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  1. Hoopladawg87

    2018 NBA Concepts

    Great start so far! Each design is very clean and well-executed. A few thoughts... Sixers - The 'Sixers' script matching their current 'Phila' script is beautiful! I've spent an unreasonable amount of time trying creating something similar with nowhere near the results. I also like the color balance of the red uniform with the switch to white side panels -- their current red uniforms feel a bit over-saturated. My only suggestions would be to add a matching drop shadow to the wordmarks, scale down the side panel stars, and eliminate the contrast-color belt buckles. Magic - I love the simplicity of these. I will always support the Magic returning to the star print, and eliminating the collar and armhole trim while making the side panels linear is a perfect complement to that detail. Well done! Grizzlies - This is a very welcomed color change, and I appreciate the uniqueness of the design. The wordmark on the white uniform feels like it could pop a bit more, but this is an excellent start. Heat - This feels like a bit of a lateral move. I like the asymmetrical nod to the Floridians, but the true side panel with the off-center wordmarks and numerals feel awkward and off-balance. I think it could benefit from accentuating the asymmetrical a bit more to balance things out. Also, the black uniform feels like it could benefit from a bit of white contrast somewhere in the striping. Warriors - The Warriors need some actual warrior imagery, so I'm a big fan of the side panels....they're relevant, but in a subtle way. The typeface feels a bit cluttered with the extra serifs, though, and I'm not sold on the double blue color palette. Great start, can't wait to see more!
  2. Hoopladawg87

