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  1. I’m sure we’ve all done it at least a time or two. Maybe you liked it, maybe you hated it. You initially bought the product because the branding looked great in your eyes. No other motive. Here’s a few of mine-
  2. The corrupt and despicable NCAA has been wiped off the face of the earth, and existing colleges no longer have any desire to host college athletics. In it's place, the American Collegiate Athletics Federation and its partners have stepped in to the fill the void. The ACAF operates through 6 conferences across the continental United States. Three conferences have 12 members, and three have 14 members. These 78 schools each represent a specific region of the US. In some cases a school might represent an entire state, in others it could be a representation of a geographic or cultural region of a state. Super Central East Texas Texas School of Wells Prairie Dogs Rio Grande State University Mayans University of Coastal Texas Rays Dixie Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M University Okies Ouachita University Racers Arkansas Lowlands Western Trail University Wranglers Metro Kansas Platte State University Engineers Northern Missouri Territorial Twelve Grand Canyon College Javelinas Saguaro State University Monsoons Yucca University Roadrunners Western Colorado Rocky Mountain State University Mammoths University of Southern Colorado Sidewinders Saint Francis of Assisi University Sea Lions California International University Harlequins Channel Islands Institute of Technology Islanders Inland California Lower Utah Southern Nevada Pacific Frontier Northern Utah Bay Tech University Guardians University of Northern California Condors University of Central Oregon Dragons Coastal Oregon Tri Rivers University Cavemen Coastal Washington Polaris University Pathfinders University of Southern Idaho Wizards Panhandle State University of Idaho Spuds High Plains University Sauropods Wyoming Midwest Union Dakota Tech University Saxons South Dakota University of Upper Michigan Fighting Mooses Prairie State University Coyotes Lincoln University Tornadoes Eastern Iowa Rose & Oak University Owls Wisconsin Mideastern Michigan University Smiths University of Makatawa Oranje North Indiana South Indiana Superior College Giants Plains Minnesota Power East University of Lake Erie Phantoms University of Eastern Ohio Barons Appalachian Christian University Colliers NE Pennsylvania Keystone University Vampires Virginia Maritime University Tidesmen Inland Virginia Maine State University Foresters Green Mountain State University Swarm Delaware Massachusetts New York City University of Utica Gladiators Grand Old South South Florida North Florida Crockett University Scouts Memphis State University Flyers Southern Arkansas University of Charleston Cannoneers Kentucky Commonwealth University Chevaliers Alabama Baptist University Bloodhounds Blue Ridge College Brigands Coastal North Carolina Inland North Carolina Medgar Evers University Sabers Georgia Atlantic University Herons Louisiana Above are the regions that there will be a school in, in their respective conferences. You might notice that one of these regions actually has a name already, you'd be right! Representing the region of Northern/Plateau Arizona... Grand Canyon College Javelinas Location: Prescott, Arizona Affiliation: Territorial Twelve Colors: Sedona Red, Dark Purple, White "Tequila Sunrise" - Eagles The Northern third of Arizona has a much higher elevation than the rest of Arizona, the biggest Ponderosa Pine forest in the country, and some of the most recognizable locations in the state. The name is obviously taken from one of them, the color is take from another, and the "Four Peaks" are represented in the secondary logo. For a primary, we have a simple yet classy interlocked letter combination. For the secondary, the mascot in question (ha-vuh-lee-na). I would like to do uniforms for these teams after I attempt to finish EVERY team's branding (sheesh). So please, don't ask about uniforms until then. As well as this, conference logos will come out whenever I am hit with inspiration for them (they are for some reason the most difficult part for me). Lastly, these will come out whenever I have the time. I'm a student athlete on spring break at the moment, so I have a little more time than usual. When school starts back up, progress will slow down significantly. If I have not posted in a while, feel free to comment but please don't say "WHEN IS THE NEXT SCHOOL COMING OUT". With all that out of the way, please throw some C&C at me! Looking for some critique on my javelina logo, as well critique on my choice of regions. If you think that a super-duper important region is being left out, or one should be replaced, let me know! I love learning about stuff like that. Lastly, I have no pre-determined order I'm going in. I'll let the first suggestion determine the next school I tackle, if you see someone has already suggested a region then please do not comment another suggestion. Thank you so much for taking a look everyone, looking forward to getting this show on the road!
  3. I wanted to share a few intresting tidbits I found after deep diving into the Clippers branding(all because I wanted to re-create the old court in 2k). 1) When they rebranded in 2015, they officially became the "LA Clippers". NBA2K, NBA Live, Wikipedia, nba.com, and plenty more sources refer to them with the abbreviation. 2) Silver is actually an official color, which explains the Earned jersey from this season. 3) The rush job that is the above logo was actually created by the Miami Heat design team. (https://www.clipsnation.com/2015/9/12/9299611/panic-over-patience-a-logo-story) 4) While the uniforms use the "Clippers" wordmark, I have yet to see the full logo anywhere since 2017. Why is that? You clearly acknowledge that it exists, you have it smack dab on the front of your jersey!
