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Everything posted by andrewharrington

  1. They’re not bad in the sun, but in shadow they can become nearly invisible. Same problem the Browns have with their color rush uniform.
  2. Damn, look how fast those are! That face, though: Pick a scene, really.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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:
  12. 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.”
  13. I like it, too. I just think it can be better. You really gotta nail it to impress me, though, for better or worse.
  14. 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.”
  15. Makes sense. A custom set of numbers is a great branding tool... provided it’s a natural extension of your brand and it’s tastefully done. Custom numbers are not a problem; poor conception, poor design, and/or poor execution of said custom numbers is the problem.
  16. It looks like a college team dressing up as the Browns, like if Bowling Green pulled an Iowa.
  17. Yep, and that might be the entire list (the Jags’ original numbers were a pretty good match for their wordmark at the time, too). Broncos (sorta)? Ravens (sorta)?
  18. I’d bet my house that those are not the jersey numerals. When’s the last time an NFL team unveiled a uniform with numbers that match its wordmark?
  19. They weren’t custom for the teams, rather, they were custom across each brand. If today’s manufacturers did it like the old ones. You’d have “Nike Block” for every Nike team, “UA Bold” for every UA team, and so on.
  20. Let’s not return to the 2000s approach of demoting the home jersey that pairs with the white one and promoting the classic uniform with a completely different design to primary home status. The home and road should, with few exceptions, look like a natural pair. Outliers should be designated thirds and retros. That is to say, if the Oilers want to bring back royal blue, go big or go home.
  21. Agreed. It’s a such a simple, tasteful graphic, and yet it’s instantly evocative of the team’s nickname. That’s a tough thing to accomplish. Florida State’s feather graphic is a little too obnoxious and over-designed for me, but Iowa State’s cyclone stripe is on point. I wish college basketball teams didn’t change uniform designs so often, because I’d love to see more of these elements stick around for years or even decades and become signature looks for the teams.
  22. I think you’re right that this is the main reason people give, but the way I see it, the Jets added black well before it became trendy in uniforms, and they ditched it before it really jumped the shark and filtered down to the lower levels of the sport. It’s strange to think about, but the Jets were on the forefront. They set the pace for two of the most significant movements of contemporary uniform design: the “black soup” movement of the mid- to late 1990s and the “return to the classics” movement of the early to mid-2000s.
  23. Flawed? Sounds more like a valid artistic choice to me.