By Phil Hecken
OK, it’s time to announce the nominees for the “Design A Cap” contest (the contest is now closed, but if you missed the original article, click here). Hopefully, one of the caps you’re about to see will be chosen by Coach Nemanich for his team, the Sartell Sabres. Lots to get to today, so lets begin.
Our first nominee comes from Adam Hainsfurther. Here’s his submission. And here’s Adam:
I went with a bit of a hockey fans touch on this. This is a logo similar to an alternate logo for the Buffalo Sabres, using the S provided to us by Coach Nemanich. After throwing the S in front of Sword I proceeded to change the colors of both the S and the sword in four different combinations of Navy, Royal, White, and Silver. This is what I came up with (note: I rendered up the white hat thinking what the hell, personally I’d go with the silver before the white one, but the Navy and Royal versions are my two favorites)
My name is Wesley Willis of Boaz, AL, and I am a avid reader of Uni Watch and I read it every day.
Here are my submissions for the home and away caps for the Sartell Sabres.
The logo, which is maintained throughout both caps, is a classic-looking letter S with a black sabre through its center from the lower-right hand area to the upper-left hand area. The home cap is all royal blue with an white S and black sabre, and the away cap is a white cap with a royal blue bill and royal blue S and black sabre. I hope that you and Coach Nemanich both like what I’ve produced here, and thank you for your consideration. I created these two files in Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0.
Our next cap entry comes from Keith Dow. Keith submitted this cap for consideration. Here’s Keith:
Since Indiana football isn’t on IU’s basic cable today for some strange reason, this contest was a perfect timewaster. Expect a few of these since I have a ton of fun making them.
Moving along, we have Sam Stuber who offers this submission. Here’s Sam:
My name’s Sam Stuber and here’s my design. Hope mine wins!
Our next entry comes from Nat Overholtzer. Nat didn’t include any write up with his submission, but he did include this cap. Thanks, Nat!
Continuing along, we have an entry from Ed Westfield, Jr., who came up with these four designs. Here’s Ed:
Here is my entry for Sartell Sabres cap contest. I went with the
Virgina motif…Thank you.
Our next cap comes from Chad Anderson, who came up with this design. Here’s Chad:
Here’s an entry in the Design A Cap Contest. I might try another.
Hello I am currently living in Sartell, MN and frequent the site quite a bit. I have to say I was surprised to read a story posted on Uni Watch from not only my home state, but hometown. Here are a couple of my suggestions, both are taken from the Buffalo Sabres design.
Next up is R. Scott Rogers, who has multiple submissions contained within his entry. Scott has quite the explanation:
Here is my entry in the cap contest for the Sartell Sabres. I grew up in Minnesota, and so have seen Sartell’s football and boy’s hockey uniforms in the past, and I drew some inspiration from those unis, which have nicely balanced royal and white with touches of gray or silver.
Working from Coach Nemanich’s suggestions, I imagined an “S” logo that could convey both the jaunty swooshing of a movie swordsman, a Zorro or Rob Roy, with the dynamic stance of a fencer. To bring in Coach Nemanich’s U-Va inspiration, I wanted to put a sabre blade figuratively in the hands of the Sartell “S”. I drew an “S” with a single fluid line that could be carved by a swordsman, with bulbs at each end like a fencer’s hands, and then put a cavalry sabre blade into the “S”‘s hands. I angled the blade to give a sense of depth, to balance the slightly askew “S”, and to allow the “S” logo to work with either “Sabres” or “Sartell” jersey scripts in the future. (Outlined and drop-shadowed versions of the scripts on white and royal.)
I kept the double-outline of Sartell’s current cap logo, in part for continuity and to allow for better visual balance with the team’s white uniforms, and in part because the introduction of a gray-and-black blade in the blue or white letter requires the double outline. I’ve supplied images of the logo in Sartell’s current scheme of royal and white-and-royal caps, but I would suggest replacing one of these with a royal-and-gray cap to maintain a stronger connection to the school’s athletic identity.
I believe that my script “S”, which falls somewhere between the flatter cursive “S” used by the St. Paul Saints on their jerseys and the rounder one used for the 2001 All-Star Game in Milwaukee, allows this cap logo to integrate with the current uniform set without clashing, and also gives Coach Nemanich a strong logo to grow into as the team moves into its next uniform purchase.
In addition, I intended the cap logo to have at least the potential for use in other sports; I think it could work both on football helmets and on boys and girls hockey shoulder patches.
If four-color embroidery is prohibitive, the blade could be rendered in a single flat color that matches the outer outline, either black or gray. (I would choose gray.) The logo thus rendered loses a sense of depth and motion, but the image of the sabre blade remains clear.
I read your online column everyday, great stuff!
Please see attached jpeg for my initial submission for the cap design contest.
Moving along, we next have Ben Smith who has provide us with this entry. Here’s Ben:
Here’s my submission, thanks for the challenge I had fun. — Pomegranates are too much work to enjoy.
Please find the attached two logo concepts for the Sartell Sabres. I used Corel X3, so the the color may not appear Royal on your screen. But, you get the idea.
