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Hey guys.  I know, another portfolio thread, but I like the idea and figured it'd be nice to get a centralized thread for all of my entries.

I haven't posted on this forum in a long time (and have changed quite a bit as a person), but I've lurked these boards for a bit and thought about posting concepts every once in a while. I remember noticing the Logolympiad after the 2016 edition and thought it would be interesting to participate, so I jumped on the opportunity once this year's edition started.

 

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I ended up placing 6th with this design.  This was about where I expected, especially after seeing some of the really great designs that were entered in this competition.  I'd been sitting on this idea and a rough draft of the logo for a bit, and with Mexico City as one of the options I figured this logo/idea would fit the best.  I experimented with ideas for Seattle and Vancouver, but I think this concept was the best.  The logo is based on Aztec depictions of eagles, while the colors come from the Mexican flag  I went with a green jersey since green is such an underused color in sports, but I had a bit of trouble matching the striping to the home jersey.  In hindsight, I think a red away jersey might have looked better, and I wish I'd changed the logo a bit so it looks more like a golden eagle (the national animal of Mexico) rather than a bald eagle.  The colors are a bit muted compared to my original submission, but I don't think it makes much of a difference anyways.

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I didn't dislike this, but one critique I had was "Aquilas". In Spanish, eagle is "Aguila", aquila would be Latin. Not a knock on the design, of course.

 

As for the design, it found to be solid, but unspectacular. It's a good set for a throwback with how the striping looks, at least to me. So I think what would've helped is a more modern take on a uniform.

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1 hour ago, Dan O'Mac said:

I didn't dislike this, but one critique I had was "Aquilas". In Spanish, eagle is "Aguila", aquila would be Latin. Not a knock on the design, of course.

 

As for the design, it found to be solid, but unspectacular. It's a good set for a throwback with how the striping looks, at least to me. So I think what would've helped is a more modern take on a uniform.

No idea how I missed that about the name!  Guess I'd just heard "aquila" before and figured it was Spanish.  I definitely see what you're saying about the uniform, I had trouble coming up with striping patterns and I guess it showed haha.  Thanks for the comment!

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This was one of my top-3, and yet I didn't even notice the misspelling until today. That's because the naming, the branding, everything felt like an authentic Mexican team, rather than a gringo guesstimate at what Mexican branding would look like.

For the record, Spanish águila derives from Latin aquila, which might be how you got confused. There is also a man named Aquila who who shows up several times in the Bible. Guess what his name means. :D

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I liked it, giving it a bronze vote, but it feels a little bit more like a Mexican national team concept than one for a new NBA team in my estimation. 

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I finished 4th with this one.  Just barely missed out on a medal but in general I'm happy with it considering I barely have any experience with designing baseball jerseys.

I looked at some other teams, but the Aces were the team I had the most ideas for.  Right away I was pretty sure about the cap colors as well as having a blue jersey with white sleeves, but from there I tested out a bunch of different designs on the sleeve.  Because it's a minor league baseball team, I didn't want to go too simple with it (which tends to be my usual style).  I first focused on the diamond in the logo and made an almost argyle-like pattern based on that, but that didn't really work to me.  I eventually ended up deciding on the four suits of cards, and I'm happy with how the sleeve design turned out.  

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This got my 3rd place vote because I liked the amount of white you used, the thingys on the sleeves there (pips is it?), and the hat, i would totally buy that hat. It's a really polished and reasonable concept, which is why you deserved at least a top 5 spot for sure. Really nice work

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This entry placed fifth.  I ended up deciding to stick with the original team name, as I couldn't come up with any ideas for the other names.  The original idea I had was to incorporate claw marks in the P and R, but I couldn't get it to work.  I knew I wanted to stick with the color scheme of the logo (gold inside, then purple, then orange).  My entry here ended up being the second idea I had.  I'm pretty happy with it, although I wish I'd incorporated the pride/lion theme more.

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The one spot I didn't care for was the empty space on the bottom between the P and the R. Not sure what could be done about that though. Otherwise, this was a very solid entry.

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Really liked this, gave it a vote

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Got my first medal with this one, placing third.  Kind of ironic since I was more confident about some of my other entries at first - plus I honestly thought there were a lot of great entries (some that I'm shocked didn't medal).  Guess it's just a difference in taste. 

I'd tried multiple Peace Tower logos in the past (including a Peace Tower/maple leaf logo), but for some reason I'd never put 2 and 2 together and used the peace tower as part of the maple leaf.  It finally clicked when I was doing sketches for this one, so I'm happy that this one worked out better.  I may end up re-using it for a later concept series.  After that, all it took was finding the right fonts and picking between some slightly different color schemes.

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Well deserved medal on this. Very creative use of the Peace Tower and the rest of the logo fits together nicely.

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Finished 7th with this entry, which is unfortunately my lowest finish yet.  At first I was pretty confident about this since I've done more designs for soccer, but unfortunately there weren't any teams that really stood out to me.  I thought the Edge's logo could translate the easiest to a kit, which is why I decided to choose this team.  I decided to go with Nike since I saw some NBL teams wearing it when I looked up jerseys (although St. John's looks like they wear Warrior jerseys).  I decided to try and build off of the wave design from the logo, but I had a bit of trouble with the clash kit.  I also notice a lot of people went with a sponsor, which I ended up deciding against.  All in all, not terrible but I feel like I could've done better (and the inside of the collar on the clash kit is bothering me).

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Liked it but I also liked the other edge designs too. 

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Finished 5th here.  Fairly happy with this one, as I'd came up with a bunch of ideas but couldn't really get any of them to work the way I wanted them to.  I ended up going with this one at the last minute and just had to make a couple tweaks to make it look better (although it was a bit rushed and there are some adjustments I'd make now).  My original idea was just a D with the antler coming off of it, but that looked too imbalanced so I added the second D to match the team name.  I tried to mimic the shape of the D from the team's primary logo, but I decided to use a different antler shape as the original logo is basically a bad rip-off of Fairfield University's.  Fifth place seems like a fitting spot for this one, I feel like it was good but not particularly outstanding.

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I really liked it, but as a secondary logo rather than as an alternate logo.

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