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  1. Agreed. Honestly, the first thing I thought of was this:
  2. Thanks for the comments. I'll try to incorporate some of those suggestions, they all sound pretty good and more than do-able. Color will be incorporated, likely red, blue, and silver/white but I figured if I couldn't get it to look good in B/W, I had no chance in color. I totally agree about the 6 letters but that is something I have to work with. A shorter name would have been much more enjoyable to work with. How about fonts? Anyone have any suggestions on something that might work well with this? I'm not overly thrilled with either choice really, but the DMAAHL text is the worse of the two. Any ideas would be well appreciated. Thanks again for the comments guys.
  3. I was asked by the director of my rec. hockey league if I could come up with a logo for the league. The league is switching to being run by the players, instead of by the rink, which was mismanaging the league. In spirit with the new direction, the director wanted a logo for various uses, from league forms and documents to jersey patches. Extra money was not available to hire a dedicated logo designer, so the director asked me if I could design something, knowing that I designed a few jerseys for the league and was capable of making vectorized logos. I offered to take a crack at it, and if he liked one of my concepts, the league was welcome to it. Anyhow, I drafted several concepts, and he has selected the following as his favorite: I'm moderatly pleased with this logo, but I know it could be better. But I tend to fall into the same ruts when I lay this stuff out. I'm far from a professional. So I'm hoping you guys can give me some insight here. Is it good? Does it suck? What could I change? What must be changed? Any thoughts or insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  4. I guess its a nice enough flag, but I would never have identified that as the wisconsin state flag, even having lived there for most of my life. There is a lot of symbolism there, and I wouldn't have caught a single piece of it. I'm not really sure what the state trunk highway marker has to do with anything other than as a route marker. 30 points, would not have connected that with 30th state 5 major industries? Nope. 2 Great lakes, didn't catch that. Forests, I actually figured that one out. I think there are more things out there that define Wisconsin than its industries. That stuff changes in time, the flag should have a more timeless quality IMO. Wisconsin is often touted as "God's Country" why not look a little deeper into why that is said, and take it from there. Go spend 10 minutes in central iowa, and you'll quickly appreciate the little things that make Wisconsin a beautiful place to visit. Things like the vast number of rivers, streams, creeks, ponds, and lakes (and the fishing that is associated), the vast rolling hills, forests of trees, small family farms, wildlife galore. While your flag covers all of those things, its made them into 2 trianges and a line.
  5. Same reason as the NHL...money Using a uniform template saves RBK money in production costs. A small handful of setups can produce all of the jerseys instead of having to do special setups for each team. All RBK has to do is swap out colours and things are pretty well set. No need to make all sorts of different dies and such. One set of programming for the stitching. Not to mention a bunch of teams will get new jerseys...so a huge increase in revenue for RBK (and the league).
  6. I guess I don't care for the location being that you are looking at axing the main parking area for WFA.
  7. Minnesota has a great logo, one of the best in the league IMO. Essentially, its a Bear's head with a sun (ears) setting over a forest (fur), with a river winding through at it's mouth, making the eye is the North Star, in tribute to Minnesota's original NHL team. (borrowed from sportsencyclopedia)
  8. Jerseys are using the ducks template. Also has a state of iowa shoulder patch.
  9. I'm guessing RBK pads? Premier Pro II/8k style? Like Fleury's old yellow pads, except green?
  10. Congrats on making the team. I hope I get a chance to see you play this season. I Live in Des Moines, so I hope to see you out playing the Bucs.
  11. just a point for consideration, the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse uses a burgandy and silver color scheme. Not sure if that will sway your decision on color, but it might. Also relavent, a statue in La Crosse:
  12. I know I said $30 was my max, but that's only because I'm cheap. I think that if a person really, really likes a player or team, than $80 or so is a fine price. You said that this work is in the 10-20 hour range, and I don't doubt it. You deserve more than $4-8 per hour for your labor, because really, many of these customs look awesome. But I suppose it's just one of those things I'll have to admire from afar. You could try your hand at one of these, there are a lot of resources available to help you out. Check out www.customsbyjomo.com There are some tips there, as well as a forum that is stocked with great customizers who are happy to answer questions. You don't have to be artistic to make a custom, you just need to have a bit of patience, some time, and a willingness to learn.
  13. I'm another customizer, though I specialize in hockey. I've been in the hobby for over 6 years now and selling for about 5. $80 probably seems pretty expensive, but for a quality custom, it isn't that much given the time these take to create. Most customs take somewhere in the 10-20 hour range, some less, some more, but its a general idea. After you take out material costs (paints, decals, clear coats and finishing sprays...), shipping, the base figure, profit is usually in the sub $5/hour range (USD). Customs can be more than that $80 mark mentioned, they can be less. Just be wary of what is out there. The folks on this forum are pretty well educated on the little details on a uniform. Most of the best customizers are able to identify these type of details, and it shows in their work. Aside from using correct fonts and logos on the jerseys, they are sure that equipment matches correct (or as closely as possible as there can be some limitations). A reputable customizer should be able to show you a quality photo of several pieces of their work (in focus, shows the detailed areas...). If they can't show you some decent photos, proceed with caution. Many of the ebay customizers use low quality photos that hide the poor quality of their work. Even bad customs can result in good Ebay feedback, so don't use Ebay feedback as a measure of quality...use your eyes. Look for clean, even painted lines, consistant paint coat (no light spots or underlying colour showing through), accurate uniform and equipment details, appropriate dull, matte, or glossy finishes on uniform and equipment (as applicable). You can get a good deal from time to time, but you normally get what you pay for. If you are looking for a custom, there are a lot of folks out there who can do a great job. Just to add some hockey to this thread, here are some of my favorites that I've made (not to take away from the great work done by Trent). Felix Potvin Josh Harding Wayne Gretzky (12" scale)