By Phil Hecken
The Uni Watch “Super Bowl XLVIII Logo Contest” is now in the books, and the winning design, shown above, was submitted by Jason Villanti. Big congrats for Jason, who led after round one, and held on to that lead through the final round of voting. In all, almost 3,000 votes were cast (2,969 in total) and Jason received 961 (32.4%) of the total. Congratulations to our winner, and a big thanks to all who participated! Here’s the breakdown of the final voting:
You can see all 30 Uni Watch reader submissions here.
Meet W. Ross Clites…
A short while back I received the concept you’re about to see below from reader W. Ross Clites, as an update to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now, I get tweaks & concepts sent to me on a fairly regular basis, but every so often, one shows up that is so good it deserves its own section. This is one of these.
Intrigued, I asked Ross if he had any more concepts, and indeed, he’s actually working on a whole NBA redesign (what with the renaming of the Hornets to the Jazz, the [pretty much done] deal to move the Kings to Seattle, the probable re-renaming of the Bobcats to the Hornets…etc.) submission that should be running in a couple of weeks. But for today, I wanted to run the Thunder concept, complete with Ross’ explanation. Following that, I’ll have a few tweaks that have either been in the queue for a while, or that were recently sent my way, also for some new hoops concepts. A bit of a twist on the usual “Concepts & Tweaks” section, if you will.
And now, here’s Ross’ Thunder:
And here’s how Ross described that:
This weekend I threw together a new look for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Let’s face it, the ink was still wet on all the paperwork when the Seattle Sonics had to start their 2008-09 season as the re-branded “Thunder.” I remember going to the NBA store in New York City that summer and there wasn’t a game jersey for their team hanging next to the others (it hadn’t been designed yet). So when push came to shove, the organization rolled out a rushed logo–like an elementary science project you had two months to work on and threw together the night before.
The current OKC logo is bland and tame, in an obvious effort to appease the masses and get league approval quickly. The result is cartoony and doesn’t tell a story at all. I have tried my hand at stepping in. I love the color scheme, but I updated the logo to give the team some muscle behind its imposing name. The team now has a story to tell and an identity for the community to finally take ownership of. Let’s give OKC the honeymoon they never had time to take. After all, they should look good when they hoist the O’Brien Trophy several times this decade.
Why two different schemes for home and road? I hope it sets a trend. I like the mindset change when a team goes on the road and, as a coach, I think it is an opportunity for something like uniform aesthetics to affect tangible wins. From the school of “look good, feel good, play good” comes the new idea I have that when a team isn’t in their comfy home arena, they should change their image.
The stylized lightning bolt at home is a microcosm for appealing the local crowd. Home is where you have gimmicky giveaways and cheerleaders and scoreboard video montages. Everything about a home NBA is entertainment and cartoony. But when you go on the road, you need to take the lunch pail and hard hat and become a different team. You gotta have an edge; a no-nonsense mentality that your game can travel with you. I think I captured that in two disparate logos. It’ll be interesting to see what the fine people of Uni-Watch think.
No, thank you! Great concept. And looking forward to your project in the very near future.
And now for a few more NBA tweaks & concepts (click on each image to enlarge):
First up is Konrad Tyler, who sent me this visionary concept for the (then not-named) Pelicans back in the first week of December:
Here I have designed a new uniform concept for the New Orleans Hornets change in their nickname. The pelican is an ever present symbol throughout Louisiana being the state bird. The pelican is common Catholic symbol having a strong presence in the region I think fans can grow to love. I have also been thinking about Jester and designing something with that in mind for the New Orleans new nickname.
Next is Frank Serpas, who also sent in a Pelicans concept in early December:
A wonderful mascot is the pelican? Not so much, but the rumored blue/red/gold color scheme echoes the New Orleans and Louisiana flags. The jersey takes its inspiration from the state flag and turns the player wearing it into the “pelican in her piety.” The pants stripe is based on the city flag. The eye of the pelican in the logo is a crescent, for the Crescent City. The team should trade for Steve Nash, namesake of Odgen.
Frank Serpas III
Our next tweaker, Christopher Roberts, sent in this Pelicans concept yesterday:
Here’s my concept of the New Orleans Pelicans uniforms. I love the color and logos! I made a white home, blue road, and a red alternate. I used the main pelican logo above the name on the back and the “NOLA” logo on the shorts. It’s a bit of a chore to deal with three primary colors but I made out fine.
