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  1. Hoopladawg87

    NBA Changes 2018-19

    Took the words off my keyboard as I was typing them. The idea is fine, but the poor execution ruins it -- especially considering the precedent of executing the wave on the '90s-era uniforms. Fix that and they're decent. The 'Cleveland' script works well and is appropriate since it's all over the city, but the 'C' bothers me to no end.
  2. Hoopladawg87

    NBA Changes 2018-19

    Wow....those Bucks jerseys are genuinely awful. I appreciate the nod to the Mecca, and I admire their willingness to go out on a limb, but from a design perspective it is a complete mess. For as beautiful and well designed as that original court was, those jerseys are the exact opposite. Here is a Mecca-inspired Milwaukee Bucks City Edition jersey I created a while back, but just realized I never shared on here. The plan was for the side panels of the shorts to mimic the design of the court when viewed vertically. I might try to mock that up now.
  3. Hoopladawg87

    Lakers Officially Unveil New Uniforms for 2018-19

    I agree with you all in the sense that it isn’t the clearest or most prominent way to honor Magic with a uniform. If anything, I think it’s more of a lazy tribute than it is a bad-looking uniform. Last season’s Kobe version was an infinitely clearer and better-executed tribute — designs like that are what make me think you can design a new uniform referencing a former player without an overwhelming majority of people hating it.
  4. Hoopladawg87

    Lakers Officially Unveil New Uniforms for 2018-19

    This comes back to one of my original questions: what does a Magic Johnson “Lore Series” City Edition uniform look like? You and others insist this isn’t it....but what is? Is it possible to create a new uniform design to honor a former player? Or is the only option to trot everybody out there in the ‘80s Lakers throwbacks with short shorts and blue knee pads? The ‘SHOWTIME’ pinstripes and ‘32’ belt buckle logo are certainly more subtle than the all-over snakeskin print for last season’s uniform tribute to Kobe Bryant, but those are pretty clearly included in reference to Magic Johnson.
  5. Hoopladawg87

    Lakers Officially Unveil New Uniforms for 2018-19

    I think we agree — my point that “all new design is not necessarily good design” seems to align with your first sentence here. Also, I don’t think disliking designs of individual uniforms is closed-minded — we all have different tastes. I think the closed-mindedness (in this thread, and perhaps moreso the NBA Changes thread) applies to people who can’t articulate their dislike for any reasons other than “it’s new, it’s different, I don’t like it.” I’m not sure I follow — teams can have alternate or special uniforms as long as they enhance or extend the brand, but this Magic Johnson uniform shouldn’t exist and only serves Nike’s brand? It honors a former Laker, uses the team’s traditional purple and gold color palette, retains the team’s traditional wordmark plus numeral font and drop shadow, and roughly adheres to the simple collar-and-armhole trim jerseys with waistband-and-side panel trim shorts. Diversions from the historical Lakers brand include the use of black, though not entirely new, the inclusion of pinstripes, and the additional “LOS ANGELES” wordmark. I agree that some of Nike’s recent NBA designs dilute and erode the teams’ original brands, but I struggle to see it here. How exactly are you supposed to enhance or extend a brand?
  6. Hoopladawg87

    Lakers Officially Unveil New Uniforms for 2018-19

    It seems like an overwhelming majority of people on this site insist on all 30 teams having just two uniforms - one light (strictly referred to as the "home" uniform and worn for all 41 home games), one dark (strictly referred to as the "away" uniform and worn for all 41 away games) - with designs created multiple decades ago that will never be changed. Obviously this is a bit hyperbole, but for the most progressive professional sports league on the planet it baffles me how seemingly regressive and closed-minded so many people on this site can be. I'm not suggesting all new design is good design; however, certainly not all change can be this bad. For example, I understand the uproar over the Lakers' new purple Statement Edition uniform -- the black side panels are unprecedented, without reason, and inconsistent with the white Association Edition and yellow Icon Edition uniforms. But I don't quite get the backlash over a Magic Johnson "Lore Series" City Edition uniform. What is a Magic Johnson tribute uniform *supposed* to look like? Should it just be a carbon copy of an exact uniform he wore? I personally don't think so -- that's what Classic Edition uniforms are for, after all. Anyways, all that said, I think these will look surprisingly sharp once we see them in action.
  7. Hoopladawg87

    NBA Changes 2018-19

    ??? #shamelessplug
  8. Hoopladawg87

    2018/19 NIKE x NBA Uniform Concepts | BLAZERS added 9/26

    Thanks a lot -- I really appreciate the feedback! Now that you mention it, Portland really does seem to be the only team with an identifiable design element that works in lieu of a wordmark. The only similar situation I can think of would be the Warriors -- their circular logo with the numerals would probably work fine without the wordmarks, but I still wouldn't be fond of it.
  9. Hoopladawg87

