During the Stars’ home opener, there were several kids in attendance wearing what appeared to be youth league hockey jerseys with a “D-Star” logo. They were shown several times on TV and also ended up in several wire photos.
“I designed that logo,” says reader Matthew Duke. “Seeing it on those jerseys comes as a complete surprise.”
This was one of the first logos that I designed, more than three years ago. You can see it listed on this Icethetics page, which is dated Oct. 25, 2009. There have been a few variations and it has been cleaned up since then, but the basic design remains unchanged. This is just one of hundreds of things I have designed and have had published on multiple design sites over the years (including on Uni Watch). It makes me wonder what else of mine might have been taken and used.
Now, there have been far worse cases of logo theft and copyright infringement out there, and I don’t think a youth team can be making any money off of my work, but it’s still unnerving to see my hard work where it doesn’t belong without my knowledge and consent.
Designers and artists out there should be careful about what they post online, and where. You do not want to go unrecognized and/or uncompensated for all of your efforts.
Interesting. What do the rest of you designers think of this? Can anything be done? Should everyone be watermarking their logos and concepts, or would that not even make a difference?
By Brinke Guthrie
Congratulations to the Super Bowl Champion Ravens! Now that the NFL has wrapped up, it’s almost time for spring training, so let’s start off with this eBay auction of Reggie Jackson snacks! What, no straw?
Here’s the rest of this week’s haul:
• Here’s an absolutely huge lot of NFL and MLB gumball helmets from the 1970s through the 1990s.
• I don’t remember these 1970s MLB helmet banks, or I woulda had a Reds one, for sure. [I totally remember these! I didn’t have one, but they were advertised in Mets programs and yearbooks. — PL]
• Come to think of it, I don’t recall this 1970s MLB card album either. They say the memory is the first to go.
• One more from 1970s MLB item: a nice-looking pin set.
• Paul, you’ll like this one: a 1950s NHL scrapbook created by some 10-year-old boy. [You know what I like, Brinke. I especially love the hand-drawn cover illo! — PL]
• Almost psychedelic-looking graphics on this 1969 New Orleans Saints poster. [Wow! Never seen an NFL poster that looked anything like that before. — PL]
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Culinary Corner: I like English muffins. Who doesn’t, right? But I don’t eat them all that often — maybe once a week — so I keep them in the freezer (they toast up just as well when frozen as they do when fresh). It’s impossible to split the top from the bottom when they’re frozen, so I split them before freezing them. But the two halves often stick to each other in the freezer and end up being hard to separate. Sometimes they stick so much that one of the frozen halves even breaks apart when I’m trying to separate it from its mate. Grrrrrr.
So about a week ago, after buying a new pack of English muffins and preparing to freeze them, I got an idea: What if I tore off six little squares of parchment paper and slipped them between the muffin halves before popping everything in the freezer?
So the sequence went like this:
A week later, I’m happy to report that it works! The parchment-separated halves don’t stick at all. And I won’t even have to cut new parchment squares in the future, because I can just keep reusing the same squares over and over again. Success!
DC party reminder: Remember, Uni Watch party in Washington tomorrow, 7:30pm, at Hamilton’s. See you there.
OMFG: The latest installment of my “One-Man Focus Grouup” column is up now at The New Republic. It’s about the new Heineken bottle.
Uni Watch News Ticker: As you’ve probably heard many times, the producers of Pride of the Yankees had to use backwards-lettered jerseys for all the scenes involving Gary Cooper and then flip the film, because Cooper was right-handed and Lou Gehrig was left-handed. Or at least that’s been the party line for decades. But is it true? Hall of Fame curator Tom Shieber has done some positively heroic work to find the answer. I strongly recommend that you stop whatever you’re doing and check out his superb report. Highly, highly recommended. … “Saturday was a special day for football (not soccer) in Poland,” writes Kacper Kowalski. “It was the debut of the Polish national team, which played indoors against Sweden, and you can see both teams’ uniforms here.” Looks like Poland had CNOB. … New logo branding for Ohio State (from Eric Reyes). … “Jose Torres is an American soccer player who plays in the Mexican League,” says Christopher Peterson, which presumably explains this rather questionable nickNOB. … Gerry Dincher is intrigued by this old photo of Greensboro College cheerleaders. “Note the stars on the one woman’s uniform,” he says. “Are these early captaincy patches?” … No more penny for Canada (thanks, Kirsten). … “This is Carlos, one of my son Noah’s friends, wearing his Chivas/Mexico mash-up jersey,” says Cort McMurray. “I wasn’t able to frame the photo to include his purple (actually, they’re more of a vibrant lavender) soccer shoes. It’s quite the ensemble.” … New fifth-season logo for the Gwinnett Braves (from Chris Wright). … “This weekend I picked up this vintage tackling dummy,” says Ryan Dowgin. “I got it from a guy who contacted me through my Colgate football memorabilia web site. He said his dad played at Colgate in the ’30s and had saved this tackling dummy. I looked at the pictures he sent me and knew exactly where it was from, because I had colorized this photo. I was digging around for more info and came across the Goldsmith football catalog that you posted about in 2011, which included a similar tackling dummy. Figured you might want to see what one looked like in real life.” … Here’s a piece about the Phillies’ equipment staff gearing up for spring training (from Erik Autenrieth). … Interesting that the T-shirts the Ravens were wearing in the wake of their victory appear to have been swoosh-free (from Andrew Cosentino). … Joni Pitkanen of the Hurricanes has always worn his sock stripes too low. The other day, though, he did something new: He added white tape in the middle of his red stripe, creating an entirely new stripe pattern (screen shot by Nick LaRosa). … Love this Tulane warm-up jacket. … A guy in Ohio has built his own curling sheet in his backyard (thanks, Vince). … Illinois State wore 1972 throwbacks on Saturday — yabba-dabba do! Too bad about the baggy shorts, which look nothing like the originals (from Kevin Driscoll). … Michigan and Ohio State will meet on the basketball court tonight, and Adidas and Nike have taken the opportunity to make both teams look as ridiculous as possible (from Steve Sayre). … Two notes regarding the Pensacola Ice Flyers: (1) The team wore Mardi Gras-themed jerseys on Saturday, and (2) the have advertising on the goalposts. Sigh (from Ryan Bohannon). … New baseball uniforms for Houston (from Chris Rodriguez). … People, I will be frank with you: Until yesterday, I had never heard of Pete & Pete. But P&P are apparently quite popular among the Uni Watch readership, because a bunch of you wrote in to tell me that one of my “Meats” T-shirts appears in this Pete & Pete reunion video. Skip ahead to the 4:19 mark to see it. … New softball uniforms for Oregon (from Leo Thornton). … Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth had been wearing a mask with bars that were orange on one side and white on the other, but now he’s switched to solid white. “I wonder if there’s a rule for NHL goaltenders concerning the color of their facemasks,” says Jose Niebla. Anyone know?