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  1. This, however, is real. Deval Patrick was Governor of Massachusetts and just declared for the Democratic primaries.
  2. That logo isn't theirs, nor is the website attached to it (look at Howie Wolfson's Twitter, it's just pages of him telling people it's fake). I'm hearing that Bloomberg Day is Monday, so we may see real branding then.
  3. The cap logos are a bit big across the board, though I think it's most noticeable with UNJ and Boston. I'd also consider doing a linked MS/MSU for Maryland State, would fit the baseball aesthetic a bit more and a lot of schools have baseball-only monograms for that reason. Other than that, the great work continues, keep it up.
  4. I was only wondering what was taking so long with this one. The Osprey had a classic 90s MiLB logo, which also meant there wasn't a lot of room for fun things and promotions. They were a prime target for Brandiose. This could be a lot worse, though, when it gets down to it. I kinda like it, for a Brandiose identity (in other words, thick lines and grimacing animals notwithstanding).
  5. My first reaction, based purely on the name and logo sheet, was that this was the cleanest, simplest, and most cohesive look I'd seen from Brandiose. Knowing it's Studio Simon makes a lot more sense. They look amazing, I already want a hat. The name is definitely a bit silly, but Simon had to balance the community's "Cannons" suggestion and the owners' desire to be more whimsical and family friendly than Intimidators. Overall, I think this is a testament to working with the community and keeping designing centered on the team and not what the design firm thinks will be fun. Hi, Brandiose.
  6. When I said "fun ideas," I meant... This. Exactly this. This might be the first one to work out perfectly compared to what I thought of. Nice! Zichron Yaakov Introduction: Zichron Yaakov was founded in 1882, so it's a very, very, very old kind of place. It's also very important to pre-State Israeli history: before and during World War I, it was home to the NILI spy ring, which was actually just three siblings and a friend of theirs spying on the Ottomans to help the British efforts in the Land of Israel and in Europe. The spy ring was broken, and all four members died (two were hanged, one committed suicide while being tortured, one was shot escaping to British lines). The town still exists, having grown a bit since then, and is 20% Anglo, so it's a good candidate for a team, and there's a lot to play with in terms of history. Logo and colors: We start with a simple, bold, serifed Z for Zichron (Zichron Yaakov means the Memory of Jacob, but most people just call it Zichron, so I ignored the Y). The circles are multifaceted in meaning, representing spyglasses, baseballs, and the two famous families whose children gave their lives to support their People way back at the very beginning (NILI still being a point of pride up there). The brown comes from the town's Coat of Arms, and between that and my plans for the logo seen above, I started getting very Mystery, Alaska vibes, so I... Rolled with them. Brown and white with black, big letter, very fitting for a team from way up in the north. Cap: White crown (because I love white crowns), brown Z and brim with a black outline on the logo. Jersey: I told you Mystery, Alaska, didn't I? Brown jersey, logo in black with a thick white outline (as thick as I could without it looking smudged). Number on the other side in the same colors. Nothing crazy, flying under the radar, pay no attention to the spy behind the curtain. Pants: Brown belt, because I didn't want to shove more colors in there. The stripe is brown-white-brown and represents walking a dangerous path between two potential enemies and also wearing pants with cool stripes. Socks: Brown stirrups, white socks, and the reversed stripe from the pants. Next up... Shiloh. No ideas for that one yet.
  7. Told you it was already done. Netanya Introduction: This concept almost looked very, very different. Netanya, interestingly, was named after Nathan Strauss, the founder and owner of Macy's Department Store, who had been giving away a large portion of his fortune to projects in the Land of Israel. The founders figured if it was named for him, he'd help them out, but he was out of cash, so they just... Kept it. I was originally planning on a Macy's design, but Netanya was also the "host" of an IBL 2007 team, and I went in that direction, instead. Netanya bills itself as "The Israeli Riviera," so I figured they deserved a slightly classy design. Logo and colors: The Netanya Tigers had great colors and awful design. If you don't believe me, click these. I kept the colors and the Tigers inspiration, but everything else is gone. The team and cap logo is the letter Nun bisected with a double-curved line intended to suggest both whiskers and a river, while also mimicking the wheat sheaves found on the city's flag. The specific orange used comes from that same flag, but the ugly blue they use is replaced by the one used by Detroit. The script on the chest is straight-up Tigers BP (do they still wear those, actually?). Cap: Blue crown, orange bill, orange button, Tiger Nun (sounds like an action movie). Let's do it. Jersey: Like I said, Tigers BP. Orange, Netanya in a big looping script angled across the chest, big bold chest number in blue, sleeves capped in blue to add a splash of color. Pants: Double the stripes and turn the belt orange, then move on. Socks: Standard issue blue with a splash of orange. Up next: Zichron! I have some fun ideas.
  8. Baseball: White at home, gray (or sand/powder blue) on the road, and you can wear color alternates on Sundays and maybe one more day a week, if I like you. We've been playing in the same kinds of uniforms for decades, and now we're getting all hip and modern and I don't like it. Get off my lawn and go put on a white shirt.
