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  1. Edmonton. Knocked. This. Out. Of. The. Park.
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  2. Yeah, they had 100 days... Last year. What's their excuse this year?
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  3. IDK if Washington’s process has to be much harder - I’d be fine with Washington Elks, and just recollection Edmonton’s sweet logo. Seriously though, it is much harder, but for them not to have been working on it for a decade - even if solely for contingency purposes - is crap. if they make a shirt with just the elk head logo and no words, I’ll probably get one. I really like that style of logo, and love that it’s not perfect.
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  4. If they were going with Elks, then, to paraphrase @tBBP , they couldn't not try the antlers on the helmet. They'd be raked over the coals, particularly by uniform nerds like us, for not doing so. They might switch it up after a couple of years, and go to the EE or the full elk head, but when an opportunity like this comes up, you have to take it. Elks front office possibly in a couple of years:
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  5. Logo: Great Name: Great. Better name for a football team than Eskimos, even! 10/10 And now they can move on. See how easy that was, WFT and CBT?
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  6. This was a fantastic rebrand. They did everything right, from picking the right name to the right form of the name to keeping the EE but cleaning it up and...using the elk antlers on the helmet! That was 100% the right move, and it looks awesome. It tastes...alright. I can't really describe it other than "it tastes like meat, it's gamey, and is good." Take from that what you will. The "Washington only had a hundred days" argument justifies one season as the WFT. What's their excuse for dragging it out another year?
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  7. I'll blame them, sure. Anyone could have seen the writing on the wall that the old name wasn't going to last. Ownership should have changed the name decades ago, but even factoring in nostalgic attachment to the old name? Smart ownership would have had a "just in case gets real" name and identity on hand to switch to. They didn't, and what do ya know? got real. Now even with all of that said...I get it. They dropped the name a hundred days before the start of the next season. And in those circumstances going by "Washington Football Team" for a year is acceptable and understandable. Two years though? That's just dragging the process out. How do I know that? 'cause the Eskimos->Edmonton Football Team->Elks transition happened in about a year. They tossed names up on their website, asked fans to vote for their favourites, and ran with the name that won. They even delayed the process a bit to consult with linguists over "Elk" vs "Elks." So I have to believe the Washington Football Team- which has way more money and resources than the Edmonton Elks- could have pulled off a rebrand in time for the 2021 season. They just didn't because...Dan Snyder.
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  8. Can the title of this thread be changed to- “THEY DIDN’T DROP THE EE, DAMNIT!”
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  9. Funny - all of those "flaws" are reasons I like it. It's perfectly imperfect, but without trying to be so. It works within the aesthetics of the 50s - 80s, and even with today's minimalistic trends. The only decades it would seem out of place in is the '90s and '00s - and that's a great thing!
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  10. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
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  11. Yes teams can't just push out a new identity on a whim, but they weren't given 100 days to come up with a new name. They were given literal decades to make their change. If they'd done it in 1995 they could've rolled it out on their own timelines and we'd have moved on by now. They refused and kept refusing until we reached a point where they were forced to come up with solutions that happened to be on compressed timelines. That's their fault. When I say "see how easy that was" I'm talking about 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 30 years ago.
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  12. I'm one of the few who would have preferred Edmonton Elk as the name. I'm not thrilled with the antler in the primary mark simply floating above the elk's head. I believe that the antlers on the helmet could use a bit more "weight". All of that said, this still represents a terrific rebrand on the part of Edmonton's CFL franchise. To my mind, it instantly becomes one of the league's top identities... perhaps the best.
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  13. A team did what this message board told it to do and it actually worked out really, really well!
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  14. Read before commenting, this has been addressed several times here. The classic EE HAS NOT BEEN DITCHED.
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  15. I'm not sure I agree. The Elks' identity is very vintage- people have noted how the logo could have come out of the 70s (I'm getting 70s minor league hockey vibes). The helmet antlers are likewise vintage- they're a single colour on a single colour shell- green on athletic gold. We don't know what the jerseys will look like, or if they're even going to massively redesign them, but from what we've seen it's a very conservative identity that would almost seem to be analogous to the Rams' 1973-1999 identity. Now one could argue (and I certainly would) that the Rams should have tried for something like that with their 2020 redesign, but they almost took great pains not to. From the introduction of "bone" to the gradients, to taking a very simple colour on colour helmet logo and redesigning it, the Rams seemed to want to avoid retro as much as they could. Whereas the Elks' identity- at least what we've seen of it- seems like a loving embrace of a throwback identity that never existed but feels like it should have.
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  16. It's supposed to adapt the Progress Pride Flag: The white, pink, and light blue represent the transgender pride flag, the brown represents people of color, and the black represents those killed by AIDS.
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  17. The TML logo was pretty awful. Give me the detailed leaf shoulder patch any day.
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  18. They’ve had more time then Edmonton overall. Who says they couldn’t of worked on it over the season? It’s not like the players and coaches are actually playing a major role in the design process. There’s no reason the “football team” branding should’ve lasted more then a season.
