Designing Minds, Volume I

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By Phil Hecken

Every so often, as a lede, I will run a set of uniform concepts from a single designer that are either so good, so innovative, or so special that they deserve to be set apart from the normal “Concepts” section. Today is one of those days. In what I plan on making a somewhat regular feature, whenever I do feature the designs of one of the Uni Watch readership, I intend to call that day’s column “Designing Minds” and if possible, to arrange for a little Q&A with the designer so that we might get into his (or her) head and learn what makes those gears spin.

For my inaugural edition of “Designing Minds,” I will be featuring a gentleman named Jake Nevill, who approached me much as any concepter would have. It began with a simple E-mail with this text:

Hey,

I recently started doing fan concepts for college football uniforms and they are getting pretty positive feedback. If you ever do anything of that sort, I am more than willing to share my stuff.

[At this point, Jake shared a few galleries of his work -- PH]

You can contact me through email or twitter. Big fan!

Thanks,

Jake

It started simply enough, until I began to look at some of those galleries. Now, I wasn’t completely blown away — but I was very impressed, and one thing led to another — Jake and I exchanged several e-mails and I ended up selecting ten of my favorites, and asked Jake to describe them. My absolute favorite (and one that DID blow me away) I used for today’s splash — the Thundering Herd of Marshall, with a sublimated jersey design that I just thought looked incredible. I picked nine more (which will follow, along with Jake’s own descriptions of the inspiration and design process he used). But first, let’s meet Jake.

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Uni Watch: Where did you go to school, and did you study design there?

Jake Nevill: I grew up in Hot Springs, AR and went to college at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where I currently reside. I received a B.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis on Graphic Design and am currently looking to move towards Fayetteville and pursue a career in Sports Marketing.

UW: How long have you been doing uniform design? Have you always been a sports fan, and did you do what we call “refrigerator art” or drawings as a kid?

JN: I have always been a sports fan/design enthusiast, but have only been doing concepts for about three months. Growing up, I did draw uniforms and waste many hours exhausting the possibilities of customized teams in video games, so I guess I have been doing it in some form my whole life. I never really connected my love for sports with my goals as a professional designer until I did my first set of Arkansas concepts a few months back though. I started out just making my “ideal” version of the uniform, followed by some more experimental ones. After doing a few Arkansas concepts, I started to figure out better ways to achieve what I wanted and wanted to tackle more teams. I took to the College Football page of Reddit.com to see if anybody had any requests for team/player/etc. to help me decide where to start. About a dozen got back to me, and a week or so later I posted a gallery, which went somewhat viral. I was featured in a few articles online, and it even found its way on ESPNU’s Unite show.

UW: Impressive! And you just went on from there?

JN: After that, I decided to do another set of teams, and uploaded them a week later. I started doing, and included helmets with that set. That second set’s imgur page had over 20,000 view in a couple weeks, compared to the 4,000-6,000 of the first set. I plan on submitting new sets each time I have around a dozen that I have done, and also upload them as I go on my twitter account.

UW: I don’t want to say any of your designs are “crazy” (at least not like some of the UW concepters are), and you have a nice mix of traditional in with what I’ll call your more “out there” concepts. Would you say you’re more traditional in your thought process? Which teams’ uniforms do you like the best?

JN: I am a traditionalist in terms of taste. Penn State has the best college uniforms, Cleveland, the NFL. I do like the other side of the coin, but feel that in most cases, you lose the form of the player in adding too much. I’m not a big fan of thin accents on the torso, or excessive details in multiple areas. I think that more-so the basic, classic designs can be altered or rethought to achieve a lot of the unique looks programs want. Continuing a stripe here, or dropping a stripe there can really find a balance between classic and modern. My philosophy is that you can have bold uniforms by subtraction, and focus. 50% of a football uniform is decided by colors, and the number. The rest is just how you blend it together. When you spend too much time dressing up those extra details, the uniform loses it’s identity a little.

UW: Your designs seen to be restrained, which is nice.

