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  1. kroywen

    2020 Election Logos/Branding Thread

    There's definitely a resemblance to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Would not be surprised if Kamala's designers took cues from that, though it's a very contemporary and optimistic look right now, so could be coincidental.
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    Worst Game You Ever Saw

    I was at a party for that SB with a bunch of friends (we were in high school at the time). They decided they wanted to play Madden during halftime, even though I wanted to see how bad the halftime show was in order to spend the entire time ridiculing it. (Us 14 year old boys in the year 2004 were most definitely not into Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake.) We had no clue what had even happened during that show until the next morning when it was all over the morning news. Still feel like I totally missed out one of the more bizarre moments in TV history.
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    Mastercard Unveils New Wordless Logo

    I love it. Completely agree with @Gothamite and @BrandMooreArt that this logo is so iconic that it doesn't need a wordmark. And by removing the wordmark, they've elevated the logo to explicitly convey that it's so iconic that anyone would recognize it without any words spelling out what it stands for. The removal of the wordmark forces the logo to stand on its own, and carry the work of telling customers "this is MasterCard." Look at how the logo works in the applications shown above - it's far more powerful when it stands on its own, rather than having a wordmark beneath it carry the load of telling customers that it stands for MasterCard. I have a feeling this was always the end goal of the 2016 rebrand - to separate the wordmark from the logo so that the simple circles themselves would be recognizable without any text (considering that 2016 was the first time the circles were portrayed without overlaying text), and then eventually to quietly remove the wordmark so that the circles would stand alone. If that was the plan all along, it worked.
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    Worst Game You Ever Saw

    I'd actually take Seattle clobbering Denver over this snoozefest. Yesterday didn't even really feature great defensive prowess - it was just a sloppy, uneventful, boring game. The punters were the stars of the show until about the last 5 minutes or so. We weren't even getting lots of turnovers or sacks. This game never held my interest until the very end, and even at that, it was "ho hum, the Pats are going to win in the 4th quarter again." At least Seattle provided us with lots of exciting offense and an opportunity to see an amazing team just clicking on all cylinders. Yesterday showed both those teams in a terrible light, and it was a battle to see who'd lose, not a battle to see who'd win. I'd take an offense-filled blowout over that snoozer any day.
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    NFL Playoffs: Super Bowl LIII

    Looking at it now, last year appears to have been a road bump, rather than the end of the road. Goliath continues on strong, apparently.
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    Burger King using Throwback Logo on Twitter.

    It's weird - I think this logo feels so dated and staid, but the existing BK logo feels awfully dated as well - a relic of the late-90s. I always thought that BK didn't take advantage of the many visual opportunities afforded by its name, at least within its logo. I like the crown concept they have going on with this restaurant in Mexico though.
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    2020 Election Logos/Branding Thread

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    Twins' new alternate uniform

