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  1. I really appreciate the kind words! Being mentioned in the same family as Artur Wrona's concept means a lot! I'm glad you weighed in on the pinstripes -- along with the maple leaf shorts detailing, that was an element I was really on the fence about. Everything about the uniform was so horizontal with the striping, and once I added the pinstripes in for vertical movement it didn't look right without them! I may tinker with removing the pinstripes but finding an additional detail to add in, likely on the shorts. They feel like they need one more clear Toronto Raptors identifying element. Also, I've adamantly against a purple uniform since starting this project....it just feels a bit too much like a step back towards the '90s for my tastes. However, I went ahead and drafted one up to see how it's received. It's the same design as the Association and Icon Edition uniforms, with the only differences being the strokes around the wordmark and numerals and the contrast-colored maple leaf shorts detailing. The wordmark looks a bit off to me, but I'll be interested to hear your thoughts! Thanks! Toronto Raptors Statement Edition Uniform Concept
  2. I haven't been on here in a while, mostly because I told myself, "Don't log back in until you have something worth sharing." This pair of concepts has some similarities to the Utah Jazz concept I most recently posted, though the ideas and inspiration for it came while watching The Finals and wanting to create a better uniform match-up. While these are only Association and Icon Edition uniforms for the Toronto Raptors, I ultimately want to round out a complete set for them as well as one for the Golden State (or San Francisco?) Warriors. The two guiding influences for these concepts were: 1) Drake's quote after Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals in which he stated, "We are like a college sports team -- the Toronto Raptors are a college sports team, I promise you." Watching throughout these playoffs, he's exactly right. Raptors fans, the city of Toronto, and Canada at large have come together to create a very college sports-like atmosphere while rallying around this team's run. It's entirely unique to the NBA, so I wanted to capture a bit of that. When I think of college sports, I think of tradition, recognizable color palettes, and block fonts -- so those elements were focused on heavily throughout the design process. 2) "What if Barney grew up, what would that look like?" That was something I kept asking myself as a thought about this project. Their '90s uniforms are nostalgically one of my all-time favorites, but I hate the idea of reinventing them in such a similar way. Just make the original a Classic Edition, wear it as many times as you can, and call it a day. The brand can draw inspiration from previous designs, but it ultimately has to keep pushing forward. It has to grow up. The classic color palette returns sans silver, though black and white are the primary colors while purple and red are secondary colors. The focus on black and white creates a simple, straightforward look while leaving room for liberal use of the secondary purple and red. The emphasis on color is explored through a single, unified striping pattern across the collar and armhole trim, waistband trim, and shorts detailing. The horizontal striping patterns are given vertical movement courtesy of their descending thickness as your eyes move up the uniform. Another sense of verticality comes from the sublimated vertical pinstripes -- I want to say their are six on each side of the jersey because Toronto is The Six, but it's actually just because I think an even amount of pinstripes creates significantly more balance than an odd amount. The pinstripes are also perfectly linear and vertical as opposed to the jagged design on the original uniforms. Going back to the college sports theme, both uniforms use a bold block typeface that's actually an elongated version of the Raptors' current one. The leveled look feels much more grown up than their current, goofily-arched wordmarks, and the numerals match better as well. Both uniforms use the "TORONTO" script, as college sports teams typically focus on their name rather than their mascot. I know this wouldn't be a popular choice for Nike and the NBA as it could alienate non-Toronto Canadian fans, but I just didn't like the look of the "RAPTORS" script on there....I'd honestly prefer a "NORTH" script over it a la their 2017/18 City Edition, 2018/19 City Edition, and 2018/19 Earned Edition uniforms. The team's inaugural uniforms also provided more inspiration beyond the aforementioned pinstripes. The oversized numerals may have been inspired a bit by Oregon's giant-numbered Nike football uniforms, but I mostly wanted to fill up that front space in a way similar to how the raptor logo did. That uniform made such great use of space without being too dense in any areas. The back of the jersey reintroduces the nameplate, leveled to fit in with the clean, linear design focus of the uniform. Finally, the left leg of the shorts includes a jagged, negative space maple leaf design in reference to the original uniform's side detailing. (Until working on this project I would've sworn that jagged side detailing was a maple leaf shape, but it turns out it isn't. I had no idea. I think I may have been brainwashed by Artur Wrona's Toronto Raptors concept -- still to this day probably my favorite concept I've ever seen.) That's it for now. As mentioned earlier, I hope to eventually finish this Raptors set as well as a full set for the Warriors. I don't have any direction for any of those other uniforms, though, so we're a ways away on that. Any comments or criticisms you can offer on either or both of these are very much appreciated for now, though. As always, thanks for reading my rambling and looking! Toronto Raptors Association Edition Uniform Concept Toronto Raptors Icon Edition Uniform Concept
  3. Ha! Thanks!? I looked at the Suns' black alternate uniforms from the '90s on more than one occasion in hopes of differentiating the Jazz concept at least a bit. Even with the copper instead of orange, though, the color palette certainly invites the comparisons. The '90s uniform I ended up taking the most inspiration from was actually the Hawk's away uniform -- mostly with respect to balancing the gradient/color-blocking at the top of the jersey vs. the bottoms of the shorts as well as the trim pattern.