    2018/19 NIKE x NBA Uniform Concepts | BLAZERS added 9/26

    Portland is weird. It's one of my favorite places on earth, in part due to how outrageously quirky and charmingly odd it is. So I guess it's fitting that this concept is a bit different, too. My original plan for this series was to start out by creating full sets for four teams with classic looks - the Lakers, Celtics, Spurs, and Bulls - to iron out some wrinkles in the template. However, before starting on the Bulls, I felt like creating something new and exciting rather than replicating uniforms that already exist or at best tweaking them. When Nike originally took over as the official outfitter of the NBA, I was intrigued by how they would design for different teams. Based on their work in, say, college football, not all teams are created equally. Some teams get basic, templated designs, while others get exciting one-off uniforms, exclusive gear, etc. I kind of hope the NBA eventually trends in that direction. The most logical recipient of the Nike treatment - at least in my mind - is the Portland Trail Blazers. They're the namesake of the Blazer, Nike's first basketball sneaker, and Nike's Beaverton headquarters is located just a short distance west of Portland. My goal was to create something new and exciting for the Blazers....something different and outside the box. The broader inspiration came from the Oregon Ducks' new Nike football uniforms. Originally criticized for having gimmicky over-sized numerals and not much else, I absolutely love the clean design, bold colors, and identifiable look. I wanted to create a set that was somewhat minimalist, emphasized the team's rich color palette, and was Blazers through and through. The sash design has been a core design element for much of the Blazers' uniform history, so it had to be retained in some form. I experimented with a number of different twists on it, an eventually settled on spacing out the color blocks -- a nod to their logo in which the pinwheel colors never touch. The sash design is obviously iconic, but somehow it was omitted from the recent Just Don x Mitchell & Ness No Name collection. Taking things to an extreme, I proceeded with the intention of using no wordmarks on the jersey because the sash is sufficiently prominent and iconic. I studied a number of Nike soccer kits while experimenting with the sash, and one thing I noticed was how often the numerals were strategically placed right under the Nike swoosh. This seemed like a logical application, so the sash was flipped. I also noted various truncated collar and armhole trim patterns, and decided to apply that idea to the front of the jersey as well. The chest sash is a bit overwhelming, so cutting off the trim pattern alleviates clutter and also nicely moves the eye to the Nike swoosh, numerals, and ad patch. (I later realized Adidas used a similar pattern for Michigan's basketball team years ago -- though I'm not too fond of it there.) I own a pair of J.Crew sweatpants and a pair of Nike basketball shorts that both have waistband designs that extend all the way around the back but cut off at the front of each hip. I wanted to incorporate that same design on the waistbands here, but it looked a bit bland and without purpose. To fix that, I added over-sized wordmarks as belt buckle logos -- quite similar to the design of boxing trunks. This helps fill the negative space along the waistband, account for the lack of a wordmark on the jersey, and create a cohesive uniform between the jersey and shorts. The shorts also get side panel trim that extends along the back of the legs, but not the front -- something about the shorts transitioning into same-color leg sleeve accessories without any contrast in between seems to work well. The font is a custom typeface I made based off the one used on the Oregon Ducks' new football uniforms -- it uses a lot of the same ideas, but is rounded in places where that font uses angular straight lines. It feels like a good mix of modern and retro with a bit of quirkiness to it. (I originally wanted to put chrome pinwheel inlines in the numerals a la the Oregon's football numerals, but that plan was scrapped....I may experiment with it some more, though.) The Association, Icon, and Statement Edition uniforms are three different colors of the aforementioned design. The City Edition uniform, on the other hand, draws inspiration from the team's Oregon Trail-themed schedule release video. It focuses on the simple, pixelated graphics of the old computer game where the goal is to complete the 2,170-mile excursion from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon (just southeast of Portland) without dying of dysentery. The colors as well as the font come from the old screen on which the game was played. The belt buckle contains '2170' in reference to the miles traveled to successfully reach Oregon City, Oregon, and a pixelated Blazers logo accents the bottom of the shorts leg. (It's also conveniently Oregon Ducks-ish in it's color palette -- let's get this $$$ @Nike.) Thanks for looking -- hopefully you at least find it interesting. As always, any and all thoughts, ideas, comments, and criticisms are always appreciated! Portland Trail Blazers Association Edition Uniform Concept Portland Trail Blazers Icon Edition Uniform Concept Portland Trail Blazers Statement Edition Uniform Concept Portland Trail Blazers City Edition Uniform Concept
  10. Hoopladawg87