    ATLANTA HAWKS x NIKE | Uniform Re-Design Concepts

    I appreciate the feedback! I think the stripped down color palette needs the chevron pattern for balance, but I'm skeptical applying it to the red and volt (and anthracite) uniforms could be a bit much....there's a lot of color intensity and competition there. For the sake of consistency across the set, though, I definitely subscribe to your line of thinking. As for the color balance on the first Icon (and maybe Association) set, I think you're on to something. I grappled for a long time with how to appropriately distribute the secondary and tertiary colors across those uniforms, and I think the tertiary color on each is a bit underrepresented. Your solution seems to fix that issue! You're 100% right -- the colors on the first set are pretty abrasive. I'll tweak them to alleviate that issue -- thank you! Thanks! That's a very intriguing idea....having only seen the feather design on their current white, red, and black uniforms, I'm curious as to how it translates to the other colors. I'll have to experiment with that when I tweak the shades of blue and green! I've seen yours and a number of Hawks concepts on these boards....not sure what you're aiming for with this comment. I really like the set you've created there -- it's clean and simple, yet has a distinct connection to previous sets. Excellent blend of eras. Sidenote: I can't look at your alternate jersey without being reminded of the Nike Rewind jerseys from the early 2000s. A lot of jerseys from that collection were questionable at best, but the Hawks one and a handful of others feel ahead of their time now considering where Nike's current design aesthetic is trending.
  3. The Atlanta Hawks are admittedly one of my favorite teams to re-design. They have a number of uniquely quirky looks throughout their uniform history -- the '80s swoop, the Pistol Pete-era shoulder striping, the pinstriped trim thrown back to this past season, etc. They've also adopted a number of interesting color palettes over the years: red and yellow, blue and lime green, red, black, and volt, etc. This rich history without a singular defining look offers a lot of identifiable inspiration to draw from and modernize. This project came after connecting two observations: 1) last season's City Edition Uniform drew inspiration from the wrong throwback; and 2) considering the Bulls, Trail Blazers, Heat, and Rockets all adopt some combination of red, black, and yellow, the Hawks need to explore a more unique color palette. The aforementioned swoop uniforms are iconic considering their association with the Dominique Wilkins era. They're incredibly dated by today's standards, yet they lend themselves well to modernization. Additionally, blue and lime/mint green is a color combination I've noticed a lot recently, including in the realm of sportswear. Connecting the dots, I decided to modernize the swoop uniforms in a blue and lime/mint green color scheme. The angles and asymmetry remain, though the lines are straightened and simplified. The typeface is retained, though slanted relative to the straightened swoop.The 'ATLANTA' script appears on all three jerseys to make use of the full space, while the 'HAWKS' script accompanies it on the left leg of all three shorts. The player name is located below the numerals on the backs of the jerseys in homage to the Pistol Pete-era design (albeit without nicknames!). ATLANTA HAWKS x NIKE | Association Edition Uniform Concept ATLANTA HAWKS x NIKE | Icon Edition Uniform Concept ATLANTA HAWKS x NIKE | Statement Edition Uniform Concept I also reverted this design to the team's current color palette, and to be honest I think I prefer this version to the blue and lime/mint green one. The colors pop more, it's more identifiable with the team's brand, and the Statement Edition Uniform is a bit more interesting. ATLANTA HAWKS x NIKE | Association Edition Uniform Concept ATLANTA HAWKS x NIKE | Icon Edition Uniform Concept ATLANTA HAWKS x NIKE | Statement Edition Uniform Concept Thanks for looking -- please let me know your thoughts!
  4. The Denver Nuggets' recent uniform unveiling surprised me -- after distancing themselves from light blue with their last two rebranding efforts and cutting it out entirely this time around, I expected a heavy emphasis on the new color palette. While I expected more gold and 'flatirons red' - and much less white - I really like what they did with their Icon Edition uniform. The design is clean, the colors pop, and each element feels as though it has a clear purpose. Unfortunately, the same balance isn't struck with their Association Edition uniform. On top of that, their Statement Edition uniform - which feels more like a City Edition uniform - lacks cohesion and purpose. I hope to eventually work on concepts redesigning their Association and Icon Edition uniforms, but for the past week or so I've been tinkering with their Statement City Edition uniform. I like the simplicity of what the team unveiled, especially the single-color wordmark and numerals and the contrast they create on the blue jersey. I also appreciate the simple-but-not-bare look of the shorts, though I think the design itself is lazy. Lastly, I'm kind of a fan of the alternate skyline logo if for no other reason than the fact that it's alarmingly similar to the old logo of the now-defunct Columbus Horizon. I dislike radial wordmark, though I understand the difficulty in fitting three, 4-letter words on the front of a jersey. The mountain motif on the shorts isn't offensive, but it screams Utah Jazz for two reasons: 1) the '90s Jazz uniforms; and 2) the current Jazz colors. Also, and perhaps most egregiously, the colors aren't balanced and there are no unifying design elements. This concept started with a singular focus on reintroducing a modernized version of the skyline uniforms. With the 'MILE HIGH CITY' theme present, it felt appropriate to incorporate the new alternate logo. It's simple enough to stand on its own (after reducing the thickness of some of the lines), which eliminates the clutter that would come with the pseudo-rainbow striping from previous iterations of the uniform. I always thought they nailed it the first time around with the actual rainbow....every color palette's adaption since has paled in comparison. Color is used a bit more liberally, with the 'flatirons red' serving as the primary accent color and gold serving as the secondary accent color. Gold and white are alternated and balanced against one another on all applications - wordmark, numerals, logos, etc. - without strokes to preserve contrast. Navy is employed sparingly in the skyline shading, the alternate city logos, and the elevation pattern at the bottom of the shorts. The Mile High City theme is unified through that elevation pattern (adapted from the team's previous City Edition shorts), the alternate city logos, the '5280' belt buckle logo, the 'MILE HIGH CITY' laundry tag slogan, and the new take on the iconic skyline design. Hopefully this is a clean, refreshing take on what the Denver Nuggets unveiled as their third uniform last week -- something cohesive and purposeful that tells a story and looks good on-court. Thanks for looking (and reading)! As always, any and all comments, criticisms, thoughts, and ideas are greatly appreciated! DENVER NUGGETS x NIKE | City Edition Uniform Concept
  5. Hoopladawg87

    SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS x JORDAN BRAND Concept

    I appreciate the kind words! The template has taken quite a bit of time, and it still isn't nearly as user-friendly as I'd like it to be, but I'm happy to hear the final product turns out presentable! As for the collar and armhole trim, that's something I've struggled with on a number of NBA concepts. I almost always start out with a singular, linear vision and work until it's completed -- for example, collar and armhole trim was never a consideration here, it was always going to be the subtler hits of color at the neckline and near the scapulae. The collar and armhole trim you suggested could totally work, though, and yet my creative vision is a bit too narrow at times to see that. This goes along with a potential project I've been thinking of that focuses on a singular team and explores as many design options as possible -- different combinations of bases, side panels, collar and armhole trims, wordmarks, numerals, etc. I think it could be a fascinating exercise in learning what does and doesn't work when it comes to creating, revising, and finalizing a design concept. I'd be pretty puzzled if they did! You make a good point re: gold being the more tertiary color -- I certainly have a tendency to overuse metallic gold whenever I incorporate it. I think it's important to keep the colors of the wordmarks and numerals different, but I think a bit more red on the black jersey could go a long way. Perhaps a red stroke around the wordmarks instead of a gold one would suffice? Then the white stroke from the numerals could probably stand to come off as well? Thanks a lot! I definitely intend to add shorts to the template, though it'll probably be a while before I get around to it. Thanks for the input! I get carried away with patterns, panels, etc., so the main goals here were simplicity and intrigue -- I'm happy to hear you see both!
  6. San Diego State's basketball program recently joined the exclusive list of teams outfitted by Jordan Brand. As an under-the-radar program relative to most of the others on Jordan Brand's roster - UNC, Georgetown, Marquette, Michigan, Oklahoma, Florida, and Houston - I began investigating SDSU's identity. While their football team has a very unique and relevant look, the same can't be said for their basketball team. Their home and away uniforms are incredibly bland, though I do enjoy the clean, classic look of their throwbacks. In addition to the blandness, the typeface feels a bit dated and the colors lack purpose. Starting with a new template I've been working on for NBA concepts, I employed a design very similar to that of the Cleveland Cavaliers' Statement Edition jerseys. I recognized the scapula highlights from SDSU's Kawhi Leonard-era uniforms, and the additional highlight on the front collar helps add intrigue. (Side note: I greatly appreciate @aawagner011 and the NIKExNBA template that was shared here on the forum; I found the tags and some of the curves to be especially helpful in developing my template!) Next, I cleaned up the typeface for the home and away uniforms -- it preserves the sentiment of what they currently use, but with less rounded characters and less angular serifs. It also eliminates spacing issues by separating 'SAN DIEGO' from 'STATE' and placing the numerals in between. The alternate uniform receives a cursive 'Aztecs' script. Finally, I took some inspiration from Nike's emphasized use of color in the NBA to create a more vibrant and exciting look. SDSU's identity previously contained metallic gold - from 2002 through 2012 - and it makes a reappearance here as an accent color on all three uniforms. The use of metallic gold accentuates black and red as primary colors and helps differentiate SDSU from other black, red, and white teams (Louisville, Texas Tech, UNLV, New Mexico, etc.). With simplicity being the dominant aesthetic in college basketball currently, I avoided adding clutter via side panels or additional trim. I have yet to finish my template for the shorts, but that would likely be where additional design elements and logos are placed to create a cohesive look. Please let me know your thoughts -- any and all thoughts, ideas, comments, and criticisms are greatly appreciated! SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS x JORDAN BRAND - Home Uniform SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS x JORDAN BRAND - Away Uniform SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS x JORDAN BRAND - Alternate Uniform
  7. Hoopladawg87

    Fixing the Tennessee Titans

    Thanks for the input! The red helmet stripe definitely stands out as something that could be tweaked, so you make a good point. In addition to the color, the shape may well need to be tweaked too. Not sure who this comment is directed at?
  8. Hoopladawg87