  4. This Utah Jazz Statement Edition uniform concept is part of a full set of uniforms for the Jazz I hope to finish at some point. I've had some rough ideas for this one in the back of my mind for a while, and I found some time to see the entire conceptualization process through. Quite a few projects I've started recently haven't been completed for one reason or another - and I don't have many if any ideas when it comes to details of the Association, Icon, and City Edition designs to round out the set - but it feels good to finally finish at least one thing worth sharing. Utah's current identity is one of the more solid, yet understated looks in the League, in my opinion -- the color palette is unique, the typefaces are clean with a bit of subtle character, and the uniforms inoffensively tie all of the elements together. However, I also wouldn't mind it if they were to make a change sooner than later. Given my '90s nostalgia, I wouldn't mind something a bit closer to their '90s identity....but the color palette needs to be more focused, the maximal-ist wordmarks and numerals need to be toned down, and for the love of everything the mountain gradient needs to be left in the past. Anyways, the inspiration for this concept started with Utah's late '90s BFBS alternates that I'm pretty sure caused David Stern to ban any additional teams from wearing BFBS uniforms for a period of time. The color palette was intriguing, the design elements were dialed down without being boring nor generic, and overall I feel like it's a pretty underrated uniform. Basically, I wanted to bring the spirit of that uniform forward to today's era and see how it could be modernized. More inspiration for this concept came from these Pete Maravich-era throwbacks -- I really like how things contrast with only the wordmark and numerals in white against a dark background. (Early drafts of this concept were also influenced by an Avengers: Endgame advertisement that popped up as an ad while I was online.) The uniform uses a modified version of the team's current 'UTAH' wordmark with the tops of all four letters leveled rather than arced; the current numerals are unchanged. The color palette remains the same, though the balance has been tweaked to create a darker atmosphere while allowing the white applications and copper trim to pop. (My biggest issue with the '90s BFBS uniforms is that the copper doesn't work well in volume -- relegating it solely to collar, armhole, and side panel trim as well as numeral strokes alleviates this.) Lastly, the color-block gradient from the team's current City Edition uniforms has been re-purposed on the side panels -- it reminds me a bit of the purple-ish glow of the Utah night sky, but mostly I just think it looks cool and like it as a signature branding element for them. Anyways, that's all for now. Any and all thoughts and feedback on this concept as well as the (eventual) direction for the rest of their uniform set is greatly appreciated! Utah Jazz Statement Edition Uniform Concept
  5. Thank you very much, my friend -- I appreciate the kind words! I originally started with the green version of the warm-up, but switched over to the white version before I got too far....maybe I'll finish the green version at some point! Ha! I feel like Chicago absolutely nailed the flag-inspired design with their City Edition uniforms this year. If anything, I think this year's City Edition template needs to be recolored with last year's City Edition colors. I'm pretty sure someone on here posted a concept like that well before Nike even took over as the outfitter of the NBA, but I couldn't find the thread with a quick search. No way....I'll have to see if I can track that down!
  6. It's been a while since I've finished something worth sharing, but here's a City Edition uniform concept for the Houston Rockets. This actually came together when I was discussing scrapped concept ideas with @Tore, so much thanks to him for the suggestions and encouragement to finish the full concept! The Rockets' City Edition uniforms each of the past two years have been a bit underwhelming -- this season's at least has a bit more character and deviation from their Icon Edition uniforms, and I understand it from a marketing perspective, but I think it's time to move on and start fresh. (For what it's worth, here's one of my previous takes on a Houston Rockets City Edition concept -- the jersey looks really orange on my screen right now, but I swear it was originally red.) Considering Houston's status as "Space City" as well as their Rockets nickname, the inspiration behind this concept comes from a NASA space suit prototype for the upcoming mid-2030s Mars missions. (Here's an article describing the space suit prototype in detail -- I found it really fascinating.) I'm typically not a fan of logos replacing wordmarks, but it makes a bit more sense in context here. The overall design of the uniform takes cues from the Cavaliers' Statement Edition uniforms, and I originally had subtle horizontal pinstripes on the entire uniform as a nod to both the space suit prototype's material and the team's '90s pinstriped uniforms. It felt like a bit too much, though, especially on a base uniform color comparable only to that of the Dallas Mavericks' early 2000s trash bag uniforms. The logos and numerals incorporate a brighter shade of red along with the shade of crimson from the team's City Edition uniforms - per @Tore's suggestion - to create a bit of a glow effect as seen on the space suit prototype. The side panels mirror those of the space suit prototype as well, and all other details remain simple with sharp hits of black and red similar to the team's old gray uniforms. As always, thoughts, suggestions, comments, and criticisms are very welcomed! Thanks for looking! Houston Rockets City Edition Uniform Concept
  7. I'm very excited to see you sharing the concepts you've been working on! The Celtics Statement Edition is perfect....the Knicks Icon Edition is a minor change that makes a huge difference....the entire Heat set is beautiful, especially the second version of the City Edition....and the Nieuw Amsterdam Knicks City Edition feels a lot like last year's Sixers' City Edition in the best way! Keep up the good work, my friend!