  4. So a post in the "Charlotte Very Much in Play for 30th MLS Team" thread stated that their pitch to MLS is going to focus on it being a Carolina team rather than a Charlotte team. I started writing a post in that thread but it spiraled into a much longer, off topic post about teams that use the name of their state in their team name rather than their city's name. I'm rather new here, so forgive me if this has been a topic of conversation before, but this is a subject that has always interested me. While I often understand the reason for why clubs across the major sports leagues would use the state name instead of the city name (and I'm a fan of one of them), it just strikes me as somewhat odd each time. MLB: Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Colorado Rockies NFL: Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, and New England Patriots (a region, not a state) NBA: Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors NHL: Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, Arizona Coyotes MLS: Colorado Rapids, Minnesota United, and New England Revolution (I'll add that I realize that any team with "New York" in the name could ambiguously be referring to either the city or the state) So I'm not really complaining, because teams can do whatever they want, and they're going to do whatever they thinks makes sense for them to maximize their marketability. But from this list we can see that most teams prefer to go by their city name and that these other teams going by their state (or region) name is the aberration. To extrapolate further, it's pretty clear that we have some consistency here with some states. Minnesota: Makes sense because they don't want to offend one of the two twin cities Carolina: Appeals to the other respective major N Carolina city and S Carolina New England: Clearly a marketing opportunity the stretch beyond just Boston Arizona: Wants to include Tempe? The Cardinals play in Glendale and not Phoenix? Colorado: I do not for the life of me know why all non-Nuggets franchises use Colorado rather than Denver Utah makes sense because until Real Salt Lake they were the only major pro franchise in the state. Also, Utah's ABA team also was called the "Utah Stars" so the state name being used was precedent there. In fact, using the state name was much more common in the ABA, considering they had the Utah Stars, Indiana Pacers, Carolina Cougars, Minnesota Muskies and Pipers, Kentucky Colonels Virginia Squires, and the New Orleans Buccaneers were briefly the Louisiana Buccaneers. So that also helps explain the Pacers since they were founded in a league that used a state name more frequently. I presume Tennessee is to keep Memphis in the fold of fandom. Golden State was to increase the Warriors appeal across the state. New Jersey Devils makes sense because it's the only New Jersey team that doesn't put "New York" in the name since the Nets left. I have no clue why the Florida Panthers would feel audacious enough to claim the whole state when the state of Florida had the Lightning a year before they started playing. Looking it up, it's apparently because the "Florida Panther" is the actual name of the animal, but that rings hollow to me as an excuse to claim an entire state. I have the same feeling towards the Texas Rangers when Houston already had a club. But to circle back around the original reason I started writing this, I think the reason "Carolina" strikes me as the oddest name to use is because it doesn't just try to make Raleigh fans of Charlotte teams and Charlotte fans of Raleigh teams, it also tries to bring in South Carolina as well. Apart from the New England Patriots, all the other team names are still confined to a singular state, but the teams that claim "Carolina" as their team name are crossing state borders. Anyhow, I've rambled on quite long enough. Any thoughts? Do you like it when a team uses a state or regional name rather than their city's name? Do you detest it? Thanks for reading.
  5. It's been entirely too long, CCSLC. How I've missed partaking here.. back after a few quieter years of browsing through. https://www.behance.net/gallery/76186641/Branding-Brooklyn-Jam Teaser image: For those of you that don't know me, I joined this board when I was all of 17 (almost 32 now)... and was part of a select assortment of designers, that started their careers on concepts made in MS Paint, (yes that MS Paint, in all of its pixelated nostalgia). Gained so much knowledge here, not just at the level of sports branding, but design in general. It's great to see how far Chris has brought this endeavor. I'd like to update you all with a recent project, involving the development of a charity basketball tournament, taking place annually in Brooklyn, NY, at the infamous Basketball City (2017) as well as Sportika Sports (2018). The tourney, in addition to a series of five-on-five games leading to a championship, for boys' in their junior high-high school years, boasts a robust dunk contest, featuring dunkers from TNT's Dunk King, and many guest appearances from current NBA players, and NY basketball legends (Charles Oakley, Larry Johnson, John Starks, Kyle O'Quinn, and Quincy Acy, to name a few). I've recently added the project to my Behance portfolio, and would like to share here. This, paired with the 2014 NBA Summer League design internship, were the closest I've come to professional sports branding. There's a project also on my Behance, dedicate to this intthat displays some of the creative from that year's Summer League, where I interned through the entirety of the 2-week rookie-packed event, as lead designer, in Las Vegas: https://www.behance.net/gallery/18595973/Designing-the-2014-NBA-Summer-League. (This page in my portfolio needs some serious updating, as I did with the Brooklyn Jam, but still shows the greater parts of the project. I've got more work to share, and I hope to be posting over the next few weeks, in tandem with updating my portfolios. I hope everyone from the days of yesteryear are doing well; designing and thriving. Looking forward to hearing from everyone!! Bonus content: MY OLD WEBSITE containing all of the MS PAINT madness!! Enjoy!! http://www.angelfire.com/va3/logoandunifrmconcpts/ **I admit that I've slacked tremendously on updating the NBA uniforms section of the site; most of which I created the images of each, currently on display. I have aspirations to jump back in this, though its a tedious task--I'd surely benefit from a team that could split some time on updating it. With all of the new Nike unis, its sure to be a heavy (but fun) lift.