    Those cream unis are one of my favorites in all of baseball, and I've always wanted the Twins to return to them. I suspect that if the Twins started wearing them full-time, especially with a cleaned-up script, they'd immediately be considered near-untouchable. Much like how the White Sox and Blue Jays landed on near-untouchable looks after decades of different uniforms. I honestly have no clue what the Twins are going for with their branding right now. They've spent over 50 years as a red, white, and blue team - over a century in those colors if you include their time in Washington - and now after 5 decades they're suddenly trying to become a blue/red/gold team (with blue definitely taking the lead for the first time ever in Minnesota)? With a gold that doesn't even mesh well with their existing color scheme? And after wearing pinstripes for the better part of 5 decades, they ditch the pinstripes out of nowhere? The Twins have undergone a lot of visual changes over the years, but there was always some degree of visual continuity from the Met Stadium look to the Metrodome look to the early Target Field years. The Metrodome was a visual evolution from the classic Met Stadium look (i.e. the beautiful jersey they just ditched), and the initial Target Field look was an amalgam of the two. But now? They look like a different franchise. There's nothing recognizably 'Twins' about this look. I think somebody got a little too enamored with the gold trim in their All-Star Game identity, and took it way too far...
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    A DH who is an exemplary hitter deserves to be in the Hall. There's no way you can tell me a player who produced 65.5 WAR over his career and churned out NINE 5+ WAR seasons isn't deserving of induction. And keep in mind that WAR has a positional adjustment that properly adjusts the offensive value of a DH relative to his position. At his peak, Edgar could crank out a .330 BA and .450 OBP like it was nobody's business. The numbers he put up were truly eye-popping regardless of what position he played. It was his job to hit. And he hit like crazy. Yes, the offensive standards for a DH should be higher than other positions for induction into the HOF. But that's not a new or unique concept at all - we've long understood and mentally adjusted for the differences in expectations between a 1B and a CF or a catcher. I think most fans, especially those analytically inclined, have long internalized those differing expectations based on position, whether looking at current players or historical ones. Case in point, a guy putting up Derek Jeter's numbers probably wouldn't have become a superstar if he were playing 1B rather than SS (not to say he wouldn't have been a very good player still, but not a surefire HOFer and one of the biggest names in the game). And now WAR has given us a tool to put tangible numbers to that mental adjustment that has long existed. So you just have to adjust accordingly for a DH, which we can do through actual statistics displaying player value (like WAR) and through the same sort of natural mental adjustment that we'd have when evaluating a shortstop's numbers against a plodding right fielder's numbers.
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    2020 Election Logos/Branding Thread

    Yeesh, that's awfully similar in terms of typeface to Elizabeth Warren's logo. I'm sure they were developed without knowledge of each other's logos/typeface, but damn, that's terribly close.
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    2020 Election Logos/Branding Thread

    Not just colorful branding, but directly inspired by Shirley Chisholm's 1972 Presidential campaign: Not a nod that most people will get 48 years after the fact, but a nice little historical reference nonetheless.
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    2020 Election Logos/Branding Thread

    Gillibrand has clearly positioned herself as the candidate for suburban mothers. That logo is further evidence of it. You can practically see the p***y hat ears emerging from it. I'll reserve my comments as to the effectiveness of said strategy. Kamala Harris just announced today on GMA, and here's her logo: Hoping to get a higher res image soon. Really like it though - it looks modern and contemporary and tough-as-nails without being a direct rip of Obama's logo (*cough*Hillary*cough*). Interesting that she's leaning into her prosecutorial experience with it. Easily the most interesting logo yet in this campaign. The contrast with Gillibrand's branding is downright stunning.
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    2020 Election Logos/Branding Thread

    That definitely ain't unintentional. I like Delaney's logo, can't say I'm a fan of the rest.
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    Texas Rangers Bid Farewell to the Ballpark With Patch in 2019

    Historic?! Bill Clinton was President, Kurt Cobain died, and OJ was arrested the year this place opened. Let's save that adjective for things that pre-date Zubaz shorts, please?
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    Pacers Announce A Jersey Ad, One Ad-Free Team Remains

    Problem is, players are temporary, especially in today's NBA. Sure, you might have Russell Westbrook wearing your logo today, but next season he could easily be wearing some other team's jersey, and some other company's logo. As long as your ad contract runs longer than the life of that team's star players' contracts (and it virtually always will in the NBA), you can't really value an ad deal based on what players are on that team. The one exception is having LeBron on a small market team like Cleveland, but even with that, if I were an advertiser, I'd have thrown a boatload of money at the Cavs for a short-term deal. But a long-term deal (which the Cavs would undoubtedly look for)? LeBron is the perfect example of how it could go sour - If an advertiser paid top dollar for a long-term Cavs advertising deal back when LeBron was on the team, they'd be stuck massively overpaying a small-market, no-star team right now. Considering that local company Goodyear bought ad space on the Cavs' uniform, I'd guess that most companies decided to stay away knowing that LeBron would be a free agent after the first season.
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    New Cox Communications logo

