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  1. Following the Super Bowl, a blend of work-from-home malaise and a regular loop of Full Color Football and other old NFL Films compilations on YouTube got me thinking about an intriguing idea. AFL fan and historian Ange Coniglio suggested the following: what if instead of the AFL being absorbed into the NFL in the 1970 merger the two leagues had unified on an equal, but separate footing to form something akin to Major League Baseball? And thus the idea for Major League Football was born. This basically just gave me the excuse to take a stab at football uniforms for the first time in a retro context. So this series will include all NFL teams with following loose guidelines (don't apply too much logic to these): All 32 NFL teams will be represented with their current geographic location and franchise name, except for Washington which will get an original name and look. There is no AFC or NFC. The original AFL and NFL league names are retained. The Steelers, Colts and Ravens (by virtue of being the original Browns) remain in the NFL with the other original 13 teams. Any expansion teams post 1970 join the original AFL teams (I know, this would leave the AFL at an imbalance with the NFL until 2002 - this is just a thought experiment). All uniforms are rendered in a 1960's era aesthetic for consistency, simplicity and to actually provide some sleeve space to work with. I won't claim every design is overhauled from scratch. There are some uniforms that are too iconic to not replicate. Others are a blend of colors and elements from different eras of a franchise. For some teams it's simply me representing their "best of" visual identity. Some are fauxback designs for franchises that never existed in the 60's. At the very least, I tried to add one unique element to each set, even if it's only an alternate logo. So without further ado, here's the Major League Football series...
  2. Hey everyone, I decided to get going with another series and look at the defunct Arena Football League which, especially back in the 90s had some really fun team identities to play with. I actually intended to do this prior to my Milwaukee Expansions Teams series but saw Wideright do his own awesome version of this idea and wanted to give that some space before bringing mine up. Some logos I had already done before seeing his work, but decided to still show my takes. To help this one stand apart despite doing a similar concept of trying to modernize older Arena Football League logos and branding, I am focusing on teams not done there (aside from those already done). I don't have a particular number of teams in mind, this could be sometime I come back to while also working on another bigger project I have in mind. I have several in the can and ready to present, but here I will start off with my take on an update for the Chicago Bruisers. On the logo I focused on thickening the lines, adding a more aggressive edge, and simplifying the color pallette while also making it pop more. The lighter blue from the Chicago flag really stands out, and in general I have it down to 3 colors + white, rather than the 5 + white in the old one. For the helmet my big thing to help this one stand out was the diagonal stripe meant to emulate the dog collar going around the player's neck. I also put the trademark Chicago flag star in the center of the helmet to help fill the negative space there. I hope you all enjoy this take! Further posts have included (in order): Chicago Bruisers Revision Toronto Phantoms + revisions Portland Forest Dragons + revisions Minnesota Fighting Pike Grand Rapids Rampage
  3. I have been looking at doing concept football helmets for some of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) teams. A lot of family and friends, including myself, went to MAC schools. I have a few concepts done. First up: Bowling Green State University Nickname: Falcons Colors: Orange and Brown Note: There are a lot of bird logos. Tried to do something different. Current and past helmets and logos: Concept:
  4. Sorry if this was posted (I couldn't find it through a search). Posted last week in UniWatch, this seems to be a good idea, but I imagine helmet manufacturers aren't having any of it. http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/25785067/the-sports-helmet-world-the-verge-decorative-revolution
  5. A lot of people here at the mothership reference the NFL's "five year rule" when it comes to changes in uniforms, helmets, logos and so forth. But what is the rule, exactly? Well, thanks to my bothering to look it up, I'm providing the answer for future, I'm sure scholarly, discussion. The "five year rule" is represented by a resolution adopted by the NFL's Executive Council as "2002 Resolution G-3." The formatting might get a little wonky below but its current form, verbatim (verbatim to the point where I'm even following the author's mistake in that the NFL's Constitution and Bylaws uses roman numerals, thus there is no "Article 19," but rather an "Article XIX"), is as follows... But wait... there's more! Only this I have to modify from the original text's layout because it's in table format... Isn't that simple to understand?