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  19. Reading the Facebook comments from hometown fans on the Elks page, it's amazing how many are mad that the EE is "gone forever" when if you actually look at what the team posted, they confirmed the EE logo is still going to be used as an alternate, and the store has lots of swag with the new version of the EE. Even the official press release of the new logo has the Elk with a giant EE in the background... Like, you can't be so upset that your precious team that you love so much is changing, but then not actually pay attention to details of the changes? Granted, this isn't a majority, just a loud bunch of naysayers who likely weren't going to be happy with anything... not realizing how lucky they are that this rebrand absolutely soars, when it could have crashed so hard... I'm for anything that makes the CFL look good. A hell of a job by Edmonton and an early favourite for the Chris Creamer logo of the year award...
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  20. I did this a while back as an example (edit of Steven Grant’s mock-up of the D logo on the original edge uniforms.) if they want to keep the current colors and logos something like this would be ideal. Although at this point I think going back to the Mighty Duck logo would make this even better and a good blend of eras.
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  21. Yeah, it was almost like they accidentally ordered the stickers for the small plastic helmets in the team store instead of the regular sized ones, but still used them anyways. It was also placed really low on the helmet too, so it was partially covered up by the straps on some helmets and part of the logo is cut off where the indentation for the facemask is. Compare it to the Packers and the similarly shaped old Jets decals.
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  22. Thank you both for the info, I wasn’t aware of either flag until now. For what ever reason I that the original rainbow pride flag already represented the trans community as one of its colors. I guess I was wrong. I assumed the white, brown, and black was suppose to represent POC but the blue and pink threw me off. Thank you again for teaching me the little bit of knowledge.
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  23. There are a lot of pride flags. The pink and blue are from the trans pride flag. The black and brown, unless I'm mistaken, comes from the redesigned pride flag that sought to be more inclusive to people of color, as they are at the forefront of battles against oppression, as well as honoring AIDS victims. https://preen.ph/96232/this-redesigned-pride-flag-may-be-the-new-lgbtq-symbol Edit: Beat to it!
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  24. It just struck me that this is the kind of aesthetic that the Rams tried and failed to pull off with their rebrand.
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  25. This is actually a worthy tribute, much better than some others, but I still don't like messing with the on-field uniforms.
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  26. i agree that the timing would seem to be off, but it is worth noting that the league and retailers have sort of gotten away from the traditional timeline, whether that's pandemic-influenced (i assume the case with the NHL's reverse retro) or not (nike seems like it had this timeline for city connect planned, but maybe i'm wrong). if the NFL did waive the one-shell rule, i could see them taking, like...six teams and trotting out throwbacks/existing designs on thanksgiving weekend (maybe like cowboys, bucs, pats, etc.). could goose holiday retail sales and put new merch in the pipeline for after the crucial catch/salute to service stuff wraps up.
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  27. I’m so glad they put the S at the end more than anything, so nailing new logos and the helmet is a plus. The new logo has a modern 70s feel to it the same way the Alouettes new rebrand did. A new logo that feels like it’s been around for decades. That’s the sweet spot. I do hope the new EE logo is somewhere prominently on the uniforms to keep that part of history. I’d like to see it as a patch on the chest like the Chiefs AFL logo. The CFL has been doing everything right with these recent rebrands. Now if they can get good looking uniforms across the league, and a 10th team we’d be all set lol.
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  28. They'll just sell the Lynx. I still think the NBA would prefer an expansion team in Seattle with a fat expansion fee.
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  29. Been a while, but I got the 1997-2007 Washington Capitals black jersey for $15.
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  30. Really agree wrt navy/forest. I'm also on team purple. It keeps ties to the New Orleans origin while representing the mountains of Utah. I feel that a cool color (purple, navy, light blue) version of the Red Rocks uniforms could be a nice way to modernize the cartoonish but iconic mountain set. BTW, just watched Brooklyn-Boston Game 5. Another game that was black v white, which is boring to watch. Wasted opportunity to have Boston in white instead of green, that gray court does great things for bright uniforms. Still don't like their logos, but the Nets are kinda the Oregon Ducks of the NBA for me, where experimentation is the brand and it works for them.
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  31. In non-Rays news, the Giants are wearing a Pride-themed cap and jersey this Saturday against the Cubs;
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  32. It's refreshing to have a rebrand/redesign that just nails it and doesn't find a way to mess everything up trying to be "innovative".
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  33. And I’m positive every team and fan base in the world would take that trade for a title. Can’t complain too much tho, I’ve seen the Lakers win 6 titles. Very fortunate and grateful especially considering my other main teams (the Cowboys and LAFC) are perennial playoff chokers lmao.
