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    On 6/17/2019 at 2:57 PM, mjrbaseball said:

    I am glad that you kept the proper proportions for the flags. Some graphics make all the flags the same size, usually with a hoist-to-fly ratio of 2:3. But that really distorts some flags, such as Canada (it makes the red bands too narrow), and the U.S (the stripes appear cut off). Also Qatar would look ridiculous at 2:3.

    My only criticism is the white of flags on a white background. I would have used a faint outline, nothing more than 1 point at 50% gray. It practically disappears against colors, but it defines the edges of white.


    You're right, I needed to do better with some contrast for the flags. Good tip. 

  2. To me, the drop shadows are essential to their look. The Lakers look so ordinary without them. I compare it to the NY Rangers. The drop shadowed wordmark on their sweaters is iconic. For awhile they wore darker blue "New York" alternates. The wordmark wasn't italicized and it didn't have drop shadows. Why veer from a famous and beloved look?

  3. 2 hours ago, Olmec said:



    This needed to be replaced the second it was revealed. 

    I couldn't agree more! They should go school-wide with their gorgeous basketball wordmark:



    As for an "ST. J" logo, I've always liked the one on their old baseball caps, even though it's similar to the St. Louis Cards:



  4. 58 minutes ago, oldschoolvikings said:


    When discussing the Cincinnati Bengals current uniform on these boards, someone once described them as being less of a sports uniform worn by a team named after a tiger, and more "tiger costume", as though the players were on their way to a masquerade ball.  To maybe a slightly lesser degree, I get the same vibe from these;




    As far as the black/gold/black combination, you're right, I definitely prefer it to all black monochrome, but let's be honest... the current uniform has been worn as a mono-combo also;





    Or let me come at this from a different direction.  Years ago, in an undergraduate life drawing class, during a critique I watched and listened to the professor destroy one of my classmates.  What made it worse for the poor guy was he had been pretty sure he was awesome... he had taught himself quite a few drawing "tricks" and was using pretty much all of them.  There was no line, no mark, no texture, no shade he left out. In fact, I'm pretty sure they were quite a few lines he just made up on the spot. 27 years later, I don't remember much of what the prof actually said, but one thing stuck in my head, and I say it all the time to my students... If you can communicate everything you want in three lines, then use three lines. Everything else is just useless clutter. 


    More often than not, less is more.  For my favorite Missouri Tiger's uniform, were going to have to go a little further back...



    The problem with this otherwise pleasant vintage Mizzou look is that the helmet's block "M" looks too much like Michigan's.

  5. The Ram Horn visual is so strong that it looks good no matter what colors the helmet is rendered in. 

    I love the Flipper Anderson/Chris Evert era blue-and-yellow helmets but while they're guests at USC's Coliseum I'd rather they not wear UCLA's colors. The blue-and-whites are great for this interim period. 

  6. Tremendous observation. This is exactly why I read this forum.


    The awful-looking elongated stretch between the "M" and the "e" is exactly why the Mets are one of the many teams that would look so much better in a button-free pullover. 


    Totally agree that their original "shorter/squatter" NY was much, much better. I hate that most NY Giants replicas use the modern Mets NY.


    And that Stengel hat shows how much better the Mets looked when they used a darker "Dodger" blue. 

  7. 7 hours ago, WSU151 said:


    The size of the Washington wordmark is the same on the regular jerseys as it is the alternate...so I still don't understand your complaint.  And both Washington and Atlanta are easy to read.  



    The wordmark stands out better with the colored chest striping then adrift in a sea of white fabric.

    Moreover, the awful number outlining on the alternate distracts from the wordmark. All I see is the number. 

  8. 7 hours ago, WSU151 said:


    I can't say I agree...  



    Compare "Washington" to "Atlanta" here from a distance. Atlanta, even with the poor color choices, is easier to read. Even though "Washington" is a long word, could the letters be taller? In any event, the ratio of number size to wordmark is off. And in the bigger picture I think it's better to wear a look that is both unique to a franchise and that has historical championship pedigree versus wearing one that rips off Philly and BK. 



