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Buffalo All- Americans concepts


Darth Brooks
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A while back I did some concepts for defunct NFL teams. I didn't do a team called the Buffalo All-Americans because they didn't have an authentic logo anywhere online, at least what i could find. The two images featured on the Sports encyclopedia are wrong. (http://sportsecyclopedia.com/nfl/buf20/allamericanbisons.html)

The one on the left is from a different Buffalo team and the one on the right was draw by Bob Carroll, the late Executive Director of the Professional Football Researchers Association, who felt the team should have a proper emblem to represent it.

 

A couple of weeks ago I saw this:

 

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Which was posted on a Facebook page devoted to the team. The page manager verified that Buffalo had used the image on their letterhead, which made it the most authentic logo out there. I wondered where the image came form and spent some nights searching through old illustrations before finding this,

 

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Which was drawn by an English minister named Samuel Morrison for this book, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc2.ark:/13960/t8gf0nk9n&view=1up&seq=42

 

i did some redrawing of the logo, increasing the size of the head to correct the proportions and to add character. Which got me here:

 

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I had previously made an "AA" logo and posted bout it here:

 

I did a couple of concepts and would like to know what you think. The team's official colors were black and orange, which is where the color scheme comes from. I came up with two different versions. Please tell me what you think of them. First goes off the name All-Americans, second goes off Buffalo.

 

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Edited to add: I will add the uniform(s) later.

 

 

 

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I know it defies the standard conventions of sports logo design, but to hit the effect at play, I think it would make sense to maintain the high level of detail from the reference picture, so long as it could be simplified for small-scale application. This is a rare case where simplifying the design strips away the majority of its charm, IMO.

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