Jump to content


Photo

Buffalo Sabres Early Conceptual Work


  • Please log in to reply
82 replies to this topic

#1 kpbl_design

kpbl_design
  • Member

  • Members
  • 150 posts
  • Joined: Aug 5/09
    • Location:Columbus, OH


Posted March 10, 2012 - 18:21

So, over the past couple years, a lot of people have questioned the origins of the infamous "Buffaslug"... Look no further!

Figured it was way past time to share this, but oh well... better late than never!

Here's some early conceptual work that I dug out from the archives circa 2004-05... when I was still wet behind the ears in sports identity development.

Feel free to comment... I kinda grew a thick skin after this project.

Buffalo Sabres Concepts
Kristopher "Baze" Bazen
www.krisbazen.com

#2 nash61

nash61
  • TarasenKO'd

  • Members
  • 6,331 posts
  • Joined: Sep 26/08

    • Favourite Logos:Johnny Canuck, Hartford Whalers, Lady Liberty, Stinger, Pre-Edge London Knights, Philadelphia Eagles, Florida Gators

Posted March 10, 2012 - 18:24

Something that a lot of us have wondered for a long time: Was the Sabre formed by the streak on the side and the horn intentional?

It's like watching the hellish undead creakily shuffling their way out of the flames of a liposuction clinic dumpster fire.

Story B: Red Wings go undefeated and score 100 goals in every game. They also beat a team comprised of Godzilla, the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, 2 Power Rangers and Betty White. Oh, and they played in the middle of Iraq on a military base. In the sand. With no ice. Santa gave them special sand-skates that allowed them to play in shorts and t-shirts in 115 degree weather. Jesus, Zeus and Buddha watched from the sidelines and ate cotton candy.

POTD 5/24/12

 


#3 kpbl_design

kpbl_design
  • Member

  • Members
  • 150 posts
  • Joined: Aug 5/09
    • Location:Columbus, OH


Posted March 10, 2012 - 18:30

Something that a lot of us have wondered for a long time: Was the Sabre formed by the streak on the side and the horn intentional?


Honestly, I just tried to do something that conveyed speed and motion... totally unintentional.

Edited by STL FANATIC, March 13, 2012 - 09:25.
Just fixed an error with the quote tags

Kristopher "Baze" Bazen
www.krisbazen.com

#4 Buffalo

Buffalo
  • Member

  • Members
  • 447 posts
  • Joined: Dec 4/04


Posted March 10, 2012 - 18:39

So, over the past couple years, a lot of people have questioned the origins of the infamous "Buffaslug"... Look no further!

Figured it was way past time to share this, but oh well... better late than never!

Here's some early conceptual work that I dug out from the archives circa 2004-05... when I was still wet behind the ears in sports identity development.

Feel free to comment... I kinda grew a thick skin after this project.

Buffalo Sabres Concepts


YOU are the designer of the Buffaslug? Wow, you must be thick skinned.

Kudos for having the gumption to post this stuff.

Not certain you improved on the black/red/silver Angry Goathead logo but the colorscheme is a marked improvement---but those were not your calls...

I'm shocked they picked a bison without legs :-(

Again, thanks for sharing these shi++y concepts. The rest of your work is miles better than this rubbish...

#5 kpbl_design

kpbl_design
  • Member

  • Members
  • 150 posts
  • Joined: Aug 5/09
    • Location:Columbus, OH


Posted March 10, 2012 - 18:53


So, over the past couple years, a lot of people have questioned the origins of the infamous "Buffaslug"... Look no further!

Figured it was way past time to share this, but oh well... better late than never!

Here's some early conceptual work that I dug out from the archives circa 2004-05... when I was still wet behind the ears in sports identity development.

Feel free to comment... I kinda grew a thick skin after this project.

Buffalo Sabres Concepts


YOU are the designer of the Buffaslug? Wow, you must be thick skinned.

Kudos for having the gumption to post this stuff.

Not certain you improved on the black/red/silver Angry Goathead logo but the colorscheme is a marked improvement---but those were not your calls...

I'm shocked they picked a bison without legs :-(

Again, thanks for sharing these shi++y concepts. The rest of your work is miles better than this rubbish...


Man, it's been crazy, to say the least!!!

In hindsight, there are probably a lot of things I'd done differently, but it was a learning experience, and I'll always be thankful to have gone through that... especially that early in my career.

Who knows, I might not've pushed myself as hard had I not gotten blasted like that!