  9. "Washington" is very hard to read on these home alternates. The chest striping on their normal unis helps the wordmark stand out better. Without the chest striping the eye is drawn to the jersey number instead. 

    Moreover, the chest striping gives them a unique look. Not only is it unique but it's the style they wore when they won their NBA championship in 1978. Without it they look so much more generic. And stars on the side is already done by the Nets and Sixers.

  10. 13 minutes ago, Germanshepherd said:

    While I like the side striping on the regular homes better, these ones have readable front numbers, so I'd give them the edge. 

    But the ratio of the number size to the wordmark size is off. And the chest striping is what makes Washington look unique. These look like a bad version of the beautiful Dr J Nets jerseys

  11. Just read this column again. Excellent work. Once you lay out the case the differences in the "B" become jarring. 

    I feel like there's a similar problem with the NY baseball Giants hats sold these days. The current replicas use the taller "NY" as used by the Mets rather than the wider, shorter one used by the 1950s Gints and by the Mets themselves until the 90s.

  12. I realize that Cleveland's block "C" has historical precedent from the 1910s and their 1920 World Series, but not only is it lifeless it looks too much like the "C" on Cal Berkeley's baseball caps. Slight difference in the serif on the upper right.

    Cal Berkeley Baseball Block C Hat.jpg

  13. 4 hours ago, dont care said:

    You do realize undershirts are used in all sports right? 

    Not in the outdoor sports. Tennis players generally don't wear undershirts. Soccer players generally don't. Golfers generally don't. Rugby players generally don't. Aussie Rules players generally don't. Cricket players generally don't.

    I couldn't stand wearing "real" baseball jerseys when I played in an adult league a few years back. Wearing an undershirt underneath a heavy, scratchy jersey in the August sun was maddening. 

    Aesthetically, I think that most baseball teams with a chest-wide wordmark looked better in the pullover era because there was no gap in said wordmark.

  14. 3 hours ago, Around the Horn said:

    Flushing is one stop east on the 7 train; Corona two stops west, Jackson Heights 6 stops west. Thats a 10 minute ride at most, not bad at all.

    Yeah, it's under a ten minute walk from New Shea to some amazing bars and restaurants on Roosevelt just past 114th. Love going to Tres Potrillos and La Picardia. And in the other direction on College Point blvd, Kane's diner is my favorite in the entire city. 

  15. 9 minutes ago, Around the Horn said:

    Or the Mets

    Thankfully the Mets don't need any corporate development because their ballpark is right near amazing Central American food in Corona and amazing Asian food in  Flushing.


    The Atlanta development looks like it's going to be filled with boring corporate chains like Dave and Buster's, Yard House, and Buffalo Wild Wings. 

  16. 10 hours ago, Gothamite said:


    How could I have forgotten about that?  That was brilliant. 








    That was a great shirt but it was completely ruined by the Robo-Rooster/Le Robo Coq in the crest. Somehow it still persists in the official FFF logo but they've gone back to the classic rooster on the shirts. 

  17. 6 hours ago, aawagner011 said:

    But with international kits, colors are king

    Word is bond. In soccer especially where the chest advertisement and manufacturer's logo on the right chest often overshadow a club or nation's crest, colors are really all we have to hold onto. 

  18. The NY Times had a great story recently about how Mike Piazza bought a lower-level Italian soccer club named AC Reggiana. I made this goofy new logo for his team with the thought that they should take advantage of having such a charismatic owner. Let that flowing mullet and manly mustache be a beacon!


    On a design note, this was my first attempt at drawing digitally in Photoshop and trying to achieve a watercolor effect. 





    Mike Piazza Calcio Reggiana Italy Soccer Football Club AC New York Mets Owner Logo with Original copy.jpg

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