  6. So this was an idea I had almost a year ago, but didn't have the ability to really see it through. Wanted to revisit the project. I have a lot of concepts in my mind, but have only done two states so far. Will likely add to this thread as I progress. Would love feedback/suggestions! Thanks
  7. (Updated) I have updated the main post so the finalized renderings are seen first. (Still debating over final numbers. Both based off current Eagles font, but modified) Here is the remainder of the blog for how the above were created. Look through and comment I will update the finals if suggestions and changes are warranted. **** ORIGINAL POST BELOW ***** Okay, I've heard lots of talk about modernizing a throwback classic Eagles uniform but haven't seen any good renderings for what the single vision is for this. So, I took the time and created a one. There is too much discussion to me about "Kelly Green". It's more than that. It's bringing back tradition and having an identity that the loyal fan base can relate to. Lots of Kelly Green advocates seem to just want the "old" back. And this annoys the Millennials who don't care about the past...preferring cool. I just want green back (not some hipster made up color) and would love to see a return of silver. To me, the Eagles' colors should be green, silver and white. Agree??? I feel these would be some of the best uniforms in football...home or away. Your input is appreciated to fine tune them. Notes: Green - Not Kelly (50/60s), and not as dark as 80's. Hopefully modernly in between (jersey would have modern shiny shoulder/chest) Silver - The silver has a slight green tint to make it unique (pants would be shiny material) No black - removed from wing logo (any black seen is outline of drawings only) Facemask - Gray, not shiny silver Concept - Closest is Vick era throwback 50's (with shoulder stripes everyone comments on), mixed with the 80's (without overdoing the stripes), and utilizing modern helmet wing and materials
  8. I'm sure I missed a thing or two here, as I started making it before I really thought things out, but here- have a helmet flag (after all, helmets are what I do)! Happy Independence Day, everyone!
  9. Welcome to my little thought experiment. This idea has been used on this forum before. It is the swapping of logos/history of NFL teams. For this project, I limited myself to a few guidelines. 1. The starting point is 1960. As I saw this as the first year as a whole that logos really began appearing on helmets. 2. I would limit myself to just helmets. 3. When matching up colors between teams, darker colors should substitute for darker colors, brighter for brighter, etc. 4. Black, grey, or silver can be used to outline a logo even if it's not part of the team colors (the KC rule). 5. Clip art was to be avoided, but if possible I would try to incorporate elements of existing team logos. 6. When swapping logos, try to avoid the same type. For example, the Cardinals is a head logo. So, I shouldn't use the Panthers as their replacement. However, there were a few times when I did have to ignore this guideline. 7. I tried to keep the "new" history somewhat plausible. It is possible that couple of choices are questionable, but I think I can justify them. As part of the history, I switched up the AFL and NFL names. The revised logos are below. Team colors were taken Colorwerx's website. While I used MG's Helmets and Gridiron Uniforms for guides to things such as logo size and helmet/facemask colors. As to not to spam the thread, I plan to only post 4 teams a day. They will be presented in alphabetical order. Please enjoy and any C&C is appreciated. Also if anyone wants the helmet template, I do have it available as a GIMP file (xcf). ARIZONA CARDINALS [as the Cleveland Browns] ATLANTA FALCONS [as the Philadelphia Eagles] (Version 2) (Version 3) BALTIMORE RAVENS [as the Houston Texans] BUFFALO BILLS [as the Denver Broncos] CAROLINA PANTHERS [as the Los Angeles Chargers] CHICAGO BEARS [as the Detroit Lions] CINCINNATI BENGALS [as the Arizona Cardinals] CLEVELAND BROWNS [as the Atlanta Falcons] DALLAS COWBOYS [as the Seattle Seahawks] DENVER BRONCOS [as the San Francisco 49ers] DETROIT LIONS [as the Pittsburgh Steelers] GREEN BAY PACKERS [as the