And the ink wasn’t even dry on the paper before I started getting tweaks to the proposed new Pelicans’ logo — this one comes from Sean Flaherty:
Its not a uni, but a logo tweak. I wanted to see what the new Pelicans logo would look like in the classic Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold, much like the previous NOLA uni’s the Hornets had. This was just a simple (and not so clean) color swap. I like the second one better my self. I think these colors look a lot better and is more unique than basically copying the last Cavs colors.
And we close today with Adam Hainsfurther, who has a ‘first look’ at the new Seattle Sonics:
Since it’s all but official that the Kings are moving north to Seattle I came up with a trio of unis for the new Sonics. I know I sent you a concept for this a while back but I found a great template for NBA unis and did a new concept with new logos. Description is below:
The new Sonics logo features Mt. Rainer and the Space Needle. The Secondary logo is the new stylized S wrapped around the Space Needle. The alt wordmark has the Space Needle used as the I in Sonics. The space needle is also featured as a design down the side of the jerseys. Other than that its made to look similar to the last uniforms worn by what is now the Thunder, just updated ever so slightly.
And that’s it for this look at the future of NBA uniforms (or not). Thanks to all the concepters. Back with the ‘usual’ uni tweaks, concepts and revisions next time.
“Benchies” first appeared at U-W in 2008, and has been a Saturday & Sunday feature here for the past two years.
More Wayback Machine: Two-week wait for Super Bowl meets winter doldrums…
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Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Back today with another nice set, and it features some names who who are new to the UW colorizing game. So lets get started.
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Up first is John Turney, who should be familiar to you all, with a Bills/Chargers pic that’s a beaut:
One I’ve had for a while.
Colorization with 1970s Eckatrme filter.
Next up is Steven Wojtowicz, who took on a reader request and colorized the Wisconsin Hockey photo:
Attached is my crack at the colorization of one of the Wisconsin hockey pictures that were submitted by Nicole Haase. I am a little happier with these results than I thought I would be. I tried to keep it as grey and cold as I could given the season this shot was a taken. Well, I hope she likes the way it came out. Keep up the great work.
Kendall Park, NJ
Next up is Michael Cahalan with a nice college football colorization:
Thought I’d give the photo colorizing a shot. Here’s the pic of the Oklahoma State – Arkansas game. It was fun and interesting to do. I showed it to some friends and now they’re giving me black and white photos that they would like to have colorized.
We close today with a nice one (unfortunately it’s on the small side) of Okie State, from Jared Gallagher:
Picture of Oklahoma State football player Tom Pontius in 1958 that I colorized over lunch yesterday. Interesting note: the color of the building in the background was taken directly from a picture of the exact building. If nothing else is accurate, at least that is!
Jared E. Gallagher
That’s it for today. Keep those colorizations coming Uni Watchers!
Because we love the stirrup here at Uni Watch, this section is devoted to those of us who sport the beautiful hose on Fridays — a trend popularized many years ago by Robert P. Marshall, III. For many of us, it’s become a bit of an obsession, but a harmless one — a reflection of our times. Where we once had Friday ties, which has been replaced by Casual Friday — we now have Stirrup Fridays. It’s an endearingly simple concept — no matter where you work (or even if you don’t) — break out a fresh pair of rups to compliment (or clash with) your Friday attire.
Back with the usual suspects this week — and a bit of a smaller sampling. But that’s OK because it’s not stirrup weather (for most of the country) — baby, it’s COLD outside!
Phil & Robert,
I was supposed to tour the Roberto Clemente Museum with my dad today as a belated birthday present for him. Alas, the weather put the kibosh on that.
Yes, those are TCK socks, not stirrups. Blame RyCo.
R. Scott Rogers
Going undercover as a running-dog lackey of the capitalist oligarchs today and matching my stirrups to my tie. Wine-dark Traxel sox with gray and black stripes over black sanis to accompany a wine-gold-and-gray cravat.
Today I am wearing my Cardinal stirrups in honor of Stan “The Man” Musial who will be laid to rest Saturday.
And that ends today’s look at Stirrup Friday — all of you who participate, send me your pics and a brief (~50 words) description of their relevance, and I’ll run ‘em here on Saturday (and sometimes Sunday too!). Be sure to visit Robert’s House of Hose for news on rups.
That will do it for today. Tomorrow is (drumroll) the Pro Bowl. And yes, I’m aware Nike released the uniforms for the game yesterday — I’ll have a preview/review of those, plus Pro Bowls of yore, tomorrow.
Everyone have a great Saturday.
“I’m convinced that if you charted the incidence of drinking before deadline on the same graph as the general quality of American journalism, you’d only have a single, downward line. And it wouldn’t be a coincidence.”
–R. Scott Rogers