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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    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 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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    The 1972 Project: Colorado State Rams

    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 (Bills 10/16)

    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 (Bills 10/16)

    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 (Bills 10/16)

    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.
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    Thanks for the feedback, guys! I'll try out your suggestions. I had the white in to maintain some of the color balance from their current uniform set. As for the navy, it's intentionally very dark. Ideally, it would only appear blue when light hits it. Since the Cardinals are historically red and white with black accents, I didn't want to deviate too much from that. Next up, the Cleveland Browns! I essentially brought the Browns back to their pre-2015 uniforms, with some streamlining and consistency. Orange pants remain an option for a couple weeks during the season. The orange alternate is an update of their 00's orange alts. I also created a lockup logo that takes cues from their iconic helmet striping. Nothing too outside the box, but I think its definitely an improvement over their current threads. C+C is appreciated!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm gonna put the Panthers logo on the shelf for now. I think there are definitely some things that could be reworked. Next up, the Arizona Cardinals! The theme here is 'Arizona sunset.' Bold flashes of color and modern elements for a team whose identity looks more and more dated every year. Cherry red is now accompanied with yellow and navy accents. Sleeve and pants striping takes cues from the Arizona Flag. The number font is also inspired by the acute angles of the flag (see 4 and 5). The navy blue Arizona pride alt with copper accents is a little out there, but I think it would work once a year under the lights. Numbers on the away uniforms gradiate from navy to red. oldschoolvikings did a concept with gradients for the Cards a while back and I thought it was a cool visual reference to sunsets. I originally had plain red numbers but I was surprised how well the gradients worked with the sleeve stripes. For the new logo, I tried to maintain the integrity of their current, but make it look more like a cardinal. C+C is appreciated!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    I had whiskers initially but they mess up the outline. What if I meet you halfway?
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    Thanks for the feedback guys! You're right about the logo. It works as an alternate but it's a downgrade from the cat and doesn't really look like a football logo. I think I kept it in because of nostalgic purposes since it was one of my first logos, but it doesn't really hold up with some of my current work. Here's my take on their roaring panther logo. Let me know what you think! Cardinals coming soon.
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    Thank for the feedback, guys! I might rework the 'Boys later on in the series. Next up, the Carolina Panthers! A sharp, modern look finally brings the Panthers into the 21st century. Silver is removed from the set, distilling it to clean combination of black, white, and Carolina blue. The primary logo features a 'C' and a panther's eye. Can a logo have a gradient? Maybe not, but I haven't figured out a better way to render it yet. Let me know if you have any ideas. I created this logo in 2016, making it the oldest in the series. The striping pattern and custom jersey numbers take cues from the logo. Color balance is one of the strengths of this set, so mixing and matching is encouraged (with the exception of black-blue-blue, but it would've been weird to leave one combo out). This identity shares some similarities with the Jags, but in the end, I think the blues are different enough that you'd know which team you're looking at. With that, we're halfway through the series I'll probably be posting less frequently from here on out cause art school's starting to heat up. C+C is appreciated!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    Thanks. I agree, the Jags and Bucs numbers are similar. I use the same template for a lot of my custom block fonts, so some of them share elements, but I'm doing my best to differentiate those that do with different colors, strokes and inlines (aka the Blue Jays thing). I also try to differentiate them by using different styles of numerals. For example, the Jags and Bucs have different serif treatments for the 5's (but I usually change up 2's and 4's.) Thanks! Yeah, the bronco in the D is a little off. I'll take a look at it. Next up, the Dallas Cowboys! For a while, my Cowboys concept was simply a recoloring of their current threads, but I decided that wasn't in keeping with the rest of the series, so I went with a more modern interpretation. There are only so many directions you can go with a team whose logo is a star, but I'm still forcing myself to create a new logo for each team. Mine is inspired by mcrosby's Cowboys logo. I had a cowboy head in the works, but it just didn't fit the team. I might do a concept with that later. Their colors are condensed into one blue, a somewhere between navy and royal, and one silver, with a blue tint that's unique to the Cowboys. The sleeve comes forward into the front of the jersey, like with the Seahawks and Browns. I think it's an interesting way to engage a part of the uniform that's usually left empty. The font is a modernized version of their classic number font. This isn't necessarily what I'd do if the Cowboys came calling, I think the jerseys and logo could be some of the best alternates in the league. I also had a heck of a lot more fun with this concept than I would've If I had kept it conservative. Let me know what you think!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    Thanks for the feedback. If you look a little closer at the number font I created, the forms are almost nothing like the '13-17 font. It shares more similarities with their new block font. The only significant difference is the addition of diagonal serifs, which is the only thing that differentiates the numbers from the other block fonts I created. The serifs that I made are also a lot less dramatic than the old numbers. Here's a comparison:
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    MLB 2 Portland Concepts