Take it easy.
Kristopher "Baze" Bazen
www.krisbazen.com

#6 neo_prankster

neo_prankster
  • Member

  • Members
  • 1,687 posts
  • Joined: Nov 3/05

    • Favourite Logos:All WLAF logos, Bucs pirate flag, Arizona State pitchfork, Notre Dame leprechaun, Albany Firebirds, Iowa Barnstormers, SD State eagle warrior

Posted March 10, 2012 - 19:06

I did see a redesign of the classic charging bison and crossed swords among your proposals. How could the Sabres reject it?
Neo on DeviantArt

#7 nash61

nash61
  • TarasenKO'd

  • Members
  • 6,331 posts
  • Joined: Sep 26/08

    • Favourite Logos:Johnny Canuck, Hartford Whalers, Lady Liberty, Stinger, Pre-Edge London Knights, Philadelphia Eagles, Florida Gators

Posted March 10, 2012 - 19:46

In hindsight, there are probably a lot of things I'd done differently, but it was a learning experience, and I'll always be thankful to have gone through that... especially that early in my career.

Would you consider doing a version 2.0 in the concepts section here?

It's like watching the hellish undead creakily shuffling their way out of the flames of a liposuction clinic dumpster fire.

Story B: Red Wings go undefeated and score 100 goals in every game. They also beat a team comprised of Godzilla, the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, 2 Power Rangers and Betty White. Oh, and they played in the middle of Iraq on a military base. In the sand. With no ice. Santa gave them special sand-skates that allowed them to play in shorts and t-shirts in 115 degree weather. Jesus, Zeus and Buddha watched from the sidelines and ate cotton candy.

POTD 5/24/12

 


#8 Morgo

Morgo
  • Go Canucks!

  • Members
  • 3,323 posts
  • Joined: Aug 21/06
    • Location:Calgary AB Canada

    • Favourite Logos:Minnesota Wild
      Hartford Whalers
      Minnesota North Stars
      Detroit Red Wings
      Vancouver Canucks Orca

Posted March 10, 2012 - 19:57

I did see a redesign of the classic charging bison and crossed swords among your proposals. How could the Sabres reject it?


kpbl would know better than me but didn't Reebok have some lame excuse like "the circular logo wouldn't fit on the edge template?" Also I remember seeing on these boards some very early hand drawn iterations of this logo. Can anybody post those?

#9 kpbl_design

kpbl_design
  • Member

  • Members
  • 150 posts
  • Joined: Aug 5/09
    • Location:Columbus, OH


Posted March 10, 2012 - 20:00

I usually look at my artwork as a timeline of sorts, to monitor my progress over the years...
I never say never,so It's possible... but highly unlikely.
Kristopher "Baze" Bazen
www.krisbazen.com

#10 EddieJ1984

EddieJ1984
  • Member

  • Members
  • 2,217 posts
  • Joined: Jul 31/05


Posted March 10, 2012 - 20:11

Did you know of the buffalo bills prototype logo before you designed the buffaslug? Also what do you think of the "Buffaslug" nickname?
http://www.sportslog...haczg9phhfigavw

#11 Morgo

Morgo
  • Go Canucks!

  • Members
  • 3,323 posts
  • Joined: Aug 21/06
    • Location:Calgary AB Canada

    • Favourite Logos:Minnesota Wild
      Hartford Whalers
      Minnesota North Stars
      Detroit Red Wings
      Vancouver Canucks Orca

Posted March 10, 2012 - 20:19

Posted Image

A couple questions about the final product (I apologize if I come off as offensive but I guarantee you I'm not intending to, you have a great attitude about this and I'm glad the experience has helped you as a designer). The part the red arrow is pointing to... is that meant to be the other buffalo horn or was that intended to be a tuft?

Also which is the buffalo's chin? Green #1 or green #2?

#12 nash61

nash61
  • TarasenKO'd

  • Members
  • 6,331 posts
  • Joined: Sep 26/08

    • Favourite Logos:Johnny Canuck, Hartford Whalers, Lady Liberty, Stinger, Pre-Edge London Knights, Philadelphia Eagles, Florida Gators

Posted March 10, 2012 - 20:46


I did see a redesign of the classic charging bison and crossed swords among your proposals. How could the Sabres reject it?


kpbl would know better than me but didn't Reebok have some lame excuse like "the circular logo wouldn't fit on the edge template?" Also I remember seeing on these boards some very early hand drawn iterations of this logo. Can anybody post those?

Posted Image

It's like watching the hellish undead creakily shuffling their way out of the flames of a liposuction clinic dumpster fire.

Story B: Red Wings go undefeated and score 100 goals in every game. They also beat a team comprised of Godzilla, the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, 2 Power Rangers and Betty White. Oh, and they played in the middle of Iraq on a military base. In the sand. With no ice. Santa gave them special sand-skates that allowed them to play in shorts and t-shirts in 115 degree weather. Jesus, Zeus and Buddha watched from the sidelines and ate cotton candy.

POTD 5/24/12

 


#13 kpbl_design

kpbl_design
  • Member

  • Members
  • 150 posts
  • Joined: Aug 5/09
    • Location:Columbus, OH


Posted March 10, 2012 - 21:01

Did you know of the buffalo bills prototype logo before you designed the buffaslug? Also what do you think of the "Buffaslug" nickname?
http://www.sportslog...haczg9phhfigavw

I'm sure this image was gathered as some sort of reference point in the early stages.