JN: I think my work gets separated from a lot of concepts because I value traditional elements more than most, therefor provide my own balance when trying to innovate in some way. I also make it a point to make makable uniforms. I follow the uniform’s pattern, think about whether a stripe would need to be stitched or printed, and never do image overlays unless I can rationalize them.

UW: I notice you do some schools that don’t have Nike as a supplier, but yet have the swoosh. Is that your template?

JN: I do all of my concepts on NIKE template that I made from a press release for the 2012 Arkansas Uniforms that I found on NIKE’s website. I started to try and create other brands from that template, but figured for the time and effort to get them as well done as I would like, it wouldn’t affect much to keep it at NIKE. Some of the concepts are fulfilling requests, a la black Tennessee, which I prefer the orange and white only. I haven’t really drafted any of them before starting, but often brainstorm ideas or come back to ones after a roadblock.

UW: Fantastic stuff, Jake. OK — let me give the readers a look at my ten favorite design concepts.

JN: Please distinguish that the featured ones are your personal picks, and not my personal favorites. I have absolutely no issues with them, just want to make that distinction as a personal preference. Thanks so much for the write up. It means a lot.

UW: You’re welcome — now onto your designs (in no particular order — just my top 10 favorites). The descriptions are all Jake’s:

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Click on each image to enlarge.

UNC - Blue UNC - White

North Carolina: Although I know the argyle pattern is more of a basketball centered tradition, I wanted to see if I could implement it into the football uniform. I wanted to keep it subtle, so I enlarged the argyle to the point where it could only continue a few links, and tucked it under the sleeves. I wanted to maintain a strong Tarheel Blue to White balance, so left all sleeve details blank.

Metallic sheen to helmet.

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Maryland - Red Maryland - Black

Maryland: I’m a big fan of the idea behind the Maryland “Pride” push that Under Armour has done, but often have issues with the finished products. For my attempt at continuing that focus, I wanted to simplify the flag aspects and give them some breathing room. I kept the uniform symmetrical, because I think the split helmet design creates just the right amount of chaos, but any more of that and it becomes dizzy. I also wanted give the appropriate weight to the school’s colors. I think Maryland looks best with the yellow and black toned down some.

Used same Pride helmet that they use already.

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Marshall - Green Marshall - White

Marshall: I started this design with hockey and motocross uniforms in mind. I knew I wanted to use the logo across the front in some fashion, and the design process was an exercise in restraint. I didn’t want to either create something impossible to manufacture, or overtly cartoonish. The sublimated logo originally had facial details and continued into the lower mesh, but I think dialing it back both increases feasibility and gives reading room for the numbers.

Helmet continues sublimated and dark theme.

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Washington - White Washington - Purple

Washington: I made this design the day it appeared the Sacramento Kings could become my childhood favorite Seattle Sonics. (Note Kings PG, UW alumnus, and hopefully future Sonic Isaiah Thomas.) My favorite designs are always the simple ones, especially with such a rich color scheme. I implemented a small bit of black to add some depth to it, but didn’t want to make it seem like I was forcing it into the scheme.

This was my first attempt at a helmet, and I wanted to try a enlarged logo. I’ll apologize to all UW fans for the “weasel”. One of the fun things about doing this is finding out the little nuances of other fan bases. UW fans hate this logo. A lot.

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Tennessee - Black Tennessee - Orange

Tennessee: While we’re apologizing…

Someone asked if I would do a black Tennessee uniform to makeup for the school’s half-attempt at it a few years back. Normally I wouldn’t go that route. I figured though if I’m breaking traditions, I might as well make it bold. I got the checkerboard idea from the Kentucky sleeves from last season. I also wanted to find away to use the classic Vols logo, which I think is an awesome logo. It is tucked into the pattern on the shoulder.

Matte Black helmet.

