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Design Firms that Specialize in Sports Logos

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Hello all! I was just wondering which design firms seem to be the go-to people for sports logo design jobs. One that I know of is Phoenix Design Works, anyone know of some others?

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Rickabaugh Graphics, Studio Simon and Plan B. Branding are a few off the top of my head.

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There are quite many of them, although very few good ones.

The bests are:

Studio Simon - Too many accounts to mention

Verlander -Falcons, Texans, Cards..

Osaki - Niners, several Pro Bowl identities..

Rickabaugh - Sixers, NCAA...

Joe Bosack - NCAA teams, Avalanche..

SME - Jags, Bruins..

Plan B. - Minor League Baseball

Rare - NCAA, Minor Leagues...

Barnstorm - CFL stuff

and myself.

Just kidding:)

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I dont consider Flynnagain and Phoenix as good sports design firms. Their average quality is no a high one.

Ive never seen Francis Santaquilani's work but now I see he designed the UTEP identity and several other great stuff...I really like his work.

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Flynnagain has a very specific style that seems catered towards minor league teams, hockey specifically. He has designed much of the UHL, CHL and OHL teams.

Phoenix is just a cookie-cutter assembly line of overly-detailed illustrations passing off as sports logos. Always too many colors, shades, and beveled text set in City Bold or Serpentine.

Santiquiliani did most of the logos for the Womens Pro Fast Pitch Softball league and also logos for a lot of semi-pro womens' football teams.

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Landor Associates does a lot with the NFL, but they are hit and miss with most of their stuff.

then theres that BrandMooreArt guy http://brandmooreart.daportfolio.com/ he does some good work :D

Id LOVE to see the Landor proposals for NFL... never seen them.

Checked your stuff... well. still lot to learn.

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I personally love Flynnagain's work, and i'd never seen Santaquilani's before, but theres some very impressive stuff in there.

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I dont consider Flynnagain and Phoenix as good sports design firms. Their average quality is no a high one.

Checked your stuff... well. still lot to learn.

listen, i love confidence (and mostly agree with your assesment of PDW), but dude...your portfolio isn't THAT impressive (much better than mine, but not anywhere near as impressive as flynnagain's, in my opinion) - you are skilled, no doubt, but there is a lot of stuff fit for madden-create-a-team in your sports id section, if you ask me - your logo for the school in indonesia was solid, but the font choice was very basic, the treatment was boring and your rendering of a big cat left many wondering (myself included) what exactly it was - i don't mean this to be critical of you, it's just that your response strikes me as a tad condescending and certainly not overly endearing

there are a lot of really, Really, REALLY talented individuals on these boards who could easily come in and rip the work of people like me to shreds, but they don't...instead, they try to help others improve by offering constructive critiques - "well. still a lot to learn." doesn't strike me as a particularly constructive critique

take this for what it's worth to you...

and, to add value to this discussion, frederick & froberg have done a good deal of athletic work, although they don't appear to be wholly an athletic design firm

http://www.fboyz.com

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I dont consider Flynnagain and Phoenix as good sports design firms. Their average quality is no a high one.

Checked your stuff... well. still lot to learn.

listen, i love confidence (and mostly agree with your assesment of PDW), but dude...your portfolio isn't THAT impressive (much better than mine, but not anywhere near as impressive as flynnagain's, in my opinion) - you are skilled, no doubt, but there is a lot of stuff fit for madden-create-a-team in your sports id section, if you ask me - your logo for the school in indonesia was solid, but the font choice was very basic, the treatment was boring and your rendering of a big cat left many wondering (myself included) what exactly it was - i don't mean this to be critical of you, it's just that your response strikes me as a tad condescending and certainly not overly endearing

there are a lot of really, Really, REALLY talented individuals on these boards who could easily come in and rip the work of people like me to shreds, but they don't...instead, they try to help others improve by offering constructive critiques - "well. still a lot to learn." doesn't strike me as a particularly constructive critique

take this for what it's worth to you...

and, to add value to this discussion, frederick & froberg have done a good deal of athletic work, although they don't appear to be wholly an athletic design firm

http://www.fboyz.com

Man, I appreciate it.

I really didnt mean to be rude and I apologize to BrandN if it sounded like that.

I never thought my portfolio is THAT good and of course I know I have a LOOOOT to learn too.

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I dont consider Flynnagain and Phoenix as good sports design firms. Their average quality is no a high one.

Checked your stuff... well. still lot to learn.

listen, i love confidence (and mostly agree with your assesment of PDW), but dude...your portfolio isn't THAT impressive (much better than mine, but not anywhere near as impressive as flynnagain's, in my opinion) - you are skilled, no doubt, but there is a lot of stuff fit for madden-create-a-team in your sports id section, if you ask me - your logo for the school in indonesia was solid, but the font choice was very basic, the treatment was boring and your rendering of a big cat left many wondering (myself included) what exactly it was - i don't mean this to be critical of you, it's just that your response strikes me as a tad condescending and certainly not overly endearing

there are a lot of really, Really, REALLY talented individuals on these boards who could easily come in and rip the work of people like me to shreds, but they don't...instead, they try to help others improve by offering constructive critiques - "well. still a lot to learn." doesn't strike me as a particularly constructive critique

take this for what it's worth to you...

and, to add value to this discussion, frederick & froberg have done a good deal of athletic work, although they don't appear to be wholly an athletic design firm

http://www.fboyz.com

Man, I appreciate it.

I really didnt mean to be rude and I apologize to BrandN if it sounded like that.

I never thought my portfolio is THAT good and of course I know I have a LOOOOT to learn too.

no offense taken. im all about getting better every day, thats one thing ive carried over from my sports days into design. my instructors at college loved me mostly for my work ethic. my current clients love me mostly because of what i deliver. ive also learned not to be in love with my own work. whatever critique may come, i can take it

i dont want this thread to turn into a "pencil measuring" contest though. so back on topic, i believe the Brand New blog has posted quite a few proposals and pre production work of Landors. you can find plenty of stuff there

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I would say good luck getting a job with any of these companies. The hiring standard is very high, and the firms are usually either small/one-man operations or high-powered firms with few open spots. In my opinion, your best bet is to work solo and make a name for yourself through your work. It never hurts to make contacts at some of these places, though.

I have personally worked for/with Joe Bosack in the past (great guy, does great work), and to my knowledge, he only recruits freelancers. You might get an in that way, but he's very picky about who he works with. And of course, if Joe sees this and I'm wrong, he is more than welcome to correct me. I have not worked with him in a few years, so his situation may have changed.

Best of luck to you in your search.

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Kind of off topic, but I never saw this NFL rebrand before. I love it, especially the bird.

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(via verlander)

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Wow, epic spambot bump

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