The "Buffaslug" nickname doesn't bother me really... I thought it being referred to as Donald Trump's hair was the funniest!
Kristopher "Baze" Bazen
www.krisbazen.com

#14 kpbl_design

kpbl_design
  • Member

  • Members
  • 150 posts
  • Joined: Aug 5/09
    • Location:Columbus, OH


Posted March 10, 2012 - 21:05

Posted Image

A couple questions about the final product (I apologize if I come of as offensive but I guarantee you I'm not intending to, you have a great attitude about this and I;m the experience has helped you as a designer). The part the red arrow is pointing to... is that meant to be the other buffalo horn or was that intended to be a tuft?

Also which is the buffalo's chin? Green #1 or green #2?


I don't find your comments offensive at all, I'm easy.

The yellow at the top of the head is supposed to be a horn... I thought coloring it yellow would set it in the background.

Green #1 is supposed to be the chin, and Green#2 is supposed to be the nose.

Keywords: Supposed to be.
Kristopher "Baze" Bazen
www.krisbazen.com

#15 sportstar1212

sportstar1212
  • Member

  • Members
  • 4,026 posts
  • Joined: Sep 18/11
    • Location:South Park, CO

    • Favourite Logos:Chicago Blackhawks
      Montreal Expos
      New England Patriots "Pat Patriot"
      Boston Celtics
      Hockey Canada 2010

Posted March 10, 2012 - 21:07

If the buffalo had legs and a more pronounced tail, I wouldn't have any problem with the logo.

SSs78Ju.png

 


#16 speedy

speedy
  • Member

  • Members
  • 2,741 posts
  • Joined: Sep 13/06
    • Location:Boston, MA


Posted March 10, 2012 - 21:10

I never really had a problem with this logo, I think it would've been better served on the shoulders though. It's too horizontal for a crest, that's why it would've flowed so much more with the yoke.

Did you try using the navy on the horn to give the impression it was behind the head, or would that have muddled it too much?

skyline-1.png


#17 kpbl_design

kpbl_design
  • Member

  • Members
  • 150 posts
  • Joined: Aug 5/09
    • Location:Columbus, OH


Posted March 10, 2012 - 21:11



I did see a redesign of the classic charging bison and crossed swords among your proposals. How could the Sabres reject it?


kpbl would know better than me but didn't Reebok have some lame excuse like "the circular logo wouldn't fit on the edge template?" Also I remember seeing on these boards some very early hand drawn iterations of this logo. Can anybody post those?

Posted Image


I honestly couldn't tell you the in's and out's of how that logo in particular worked with the Edge jerseys... sorry.

The top sketch you've provided was done within the department... I can tell you this for sure. Wasn't me, though.
The other sketches were provided on the boards by someone who was at the Sabres or Rbk's HQ... not qute sure on that. As you can tell by the last sketch, that is a trace of a few of my works that were slightly altered.
Kristopher "Baze" Bazen
www.krisbazen.com

#18 Morgo

Morgo
  • Go Canucks!

  • Members
  • 3,323 posts
  • Joined: Aug 21/06
    • Location:Calgary AB Canada

    • Favourite Logos:Minnesota Wild
      Hartford Whalers
      Minnesota North Stars
      Detroit Red Wings
      Vancouver Canucks Orca

Posted March 10, 2012 - 21:26

Posted Image


The second logo from the top is frankly the best Sabres logo I've ever seen.

#19 kpbl_design

kpbl_design
  • Member

  • Members
  • 150 posts
  • Joined: Aug 5/09
    • Location:Columbus, OH


Posted March 10, 2012 - 21:37

I never really had a problem with this logo, I think it would've been better served on the shoulders though. It's too horizontal for a crest, that's why it would've flowed so much more with the yoke.

Did you try using the navy on the horn to give the impression it was behind the head, or would that have muddled it too much?


Can't recall if I had tried the navy option with the background horn... I probably did, but didn't feel good about it at the time. It's been a minute.
Kristopher "Baze" Bazen
www.krisbazen.com

#20 andrewharrington

andrewharrington
  • The Go-Getter

  • Members
  • 5,475 posts
  • Joined: Aug 10/04
    • Location:Cleveland, OH > Indianapolis, IN


Posted March 10, 2012 - 21:49

I'm glad people finally have nice things to say about the logo now that it's been proven the designer is a human just like you and me instead of a faceless, big-name sportswear corporation or marketing agency :P. In all seriousness, though, I think it would be fun to see how this logo would be executed today, with the benefit of hindsight and all that.
I still don't have a website, but I have a dribbble now! http://dribbble.com/andyharry

[The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent the position, strategy or opinions of the adidas Group and its brands.]