    Fixing the Tennessee Titans

    The new Tennessee Titans uniforms have been met mixed, mostly negative reviews. I've seen a lot of complaints over concepts - such as color balance and cohesion - as well as over specific details - such as no white helmet and the font selection. Also, a concerning amount of people think the new uniforms make them look like the Texans, Seahawks, and/or Patriots. I don't hate the re-design, but it could definitely use some polishing. As-is, it feels incomplete....but it does have some elements that can be salvaged. -Shifting the focus to navy is a welcomed change that creates a more aggressive look -Changing the shoulder yokes to silver eliminates large volumes of Columbia blue (primary color or not, this is a very good thing) -Injecting silver into the color palette helps tone things down while allowing accent colors to pop Personally, my biggest issue with the set is the aforementioned lack of coherency. It feels like three different teams of designers worked on it -- one on the helmet, one on the jersey, and one on the pants. This should obviously never be the case, so the main goal is to unify the three major pieces. Additionally, I want to clean things up just a bit. The two-tone silver looks muddled, the underarm color blocks feel cluttered, and none of the shapes flow along with one another. Anyways, here are my changes... Helmet - The navy shell with a silver facemask is sharp, but the flaming thumbtack logo must go. It's now replaced with a modified version of the team's 20th Anniversary Logo. The two-tone silver striping has been replaced with a solid red tapered stripe designed to mimic the plume of a titan's battle helmet. (The Nike-speak potential here is off the charts.) Jersey - The navy home and white away jerseys offer continuity with the team's historical jersey colors; however, I refuse to include a Columbia blue alternate because it's just a dreadful color. The shoulder yokes are alleviated of the two-tone silver treatment, though the general color balance remains largely unchanged. The only difference is the removal of the underarm color blocks, with the sleeve trim retaining Columbia blue in the form of the Greek striping pattern. The sharpness of the sword-inspired shape is gone, though, considering you can't wear swords on your shoulders....so instead the shape has been modified in reference to shoulder armor. (You know, something you can wear on your shoulders.) Finally, the font has been adjusted to the one that's been used across most of the team's social media platforms. Pants - The actual pants unveiled the other night are shockingly underwhelming -- the sword sheath idea is intriguing, but the pants complement precisely nothing else throughout the rest of the uniform set. Here, I aim for something simple and coherent that can be worn with any jersey without causing color and/or striping inconsistencies. Navy - Navy - Silver Navy - Navy - Navy Navy - White - Navy Navy - White - Silver Any and all comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  9. Can you customize a Home (White) version of the Charlotte Hornet’s City Edition jerseys? I really like the black ones but i just think it’d also be good to see it in white. Their color scheme is really dope! I just wish they had incorporated the colors in the letterings and numbers just a bit. 

     

    http://www.nba.com/hornets/gallery/gallery-hornets-jordan-brand-buzz-city-uniform

     

     

  10. Hoopladawg87

    NBA Changes 2017-18

    This is an excellent point. Much of the discussion on these boards since Nike's takeover has been "this team should look like this," "that team should bring those uniforms back," "they should [whatever]." I respect all of the opinions, and some certainly have their merits, but so many people seem to want teams to have two uniforms - that HAVE to be called "home" and "away" - and maybe an alternate, that are the exact same in perpetuity. Teams change. Identities change. Brands change. Change for the sake of change isn't necessarily a good thing, and I won't defend all of Nike's designs, but from both business as well as design perspectives it makes no sense to remain stagnant. Teams like the Lakers and Celtics are obviously more untouchable than others, but even a team as iconic as the Bulls can benefit from something new and fresh like their City Edition uniforms. Mike was great, but that only lasted ~15 years, he's been gone for ~20 years, and they weren't ultra-relevant any time before or after that.
  11. Hoopladawg87

    NBA x NIKE Redesign Project (MIAMI HEAT CITY EDITION added 1/2)

    One of the more universally liked City Edition uniforms - and certainly one of my personal favorites - belongs to the Miami Heat. The Miami Vice theme along with the neon colors is pretty much the most Miami thing you can legally do to a uniform, and it's perfect in every single way right down to the throwback single-leg shorts trim. With that being said, the first thing myself and many others on this board and elsewhere thought was that it could work very well in black too. Something about the city's neon lights at night creates a perfect tie-in. With City Edition uniforms anticipated to change every year, I wouldn't be surprised to see a black version sooner than later. I've seen a few mock-ups of black versions that more or less just flip the base colors and call it a day, and those look just as nice as expected. However, I think the white base needs the full-color wordmarks and numerals as well as the black accents to make it work; I don't know that this is necessarily true for the black base, though. For my black version, I maintained the basic template of their current City Edition jersey while revisiting the LeBron-era "Back in Black" alternates for the wordmarks and numerals. The black letters and numerals on the black background creates a perfect amount of contrast with the neon strokes while also affording room for a glow effect similar to my Minnesota Timberwolves Northern Lights alternate jersey a few pages back. It's clean, simple, and very Miami. Please let me know your thoughts on this version....thanks! Miami Heat City Edition Jerseys
  12. Hoopladawg87

    NBA x NIKE Redesign Project (MIAMI HEAT CITY EDITION added 1/2)

    I definitely didn't do that intentionally, but that'd be a very interesting connection! Quick update to the Grizzlies -- slightly scaled down the wordmark and numerals because they were a bit too large on the original draft. I'll hopefully have the Association Edition as well as maybe a Statement and/or City Edition sometime soon. Memphis Grizzlies Icon Edition Jersey
  13. Hoopladawg87

