is blasphemy, we all consider ourselves Pennsylvanians, too. Whenever we can claim PA and ignore philly, we approve. I think there are some issues with the penguin itself. It seems oddly shaped. I think the sweeping you do with the shape of the Penguin is also odd, because the shape of the Robopen was it's belly sticking out - or at least a stylized version of it. I think if you mimicked such ideas, maybe not the same style, but a similar idea, you could nail it. I think you should keep playing around there. Really, these are amazing. Simply amazing. For these to be your first concepts is astounding. Dabble, play around, try different things and see what works and what doesn't.
  22. NHL 2017-18

    Looks like it's tight on him, and that collar is a mile wide. Or maybe I'm just paranoid and having flashbacks of 2007's form-fitting 9% faster BS
  23. NHL 2017-18

    Do we know what Edmonton's white jersey looks like? I could see some changes happening there.
  24. NHL 2017-18

    Let's not get hasty. Everyone had to complain until they backed off. Never forget 2007
  25. NHL 2017-18

    Well good work, you've all crashed it, I get 502 Bad Gateway.