  9. I told you! North to Karmiel or back to the 90s, though, I'm not sure. This might be one of my favorites so far. Lessdo it. Karmiel Introduction: Karmiel was established in 1964, and it's aaaallll the way north. Not far from the border, it became an official city (as opposed to a settlement or town) in the eighties, and really took off with an explosion of immigrants moving in during the nineties, so maybe the colors and look isn't totally off-base (it wasn't intentional) I swear. Karmiel means the Vineyards of G-d, which has nothing to do with the design, I just think it's nice, and it's situated in the Beit HaKerem Valley, smack in the middle of the Galil region, which does come back in the design. Let's get to it. Logo and colors: I started with a red flower, which comes from the city's Coat of Arms, and went with one that looked more sun-like than standard (to match the sun that's also on that Coat of Arms, they're really good for inspiration, guys), and then gave it a gold K for Karmiel that fit. It came out a little nineties, but I rolled with it. The shades of both the red and gold come from the same Coat of Arms, as does the green which we'll see later. Cap: It came out a drop McDonald's-y, which I can eat now, that's pretty cool. Red crown to contrast with the bright gold jersey, gold crown because monochrome caps are boring, the logo is color-flipped and the button is green to bring it all together. Neat-o! Jersey: Here's that bright gold jersey I was just talking about. Big logo on the chest because while the font I used I quite liked for the K, it became a bit much when I scrawled Karmiel across the whole thing. No number, because reasons. The sleeves bear dancetty stripes in green with white outlines to mimic the mountains around Karmiel and on the city's Coat of Arms, they're very green in both places (seriously, it's gorgeous up there, go visit). Pants: Here we have some fun. Gold belt because why not. The stripes on the pants mimic the stripes on the sock, through without the mountains, so they're red-white-green-white-red, and the uniform number appears on the right thigh, because once you're in the nineties, might as well go all out. Socks: Red stirrups over white socks. That stripe from the sleeves combines with the stripe from the pants, green outlined in white over red, for a classy look to tie it all together. Up next: Netanya, as soon as my challah comes out of the oven! It's already done, so cool.
  10. Plans fell through because public transportation is dumb. Y'all know that that means! Tel Mond Introduction: Tel Mond is... Well, I'm not sure how it got on my list of Anglo-friendly cities. Tel Mond definitely has an immigrant-heavy population, but those immigrants in large part came from Yemen, not the Anglosphere, and so I'm confused. Moving on! Originally founded by Alfred Mond (Tel means Hill, Mond means... Mond), 1st Baron Melchett, in 1929, Tel Mond grew by subsuming a bunch of towns founded by Yemenite immigrants and turned itself into a mini-city and regional player. Al, by then the former British Minister of Health, bought some land, planted a bunch of orange trees, and then kind of... Lived there. All the Yemenites came in later. Another thing that came later? Their one and only sister city, and I swear this is important to the concept: Sarasota, Florida. Logo and colors: Honestly, Tel Mond doesn't have much going on. It's kind of just a... Place, you know the kind. Nothing hugely differentiating, nothing super fancy, etc. But I realized, rather than focusing on just Tel Mond, this team could be a uniting factor for Yemenites around the country (kind of like Team Israel is for Jews around the world, woohoo Olympics!). So I've given it a bit of a Yemenite twist, mostly in the colors. The logo is therefore pretty simple, a TM for Tel Mond (or, as I like to imagine fans would dub it, the Teimani Mob) over a "fess wavy," which is a heraldic term and is derived from the "fountain proper" on the arms of the Baron Melchett. This serves as an homage to the man who founded the city that became this huge settlement for that community. Cap: Like I said, Sarasota. I wanted something that would differentiate the team's look beyond just logo on hat, logo on jersey, so I took a nod from their sister city's ballclub, and the hats are modeled on the old Oriole's caps. Front panel look, but that panel is red (O's used orange) instead of white. Also, the brim is white, because... It looks cool, sue me. Jersey: The logo is featured on the left breast, the number is on the right. Both feature the same underlining fess wavy, which I realize now looks like eyeblack, but I like it. The fess also appears on both sleeves, because it's a pretty simple design element that keeps the whole thing tied together. Pants: White pants, red belt, thick black stripe. I originally made it wavy, but decided that would be even more of a mess than eyeblack logos on the chest (I'm 95% sure I'm right). Socks: Red stirrups, white socks, black wavy stripe with white. Easy peasy. Up next, because I actually know this time: we're going north! To Alaska Karmiel.