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SDSU - White SDSU - Black

San Diego State: Aztec art deco has so many interesting qualities, that I can’t understand why the school doesn’t embrace them more in it’s branding. I tried to highlight that in the shoulder stripes. The numbers are influenced by soccer uniforms and the 1968 Mexico City Olympic branding. I figured that a school like SDSU could benefit from trying to appeal to latin americans by highlighting the Mexican influence in that area of the country, much like FSU has done with the Seminole Nation.

Gold helmet with slight glitter.

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Cincinnati - Black Cincinnati - Red

Cincinnati: I have never been a fan of claw marks or the like on uniforms, but Cincinnati seems to have embraced this as the focus of their branding. I chose to try and contain them to the sleeves to create a more natural style of stripe for the most part, knowing that the simple concept of claw marks already keeps it “out of the box” and unique.

Gradient helmet, but would work well with their HGI red helmet with black pattern.

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Georgia Tech - Gold

Georgia Tech: This uniform is plain by design. I tried to simulate a strong sheen and sort of glow to the uniform, and didn’t want anything to interrupt that focus. I made this uniform to be paired against the Georgia one I had created earlier. Where the Georgia one leans on reflective black details, I wanted this one to be a sort of ying to the Georgia yang. That is why all the colors are richer and lighter than typical. I used a subtle honeycomb shoulder patch to keep with branding.

It was before I did helmets, but would work well with the honeycomb helmet they have worn in the past.

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FSU - Scarlet FSU - White

Florida State: For this design I wanted to create a sleek, but natural feel to compliment the school’s identity. I pulled the feather details that FSU uses for trim, and created shoulder stripes from them. The gold trim that runs down the sides is meant to create depth, and also vaguely simulate spears emerging from the feathers.

Standard helmet

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Iowa - White Iowa - Black

Iowa: The Iowa uniforms will always suffer from seeming like Steeler rip-offs, but are just as traditional. Therefor I tried to keep the same stripes they have used and embellish them in some way. I got some inspiration from the bold stripe patterns that often run across the shoulders of hockey jerseys. I tried to further modernize the uniforms through the numbers and “Iowa” text on the shoulder. Being a Razorback fan, I had to use our new favorite Hawkeye, Bret Bielema.

Standard helmet

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Wow – thanks, Jake. And thank you for participating in my “Designing Minds” series. It looks like you’re well on your way to some mighty fine uniform designs — now all you need is some pants! I do hope to have Jake back again with some more of these really, really well done, and beautifully executed designs. Readers, what say you?

You can follow Jake on Twitter: his account is @jakenevill and his imgur page is http://jakenevill.imgur.com/all/.

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28-51651-3-PNew Brew Crew Youniform

Yesterday, after much anticipation, the Milwaukee Brewers broke out their fan-designed “Youniform”.

I didn’t see the game, so I have to go by the few photos from the game that were available, but from what I did see, the Crew looked great (too bad the batters wore their regular helmets). UPDATE: Paul sent me a great set of photos (he made screen grabs from the game — thanks buddy!). They’re much better than my original linkies below.

I love how this just looks like a uniform, and especially the thin piping on the shoulders, reminiscent of some old school unis. Unfortunately, those shoulder stripes look much thinner than that which was actually designed by the Youniform contest winner. I would have preferred slightly thicker piping.

The Brewers wore their custom “Barrelman” cap in the field and the unis had a slight cream tinge to them. I’m not a huge fan of that cap, (if they’re going with Barrelman, they should have used the full barrelman — as seen in Chance Michaels’ Borchert Field blog). But still, the cap had a spring trainey feel to it.

And lets face it, that Youniform is better than anything they’re wearing now. I hope fan reaction is positive and perhaps ownership can be convinced to let the team wear these in a regular season game.

Readers? What do you think of the Crew Youniform?

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all sport uni tweaksUni Tweaks Concepts

We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.

So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.

Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.

Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.

And so, lets begin:

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We begin today with Anthony Hammes, who apparently likes the color green (too bad I didn’t run these on St. Paddy’s day):

Wolves green alt - Anthony Hammes wolves blue alt - Anthony Hammes

Phil,

Some Twolves alternates bringing back the old green to the blu unis.