New York Giants] HOUSTON TEXANS [as the Tennessee Titans] (Versions 2 & 3) INDIANAPOLIS COLTS [as the Carolina Panthers] JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS [as the Cincinnati Bengals] KANSAS CITY CHIEFS [as the New York Jets] LOS ANGELES CHARGERS [as the Los Angeles Rams] LOS ANGELES RAMS [as the Baltimore Ravens] MIAMI DOLPHINS [as the New England Patriots] MINNESOTA VIKINGS [as the Washington Redskins] NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS [as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers] NEW ORLEANS SAINTS [as the Minnesota Vikings] NEW YORK GIANTS [as the Chicago Bears] NEW YORK JETS [as the Buffalo Bills] OAKLAND RAIDERS [as the Indianapolis Colts] PHILADELPHIA EAGLES [as the Green Bay Packers] PITTSBURGH STEELERS [as the Dallas Cowboys] SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS [as the Oakland Raiders] SEATTLE SEAHAWKS [as the Miami Dolphins] TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS [as the Jacksonville Jaguars] TENNESSEE TITANS [as the Kansas City Chiefs] WASHINGTON REDSKINS [as the New Orleans Saints]
  10. http://www.packers.com/news-and-events/article-press-release/article-1/Packers-Hall-of-Fame-to-host-monthly-History-Night-starting-Feb-28/53164693-fee4-4b76-87c4-dd5a3a960a0a?campaign=sf57406279_TW_C-Content-GB_CT-Hall+of+Fame-GB_sf57406279#ixzz4ZEjQR4U2 Interesting use of the people and artifacts found in the Packers Hall of Fame. I'd love to drive up there if I had the free time for this. For those not interested in clicking the link, the first session is going to be on the history of the uniform. A later monthly session will be on the history of the helmet.
  11. I just got these 2 new Helmet Templates and I have using it non-stop and figured I would start a thread showing off my concepts designs and I courage for anyone to share their concept designs as well. Also I started a new instagram called "Big Easy Concepts" It is all my designs and work. Check it out! Please share with me your feedback and your own designs!
  12. In a recent SportsLogos news post about Riddell giving a helmet to the Houston Astros with a design based on the team, author Demetrius Bell brought up the popularity of "crossover designs" in the concept world, combining a sports' uniform with the identity of another sports' team. In the end of the article, he asked the readers which baseball team would look best on a football helmet, which immediately sparked my imagination. After having done a handful of them, I decided I wanted to continue the project as far as my motivation would take me. Sports logos and design is one of my biggest interests, and this kind of project is simple, and addicting. I'm going to try and make what I think would be a realistic interpretation of how MLB (and perhaps other sports) teams' helmets would look like if they played football, and maybe a few alternates and throwbacks in the mix too. Not sure how much I will do, but I figure I might as well set it up just in case. I'll make a new post and add to the OP when I make new additions. I'm considering doing MLB and NHL requests, but only based on logos/identities, not original concepts! Clicking each helmet will bring you to the full-size version. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Baltimore Orioles Arizona Diamondbacks Boston Red Sox Atlanta Braves Chicago White Sox Chicago Cubs Cleveland Indians Cincinnati Reds Detroit Tigers Colorado Rockies Houston Astros Los Angeles Dodgers Kansas City Royals Miami Marlins Los Angeles Angels Milwaukee Brewers Minnesota Twins New York Mets New York Yankees Philadelphia Phillies Oakland Athletics Pittsburgh Pirates Seattle Mariners San Diego Padres Tampa Bay Rays San Francisco Giants Texas Rangers St. Louis Cardinals Toronto Blue Jays Washington Nationals ALTERNATES/THROWBACKS: Oakland: alternate (2011-current) / throwback (1993-94) NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE The only ones I've done so far are the Florida Panthers in celebration of their rebranding, the Carolina Hurricanes alternate, and the Pittsburgh Penguins 1992-2002 throwback. This format and project are both a work in progress. Feedback on either would be appreciated!
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