  11. I don't know if you can tell, but we're still on summer break here, and I''m really bored. Herzliya Introduction: Home, sweet home. I actually live here! So cool. Herzliya was founded as a little agricultural settlement in 1924, which is a very long time ago, but it bears no resemblance at all to that sleepy town today. Now? It's one of the richest and best educated cities in the country, right on the beach (I can walk into the Mediterranean forty minutes after I lock my door, so cool). The name comes from Theodore Herzl, the founder of modern political Zionism, but we don't really talk about that so much anymore (there's a kind of cool statue of him along a highway, and he's featured in a Buy Local campaign, and... That's it). Nowadays, it's all high-tech, beach, people who are too rich for Tel Aviv, and IDC Herzliya, which is where I go to school, Israel's first and only private university and a well-respected school. The city is primarily secular, with some religious pockets, and almost entirely Israeli born and raised, but there's a small Anglo community based in the university. Logo and colors: "BYF (it's pronounced Biff)," I hear you saying, "Every other team has gotten such nice custom lettermarks. What's the deal here?" I'll tell you! As I said, the native population is almost exclusively Israeli speakers and quite wealthy, so anyone playing on this team is coming from the student population (and if they're looking for a third base coach... I'm right here). The way I saw it, a transient population of players and supporters would jump at the chance to wear this basically-Astros look, and someone could probably quietly fund it. The standard (dark) blue and the yellow come from the city coat of arms, which is everywhere. The star's from there, too, and the "seven stars" theme is big (it's the name of the main mall, for instance). H+stars, it made sense. Cap: Yellow crown, H-star with a sweet outline, blue brim. Ease pease. Jersey: Here I had some fun. Trying to think of what college kids would like, I went a bit crazy. We've got the H-star on the breast and then tequila sunrise in blue for those beautiful beaches. It also appears on the sleeves (and elsewhere). Jersey number, I couldn't find a serifed font I liked for it, so I settled for a heavy font that looks pretty over the two deepest blues. Pants: Still simple. If you look closely, you'll see that it matches the blue sunrise (which also sounds like a cocktail), but the sunrise jerseys were never really known for visibility. Socks: Staying crazy here, the stirrups have the same striping pattern. Is it a bit silly? Yeah, probably. Would it be hard to produce? I think so, no real idea. Does it look cool? I'd certainly wear it. There you have it! The craziest look yet (and probably ever in this series). Next... Who knows.
  12. 1. Makes a lot of sense! I figured based on all the info you have that there was a reason behind it, but it struck me as different enough to comment. 2. See above. Do you have crazy spreadsheets or something with all this written out? You definitely have the details somewhere, I'm curious how much is written out. 3. I assumed it was, but one never knows! It's really a great look (yours far more than theirs), and you can't be expected to know the nicknames of every tiny DIII CUNY school. Seriously, great work! Absolutely love the BR mix for the Reds, ingenious.
  13. I just read through... everything, and it's glorious. Jeez, Louise. The only three comments I have, in reverse chronological order: 1. If you look at real life HBCUs, all but a handful use animal mascots and nicknames, and all but one use easily definable and drawable mascots and nicknames (the one exception being Aggies). Patriots doesn't really fit with the rest of the pack, but that's personal opinion. 2. Bandits for a university founded so long ago seems a bit out of place, although the logo absolutely fits both the name and "Old institution trying to connect and modernize" (I assure you this is meant in the best of ways). We're talking about a school that would have been founded only 30 years after Cornell, and which would be an old standard of American education. Again, personal opinion, but maybe something to consider. 3. The Brooklyn (College) Bulldogs already exist, but that may have been intentional (it only caught my eye because the others are fictional and I'm from Brooklyn). I apologize if this comes across as overly critical. I've loved every single concept in this thread (and the other threads of yours I poked around at after), seriously!
  14. Yeah! Sorry I never replied to your PM, by the way, took an extended hiatus from the site in general. Rechovot is definitely a bit weird. I felt that its non-standardness and kinda-weirdness is made up for by the meaning behind it, especially as the first bilingual logo, but it's 100% not for everyone. Glad you're following again!
  15. I'm quite bored today. Can't you tell? School starts in two weeks more, don't worry. Ariel Background: Ariel is another lovely place. One of the biggest Jewish cities in Samaria, it's also a very young place, mostly but not entirely religious. Big university town (University of Ariel), and the Anglo speaking population has really only taken off in the last twelve years or so.The name translates from Hebrew as "Lion of G-d," but the Arabs in the area used to call it Jabel Mawat, which means the Mountain of Death, because the ground was notoriously inhospitable (things have changed since). Visiting Ariel, you'd be shocked that the place, which is very modern and very much a city, was founded in 1978 with no electricity but a small generator to keep the lights of the school turned on. Logo and colors: The colors come directly from the city's coat of arms, by which I mean I took an eyedropper tool and clicked on the darn thing. They look nice together. I also brought in a lot of white, because the blues needed it and it looks pretty sweet. For the logo, I started by looking for a font where the A could suggest a mountain, because I really liked the Mountain of Death thing, and then decided to give it a halo, both to reinforce the Death part and to bring in a bit of G-d from the Hebrew name. They're basically the Israeli Angels, and I like it (even as an A's fan). Jersey: Dark blue vest, light blue sleeves, for no reason but that it looks nice to me. We see super complicated sleeve stripes, dark-white-light-white-dark, which we'll see (we've seen? The image is above you) repeated throughout. The text says ARIEL in big bold white capitals, with the halo repeated on the A (again, like the angels). Also, the jersey number has a light blue circle around it, repeating the halo motif. Pants: White pants, dark blue belt, and the fancy stripe. Yum. Socks: Light blue stirrups, white blue socks, fancy stripe. Easy breezy beautiful. Next: Who's to say? I have a list of cities and I just pick out of a hat.