    or the Herons, while we’re on the subject.
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    Thanks for the feedback, guys. I tried out all your ideas and the sleeve caps ended up being the only workable option. I'm not sure which one I like better, but I'm leaning toward the original. I'd love to hear it if you have a compelling case for either option. Next up, the Jacksonville Jaguars! The Jags have been around for less than 25 years and have already had several different looks. My goal here was to combine aspects from all of them to create one cohesive identity that could unite multiple generations of Jags fans. There's a lot going on here so I'll break it down. The new primary logo is a synthesis of their past two logos. It keeps the bold lines and movement from the original, with some of the refinements of their current. I threw in an updated shield logo for good measure. Helmets are glossy with subtle teal flakes. Think of it as the midpoint between their current helmets and their '09-12 helmets. Sleeve striping is a modern take on their '95-08 striping. The collars from their past two looks, a distinct and ownable element, return to the jerseys. Jersey numbers are a compromise between their past two number fonts. Modern and sharp, but tasteful and readable. Pants are inspired from their '13-'17 pants. I liked their color distribution, but the execution was a little clunky. Pants striping is consistent with the uniforms. Socks are basically their current socks, adjusted for consistency. Jerseys and pants can be mixed and matched. I put together some of the other options we'd see the most of. I don't usually go for mono black jerseys, but I'd love to see this one once or twice a year. Let me know what you think!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    Dang thanks, man. That's some high praise. I appreciate it. Yep! Thanks! Thanks for the feedback dude. I do see the dolphin tail! That font could definitely work for either team. Next up, the Denver Broncos! The Broncos probably had my favorite uniforms in the league when I was 10, but since then they've aged significantly. My goal here was to preserve the clean aesthetic of their current threads but take it in a different direction. Simply taking their color rush and applying it to the rest of the set makes a whole lot of sense, but we've all seen that a million times already so I'm trying something a little different with the uniforms. I'm going for a set that looks traditional from afar, and modern up close. The sleeve design takes cues from the horse's mane. It's really hard to improve upon their current logo, which is one of the best in the league. I don't think mine's quite there, but I think its serviceable. If you want to imagine their current logo on the helmet, I won't stop you. My initial thought was to modernize their classic 'D' logo, but I think the head logo works better for this particular set. I kept the updated 'D' as an alternate. The font is my own version of their current numerals. It's a modified version of 'Homestead'. Let me know what you think! I'm open to ideas.
  16. Sooo much better that the duds they’re wearing now. I’m really impressed that you could build a cohesive and balanced set while holding on to and even emphasizing the silver. I’ve given the Titans a couple of tries, and never been able to keep it balanced with the silver. I think the navy blue jersey w/ the silver shell looks a little too much like the pats, and the helmets are a little on the x-treme side, but still so much better than what they have now. Really great series dude.
  17. This is a beautiful concept. The sword logo is great, and the jerseys are tremendous. My personal favorite sweater is the top right. Just nitpicking at this point, but I think the primary pirate head could use a little tweaking. It's a little on the cartoony side. I think if you made the face a little slimmer and gave it a little more definition (i.e. extending the cheekbones, maybe some shadows) it would go a long way. Great work!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    Thanks, guys. I appreciate the feedback. I get the criticism here. Gradients aren't something I would normally advocate for, but I think they could be an ownable element for the Ravens. Next up, the Miami Dolphins! This is essentially a compromise between their inaugural look and their current threads. For the logo, I wanted to combine the sleek design of their current logo with the personality of their former. The numbers are a mix between their current font and a traditional block. On the road uni, they're teal with a single orange outline, even though it looks like there's a darker color in between because of the pixellation. The sleeve striping takes cues from the logo. It can be a sun. It can be water. Either way, it screams Miami. Speaking of Miami, I threw in a "South Beach" alt. I played with the idea of City Edition uniforms for the NFL during this series, as seen with Seattle. For the "South Beach" alt, pink replaces orange and black is added as an accent. I might put together a full set with these colors later on in the series. C+C is appreciated. Enjoy!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    Thanks! I created the majority of the fonts. Colts and Giants are standard blocks. I used 'Avenged for Yourself' for the Ravens, adjusting a few of the numbers. Lions are based off the font Featured Item, but I made a lot of changes. Thanks! That's what I had initially, but I wanted to see what a full set in each color would look like so I had to post them both. I'll post the original too. I gotta say, I don't really see it. It is a little more simplified, I guess. Next up, the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs! Minor changes here for a franchise that has looked practically the same for its entire existence. My biggest focus here is a much-needed update to the arrowhead logo. No more black, so it's consistent with the rest of the set. The "K" in "KC" doubles as the binding that holds the arrowhead to the shaft. I also designed a new block number font to inject some modern elements into a classic set. Striping consistency across the board. C+C is appreciated!