    They missed a great opportunity to call back to the R/G/B logo here - should've made the gradient R/G/B as an intentional callback to that logo (and to its inspiration, digital pixel displays). But I'm sure they want to implement a green/blue color scheme, which that logo would undermine. While gradients are generally a bit dated, this logo does a good job of looking contemporary, since it's a very flat, bold logo, and the gradient really only exists in the very center of the logo (rather than the whole thing being a gradient). It's a lot more modern looking than the dated chrome mess they had previously, though I think a single-color flat version of the old logo @Zeus89725 posted would've been a great evolution.
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    Update to No Politics rule

    I think we've done a fairly good job in the past of keeping campaign logo discussions on the topic of design itself, rather than on politics. There's obviously random exceptions to that where someone throws in a gratuitous political comment, but I think as long as that's fairly discouraged, we can discuss campaign logos like adults. I certainly hope we're able to still discuss that, because we're about to get a slew of them over the next 6-7 months.
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    New Bank of America logo

    This is utterly perfect. I'm in love with that font. And love the evolution of the logo into a cleaner, better designed version of what's a very recognizable logo. Do think that they should simply invert the red stripes to white when placing the logo on a red background. That would better maintain the flag motif and look more attractive. But I get why they do it the way they do - having a consistent logo design regardless of background is important from a branding perspective. A sports team can easily invert colors based on background, but it's rare to see a company do it.
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    New Logo for Regal Cinema

    Downgrade. I actually liked the old Regal logo. The new typeface seems awfully dated to me, and the logo itself is an awfully oblique reference to a crown - kind of a wasted opportunity given their name.
  20. In fairness, the Red Sox have been in the World Series far more recently than the Yankees, and have won three World Series to the Yankees' one so far this century. The "Yankees win all the time" trope hasn't really been accurate since the mid-2000s, which (hate to say) is a long, long time ago now.
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    2019 MLB Changes

    That's the absolute ideal Cubs road uniform. Perfect color balance, an attractive font, and historical relevance.
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    Which MLB Playoff Team Has the Best Uniform?

    1. Yankees . . . . . . . . 2. Dodgers 3. Red Sox 4. Athletics 5. Cubs 6. Astros 7. Indians 8. Braves 9. Rockies 10. Brewers If the Brewers went back to their rightful royal blue and athletic gold, they'd at least shoot up to #7 on this list. Pretty solid crop of uniforms there. The Rockies' Times New Roman font bothers me a ton, and the Brewers are painfully dated at this point. Outside of that, all strong sets.
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    The 2018 MLB Tiebreaker Logos

    From a branding perspective, you're absolutely right, but I have to admit, the pedant in me is annoyed by the fact that these logos are part of the postseason package, but are for what's technically a regular season game.
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    Minor League Baseball News

    With all these changes in AAA affiliations, I tried to create a 'platonic ideal' of AAA affiliates, with the intent of minimizing distance from each ML team to their AAA affiliate. Think I did pretty well with it. AAA Team ML Affiliation Albuqueque Arizona Buffalo Toronto Charlotte Miami Columbus Cleveland Durham Washington El Paso San Diego Fresno Los Angeles (2) Gwinnett Atlanta Indianapolis Chicago (2) Iowa Minnesota Las Vegas Los Angeles (1) Lehigh Valley Philadelphia Louisville Cincinnati Memphis St. Louis Nashville Chicago (1) New Orleans Tampa Bay Norfolk Baltimore Oklahoma City Kansas City Omaha Milwaukee Pawtucket Boston Reno Oakland Rochester Pittsburgh Round Rock Texas Sacramento San Francisco Salt Lake City Colorado San Antonio Houston Scranton New York (1) Syracuse New York (2) Tacoma Seattle Toledo Detroit The Florida teams, by necessity, get a bit screwed, since there's no AAA teams anywhere close to them. The San Diego/El Paso combo is by far the worst, but some southwestern ML team was inevitably going to draw the short end of the stick. Other than that, almost every affiliate would be a few hours drive or a couple hours flight away, tops. No Fresno-to-DC affiliations, at least. ?
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    Sports Graphics Packages, Historically

    Good lord, these MNF graphics on ESPN are hideous. Way too bright, reads very blurry from a distance, and commands way too much attention. Whoever designed this didn't get the "flat graphics" memo from like, 8 years ago, did they?