  8. Your color choices look really sharp, and the overall design is clean and simple enough to look nice on the surface. As mentioned above, though, I'm not sure there's a coherent, City Edition-like theme here between the subway token logo, the street corner design, the MSG ceiling pattern, etc. Perhaps exploring a single one of those ideas in a bit more depth will create a more cohesive City Edition design. I'll definitely be looking forward to more!
  9. The Blazers look nice and clean -- nothing too wild, but something unique enough only they could wear it. (I can't unsee the Iverson-era Sixers with the color palette, but that's a personal issue. Absolutely nothing against the design!) Would it be weird to include vertical pinstripes on the shorts? When experimenting with the Blazers I've attempted diagonal jersey pinstripes with vertical shorts pinstripes as sort of a stripped down version of their sash-and-side-panel design....I couldn't make it work, but it looks like it could work here! I'm excited to see the Magic move away from the sky motif. It never quite fit to begin with, let alone to use again for a second straight year. I absolutely love the font you chose, and the treatment on the wordmark and shorts stars is subtly awesome. I've found it difficult to create something refreshing yet mature for the Magic, but I think you've done an excellent job of that here. My only suggestion might be to tinker with the shade of blue -- I can't quite tell if it's my monitor or if it's a bit dull. The Flash-themed Heat uniform is awesome! Tribute uniforms seem to be very hit or miss, but this one is too fitting to be anything but a hit. I'll be excited to see what else you come up with for them!
  10. This next concept just kind of came together as I was looking up something on Basketball Reference while tinkering with a few parts of the template. More specifically, I came across Drazen Petrovic's name while I was working on connecting armhole trim to side panel trim and experimenting with two-tone materials/textures. For those unfamiliar Petrovic, he was a star shooting guard overseas in the '80s before a career in the NBA with the Blazers and Nets. An efficient scorer and one of the first truly great 3-point shooters, he was just beginning to reach his prime when he tragically passed away in a car accident at 28. He was inducted into both the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the FIBA Hall of Fame and is regarded as one of the figureheads responsible for helping popularize NBA basketball throughout Europe. Anyways, I thought it would be cool to create a City Edition uniform concept in his honor. The uniform design follows the general template of the Nets' Association and Icon Edition uniforms -- consistent trim around the collar armholes, along the jersey and shorts side panels, and around the bottoms of the shorts legs, with a centered wordmark and numerals. The color palette is a nod to both the '90s Nets uniforms in which Petrovic played as well as the colors of his native Croatia's flag; the trim pattern is designed as a nod to the flag's striping. The white base of the jersey contains a subtle checkerboard pattern as another nod to the Croatian flag. The wordmark and numerals remain the same as the ones on his home white Nets' jerseys. It's a clean, simple design that adds bits of familiar color to the Nets' palette while subtly paying tribute to the life, career, and legacy of Drazen Petrovic. Thanks for looking -- any and all comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated! Brooklyn Nets City Edition Uniform Concept