    NBA x NIKE Redesign Project (MIAMI HEAT CITY EDITION added 1/2)

    This concept actually started when I was flipping through a magazine at a coffee shop one weekend and saw an ad for a local Mexican restaurant. I really liked the way the typeface's colors worked and were balanced with one another, so I made a note of it and finally got around to experimenting with it. The Memphis Grizzlies' current identity has overstayed its welcome, and with the transition to Nike's new template it lost most bits of character it did had. I actually don't mind their current Statement Edition template so much - it's unique, fairly clean, and the shoulder/back color blocking alludes to an identifying characteristic of grizzly bears - but the color palette is dull and too many teams use navy. The three shades of blue they employ is a unique design feature, though. Also, Grizzly bears are oftentimes varying shades of brown. No teams in the NBA wear brown, so I thought it would be an interesting experiment to work with various shades of brown as the foundation for this concept. The yellow accent is something I admittedly still love about the Grizzlies' current set, so that was retained. The typeface is updated to something simple, yet angular, and the stroke and drop shadow are similar to the aforementioned print ad I saw. I spent a lot of time looking at the design aesthetics of both Wyoming and St. Bonaventure's, as both school's employ similar color schemes, but their basketball uniforms are routinely underwhelming and uninteresting. The goal was to create something neutral yet colorful with clean yet aggressive lines -- not overwhelming, but at the very least interesting. I've yet to finalize a concept for the Association Edition jersey, as I tend to struggle with the white base. I'm still figuring out the color balance there, but I'll hopefully have something to share for that in the coming days. Thanks for looking! Memphis Grizzlies Icon Edition Jersey
  14. Hoopladawg87

    NBA x NIKE Redesign Project (MIAMI HEAT CITY EDITION added 1/2)

    The Raptors' current set definitely lacks something. I haven't worked on anything for them beyond the City Edition concept in this thread, but maybe I need to use this concept's color balance as a foundation for whenever I do. Thanks a lot! I'm trying to conceptualize a Mardis Gras color scheme, but it still feels too busy to draft up. Once it's simplified I'll hopefully share it! I appreciate it!
  15. Hoopladawg87

    NBA x NIKE Redesign Project (MIAMI HEAT CITY EDITION added 1/2)

    I've been working on a handful of different concepts lately -- the City Edition uniform unveilings have given me a lot to think about, and I've got a few teams for which I'm working on designing entirely new sets. For now, though, I have the latest drafts from my New Orleans project. The most recent jersey took a step in the right direction with the script, but the rest of it was generic by design. I'm not sold on the Pelicans as a nickname, and though I initially preferred changing it to Krewe, I ultimately settled on Voodoo. Something about the New Orleans Voodoo just felt right. I didn't remember until a bit later that this was the name of a now-defunct Arena Football League team, and I didn't realize until much later that the color palette I used was also their color palette. So this is awkward. The more I thought about how similar the black/gold/red color scheme was to the early '00s Sixers, the more I thought it would be reasonable to add yet another color. Between the New Orleans Jazz, Mardis Gras, and voodoo, purple was the only logical option. I think purple fits the theme very well, and it also has the added benefit of reducing the amount of red while making it pop more. Black and gold also complement it nicely. The 'New Orleans' script remains the same, and I was also able to use it to fashion a makeshift 'Voodoo' script out of scraps of some letters. The 'Voodoo' script still feels a bit off to me, and I can't tell if it's because of the angling of the 'V,' the left/right centering of the script, both factors, or something else entirely, but I think it's on the right track. Any and all input on this would be very much appreciated. I never made the connection before now, but the Pelicans' current side panels draw design inspiration from the street lanterns in the city's French Quarter. I really like that connection as well as the angular cuts of the design along with its color arrangement, so that design has been retained. Overall, I want these Association and Icon Edition jerseys to capture a bit of both New Orleans and Voodoo through scripts, color schemes, and imagery that fit seamlessly together. Please let me know your thoughts on how well this is or isn't accomplished here, and if you have any suggestions for improvements please feel free to share them. Thanks for looking! New Orleans Voodoo Association Edition Jersey New Orleans Voodoo Icon Edition Jersey