  6. So apparently, right under our noses (I didn't even know until about three days ago), the public transit agency here known as Nashville MTA decided to completely reinvent itself (at least visually), eschewing the orange slice/pie slice/whatever kind of slice brand logo and simple branding that's apparently been around since the '70s for a completely-out-of-left-field brand identity refresh, now calling itself WeGo Public Transit. Among the more interesting points is the perplexing choice of purple as it's primary color. Secondly, its new logo, it seems, somewhat abstractly represents a bus-& if you squint really hard, you may recognize an implied "W" in the lockup. Not the most eye-catching transit logo, but certainly capable enough of building around. Apparently all this rebranding cost the agency under $100K, which from what I've seen is somewhat on the cheap side, so good on MTA--I mean WeGo in that regard. (For the moment we'll set aside the fact that another transit agency up in upstate New York already has this name.) Check out the changes below (old/new): Soon to be former livery: And the new: This was done by an in-town branding agency. My own personal opinion? It's functional; I suppose it does its job. I actually kinda like it, for what it is. Personally I was hoping for something with a bit more pizzazz (especially after seeing what Rock Region Metro over in Little Rock AR just rolled out not too long ago), but given time I think it'll grow on people. If nothing else, the sight of purple-painted buses rolling down the streets around here is sure to garner attention all on its own--which perhaps was the point in selecting a color so decidedly not Nashville in the first place. (It certainly caught mine--which is the whole reason I even know about this change). Brand New/Under Consideration has its say on the rebranding here.
  7. Something I've wondered for a long time. Is it possible for teams from the major (North American) sports leagues in the same city to share one identity? Not asking should or would it happen, but could it happen? If one ownership group owned of all a city's major teams, or if the ownership groups across the different teams in the same city really wanted do it would it be allowed on a legal level? For example. Ted Leonsis owns the Washington Capitals and Wizards. If he really wanted both these clubs to have the same name, could he rebrand the Wizards as the Washington Capitals Basketball Club. Or vice versa renaming the Caps the Washington Wizards Hockey Club? Or let's say the owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins all came together because they really wanted the city's teams to have one name. Let's assume the Steelers' identity wins out, and the owners of the Pirates and Penguins gave it the green light. Could they become The Pittsburgh Steelers Baseball & Hockey Clubs? I know at one point New York had both the baseball and football Giants, but they both pretty much had their own identities despite the same name. Mainly with the colors and logos each team used. Similar situation in St. Louis with the Cardinals being both a baseball and football team. *If I'm wrong about this point please correct me and show me proof of branding being shared across different pro sports* I mean same name, same colors, same logo (primary logo at least), one city, different leagues. Is it possible?
  8. So I've been using my NB logo for a while, and I've been wanting to upgrade it for the past few months, and I've finally created one I'm happy with. It incorporates all three of my initials (N, M, and B). The three stars represent my majority Slovenian Ancestry. It creates a bold, innovative look that I believe represents me and my designs well. Here are some different colour combinations of the logo: (I've always associated myself with Orange and Blue) C&C is appreciated!
  9. When the MLS was a possiblity for Charlotte, I put together some different branding and logos designs. Both fairly similar, I learned shortly after the first, Queen City FC that the MLS was not looking for nicknames to be used, so there was a quick facelift to the whole design. Here are the two concept sites for each - again fairly similar - http://ericpaullin.com/FCCharlotte/ http://ericpaullin.com/charlottemlspitch/
  10. Hey all! Here's a mockup I did for the UniWatch Challenge for redesigning the Tennessee Titans. The sleeve pattern comes from the Greek origin of a titan. I also wanted to incorporate the baby blue as no other NFL team really uses that color. Lastly, I went with the 1973 Houston Oilers throwback, mostly because of the one helmet rule. Let me know what you think! Jake Manternach
  11. As a Spurs fan, I was completely let down when the new secondary logo was recently released. I think the new logo is way too generic and does not represent the organization at all. Even though I'm not a fan of the simplistic logo trend going around the NBA, I wanted to design my own minimalist concept for the SA Spurs that featured the iconic Alamo with the basketball.
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