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    Next up, the Seattle Seahawks! Going for a tasteful modern look here. I wanted to keep the essence of the team's identity, i.e. custom fonts, creative striping, emphasis on grey, but take it in a different direction. The logo is a simplification of their current logo, designed to match the jersey striping. The custom number font takes cues from traditional Haida art. I like that their 2012 rebrand attempted to incorporate some traditional Pacific Northwest imagery into the sleeve striping, but the addition of volt negated most of that effect. Volt is out, replaced by the teal of the Seattle flag. I've also prepared a version that uses an Emerald green that fits the city as well. C+C appreciated!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    First, an update to the Ravens' helmet. Purple replaces gray, giving it a more subtle look. Next up, the Indianapolis Colts! I kept it relatively conservative for a team that hasn't made a significant change to their identity since the 50's. I modernized the horseshoe and turned it on its side, making a C. Hardly an original idea, but it makes too much sense to pass up. Helmet numbers are moved from the back to inside the logo, making room for a double stripe. Little holes are added to all striping to match the horseshoe logo, giving an otherwise conservative look a little more personality. I added a classic number font with serifs, taking cues from the logo. C+C is appreciated!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    Realized the second I posted it. I was trying to ride the wave of Darnold hype from last night, then I looked at the title of the post...
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    Thanks for the feedback everyone! If I have time later on in the series, I'll do a creamsicle version of this Bucs set. Tried the stylized horns look for the Rams. I think the simplicity of that concept is what makes it pop, and the extra detail kinda bogs it down. Stripes and numbers on the Bucs unis would use the same material as the currents. Next up, the New York Jets! Now that the Sam Darnold Era has officially begun, the Jets need a bold new look to complement the revitalized franchise. Since the Jets are due for new uniforms next year, this concept doubles as a prediction. I'm going for a combination of eras here. Kelly Green makes its long-anticipated return, along with a revamped version of their sleek 80's & 90's logo. The logo is reinforced on the sleeves, similar to oldschoolvikings' Jets concept. The form of the jet happens to cradle the swoosh quite nicely, so I could totally see Nike going in this direction. The helmet is inspired by their color rush look, complete with a metallic helmet decal. A distinct yet traditional custom block font takes cues from the logo. C+C is appreciated!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    Thanks for the feedback everyone! I'll be posting updates periodically. Next up, fresh off their week 1 upset, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers! I have to admit, I don't hate their current threads as much as everyone on these boards seems to. I like the addition of silver and the color blocking, but the execution was lacking in a few areas, namely the numbers. So instead of completely scrapping the look, I'm attempting to build off of it. Sword-like imagery is my main design element here, featured in the striping, numbers, and reinforced in the logos. The logo set is very similar to their current ones, but I think I made some significant improvements. I constructed it with bolder, more organic lines, and I think the skull ended up a lot more menacing and visually interesting. An updated ship logo, originally intended to be the primary, is featured on the pants. Black is removed from all logos. Orange is relegated to logos-only. I also put together an all-white set to suit Tampa's climate. White pants could be paired with the red jersey a couple times a year to mix it up. I look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts!
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    NFL REDESIGN (Bills 10/16)

    Thanks guys! Must've been thinking of Marshall Faulk. I'll fix it in a sec. I'm not sure why I never double-checked my jersey numbers. Next up, the Detroit Lions. For Detroit, I've attempted to combine elements from their current look and their iconic 90's set. The Lions have featured a northwestern stripe on their uniforms and a blue-white-blue stripe on their helmets and pants for a large portion of their history. Because of changing jersey cuts, their sleeve striping was truncated for most of the 90's, creating a new striping pattern. I've attempted to build their new identity around an adjusted version of this stripe that's consistent with the helmet and pants. (If you didn't like the approach to striping consistency I took with the Vikes, you probably won't like this either) With the exception of the logos, white and silver don't touch. This creates a sharp consistent look across the set. Silver pants could be worn with the road jersey a couple times per year for a classic look. The alternate is a modernization of their 60's uniforms, The logo combines the blue lion with an old-english D and L. C+C is appreciated!