Our next submission comes from Doug Smith, who is decidedly old-school with his entry. Here’s Doug:
Hope you guys like it! Love UniWatch!
Here are a few ideas I wanted to send in for the design contest. Hopefully they will like them.
I have attached my cap design ideas. I hope you enjoy them.
Thanks, joe baker
Next up is Daniel Carroll, who offers this submission. Here’s Daniel:
Thanks for putting this contest online!
Moving on, we have our next entry from Greg Gangemi, who came up with this design. Here’s Greg:
Attached is the hat concept that I came up with for the Sartell Sabres.
Two designs, both included along with corresponding logos.
I dont know if you are still taking submissions for the cap design contest but i figured id send my work to you anyways. Basically all i did was redesign the S logo that the school already uses to make it look more sharp. Then I incorporated the sabre/sword logo behind the S. I guess that goes along the Virginia logo affect that the coach is looking for.
Im sorry that this work was all done in Microsoft paint (poor college student, cant afford photoshop), but i think it came out well for the best part. I have included the logo only in the first file. The second file is the logo as it would look on the hat. When i shrunk the logo down in paint to put it on the hat it really blurred out though.
Let me know what you think. I would appreciate the feedback from you and the coach.
And our penultimate cap submissions come from Dan Grieve, who has created both a white cap and a blue cap. Dan didn’t provide any commentary, but the two hats are just great. Thanks. And as a last minute addition, Dan also came up with two ‘alternate’ submissions, white alt and blue alt.
And finally, we have several submissions from Larry Torrenz, who not only created caps and logos, but (even though we didn’t ask for it) uniforms as well. So here are black jersey (with caps), blue jersey, gray road, and home white, as well as a school name alternate and a white alt; Larry also included a full uni mock and two wordmark/logos, here and here. Whew. Here’s Larry:
Thought I would take a whack at the logo request. Decided to keep it simple, with a little flair on the lettering.
Thanks for all the good work keeping the Uni-Watch followers well fed with uni-goodness…
*Got One Late entry (rec’d last night after I’d gone to bed), but I’ll throw it in here right now. It comes from Shane Wisniewski, who simply provided this sketch with no comments.
Well, there you have it. All I can say is
HOLY SHIT WOW! What an outstanding effort from all of these designers. Every one of them is each outstanding in it’s own right, and I’m sure Coach Nemanich will have a difficult time choosing one. I hope that one of them will be selected as the “winner,” but they’re all great.
My thanks (deep, deep thanks) to each and every person who participated in this contest. Since the reaction was so great, I hope we can have a similar contest in the near future.
Like one of the designs? Make sure to cast your vote for the winner in the comments.
After taking a weekend off to enjoy watch the Gophers, the
Cardiac Kids Twins, and enjoying a Monday evening with #4, Ricko’s back with the Boys from Benchies. Who knew Mike was a ‘Bama fan? Not me … I always thought he was a guy who loved the Beavers. Anyway, here is your fresh Saturday Benchies. Welcome back Mr. Pearson, we missed ya.
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: Well, we’re into baseball’s second season, so what will today’s scoreboard game be? A post season game? Hmmm… Possibly. You’ll just have to decide that for yourself. However, when you see the picture, that answer should be clear. Please be sure to post a LINK to the answer, using Retrosheet or Baseball Almanac, k? Ready. Set. Guess The Game. Feel free to send me more scoreboards so we can keep the game going into the off-season. Just Drop me a line. Thanks.
I get a lot of E-mail from UW readers, and I appreciate it, and try to read it all. Most of it is in response to a request or a contest submission, or what have you, but occasionally I get a random E-mail that turns into something neat. Case in point. Reader Ted Machnik sent me the following earlier this week:
I’m not handy with with templates and such, but I’m wondering if you could get your friend, Paul Soto, to come up with a couple of renderings of the Washington Nationals in the Expos original colours, trim, and fonts, circa 1969.
I think the scripted “W” would look very good on a tri-color cap. On the unis, “nats” where “expos” use to be. I would be curious to see how it would look.
Well, one thing led to another — I contacted Paul (“Pretty Boy Paulie“) with Ted’s request, and well, Paulie didn’t disappoint! So, I’m happy to share with you Paul’s Washington Expos, circa 1969:
For reference, here’s what the Expos looked like in 1969. Paul didn’t (yet) take a crack at the roadies, but he did a smashup job on the homes. He created four different logos for the Nationals based on the combined Nats & Expos script/wordmark. But he wasn’t done. He also mocked up six possible home unis. You can check them out here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Great work Paulie, and fantastic suggestion Ted!
Aighty then. That’s gonna do it for today. Everyone have a great Saturday. Our man on the street, Jim Vilk is gonna be out in the boonies (for real) this weekend, sans access to the Interwebs. So, I’m temporarily taking back the “Top 5 and 1 Worst College Football Matchups,” so to help me out, everyone pick one best and one worst game today. Remember, it’s the overall matchup, so if one team looks great but the other, not so much, it doesn’t qualify. OK? OK. Thanks.