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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    Hey guys! With the 2018 season quickly approaching, I'm going to start posting a series that I've been working on since before I knew this place existed. For each NFL franchise, I've created a new uniform and logo set. Some are simply modernizations of classic looks, while others will be more radical changes. The vector template I'm using is a combination of parts from a few existing templates that I modified to fit the appearance of andrewharrington's incredible template. After I've posted all the teams using the 2D template, I'll be presenting them division-by-division using a realistic 3D presentation I created myself. Until then, I'll be putting out my concepts in no particular order. I've got designs together 28 of the 32 teams so far. Most of them were created over the course of this summer. I'm starting college in a few days so I wanted to get as much work done as I could while I still had the time. AFC East Buffalo Bills Miami Dolphins New England Patriots New York Jets North Baltimore Ravens - update Cincinnati Bengals - orange helmet Cleveland Browns Pittsburgh Steelers South Houston Texans Indianapolis Colts Jacksonville Jaguars Tennessee Titans West Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Las Vegas Raiders Los Angeles Chargers NFCEast Dallas Cowboys New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles Washington Redskins North Chicago Bears - alternate take Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers Minnesota Vikings South Atlanta Falcons Carolina Panthers - update New Orleans Saints Tampa Bay Buccaneers West Arizona Cardinals Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers Seattle Seahawks First up is the Cincinnati Bengals, inspired by their color-rush uniform's block font and emphasis on white. The helmet design, which more accurately depicts the way the striping on a tiger's head actually works, is borrowed from a concept I've seen floating around for a few years. It's such a good idea that I built the rest of the team's visual identity around it. The number font is a custom block font I built. It's very similar to the one the Jaguars just released, but that was after I had already finished this concept. For the logo, I wanted to make a more aggressive, snarling cat with a lot of movement. Pretty happy with the way it turned out! Enjoy! C+C is greatly appreciated!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    Thanks for all the feedback guys. I've been really busy with final projects the last couple of weeks, but now that the semester's done I'll be posting a lot more. I disagree about the silver. I think they've been too successful in it to toss it aside. The home jersey is basically the color rush but I doubled the stripes so it was more flaggy. I'll put together a concept without the silver though since a lot of people want to see it. Thanks. I appreciate the logo critique. The stripes were intended to reference the American flag but I guess they don't read very well. I agree that it can be improved. Yeah, unfortunately a lot of this series ends up becoming change for the sake of change. Especially as we're nearing the end. The reality is that most of the NFL has really strong logos. But I'm holding myself to try and create new logos for every team as a challenge, whether they're necessary or not. I'll try it out. I'm not usually a big yoke guy but that could be a cool solution. Next up, the Tennessee Titans! The current Titans update is a disaster, so I built this mostly from their inaugural look. The one idea I kept from their latest overhaul was the sword motif on the shoulders, but I took a different approach to it. The unifying element here is the striping pattern that appears on the sword. It's also reinforced by the inline on the jersey numbering. The number font, which is constructed from the Homestead typeface, is inspired by the sharp angles and circular forms of Greek characters. The new primary logo features a 'titan' in profile, with the Tennessee flag stars on the side. I think its a well-rendered logo, but I'd love to see if anyone has ideas about how to improve it so it better fits the Titans. Let me know what you think!
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    Portland Herons MLB Expansion Concept

    Hey guys! I've been following the boards for a while but I wanted to make sure I was content with my design skills before I posted anything. A couple months ago, there was a Portland MLB Expansion thread that caught my attention. I thought that the Herons would be a perfect identity for a Portland baseball team and decided to run with it. I designed a primary heron logo, a secondary featuring a heron in-flight, with the Portland skyline as a backdrop. The custom script is a modified version of Daily Grind, with rose-like accents added in reference to the Portland's moniker, the "city of roses". The uniforms (presented using @rsaline 's excellent template) are inspired by a heron's plumage. The shoulder stripes and pants stripes, both distinctly thicker than traditional baseball stripes, mimic the coloration on a heron's wings. The cap features a gold brim, inspired by a heron's beak. Creating the ballpark, Columbia Field (after the Portland-based company) was a fun experiment. I borrowed elements from AT&T Park, PNC Park, Ebbets Field, among others, and used Portland's Fremont Bridge as a backdrop. If you stare at it long enough, it'll be very apparent that it was somewhat hastily assembled on Photoshop, but hopefully you guys get the idea. I also created apparel, signage, and social media packages, presented using mockups I found online. I tried to give the branding a little bit of a vintage-ish vibe to appeal to Portland's hipsters. If you're wondering why I chose the players I did, it was pretty arbitrary other than Daniel Norris, who seemed very Portland-y to me. Enjoy!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    Thanks for the feedback, guys. Next up, the New England Patriots! My goal here was to bring back some visual elements from their history without completely disregarding their dynasty era look. The logo is somewhat of a compromise between Flying Elvis, Pat the Patriot, and their original tricorne helmet logo. It has a pretty unique profile, with the negative space on the bottom left formed by an implied jacket collar. I'm interested to hear whether you think that works or not. (It also kinda looks like Brady, so that's a bonus) The American Flag-inspired striping pattern on the logo is reinforced on the uniforms. The number font is inspired by their current wordmark. The spurs on the numbers also subtly reference stars, reinforcing the 'stars and stripes' motif on the uniforms. I also gave them a new 'NE' lockup logo, which appears on the pants. Let me know what you think! I love the home uniform but I'm not 100% sure the away set works as well. I'd love to hear any ideas you guys have regarding that especially.
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    Seattle Sockeyes concept