    2018/19 NIKE x NBA Uniform Concepts | BLAZERS added 9/26

    I had some spare time today, so here are some updated drafts. The wordmarks on the Association, Icon, and Statement Edition jerseys have been properly arced, the front numerals on all three jerseys have been shifted accordingly, and the wordmark on the Statement Edition uniform has received an extra stroke around the U/spur logo to match the numerals. (EDIT: I kind of hated the Statement Edition jersey's new wordmark, so it has been reverted to the original one.) No outrageous changes, but hopefully steps in the right direction. San Antonio Spurs Association Edition Uniform Concept San Antonio Spurs Icon Edition Uniform Concept San Antonio Spurs Statement Edition Uniform Concept San Antonio Spurs City Edition Uniform Concept
  11. Hoopladawg87

    2018/19 NIKE x NBA Uniform Concepts | BLAZERS added 9/26

    Thanks a lot for the feedback! This is super helpful, especially from a Spurs fan's perspective, and I really appreciate the nitpicking. I'll have to review the placement and spacing of the wordmarks and numerals. I have a general format I follow, but given the arcing of the wordmarks it may benefit from some tweaking. The numerals on the Spurs' Association and Icon Edition uniforms looked unreasonably small last season, so I definitely want to avoid that issue. Also, good eye on the uneven letter spacing -- that part has been incredibly frustrating. I created all of the characters by hand in Illustrator, and then spent hours unsuccessfully researching and attempting ways to arc them. When that didn't work, I eventually settled on arcing them all by hand, which was a fairly miserable and evidently unsuccessful process! I'm now exploring font creators to turn my shapes into a font, so hopefully that route will yield better results! I don't know how to feel about the silver jersey. I agree with you that it could benefit from something unique relative to the Association and/or Icon Edition jersey designs, but I've never liked their "logo randomly in one corner, numeral randomly in the other corner" look. I've got something in mind that might be a reasonable compromise between the two (but also it may very well end up looking awful). We'll try it for the next draft and see how we feel. One question for you: what are your thoughts regarding the collar, armhole, and waistband trim on the Association and Icon Edition uniforms? My original goal was to keep things very consistent and emphasize black and white over silver, but a friend pointed out that the silver kind of gets lost in such small areas (mainly the collar and armhole trim). I'm thinking of either 1) reordering the colors in the striping pattern; or 2) eliminating silver from the striping pattern entirely. I'd be very interested in your thoughts on this. Thanks a lot!
  12. Hoopladawg87

    2018/19 NIKE x NBA Uniform Concepts | BLAZERS added 9/26

    I've finally finished the full set of uniform concepts for the Spurs. For the Association and Icon Edition uniforms, I wanted to emphasize their classic look while cleaning things up a bit. I kept their current wordmark typeface, but tweaked it slightly because I really dislike the disproportionately thick line widths. I also kept the current side panels as well as the current trim pattern, albeit with the colors modified. The biggest change is the establishment of a new color hierarchy -- white > black > silver on the Association Edition uniform, and black > white > silver on the Icon Edition uniform. The order of colors in the trim pattern ends up matching the order of colors on the jersey when looking at it straight on. By limiting the use of silver, I hope to clean things up by creating a bit more contrast (especially on the Icon Edition uniform). The inspiration for this came from the Denver Nuggets' recent re-design that emphasized navy and white with minimal supporting accent colors. I also eliminated the complex 'U'/spur in the 'SPURS' wordmark and reduced the double stroke around the numerals to a single stroke. Finally, the side panel logos on the shorts were removed in favor of a single belt buckle logo. I reintroduced waistband trim for the first time since the David Robinson era....the Spurs' color palette is simple enough that the collar, armhole, and waistband trim along with the jersey and shorts side panels can afford to be a bit over-engineered without looking cluttered. Another vintage element I brought back was the arching of the wordmarks -- including the 'SAN ANTONIO' script on the Icon Edition uniform. The Statement Edition uniform builds largely off of the Association and Icon Edition uniforms. It uses a metallic silver base ideally closer to the mid-2000s Hardwood Classics uniforms than their previous Statement Edition uniforms. Silver is eliminated elsewhere to maximize contrast on the trim, side panels, wordmarks, and numerals. The rest of the template remains unchanged from the Association and Icon Edition uniforms. Finally, the City Edition uniform has been updated with improved Fiesta pattern side panels and no shorts leg logo. This hopefully gives them a refreshing, slightly modernized take on their classic look. Thanks for looking -- as always, your comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated! San Antonio Spurs Association Edition Uniform Concept San Antonio Spurs Icon Edition Uniform Concept San Antonio Spurs Statement Edition Uniform Concept San Antonio Spurs City Edition Uniform Concept
  13. Hoopladawg87

    2018/19 NIKE x NBA Uniform Concepts | BLAZERS added 9/26

    I appreciate the kind words -- happy to hear you like it! Thanks a lot! In most cases, I agree with you re: using the team's primary wordmark/typeface on City Edition uniforms. That seemed to be the trend in year one, and it makes perfect sense. However, their current wordmark/typeface felt as overwhelmingly plain as the '90s one felt overwhelmingly outdated. The custom one used here is hopefully a reasonable compromise between the two!