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  1. Hoopladawg87

    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    Unifying the striping pattern across the neck, waistband, and shorts bottoms is a small change, but judging by the looks I think it makes a big difference! I'm curious about the uneven/off-center striping pattern, though. Everything else in the set - trim, wordmarks, numerals, logos - has an even triple striping pattern with a contrasting center color. That cohesiveness is part of what makes this a strong set of designs. Is there a reason it was suddenly abandoned on the updated version of the Statement Edition uniform?
  2. Hoopladawg87

    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    I'm not sure I follow your thinking here -- since they would never be on-court together, I don't think the existence of a yellow Statement Edition uniform would preclude you from incorporating more yellow on the navy Icon Edition uniform. It feels like a bit of an unnecessary box to place yourself within. That being said, I think your update works very nicely! I think the single-color white trim along with the single-color yellow wordmarks and numerals creates clean, stark contrast against the navy base color. Well done! Your take on the Spurs' Association and Icon Edition uniforms is very cohesive, which I like a lot. Maintaining the same simple pattern across the neck trim, side striping, wordmarks, and numerals creates a clean look that amplifies the sharpness of their color palette. I also really like the spur logo detailing on the bottoms of the shorts. My one minor suggestion for both of those sets would be to rework the spur logos - both in the wordmark and on the bottoms of the shorts - to make it look more spur-like. The current five-point design looks a bit more like a wonky star. As for the Statement Edition uniform, I really like this as a start....I think there's a lot of potential here! Split-color uniforms can go one of two ways, but I think this one is certainly headed in the right direction. I think the biggest thing that can be improved upon is the consistency. The neck trim is solid, while the waistband and bottom of the shorts trim are triple stripes. Also, the thickness of the bottom of the shorts trim feels a bit too consistent with the thickness of the waistband trim in terms of proportion. You may also consider incorporating white as a unifying color to tie the silver jersey in with the black shorts -- looking at similar uniforms, your current design resembles Ohio State and Syracuse more than it does Oregon. I also think you could use a thicker, bolder typeface for the wordmark and numerals -- it might lend itself better to the simple design aesthetic and color palette with which you've started. Overall, another solid and unique set. Keep up the good work!
  3. Hoopladawg87

    with teaM I AM Invincible: Miami Heat Rebrand

    I disagree with the sentiment that the Vice theme couldn't serve as the Heat's full-time identity, but I also don't believe it to be the be-all, end-all for them either. I'm also intrigued by the idea of eliminating black from whatever color palette you choose. Perhaps a combination of their '90s and current palettes with or without black - red, orange, yellow - could work? It would remain consistent with their color history, create a palette unique to the NBA, and utilize warm tones to embody the concept of heat. As for the options above, I'm really not sure I love any individual one of them. The right side of the basketball being white feels a bit off-balance vs. the left side being bright pink, light pink, or yellow. Perhaps re-balancing the colors would help, though I'm not exactly sure I have any good suggestions at the moment. Also, I'm a big fan of @vtgco's suggestion to convert the jersey striping to sublimation -- I think that helps retain the effect without complicating the transition from jersey to shorts.
  4. Hoopladawg87

    NFL CONCEPTS IN MADDEN

    This is absolutely outstanding — I’m not sure how they overthought their current set to the extent that they did, but this is exactly how that set’s inspiration should be distilled into a modern classic of a set. My only nitpick - and it’s incredibly minor - would be to get rid of the orange nameplates on the brown jerseys in favor of white ones to complete the classic look. Very much looking forward to seeing more of this series!
  5. Hoopladawg87

    Fresh NBA Concepts | San Antonio Spurs (3/30)

    Happy to see the template is being put to good use! The Blazers' Association and Icon Edition uniforms are very crisp -- the simple design really emphasizes the color palette and striping pattern. My only suggestion would be to slightly reduce the thickness of the nameplate and numerals -- currently, they feel a too big to accommodate longer last names and/or two-digit numerals. The Blazers' Statement Edition uniform offers a unique take on the diagonal sash design element, and I think it really works. I'm a bit skeptical about two things, though: 1) the rounded 'trail blazers' script clashes with the linearity of the numerals, side panels, etc.; and 2) the slightly-lighter-than-black shade of gray feels a bit off. I think a more cohesive script and a simplified color palette could go a long way for this uniform. I also really like what you've designed for the Pacers! It's a simpler, more classic version of what they currently wear -- it's a bit vanilla in the context of their all-over-the-place uniform history, but I think it's perfectly fitting for a basketball team in the heart of Indiana. My only suggestion would be to incorporate a bit more yellow into the Icon Edition uniform -- as-is, it feels a bit too much like the Nuggets' new Icon Edition uniforms and not enough like the Indiana Pacers. Can't wait to see what you have in store for the rest of the League!
  6. Hoopladawg87