  11. Awesome, I'm very happy to hear you approve and I really appreciate all the kind words!
  12. There are a number of revisions I want to make on my previous Knicks City Edition uniform concept, but first I have another idea for which I could really use some thoughts and suggestions. A while back, @itsmb8 suggested I design some Bucks concepts. I kept drawing a blank for quite a while, recolored last year's City Edition uniform for an Earned Edition uniform concept, and have had them in the back of my mind ever since. The idea behind this concept is pretty simple, drawing inspiration from the city's brewing history. I started sifting through different beer can designs one day, wondered if any of the elements could be applied to a basketball uniform, and with Milwaukee being the logical recipient I Google image-searched "milwaukee beer can." The first result that stood out to me was an old, flat-top Miller High Life can from the '80s -- its gold base with green and red accents was vaguely Bucks enough. However, there were too many different lines and colors cluttering up the design, so I kept searching until I came across the much cleaner 2010 redesign. The design takes a bit of a cue from the '80s Hawks uniforms as well as the current Cavs City Edition uniforms, though the wrap-around, label-style design doesn't have any 1:1 NBA precedent to my knowledge. The "Milwaukee" script receives the same lettering treatment as the Miller logo and the front numerals are style after the "HIGH LIFE" lettering....so hopefully someone in the Bucks organization can pull some strings once their sponsorship deal with Harley Davidson expires to establish the good folks at Miller their official sponsor and make these uniforms happen. I'm sure these would be a logistical nightmare to engineer and produce, and I'm not sure they're even legal considering the white and non-white color-blocking, but those are minor details. One thing that's been irking me is the left side panel. Many cans with similar labels have an awkward blank space between each end of the label, but it looks somewhat natural on the medium of a can. A basketball uniform is a bit different, though....it just feels bare and incomplete. Hopefully it's a fun and unique idea despite still very much being a work-in-progress. As always, any and all comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking! Milwaukee Bucks City Edition Uniform Concept
  13. I appreciate the input! I understand what you mean regarding the 5 looking a bit off. I kind of like how subtly different and obscure it is, but I recognize I'm very likely in the minority on that one. The number font is intended to match the wordmark font using what was once the building's official font, so I'm not sure where to start in terms of alternatives. I'll look through some comparable art deco fonts and see if anything stands out! Thanks for the positive feedback -- the elegant, Frank Sinatra style was certainly the goal! Thank you -- I appreciate the kind words!
  14. The color palette on that Suns uniform is wonderfully unique -- a perfect mix between the city flag and the team's identity. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like the subtle gradient applied across all three horizontal elements on the uniform, and it's outstanding. Awesome work here! The Pelicans concept is incredibly well thought out, too. There are infinite ways a Mardi Gras-themed uniform design can go awry, but everything from your flag-inspired trim to the way you've balanced the green and purple on the fronts and backs of the shoulders and the shorts legs is excellent. The sublimated pattern on the back of the jersey as well as the socks are very nice touches as well. I'm also on board with your decision to exclude front numerals -- it fits well in this era of uniform design and contributes nicely to the wild and bold, yet clean look -- which you nailed. Fantastic work again!
  15. Two of my recent obsessions have been photo albums of abandoned malls and art deco posters. Unfortunately, I couldn't quite figure out a way to incorporate the abandoned malls into a uniform....but, I have an idea for an art deco-inspired concept for the New York Knicks. The Knicks' have had solid City Edition Uniform designs both last year and this year, both with local inspiration and familiar colors. I really like the inspiration behind both uniforms, but personally I prefer a bit more experimentation outside of the team's primary color palette. So, the goal was to incorporate a new color palette while paying homage to a key piece of the city's history. I'm pretty sure every single Knicks concept I've ever created has started with me determined to use anything other than the Empire State Building on the side panels and ended with me helplessly using nothing but the Empire State Building on the side panels. It never turns out well, but regardless....it's an iconic landmark, it's The Most Famous Building in the World, and it's rightfully woven into the fabric that is the city's history. In other words, it's excellent inspiration for a New York Knicks City Edition uniform. The art deco style is found everywhere throughout the building -- the architecture, the lobby mural, the interior design and decorating, the (previously) official font, etc. I wanted to capture bits of the building's opulence without doing too much, so I focused on a few key elements: -The 'EMPIRE STATE' lettering on the building's front - This was the obvious choice for the wordmark with its unique font and shimmering gold. -The linear pattern found on the front window panes as well as some tile floors - This created a nice vertical pattern for the side panels with clean, straight lines and a shiny silver finish. -The large mural in the building's lobby - The 'EMPIRE STATE' wordmark under the building inspired the wordmark being placed under the numerals. Also, the lettering from that mural served as the inspiration for what was previously the building's official font (designed by Two Twelve during the building's 2007 renovation project). The collar, armhole, and shorts trim is vaguely inspired by some of the marble work throughout the building. The '10118' is the zip code belonging entirely to the Empire State Building. I originally wanted to include a subtle all-over herringbone print pattern alluding to the lobby's tile flooring, but it felt like a bit too much. Hopefully the sharp colors and intricate patterns create a sleek and grandiose design indicative of the building's style, history, and mystique. Thanks for taking the time to check this out -- any and all thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated! New York Knicks City Edition Uniform Concept