    Here's a really rough mockup. It's not perfect but it's a little more dynamic.
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    Seattle Sockeyes concept

    If you're going the totem route, I think red and black with teal accents would look the best, since that's the most common color scheme for traditional Haida art. Also, I missed this the first time but the fish looks like he's folding over rather than wrapping around. I think it's cause that curve juts out too much, and the rest of the tail doesn't follow the curve. It seems like this is a pretty common mistake with fish logos on these boards. It's a really tough curve to nail down.
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    Seattle Sockeyes concept

    Much sharper, good work! I like all the color schemes but I think the light blue and green is the most unique.
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    That's what I had originally, but it matched the feather on the helmet better without the outline. Since the point of the number font was to reflect the sharp angles and edges of the feather, I think it's important to the cohesiveness of the set that they match.
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    Thanks for the feedback, guys. I'll add some other combos to the original post. I think yellow pants are more of a Rams thing, but I wouldn't mind seeing them on the Chargers a couple times a year as a callback to their history. Thanks! I'll put one together at the end. Next up, the Washington Redskins! While I doubt they're ever changing their name under the Snyder regime, I think removing the Indian head (which isn't particularly well-rendered anyway) is a logical step for the franchise. (This would also allow for a seamless transition to Renegades or Redhawks or what-have-you, if that's the eventual route they go) In its place is a new R logo. Its simple, inoffensive and has a lot more character the Cleveland Indians' block C. The helmets feature the new R, with a feather in place of a stripe, like they had in the 60's, but running front-to-back this time. The alternate helmet features a modernization of the old spear decal. The uniforms aren't too much of a departure from their current threads. A sharp new block font replaces the standard block. Yellow pants could be substituted for the primary pants a few times a year. I prefer the burgundy-over-white look, but I like the yellow as a change of pace. I also made the burgundy a couple shades darker to better contrast the gold. The scripts are an adjusted version of the Parkside typeface. Let me know what you think!
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    Seattle Sockeyes concept

    Both logos are nice! Love the Metropolitans-style ‘s.’ I think the fish could use some teeth though. The mouth doesn’t read as well without them.
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    Next up, the Los Angeles Chargers! This set is inspired by classic chargers uniforms of the past. I moved the bolts down from the shoulders to the sleeves. I tweaked their bolt logo to reflect more movement. I threw in an alternate crest as an homage to the first iteration of the LA Chargers. Powder blue is finally restored to its rightful place as the primary. I added a navy alternate that would ideally be used for night games. My favorite detail is probably the bolts on the socks. C+C is appreciated.
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    I actually did try that. It was an interesting look but it didn’t feel enough like the Bears.
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    That’s what I’m hoping for. It’s a really distinctive look.
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    Yeah it's tough to top the C. Thanks. The orange alt does use a wider block, similar to the Bears current throwbacks (although I overlooked that detail when doing the mockups on Trubisky). I'd keep the C too but I'm really trying to come up with a new logo for each team. Good C+C. I've updated the wordmarks. Just for kicks and grins, here's more conservative take on the Bears. This is more in line with what I'd actually do if they came calling. I tried to figure out how to make all the striping consistent. I think the best option is for the home jersey to have two orange stripes with a white stroke, and the road jersey to have the three stripe pattern with the same white stroke dividing the stripes. So essentially, the striping pattern reads like this in every format: Updated C logo becomes the primary, and the new bear logo is relegated to alternate status. The 1936 uniform still makes an appearance as an alternate. I also added a few other alternate combos. Since their 100th anniversary is coming up, I added some other throwbacks and fauxback combos to call back to. C+C appreciated!
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    Redesign of the Miami Marlins Redesign