8106_philadelphia_eagles-home-2012 - Anthony Hammes

New eagle uni with the kelly green.

Kings logo 1 - Anthony Hammes Kings logo 2 - Anthony Hammes

Some new Seattle Kings designs which represent sonics colors and sacramento throwback logo. Depending if they are called the kings and not the sonics.

Thanks,

Tony Hammes!

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Next up is Yancy Yeater, with a Devils tweak:

devils_red -  Yancy Yeater

Phil,

I watched both Devils-Pens games over the weekend. I love the Devils home uniforms. But when they played in Pittsburgh, NJ’s white jersey was bugging. I finally figured out why: it’s more black than red. Simple swap of stripe color, much better.

Yancy K. Yeater

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We close today with Marcin Niedzielski who has some concepts for the Rockets:

Rockets - Marcin Niedzielski

Hello Phil,

Going to keep this short and sweet. Hate the current Rockets set, love everything about their older look. With the current set also reminding me too much of Yao and McGrady, figured the new age with Harden deserved their own set. Asides from the jerseys, I took the old logo and touched it up – adding a slight cone to the left side of the logo to give the look of a rocket and also added some flames to also give the feel of a rocket launching.

Thanks,
Marty

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And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.

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Stirrup FridayStirrup Fridays…

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.

Another small set today, as we begin the transition from winter to baseball/softball season. Just three humble members of the revo today … Here we go:

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Lester Shen - 54 Sox

Lester Shen:

Phil,

Love the stripes. As a diehard Cards fan, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. ;-)

Lester

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James Poisso - Cardinal & Cream

James Poisso:

Phil,

Today’s stirrup us the latest arrival from Commrade Robert. I really love the color combo of the cardinal, cream, and black. I just need to find cardinal and cream socks to wear with them.

James Poisso

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"Gaels" - Jason Bernard

Jason Bernard (and Fudge):

Phil & Robert,

These work for a ton of teams, but today they are in support of the Iona College Gaels, just to piss off Comrade Marshall.

Bernard

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Joseph Wagner - Bruins

Joseph Wagner:

Phil,

I’m not sure if you’re the person to send this to, but what the hell. While it isn’t the NCAA tournament game many hoped for, I’m wearing my Iowa Hawkeye, nee Boston Bruins, stirrups at their NIT 2nd round matchup against Stony Brook.

Go Hawks and Go Big Ten!

Joe Wagner
Iowa City, IA

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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.

And now…here’s …

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Stirrup HeaderComrade Marshall’s Rupdate:

Comrades!

Nothing “new” this week, just the à la carte stock, but there are more re-issues on the way. We will also start up with more photo contests the weekend after the holiest of holy days, baseball’s opening day, two weeks from now.

The biggest news this week is if you want something by opening day, you must order by noon Monday(3-25) so your envelope will be in my Monday post office trip. I will be visiting Gotham from 3-26 to 4-1, so it will be impossible for me to mail anything during that time. Please keep this in mind as I hate disappointing good hosiery revolutionaries as they ready for the start of the season. Feel free to contact me with any stirrups questions.

From each according their stirrvp, to each according their strype.

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And that will do it for this fine first Saturday of Spring. Big thanks to Jake for sharing those concepts with us — make sure you leave him some feedback in the comments below.

On an unrelated note, I’m getting my ass kicked in my NCAA Hoops bracket. But, I don’t think too many of us would have picked Harvard and Florida Gulf Coast either — so maybe things will all even out in the end. If nothing else, my early losses shouldn’t hurt me too badly. How are all y’all doing in your UW pool?

Everyone have a great Saturday, and I’ll catch you on the morrow.

Peace.

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One For The Road

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“Seems a lot of us spent our youths creating fake teams for make believe leagues.”
–Vin Eethy

 

64 comments to Designing Minds, Volume I

  • Michael Maggert | March 23, 2013 at 7:13 am |

    Good morning Phil. Good to see I’m not the only one up early on a Saturday. As a huge Iowa fan I really enjoyed the uniform concept above. Iowa is one of those teams (much like Tennessee) with a strong uniform history. Unfortunately this makes changes tricky. I think Jake did a great job of keeping tradition and also modernizing. Well done.

