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  1. Damn, look how fast those are! That face, though: Pick a scene, really.
  2. I could. I just don’t like settling. Since you asked, though, I think they’re best when they celebrate specific people or stories relevant to the school and/or region. The service academies are typically great at this. LSU had a good one this year. The recent crops from Arizona St., Texas A&M, Mississippi St., and Kansas have been nice as well. Basically, if it has Stars and stripes on it, it’s probably trite, contrived, or both.
  3. None, but I don’t think this kind of variance is normal (there’s not really a perfect way to do this, but note that these are both likely taken outdoors and that the value and tone of the grass are fairly similar for comparison purposes). “Well, normally it looks decent, sometimes it looks terrible, but there’s that 5% window where it looks amaaazing,” is not solid design thinking to me. I think it’s smarter to use something with more consistency, unless a wildly shifting color is a major part of your brand (indoor/outdoor for comparison below).
  4. I love the dark brown, but the orange does have a tendency to look flat, red, and/or lifeless on TV. The old orange was much more forgiving across multiple displays and color settings. Under the sun is best case scenario, overcast natural light is even pretty good, but it looks miserable at night under the lights. The flatness is actually the problem under artificial light. It’s a more vibrant orange, but it either looks like Texas orange or straight up red under stadium lights.
  5. Or we could think of new, alternative ways to communicate “patriotism” that don’t involve disrespecting and/or appropriating our nation’s symbol in the name of commerce.
  6. It does seem pretty split, at least among non-Calgarians. If I had my way, I’d keep the home and road black free (not necessarily the throwback design as is, but that color palette for sure), and use the third as a place to experiment with black.
  7. They should ship the jerseys in boxes with those dye packs that are used to foil bank robbers. That’ll take care of the store leakers real quick.
  8. I think that’s what makes them unique. Sure, it’s not the natural choice, but if everyone always did exactly what was expected, we’d never stumble upon anything new or interesting. Of course, they need more branding to support it if this style is going to be a school-wide thing, but I think it has potential. Honestly, I’d guess that they chamfered the inside corners to link it to the BU monogram and BAYLOR wordmark a little.
  9. Personally, I think gold is the darkest you can go with matching pants and helmet before it starts to look weird with a dark jersey.
  10. I honestly think that’s a big reason why the new set (and the countless mockups out there that “fix” the stripes) don’t work as well. It makes the uniform look too stock and too contemporary. The Browns’ classic set is kind of like the Giants’ uniform in that it’s a mess of all different patterns, but that tapestry effect is what makes it interesting and give it a richness that is lacking in an “everything matches” uniform. The only change major change I’d entertain on these is reversing the colors of the pant stripe, but I’m still torn because I know brown on the outside would coordinate nicely with the helmet stripe, but I think the extra orange down there balances the helmet shell quite well. For a team with a brand like the Browns, this kind of stuff works. For the Jaguars or Titans, not so much. Two other ideas that interest me: I like the idea of going back to the thinner orange bands on the sleeve/sock to further differentiate the stripe designs: It’ll never happen, but I’d also be interested in seeing them try a wild card and go with the previous helmet design with the solid white stripe and pair it with a solid orange pant stripe to match:
  11. Anything that looks like the flag is a flag, according to Section 3: “The words “flag, standard, colors, or ensign”, as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the UnitedStates of America.”
  12. I like it, too. I just think it can be better. You really gotta nail it to impress me, though, for better or worse.
  13. Just a little friendly PSA for type designers: rhythm is a hugely important quality of good typography. When you add speed nicks or bevel notches or whatever you want to call these, it *reeeally* helps the rhythm when they all “flow” the same direction. Just looking at what’s here, the numbers on a player wearing 39 are going to look like they’re fighting each other, while the numbers on a player wearing 93 are going to look like they’re running away from each other. That 4 is really dense as well. “If you ain’t learnin’ how to get better, you’re just sittin’ around gettin’ worse.”