    Great work! I think your original post had the best color balance, but the teal caps are sharp too!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    Thanks for all the feedback, guys. Next up, the Chicago Bears! As a diehard Bears fan who sees no reason to make significant changes to their look, this was definitely a challenge. In order to make an original concept to one of the oldest franchises in the league, I had to make sure the changes I made were rooted in tradition. My goal here was to create a set that harkened back to the "Monsters of the Midway" era of Chicago football, when the Bears were a perennial powerhouse. I based this set of off their 1936 road uniforms, one of the most distinctive looks from the pre-Super Bowl era. The shoulder striping pattern from this uniform is applied to the entire set. The jersey numbers are a block version of their classic font. The sans-serif look wasn't quite hard-nosed enough for this look. I designed a new bear logo that takes cues from the uniform striping and classic wishbone C. A more symmetrical version of this C appears on their alternate helmet. The stars from the Chicago flag appear on the back of the helmet to inject some city pride into the set. The helmets are closer to the finish the Browns have, in lieu of the hi-gloss shell. The orange alternate is to be worn once a year the Sunday before Halloween. Mixing and matching between the home, road, and alternate is encouraged, as seen below. Ideally, they'd wear the road uniforms once or twice at home too, I also did a quick mockup of how the shoulder striping would look in action, since its pretty unconventional. Let me know what you think!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    Thanks for the feedback, guys. Next up, the San Francisco 49ers! This is basically a modernization and streamlining of their classic set. Their iconic "SF' logo now interlocks, and incorporates two pickaxes to reinforce the gold mining theme. After much deliberation, I went with two stripes on the jerseys instead of three, to maintain striping consistency. The new block font includes subtle rounded corners on the inside, taking cues from the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge. The alternate is inspired by various other looks the Niners have had throughout their history. C+C is appreciated!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    Thanks for the feedback guys. Lots of great C&C. I wish you wouldn't have mentioned the dragon cause now that's all I can see, but thank you. They could definitely use some black and maybe red pants, but I couldn't figure out a way to incorporate the striping pattern while maintaining consistency with the white pants. I'll work on it! Next up, the Green Bay Packers! My goal here was to build a modern, consistent brand around an already iconic look. I took a lot of cues from the most recent Bucks redesign. The biggest departure from tradition here is the stenciled type treatment throughout the identity. It's a blue-collar, industrial look that's perfect for a cold weather team named after the meat-packing industry. The stencil look also made for a pretty cool 'GB' logo. Numbers and letters are built from the Apex typeface. The uniforms are pretty standard Packers. They finally update to the Nike template, so the needlessly complicated collars are simplified to a single color block. Road striping returns to the Lombardi pattern. Yellow and white never touch to prevent the colors from bleeding. The alternate/color rush is a callback to their 1953 uniform. Gone are the weird yellow-navy-khaki uniforms that really just remind me of Jim Harbaugh. Let me know what you think!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    Just on the swooshes. I didn't realize how pixelated the image got, so its almost impossible to see. Here's a detail of the sleeve cap.
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    I appreciate all the feedback! Thanks guys! "Weird at first glance, but I dig it a lot" was the exact vibe I was going for. Definitely understand the criticism. At the end of the day, this project is about experimentation and figuring out how to make changes to established brands without compromising each franchise's identity. If the Steelers approached me to make tweaks to their uniform, I probably would have just added the sparks to the pants. The Steelers have had one of the best looks in the league for fifty years, so I wouldn't really be able to justify making such radical changes IRL. If anything, these designs could be a fun Pro Combat-esque one-off for the Steelers, if Nike was still doing that. Next up, the Atlanta Falcons! My goal here was to preserve the color blocking from their current threads while modernizing the designs. The striping, which takes cues from the logo, is consistent in all applications. White and red don't touch, with the exception of where the striping truncates. The logo is a more anatomically correct depiction of a diving falcon. This is probably the biggest leap of the set. Although I've never really loved the Falcons current, I can't recall ever seeing seen a concept that improves it. At this point, I've just been looking at mine for too long to really know how I feel about it, so I'd love to get some suggestions. I'm especially struggling with how to represent it without a black background. Another little detail is the addition of gold swooshes on the jerseys and pants. I always liked the idea of gold accents for Atlanta, as long as they're reigned in enough to avoid looking like their division rivals. The new blocky number font is inspired by their wordmark, which I tweaked a little. C+C is greatly appreciated!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    I appreciate all the feedback! Thanks. I got a little carried away with detail for the logo. Might end up streamlining it, depending on how much time I have. I get the criticisms. If I end up reworking the logo, I'll probably have to change the number font, and if it ends up as more of a block font it'll probably have a red stroke. A stroke just didn't work with this ornamental of a font. Until then, here are a couple of other jersey options, including the home w/ red pants. Thanks. Without the stripe, it just becomes a blue blob, which is probably a sign that the logo isn't bold enough. Next up, the Pittsburgh Steelers! I really like just about everything about their current identity, even their italic Futura jersey numbers. But in this series, no team is untouchable, so here we go. This concept is essentially a modernization of their 1967 "Batman" uniforms. The yellow yoke returns, with a notch added on each shoulder that's about the same width as their helmet striping. The Steelers are pretty much the ideal grey-facemask team, so I brought those back, and dropped the grey stripe from their simplified primary logo so the helmets didn't get too grey-heavy. The primary-colored star shapes from the logo are the most criminally underutilized part of their current identity, so they'll show up on the pants striping and back of the collars from now on. The alternate goes full yellow and black monochrome like their color rush, with a black-background version of their logo. I was really digging the black pants I came up with for the alternate, which got me wondering why the Steelers never wear black pants. Now they can for a handful of games every year. They'd look pretty sharp under the lights. I was surprised how much I liked the monochrome black look with the primary home jersey. The yellow yoke does a great job balancing the black. I also threw in some white pants for the road if it's really hot or something. I don't know if the Steelers are ever gonna make wholesale changes to their identity again, but in the event that they do, this is what I want to see. Let me know what you think!
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    The 1972 Project: Michigan Wolverines