  • Bernard | March 23, 2013 at 7:45 am |

    Great stuff from Jake Nevill. Iowa is an interesting tweak and Cinci would be an immediate upgrade, but Marshall is the standout to me. Very cool.

  • JamesP. | March 23, 2013 at 7:45 am |

    I am watching the MLB TV replay of the Bewers-Cubs game from yesterday, and the youniforms look great. I came in during the 6rh so I don’t know if the Cubs annoucers said anything about them, but they do look good.

    • Odessasteps | March 23, 2013 at 11:35 am |

      They mentioned it right in the first inning. Seemed to like the unis, the hat not as much. They didnt name check Barrelman, but referenced the 1970s logo.

      Already ordered my hat yesterday.

      • scott | March 23, 2013 at 8:27 pm |

        Brewers youniforms very nice, but the cap should have an “M” on it if the team is going to use this in the regular season.

  • J.R. Clark | March 23, 2013 at 8:32 am |

    Those college football uniforms are straight ugly. That is not “restrained.” The Tennessee unis are an abomination. And for fuck’s sake, Georgia Tech’s helmet is supposed to be gold, preferably with the iconic interlocking GT. And is there something wrong with ORDINARY BLOCK FUCKING NUMBERS? I absolutely HATE any other number font on a jersey. GT’s look like fucking Star Trek.

    A pox on modern design.

    • Keith | March 23, 2013 at 9:18 am |

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but Jake used an official GT helmet on that concept, didn’t he? I thought they wore the honeycomb helmets at one point in the 2012-13 season. I recall that entire honeycomb set being a bit garish; I found Jake’s take on it an upgrade.

      • J.R. Clark | March 23, 2013 at 11:23 am |

        Yes, Tech wore those butt-ass-ugly helmets last year. I hate modern college football uniforms.

  • Arr Scott | March 23, 2013 at 8:38 am |

    Phil is exactly right about the youniform jersey: shoulder stripe needs to be thicker. But the stripes on the pants, including the belt tunnels, makes up for that flaw. Talk about commitment: You’ve gotta figure at least 26 of the other teams wouldn’t have bothered with pants if they did this stunt.

    And Phil couldn’t be wronger about the youniform cap. That is, without a doubt, the best mascot logo cap I’ve ever seen an an MLB team wear.

    All in all, the youniform is my second-favorite one-day uniform of all time, just behind the 2007 Nats Grays fauxbacks (http://2.bp.blogspot...). And easily among my favorite baseball uniforms, full stop, of all time. Top ten, or close to it.

    • Phil Hecken | March 23, 2013 at 9:13 am |

      Oh, Scotty…I knew you’d disagree with me on the cap. I’m probably in the minority, but I’ve never liked barrelman on the cap — as a jersey patch? Absolutely, but not for a cap logo. That’s just my own personal opinion — I know Brewer fans are creaming (pun intended) over it. Maybe for a one-off, it’s fine, but no way could I handle that on their foreheads for 162.

      And as far as the pants…I’d say at least 29 other teams wouldn’t have bothered creating special pants for this event.

      We both love the shoulder stripe element. This is proof positive it would absolutely work in 2013.

      • Bernard | March 23, 2013 at 9:27 am |

        I’m with you Phil, barrelman makes a way better sleeve patch than a cap logo.

      • Arr Scott | March 23, 2013 at 9:55 am |

        I don’t disagree: Beer Barrel Man is a better sleeve patch than a cap logo. And on the cap, he’d be better in full body than just the head. But here’s the thing for me: I basically don’t like mascots as cap logos at all, at least above double-A ball. But despite all that, the youniform cap just works for me, especially when paired with the rest of the youniform uniform.