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  34. After yet another long stretch of classes and little motivation, I've got a few updates to share. First up is Jacksonville. I've been pretty much happy with Jacksonville so far since my last update, but the logo and font especially felt a bit lacking to me. So I redesigned the whole package around the same logo and uniform ideas, this time with darker, stormier colors, a much better font, and a redesigned set of uniforms, partially inspired by the late St. Louis XFL team. For New York, I modified the logo set to feel a bit more sturdy and to fit better on a helmet, and redesigned the font and uniforms. Cincinnati gets an updated logo, with a custom font and a more unique C-shamrock logo. Uniforms are still a work in progress. Arizona gets updated pants and helmet striping, based on southwestern native patterns, tweaked colors for a bit more pop, and a vibrant, shimmery orange helmet. Chicago gets an updated uniform set, with standardized striping patterns now extending to the collar and cuffs, a flag patch instead of an alternate logo, and an updated wordmark and number font. Winnipeg gets an updated uniform set, aiming for a semi-traditional look with a more timeless number font and a more striking shade of blue. Lastly, here's the uniform set for Vancouver. I'm still having trouble with a logo, but I'm really happy with how this set will work for the team. Largely inspired by @nate.sweitz's Ravens concept, with shimmery feather patterns and gradients found throughout the set. That's all I have for now. As for the rest of the league, I'm working on updates for a handful of teams, including Miami, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Montréal, Detroit, San Francisco, and maybe Denver. I can't be sure when I'll be able to get most of the updates and new teams done, as I now have summer classes for the next month and a busy summer between family plans and work. For now, though, I hope you enjoy this batch of updates. Made in Affinity Designer. C&C appreciated.
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  35. The return of Izzy?
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  36. I consider myself a massive fan of custom fonts. However, there's a point where they get to be a bit ridiculous, and this new Madrid font ruins a classy and wonderful shirt otherwise.
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  37. I doubt there's as much red tape to cut through in the CFL vs. the NFL too.
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  38. I understand that. I don't myself take it as a negative, but I still understand where you're coming from.
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  39. That's precisely why people say venison is "gamey".
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  40. Phillies loser Matt Joyce hit a grand slam in the 9th inning against a position-player pitcher, with his team leading 13-3. "Unwritten rules" violation? Funny how it's not a big deal when Tony LaRussa isn't involved.
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  41. Not for nothing, but since I've been up here in the northern plains of South Dakota, I've been sampling all kinds of new stuff--well, even more than I already was prior to getting up here. I've taken a particular liking to bison. (Fun fact: there is actually a real live buffalo ranch on the northeast side of this town; dude grazes about 20 or so of them.) There's a place here called the Meat Lodge that butchers and sells locally-sourced meat products; they have everything in there from regular beef and chicken to bison and venison and yes, elk steak. (The great irony is that much-ballyhooed Smithfield Foods pork plant that basically spearheaded the COVID-19 outbreak up here last summer is straight down the street from it.) They also sell seafood--but naturally, that stuff's imported. Anyway, yes, when you get the chance, try the elk. It's nowhere near as fatty as regular beef and yes, does taste better; it's a little more like lamb--which means you better know what you're doing when grilling or cooking it, or else you'll end up with a rubber sponge between your teeth.
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  42. It was the best new design to come out when the Reebok edge templates arrived back in 07-08, almost every other teams took a step back, or stayed the same. I still think that with yellow socks, it's their best look ever
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  43. Only thing Leafs have done right in my life time is their current uniforms.
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  44. The Edmonton Elks is a magnificent rebrand for a Canadian Football team. I love it even more than their previous name. Helmet antlers are a great addition. It finally gives them something of their own, away from that Green Bay Packers lookalike helmet. Classic inspired elements like the Eagles wings and the Bengals stripes. Now they have their own take on that. The folks in charge of rebranding pro sports have been on fire, nowadays. Chalk this one up with all the other successful rebrands from the last 2-3 years. (Sabres, Padres, etc)
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  45. Daaaannnnngg, folk...Edmonton went full Zangief and hit the Final Atomic Buster on this rebrand!!! It is so difficult to reduce an otherwise complex form down to the simplest most basic elements, and yet they managed to pull this off without looking cheesy, contrived, or half-baked (take notes, LA Rams!). I want to see their updated uniforms...I think I probably would've preferred they kept it to just green and yellow, but so long as they keep the white to tertiary trim status, I think they'll be alright. That Elk head logo, though...gorgeous. Speaking of, to @4_tattoos's point, yeah I could completely see that logo working on the helmet, but I get why they went the antler route--they almost kinda couldn't not go that way. This is right up at the top with the best of the most recent sports rebrands for me.
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  46. Says a lot about the wreck the Rays' visual identity is when over the past couple of pages navy blue, indigo, forest green, light blue, kelly green, yellow, royal blue, gold, neon green, indigo-blueish-purple, powder blue, seafoam green and even gradients have all been suggested solutions to their lack of identity. It's quite an accomplishment in 23 short years!
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  47. This may have a chance of being the most positively agreed upon update in board history. A great look and a historic day.
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