    Option 1 is the way to go. While I'm here, great series so far. Solid updates across the board. It's impressive how you're able to maintain a consistent identity across all the sports. Virginia Football, ASU Baseball (absolutely gorgeous), Ducks Hoops & Football, and the Candy-stripe IU alts for Hockey and Basketball are some of my personal favorites. Keep up the good work! Looking forward to your takes on UCLA, Syracuse, Michigan, and Iowa, to name a few.
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    Thanks dude! Yeah, I was definitely inspired by the 3/4 view of Howard's new logo. (I could probably rename this thread "nate.sweitz steals logos from HBCUs and turns them into NFL concepts) Truth be told, I also used this old bull logo, (which I just found out was yours) for reference as to how to approach the legs from that perspective.
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    Thanks for the feedback guys! Yeah that's what I had originally, but it was just a little too cluttered, so I went with this version. I'm gonna post it when I release some alternate takes later on in the series. On second thought, you're right. The orange pants really pop on the aways. I see it. I'm not gonna lie, I forgot that the Bengals inaugural look was such a ripoff of the Browns. My other Browns concept preserves more aspects of their current identity, so it looks a little less like the Browns copying the Bengals copying the Browns. I'll post that one later. Next up, the Buffalo Bills! While I like their current identity, I think there are too many white helmet teams. Their red shells were much more distinctive, so I'm bringing 'em back for this concept. I took a different approach than I usually do with this one, just to shake things up. I started with the logo, a more detailed, menacing buffalo that's charging at you. I don't think it's necessarily an upgrade over their classic logo, but I wanted to try a completely different style of sports logo than their current logo, and I'm satisfied with how it turned out. I didn't want to add too many blues, but I did throw in a pretty unobtrusive sky blue that's logos-only. Since the logo ended up pretty burly and detailed, I went with a distinctive number font to complement it. It's a variation of IFC Los Banditos. I went for a western vibe, after the team's double-entendre namesake. It's not a typical football font, but it adds some life to what's otherwise a pretty simple uniform. Plus, quite frankly, I was sick of block fonts. The uniform striping takes cues from the logo, specifically the banner or motion line or whatever's stuck to the buffalo's horn. The color balance is such that you could toss out any combination of pants and socks on the road and have a half-decent look. As for the home look, R-B-W-R is ideal, but red pants could work a few times a year, since Nike's thin pants fabric has caused the league to move towards more colored pants, maybe for good reason. C+C is appreciated!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Titans 12/15)

    I mean yeah. There are only so many ways to interlock a B and a C. I went with this style of lockup cause it reinforces the helmet and road striping at some of the overlap points. Any resemblance to actual logos, living or dead, is purely coincidental.