        Frankly, I actually like the current regular Brewers uniforms. But even the wheat-M logo on the batting helmet looks better with the youniform than the regular set.

        • Bernard | March 23, 2013 at 10:25 am |

          I basically don’t like mascots as cap logos at all

          I’m with Scott here too.

        • Phil Hecken | March 23, 2013 at 10:41 am |

          Thank you. Mascots belong on the sleeve. Official logos belong on the cap.

          YMMV

        • The Jeff | March 23, 2013 at 10:49 am |

          Mascots belong on the sleeve. Official logos belong on the cap.

          …unless you’re a bird team.

        • Bernard | March 23, 2013 at 10:57 am |

          …unless you’re a bird team.

          Ooh, shit. Good call, Jeff.

        • Phil Hecken | March 23, 2013 at 10:59 am |

          Yeah?

          no.

        • Jim Vilk | March 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm |

          Mascots League patches (or numbers) belong on the sleeve.

          Mascots or logos can go on the cap. Whichever you choose, the other can go on the jersey over the heart. Unless you’re wearing a pullover, then the team name can go across the whole chest.

          YMMV

          Happy Belated Birthday, Paul.

        • scott | March 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm |

          I prefer caps to have the letter of the city being represented, with animated characters reserved for patches on the uniform.

  • Jason Davis | March 23, 2013 at 8:56 am |

    Important to note the cream color on the Brewers youniform is directly related to Milwaukee being called “Cream City”, because the clay in the area created cream colored bricks for early buildings.

  • DJ | March 23, 2013 at 9:59 am |

    I got the checkerboard idea from the Kentucky sleeves from last season

    Not the best turn of phrase; I don’t think Tennessee wants to borrow anything from Kentucky. Better to say it’s inspired by the checkered end zones at Neyland Stadium.

    And that green in the Eagles concept is awful. It needs to be a little darker.

  • Vin Eethy | March 23, 2013 at 10:28 am |

    Thanks for the quite Phil.

    I don’t mind the barrelman head only. But they shrunk it down too much from the original concept.

  • Derek | March 23, 2013 at 10:42 am |

    north carolina concept is pretty cool, the houston rockets uni tweak is awesome, they need to go back to the red and yeelow style

  • Mirliton | March 23, 2013 at 10:52 am |

    Love the Tennessee concept.

    • J.R. Clark | March 23, 2013 at 11:26 am |

      Tennessee’s official colors are ORANGE AND WHITE. Black does not belong on a Tennessee uniform, period.

      The checkerboard belongs in the end zones, not on the jerseys. That guy created nothing but kinder, gentler Klown Kostumes.

      • Phil Hecken | March 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm |

        “Black does not belong on a Tennessee uniform, period.”

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        I know, right. They’d NEVER wear a black uniform at UT.

        Once you go black…the door is open for designers to tweak it.

  • Odessasteps | March 23, 2013 at 11:36 am |

    Does Jermaine Jones’ “snofro” from last night futbol match in Denver count as a uniform?

    • Coleman | March 23, 2013 at 11:48 am |

      That hair was awesome. Of course, that entire match ended up being beautiful.

  • Tony C. | March 23, 2013 at 11:59 am |

    I like all of those designs. the ones that stand out the most are the Marshall and UNC designs.. good stuff. would love to see what he would do with tOSU and TSUN

  • Graham | March 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm |

    Weird how much better the Devils’ jerseys look with the colors reversed. Such a simple fix, and one that I never thought of before.

  • M.Princip | March 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm |

    I wholeheartedly agree Jake, those Iowa uniforms are Steeler ripoffs, blech, they’ve always been one of my least favorite college unis, since ’79. Your concept is quite cool though. If there was a side view, maybe split the stripes down the middle with a bold black stripe?

    Thought this 1978 helmet was cool: http://www.helmethut...

  • ACMESalesRep | March 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm |

    Every time I see the word “Youniform” with respect to the Brewers, my brain fills in a missing t and corrects it to “Yountiform”. (Why, yes, I did grow up watching baseball through the ’80s. Why do you ask?)