    with teaM I AM Invincible: Miami Heat Rebrand

    I really, really like the primary and tertiary logo designs -- one is a perfect modernization of their flaming basketball logo, the other is a much-needed inclusion of palm tree imagery. The 'MIAMI' script is outstanding; the 'HEAT' script feels a bit out of place relative to the rest of the concept considering how thick and block-y it is. As others have mentioned, the color palette feels a bit off. I appreciate the reasoning behind each color selection, but I feel something a bit more cohesive - their current palette, the Vice palette, etc. - would take this to the next level. I'm also a big fan of the court -- the oversized primary logo at center court gives a nice retro-y vibe, the palm tree pattern is perfectly subtle, and the asymmetrical key coloring is a fun touch. The jerseys are fine, though I'm skeptical as to how they could fit into a cohesive uniform. I suppose it depends entirely on how the horizontal striping pattern transitions into the shorts design. Overall, this is an outstanding and unique concept with tremendous presentation!
  7. Hoopladawg87

    2018/19 NIKE x NBA Uniform Concepts | BUCKS Earned Edition 12/21

    Thanks a lot for the feedback! Any suggestions for incorporating the red? I don't think it fits into the Irish rainbow striping, but perhaps red Nike swooshes, a red ad patch, a red nameplate, and red numerals (stroked by the darker of the three greens)? I think the completely green chest striping and logo is what throws me off. Also, I'm intrigued by the direction you've visualized for a combination of the Statement and City Edition uniforms....I'm always hesitant to follow the red and green route, but this could be fun!
  8. Hoopladawg87

    2018/19 NIKE x NBA Uniform Concepts | BUCKS Earned Edition 12/21

    I finally found some time and inspiration to create following the release of this season's Earned Edition uniforms. In some cases, I much prefer the recolored Earned Edition uniforms over their original Statement and/or City Edition counterparts. However, for the Milwaukee Bucks, I think the potential of the Mecca-inspired City Edition template was maxed out with the full Mecca color palette and design. I still like their Earned Edition uniform, as it's nice looking in its own right, but I felt as though the return of the Irish rainbow could be more fittingly applied to last season's City Edition uniform template -- one that clearly emphasized colors and striping. So, that's what this concept is. I've also never been a big fan of their green and red look, so red was removed from the color palette entirely. Nothing revolutionary, but hopefully a nice, simple take that pairs a clean uniform with a fun color palette. As always, your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions are always appreciated! Milwaukee Bucks Earned Edition Uniform Concept
  9. Hoopladawg87

    2018/19 NIKE x NBA Uniform Concepts | BUCKS Earned Edition 12/21

    Thanks a lot! I think the skyline is a better option than the Obama Foundation logo, but I'm not entirely sold on it -- most likely because I don't quite like how the Dallas skyline looks as the belt buckle logo on the Mavs' City Edition shorts. I'll have to revisit this at some point! Thanks! I wanted to differentiate from that uniform/era as much as I could, but I can't see a teal uniform and not think '90s Grizz! I appreciate it! Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find the font the Suns use -- the 'PHOENIX' and 'ARIZONA' scripts were created by hand.
  10. Hoopladawg87

    2018/19 NIKE x NBA Uniform Concepts | BUCKS Earned Edition 12/21

    Great call -- thanks for the input! The political context of that logo felt more than a bit off on the uniform, but I couldn't seem to find anything else that made sense in that space. (The four flag stars they currently use are already in the diamond panels, the bull head logo looked terrible, etc.) I think something more neutral and Chicago-specific will be a much better fit!
  11. Hoopladawg87

    2018/19 NIKE x NBA Uniform Concepts | BUCKS Earned Edition 12/21

    Ha! You know the Bucks are the one I've been stuck on lately! I appreciate the kind words!
  12. Hoopladawg87

