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#1 ColorWerx

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 11:28

This weekend on my blog (ColorWerx.blogspot.com), I broke down the four major sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) and displayed the most used Pantone colors. Basically, all of the ones that are used more than once by the teams.

The criteria was by league, for the current season, only using primary or secondary colors (no "additional" colors - e.g., the Steelers' Red, Blue and Gray are NOT included), and also include any alternate colors such as flat, non-metallic alternates.

Here are links to the individual posts by league:

I'm eventually going to create more statistical reports - identifying color trends by decade is one that I think would be useful.

Let me know what you guys think, and if you have any ideas or suggestions for me.

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 11:32

This weekend on my blog (ColorWerx.blogspot.com), I broke down the four major sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) and displayed the most used Pantone colors. Basically, all of the ones that are used more than once by the teams.

The criteria was by league, for the current season, only using primary or secondary colors (no "additional" colors - e.g., the Steelers' Red, Blue and Gray are NOT included), and also include any alternate colors such as flat, non-metallic alternates.

Here are links to the individual posts by league:

I'm eventually going to create more statistical reports - identifying color trends by decade is one that I think would be useful.

Let me know what you guys think, and if you have any ideas or suggestions for me.




Love it! One bit of info I was looking for on the page was the teams using each colour listed
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Posted May 17, 2010 - 12:48

Two NFL teams use midnight green?

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 13:01

cool idea, Don...I would have liked to see a bar or pie graph (of the breakdown) though instead of listing the colors by swatches.

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 13:16

Two NFL teams use midnight green?

I'm pretty sure that's the hunter green of the Jets and Packers.

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 13:32


Two NFL teams use midnight green?

I'm pretty sure that's the hunter green of the Jets and Packers.

That's it. PMS 5535-C is the Packers' green. And for all the "different shade of green" nonsense we heard from sportswriters during the Brett Favre-to-New York saga, the Jets use the exact same Pantone color.

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 14:13

cool idea, Don...I would have liked to see a bar or pie graph (of the breakdown) though instead of listing the colors by swatches.


Workin' on it...

Oh - and thanks for the input guys...I'm excluding identifying the individual teams on my blog due to potential confidentiality issues, but I can answer questions here.

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 14:21

Here's the start of the analysis in a pie-chart format:

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I'll keep working on the format and the execution...

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 14:33

Outstanding.

The only request I'd make is to add the number of teams using each color, as well as the percentage, to the key.

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 14:35

Outstanding.

The only request I'd make is to add the number of teams using each color, as well as the percentage, to the key.


I'll work on that next.

Here's the NHL:

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 14:38


cool idea, Don...I would have liked to see a bar or pie graph (of the breakdown) though instead of listing the colors by swatches.


Oh - and thanks for the input guys...I'm excluding identifying the individual teams on my blog due to potential confidentiality issues, but I can answer questions here.



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Posted May 17, 2010 - 15:09

MLB:

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NBA:

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Still need to clean these up, but I'm getting there...

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 15:15

Having suggested including them, I don't think you need to have the number of teams using each color in the pie chart itself. I may have encouraged you to clutter up the diagrams.

Maybe, if you are to include them, put them in parentheses to set them apart from the color number?

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 15:16



Two NFL teams use midnight green?

I'm pretty sure that's the hunter green of the Jets and Packers.

That's it. PMS 5535-C is the Packers' green. And for all the "different shade of green" nonsense we heard from sportswriters during the Brett Favre-to-New York saga, the Jets use the exact same Pantone color.


Oh, I was expecting the bottom to be colors used by only one team. Forgot that it was only listing colors used by multiple teams. It'd be neat to also see the unique colors.

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 15:33

whats interesting is 49 of 122 teams for a whopping 40% use black in their color scheme. Followed by shades of silver, navy, red, athletic gold, orange and vegas gold as the most used colors.

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 17:32

very promising with those pie charts, sir...lookin forward to the perfection I know you will achieve.

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 17:34

I noticed the orange in the NFL's chart which is something I'd made note of before:When I started my NFL Alt Universe concepts I made a swatch library in AI for all NFL teams based off of the info on your site and through this was able to see which teams share the same colors or colors so similar that their basically discernable, and Navy (Cowboys,Pats,Rams,Chargers) and Orange (Broncos,Browns,Bengals) stuck out to me most as far as using the same shade.

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 19:51

Look at that sea of blues in the NBA.
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Posted May 17, 2010 - 21:28

As you can tell, I'm continuing to tweak this thing...I found the American Hockey League's chart rather interesting:

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Posted May 18, 2010 - 00:36

Look at that sea of blues in the NBA.

Seriously, and the red/orange/yellow gradient. That league likes its complimentary colors!

Where are the Celtics though?

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