  • quiet seattle | March 23, 2013 at 12:43 pm |

    Marcin Niedzielski’s Rockets concept is fine.

    But I have to say, the current Rockets unifrom is the of the most impressive contemporary designs out there.

    It meshes flash and minimilism just right, using the strange real estate of a basketball unifrom in an effective and interesting way. All the while looking futuristic, like a team named Rockets should.

    http://img.bleacherr...

    • quiet seattle | March 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm |

      (…forgive my fat fingered typos, please…..)

    • Jim Vilk | March 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm |

      Only two things wrong with Houston’s current uniform: the lack of yellow, and the logo. I still say that R looks as if it’s scribbled in blood. Makes me think of Redrum instead of Rockets. I do like the striping, though.

      Great job on today’s Rockets and Timberwolves concepts! I’d wear those.

  • Ray | March 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm |

    I like all the college concepts. Let’s rush them in to production. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Men like my father guaranteed that the day they landed on the beach at Normandy and other garden spots where people are shooting at you.

  • Randy Rollyson | March 23, 2013 at 1:20 pm |

    As a Marshall alum, I hope they never go to a uniform like that. #’s look like motocross, helmet is monotone, and altogether, basically, just awful.

  • Randy Rollyson | March 23, 2013 at 1:21 pm |

    By the way, that green is not Kelly green, Marshall’s official color.

  • Michael Maggert | March 23, 2013 at 1:48 pm |

    I always get a kick out of people screaming about Tennessee’s official colors being orange and white but never taking issue with the lady vols wearing light blue on their uniforms.

    • J.R. Clark | March 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm |

      Come on, the Lady Vols could wear purple and who would care? We are talking SEC football.

    • Stevie McQuistan | March 23, 2013 at 10:17 pm |

      Light blue has always been widely accepted as a lesbian color so it is no big deal on their w-bb uniforms. It’s actually somewhat intolerant to point it out.

  • Skycat | March 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm |

    What impressed me the most about Jake Nevill’s concepts was the way he incorporated the more traditional design elements of the uniforms to conform to the current jersey templates. For example, the muscle shirt dimensions of today’s jerseys forced designers into truncating the horizontal stripes on the “sleeves.” Jake’s designs have allowed the form to follow the function and the transition looks really smooth, not forced upon.

    • Steve in Duluth | March 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm |

      This definitely explains the disappearance of the 12-13 road jerseys. Michigan has been wearing maize an awful lot, and despite turning down the CamoSleeve disasters wore a blue version of them in the B1G tourney. Obviously they’ve had to improvise.

      I like Michigan’s uni design this year, but Adidas has been an embarrassment. This is not the first time that a Michigan team has had uniform issues forcing it to use old jerseys–if you recall, a number of football players reverted to old jerseys a couple of seasons ago, in protest of the stretchy fabric, and Denard was forced to revert due to a jersey tearing.

      Pretty embarrassing QC from Adidas. Michigan fans are disgusted.

  • Jacob | March 23, 2013 at 2:02 pm |

    During Michigan-VCU game, Glenn Robinson needed to replace his jersey since it was ripped. The announcers explained that Michigan had 3 players tear jerseys in a game at Minnesota earlier in the year, and now they don’t have any replacement road jerseys left. If they need to wear road unis in the tourney, they’ll need last years uniforms. I remember Paul ticker-linked a photo of a Michigan player wearing last year’s uniform a week or two back. Maybe this explains why.

    • Millie Schem | March 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm |

      Heres the deal, first, any good equipment manager at this level has 2 sets of each uniform ordered per style per year. Stuff can happen. A uniform can get stolen on the road, bleach can mistakenly get on a dark uniform and cause a bleach stain, they can get dried on hot by mistake.

      Second, trust me, Nike has their problems as well. Search new Nike NFL jersey problems. The major uniform companies have problems, there have always been problems and will continue to be problems. Adidas will learn from these problems and develop new problems in the future.