    2018/19 NIKE x NBA Uniform Concepts | BUCKS Earned Edition 12/21

    I've been in a bit of a stagnant space creatively for most of the past couple weeks, so I'm trying to find my way out of it by boxing myself in. I keep some random notes on teams as different ideas and inspirations hit, so I took what was by my approximation thee absolute worst thing I had written down and forced myself to create a clear, interesting, and unique concept for it. I'm actually comfortable sharing the finished design now, but let me tell you -- it looked downright idiotic at several points along the way. The Chicago Bulls seem to have one of the best City Edition uniform collections in the League through the first two years of Nike's NBA uniform program. Last season's version offered a beautiful city flag-inspired spin on their traditional uniform template; this season's version uses the same inspiration but different color and design elements. However, the concept of the city flag serving as the foundation for the team's City Edition uniform is now thoroughly exhausted. One of the more fun and unique City Edition design themes this season has been centered around public figures who weren't NBA players -- most notably Minnesota's and Brooklyn's respective tributes to Prince and The Notorious B.I.G. So with that in mind, I focused on a prominent Chicagoan with a well-known affinity for the game of basketball: Barack Obama. The NBA is certainly the most progressive league in American professional sports, but I'm still not sure we'd see a team wear a politically politician-themed uniform anytime soon. Anyways, the general inspiration behind this concept is the iconic Barack Obama "Hope" poster originally created by artist Shepard Fairey. I wanted to preserve at least a bit of the Bulls' traditional uniform template, albeit with the poster's color palette applied to the always-awful split-jersey design. A secondary inspiration for this concept was the Chicago Stags throwback uniforms that split at the waist to pair a red jersey with blue shorts. (This coincidental tie-in was ultimately what convinced me to consider this project in the first place.) I really like the simplicity and quirkiness of the font from that uniform's wordmark, so I recreated it without the arching to better fit the linearity of the color split and coincide with the level font of the Hope poster. I also followed that uniform's general color distribution for the wordmarks, numerals, and nameplate. All of the trim is the off-white/cream color of the poster's borders. The shorts retain the traditional diamond side panels, but filled in with the navy blue to help balance the shorts against the navy wordmark and numerals on the jersey. Each diamond is accented with the four stars from the city flag in the opposite side's colors to increase contrast. (I'll spare you all from the nonsensical brandspeak, but part of the thinking there was 4 stars on the left leg + 4 stars on the right leg = Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America.) Finally, the belt buckle contains the logo that was used for both of Barack Obama's election campaigns and that is currently used for the Obama Foundation. Thanks for looking! Hopefully it isn't as terrible as other split-color uniforms you've seen before. Please let me know your thoughts! Chicago Bulls City Edition Uniform Concept
  13. Hoopladawg87

    2018/19 NIKE x NBA Uniform Concepts | BUCKS Earned Edition 12/21

    I really appreciate the positive feedback! I'd be very surprised if team's took fan-made uniform submissions seriously, but I've definitely thought about contacting teams in hopes of making it happen! Thank you very much, my friend! Thanks a lot! Ha! I like to think that this exact response is what I was aiming for throughout the design process! Thank you very much! I really appreciate the feedback! I think you're definitely right -- having two different wordmarks on the shorts just looks and feels a bit off. With it being a City Edition uniform predominantly inspired by the state flag but with the city flag on the belt buckle, my indecisiveness (and desperation for symmetry) got the best of me!
  14. Hoopladawg87

    2018/19 NIKE x NBA Uniform Concepts | BUCKS Earned Edition 12/21

    I've been busy with work and life and a couple of side projects, but I had some time this evening to smooth out an idea I've been sitting on for a while. It isn't a full set of team concepts like I've been doing so far, but hopefully you find it fun and exciting. During Nike's first two years outfitting the NBA, the Phoenix Suns have worn what I would consider to be two solid-but-not-spectacular City Edition uniforms. Last season's version was clean and understated with a unique but dull color palette; this season's version has a more vibrant color palette and intricate details, but an incoherent design. Plus, both uniforms have the same 'LOSSUNS' wordmarks that are terrible on multiple levels. However, this season's shorts include a re-colored version of the Arizona state flag on the right leg, and that's the basis for my concept. I also took inspiration from the team's beloved mid-'90s uniforms that I touched on in a set of concepts once before. The idea was basically to use the Arizona state flag pattern as the focal point by including the front numerals within the star. The alternating red and yellow sunrays lent themselves well to two separate gradients - one yellow-to-orange and one red-to-purple - that transition from the original colors to the Suns' colors while creating a glowing sunburst pattern. The lower legs of the shorts contain an abbreviated version of this pattern sans the central star. Other details include the phoenix icon from the city of Phoenix's flag on the belt buckle and 'PHOENIX' and 'ARIZONA' wordmarks along the fronts of the shorts legs. I can't think of any professional sports uniforms that have wordmarks for the city and state on them, but it feels right for a number of reasons -- the seven letters in each wordmark give the shorts symmetry, the shorts symmetry balances well against the wordmark-less jersey, and also I just really like how 'ARIZONA' looks in the team's font. As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking! Phoenix Suns City Edition Uniform Concept
  15. Hoopladawg87

    2018/19 NIKE x NBA Uniform Concepts | BUCKS Earned Edition 12/21

    Thanks a lot! I actually created a couple of plaid "community-inspired" concepts back when Nike first announced the four uniform designations. I'm pretty sure I posted them on the boards here somewhere, but unfortunately I can't seem to find the thread they were in.