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About DeFrank

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  1. I'm very disappointed my Caps didn't update their uniforms. I'll admit that I know very little about hockey aesthetics in comparison to the other major sports, but regardless of the origins of the "edge design" (whatever that means exactly) I understand piping and I'm not a fan. I've long thought the Capitals and Wizards were better suited in their blue/black/gold color schemes. They felt "presidential" rather than generically "American." Let's hope that sooner or later DC looks to update their look.
  2. I really like both leaks so far. The Blues looks very clean. The Predators already have exciting colors, an exciting name, and an exciting logo. Their uniform striping/piping can be simple/good and the team can feel exciting.
  3. How are you making these? They remind me quite a bit of a logo creation website I saw recently.
  4. Are you saying just "Washington" or are you including "Washington, D.C."? In either case, I think it's pretty common to hear "Washington" in reference to the U.S. capital. Anywhere in the greater metro region to be sure, but also mostly anywhere on the east coast I would imagine, and am pretty confident I've experienced, "Washington" naturally referring to the city between Maryland and Virginia throughout my life.
  5. That's a new one I haven't heard before. Being from Washington, D.C. I obviously hear both all the time, but I wouldn't say it's universal outside of the district. I see what you mean though, especially with just the word "Washington." Some friends I've made over the years from other parts of the country have told me that until they met me, they always thought the "Washington Redskins" was a team from the state of Washington. If we're talking about what the District of Columbia should be called, the place to start is obviously the voting rights travesty that is our lack of statehood. I'm in favor of Douglass or Potomac, although it's likely that when statehood eventually becomes a reality, the state formerly known as the Washington/Washington, D.C./District of Columbia/the District/D.C. will be known as the "State of Washington, D.C." with the "D.C" standing for the "Douglass Commonwealth.
  6. I stay far away from Barstool's entire apparatus save for the notable exception of Pardon My Take. I'm pretty sure they've mentioned Tank a couple of times. PMT's uniform related comments are great. Running jokes include saying that any team with bright or unusual colors have "candy-ass uniforms" and this explains why they'll never win a championship (i.e. Dolphins).
  7. This post has inspired me.
  8. Everyone I go to college with uses Venmo, I've never heard of anyone using SquareCash or PayPal or anything else to pay each other back electronically. It's completely the norm for people my age/in my "world."
  9. In Venmo there's a feed of all your friends transactions, leading to a constant stream of suggestive emojis. It's really enthralling.
  10. The fact that I feel like the team would consider "updating" to that throwback look is not encouraging. In 2002, there were reports that team owner Dan Synder strongly considered making the 2002 fauxback 70th anniversary uniforms the new full time set. In 2007, the 75th anniversary uniform pants and socks were shelved after one loss wearing them... Until 2010, when the team decided to just use the pants and socks from a throwback set with their current helmet and jersey. Therefore I could totally imagine the team completing this mishmash identity evolution in 2017. Only problem is we finally brought back the burgundy pants last year. So. I've long thought that the team should really work hard to come up with an intentional "classic" set that takes the best elements of the past but actually thinks about how to use them. Such as the following.
  11. And I guess they could also lighten the burgundy (the picture I posted is uncharacteristically dark because of sweat/maybe rain, but still).
  12. So literally just updating the jersey to match the current pants and socks? And maybe a grey facemask?
  13. The more I learn the more I agree with this. Somewhat interesting development that makes a lot of sense: PRO's main Facebook page has updated to show their now well-recognized "play button" logo in Argentine blue. This comes ahead of the 2017 midterms and the start of the primary campaign season. The party is now a national force, looking to continue to be considered one of the two biggest forces in Argentine politics despite its newness. It wouldn't shock me if this was part of a rebranding strategy, at least with the national party, to more squarely compete against the main opposition nationally, represented both through the PJ and the FPV
  14. Having a great time combining my academic/professional interests in politics and my design/athletic aesthetic interests while studying abroad in Buenos Aires. Spending this month researching/writing about the political communication/aesthetic/marketing of the center-right political party in Argentina, known as "PRO" (for Propuesta Republicana, "Republican Proposal"). The founder/leader of the party, Mauricio Macri, was elected Argentina's president in 2015 under the slogan of Cambiemos ("Let's Change"). He previously served as mayor for the city of Buenos Aires. Macri was elected mayor of Buenos Aires in 2007, when PRO was still just a local party in Buenos Aires. "BA" is by far the most important cultural/political city in the country, it can often seem like there isn't much else beyond the capital if you were to watch the news/sports or talk to a resident of Buenos Aires about "Argentina." As a result, PRO/Macri were basically able to make the jump from a local to a national party in 2015 without much extra work in other cities. PRO's branding strategy is really fascinating to study/witness while living in this city. They adopted yellow as their color, complete with a distinctly soft sans-serif font. Not long after, the city government developed a new branding identity with a very similar yellow scheme and font, both for "Ciudad Buenos Aires" (more official/public service and "Vamos Buenos Aires" (more event/cultural based). The subway system was rebranded in yellow as well. There was actually a legal challenge to this a few years ago from the opposition party. PRO has successfully marketed itself as part of a "new politics" of "management" and "efficiency" through it's public policies and effective use of social media that's often criticized as impersonal, geared toward the rich, naive, etc. by the left in Argentina, which is represented in the very traditional/Peronist parties and alliances of former presidents Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her late husband Nestor Kirchner and their Justicialist Party/Front for Victory electoral alliance. Look at some of these images, it's almost hard to tell what's for the political party and what's coming from the local government.