      Third and lastly, trying to get a competitive/marketing advantage caused a problem. The super lightweight fabrics are not meant to go through the beating that they are facing- on the floor, field or washing machine!

      These are just the uniform times we are are in. Asthetically, I thought going into the year the Michigan basketball uniforms looked as good as any in the country.

      Just my two cents!

  • Sean Kautzman | March 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm |

    Glenn Robinson III is wearing a NNOB #12 instead of his usual #1 in the Michigan-VCU game

  • Jimmy Matthews | March 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm |

    I think the Brewers current uniform set is one of the best in MLB. I am biased as I am a season ticket holder for the Brewers. I love the Ball in Glove and the wheat M sciopt looks. I do like the youniform design as well. I do think they were their navy softball tops too often though.

  • Andrew Seagraves | March 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm |

    Jake, Props on doing these uniforms and I get a kick out of the Arkansas Real Tree camo unis! The one thing that bothered me about your ECU concept with the “Calico Jack” Rackham flag was the orientation of the cross-cutlasses. I wonder how it would look of the Skull and Cross-Cutlasses were rotated to look like a normal flag on the back as opposed to the vertical look. (I know I got that term wrong). The Sooners one took me a moment then I understood it and the Oregon State unis are nice! I also agree with your UNC unis and I think argyle needs to be incorporated more often! Salute to you and Phil!

    • Andrew Seagraves | March 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm |

      And also, the Youniform is a step in the right direction. I might be a litter hyperbolic here, yet with the lettering on the front I got a feel of the days of yore like you get from perusing (Examine carefully definition) Ebbets Field Flanel.

  • Andrew Seagraves | March 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm |

    spelling fail – supposed to be little not litter

  • AMR | March 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm |

    Love the take on those Cinci unis. Fear every other team that followed their first claw-marks (I can’t remember off the top of my head, but they’re plentiful) would follow these, too though.

    • AMR | March 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm |

      I just looked at Nevill’s galleries.
      That Arkansas Realtree-camo alt is a hoot!

      Overall, I think they show a lot of creative thinking and looking for something new and different and yet some classicism and restraint. Some work much better than the others, but not one was dull or boring.

      Just like the clawmarks on the Cinci shoulders, the wing-feather-stripes on the Ball State shoulders are also great.

  • quiet seattle | March 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
  • Mike Engle on Android | March 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm |

    Too much italics on the Rockets redesign. Looks like the Charlotte Bobcats. But there are smart ideas in that effort. An emphatic “pass” on the “pass or fail” scale.

  • Soukie | March 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm |

    Love the Orange Vols.

  • Brad northstar | March 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm |

    What is the ‘A’ for on the Colorado state collar?

    • Phil Hecken | March 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm |

      I think it’s a reference to when the team was known as the “Aggies” (and their colors were ‘pumpkin & alfalfa’) — which is why the “A” is in orange.

  • Coleman | March 23, 2013 at 10:58 pm |

    Since when does Nike make pro combat basketball uniforms??

    Wichita State’s collar has Pro Combat written across the back…

    • Coleman | March 23, 2013 at 11:00 pm |

      Never mind. I think its someones undershirt.

    • Phil Hecken | March 23, 2013 at 11:20 pm |

      I think Nike makes them for the Mountaineers. You should check them in their next tourney game.

      • Coleman | March 23, 2013 at 11:41 pm |

        Low blow, man. Low blow.

  • Paul Q. | March 25, 2013 at 6:13 am |

    The “authentic” Youniform jerseys being sold on MLBshop.com don’t have the shoulder piping at all and the Ryan Braun Youniform has the Brewers’ regular name and number font. If that is how they are going to sell them, that is very lame.

    • Paul Q. | March 25, 2013 at 6:16 am |

      On a positive note, all the Zach Greinke jerseys have been heavily discounted.

  • Seth | March 25, 2013 at 6:47 pm |

    Wonderful concept jersey for Georgia Tech! It is exactly what is needed, however I do not think they will go that unless you can make that happen and thanks.