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  1. Per the client's direction, the new bird is not an aircraft, per se, but rather an "iron bird," as it were, with said bird having the ability to lift off upward, not just forward like a stereotypical jet, so the flames were rendered emanating from beneath the wings to depict this more vertical movement capability. I suppose one way to look at it is that the new bird is a hybrid of bird and machine.
  2. I don't recall seeing anything on this board about this league and its logos: http://theuifl.com/ Perhaps it was on the board, and I missed it, but I don't think so. So c'mon you guys -- I depend on you to keep me up-to-date with regard to what's going on in the world of sports branding. In fact, I have learned about unveilings of Studio Simon identities on this board before I even knew about them! (Note: Studio Simon did not do this league's team identities.)
  3. My understanding is that the name Road Warriors was chosen specifically because of Greenville's ties to the automotive industry. For instance, it is the headquarters of both Michelin North America and BMW USA.
  4. Nitroseed, your points are all spot on. A fair analogy for logo theft is speeding. Drivers go ahead and speed because they know the police can't be everywhere, and in turn they know that the odds are that they won't get caught. Law enforcement understands that they will never be able to catch everyone, but that fact cannot stop them from going out there and catching who they can, when they can, where they can. Otherwise, things will get completely out of control. So where do the logo police come from? Well, right here is a great place. You guys don't miss a thing -- in fact, you usually know about unveilings of Studio Simon-developed identities before I do! (That's one of the reasons I am a member of this community.) I saw Keith Flynn's post about the Arkansas Diamonds' logo, and I immediately contacted my client. Thanks, Keith, and thank all of you, in advance, for any future sightings!
  5. Regarding johnnygriswold's post, in which he says "I'm curious as to how all this will play out and what you did/do to protect your creations, Studio Simon": I have notified the Golden Baseball League of the theft of their intellectual property, and they have indicated that they will be (if they have not already been) in contact with the Diamonds' ownership. What happens now remains to be seen. It should be noted that once a client pays us for our services, the ownership and all rights to all of the artwork that comprises the chosen direction are transferred to the client. So in instances where artwork is stolen in this manner, the creator of the artwork (in this case, Studio Simon) has no legal recourse -- any actions against the offending party have to come from the client (in this case, the Golden Baseball League) who now owns the artwork. Regarding other recent instances of identities developed by Studio Simon having been "co-opted" in this manner, Brian in Boston asks "Might one of those instances have involved the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Bristol Nine co-opting the Stockton Ports' old Mudville Nine identity?" In a word: Yes.
  6. This is happening with ever-increasing frequency -- in the past couple of weeks alone, I have been alerted to four such instances of an identities developed by Studio Simon having been "co-opted" in this manner. This is not just about Studio Simon -- this is an industry-wide epidemic, and it has gotten out of control. I have been in contact with an attorney to determine what else can be done in addition to contacting my clients and urging them to pursue the offending parties.
  7. That's mine, done for the Golden Baseball League's Mesa Miners. Though the Miners are no longer in the league, the GBL still owns all rights to that artwork. Yet another case of sports branding intellectual property theft.
  8. If there are any people as psycho about sports branding as I am, it's you guys here on the Creamer board. So I thought I would let you all know that I just recently started a new blog called ?Game Faces.? It will be the place to go to see Studio Simon?s most recent identities and other projects, as well as choice items dusted off from the archives. From time to time I will also be spotlighting pieces from the ?cutting room floor? ? directions that, until their eventual Game Faces postings, will have previously only been seen by the clients to whom they were presented! I?m aiming at doing a number of new posts every month, so stop by periodically for a visit! Here?s the link: http://studiosimon.blogspot.com/
  9. No new identity for 2010, and, as far as I know, no tweaks to the existing identity system either. Nor are there stated plans for any major changes anywhere in the foreseeable future. That being said, tweaks were made for this past season, as we were asked by the team to modify the home and road uniforms slightly. What had been a diagonal MUSTANGS treatment, with the M being the inverted double-horseshoe from the home cap, was changed to a horizontal treatment where the M now matched the rest of the lettering. The BILLINGS road jersey lettering was changed from an arched treatment to a horizontal treatment, matching the look of the updated home jerseys. All of this was done using the same custom font we had developed for the team back when we re-did the uniform system for the 2006 season, so not everyone would have necessarily noticed the changes (although I am sure most people on this board would have!).
  10. Blackjack 76 is correct: once we are paid for our services, the client owns all rights to the identity. As such, it is in their hands (or the hands of Minor League Baseball's legal department), and it is up to them how or if they wish to pursue the matter. I see things like this and say "There oughta be a law." Well, actually, there IS a law, and hopefully it will be used to see that the "designer" who opted to take a shortcut and so blatantly rip off the Idaho Falls Chukars identity we worked very hard to develop will get his comeuppance. I'm not sure how someone rationalizes doing what they did here; perhaps they figured no one would notice. Fortunately, someone DID notice (thanks Brian in Boston -- "nice catch" indeed!). This is not the first time that this has happened to us, and I'm sure it won't be the last. If and when it does, hopefully one of you guys will be there to out the culprit again! Daniel Simon President, Creative Director Studio Simon