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Redesigning Cleveland Baseball (Uni Concepts 5/22)


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Here's my (second) attempt to give Cleveland Baseball a better primary. In the past the team has worn a Reds-style wishbone C, an angluar "Caveman" C, A serifed Block C and Wahoo:

Cleveland Indians (1958 - 1961)Cleveland Indians (1973 - 1977)

Cleveland Indians (1978 - 1985)Cleveland Indians (1986 - 2002)

My goal was to incorporate the team's visual history into a single mark which would nod to the team's past and push it into the future. The idea is that it could work if the team chooses to stay with "Indians" or go with something else in the future. Thoughts?

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5 minutes ago, Zeus89725 said:

 

Just an idea - the outline could take on the shape of Ohio, roughly.

It's supposed to be Ohio (roughly).   I'll have to work a bit more on that. Also tried my hand at a matching typeface.

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2 hours ago, keithisgood said:

You're right the typeface is bupkiss. Maybe something based on Cleveland's "Caveman" set of the 70's.

 

Still playing with this, sketching ideas for a shoulder patch/crest:

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Uhhh... Ohio is backwards, just pointing it out. 

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Definitely getting there, especially with your all-custom wordmark, and I genuinely like the Ohio thing. Idk about forcing the baseball in there, though. It makes it look like Cleveland is located there. 

 

Idk if this is acceptable or not anymore, there are a lot of issues with imagery now, but I think the negative space inside that C is dying to be an arrowhead. Perhaps if its subtle enough, it'll work. I'm not sure if that's a good idea these days or not.

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Love the "C"!!  Think maybe it'll look cool too Without the lower "tooth" on upper portion that is leftover from the 70s C.  Leaving just "upper tooth"???  

 

I don't know if you are wanting to rid the Indian part or not, but if not, turning upper tooth into an "arrow head looking point" would be worth a quick draft???

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3 hours ago, Russian5 said:

Love the "C"!!  Think maybe it'll look cool too Without the lower "tooth" on upper portion that is leftover from the 70s C.  Leaving just "upper tooth"???  

 

I don't know if you are wanting to rid the Indian part or not, but if not, turning upper tooth into an "arrow head looking point" would be worth a quick draft???

I'd put in a lower serif (tooth) to keep with the Block C, but drawing it without that lower serif, you might be right.

 

Either way, last two sketches before I fire up the computer.

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1 hour ago, KittSmith_95 said:

These rough sketches look amazing, but I'm not sold on the I in the Indians wordmark. It looks like a weirdly shaped G at a certain angle, and it doesn't fit the rest of the wordmark. 

Yes, I see that now. The cursive connectors (whatever they're called) aren't quite right either. I'll probably just digitize everything and see if I can fix it there.

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