Designing Minds, Volume V: Part 3

Jesse Alkire Design Part 1 Hed
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By Phil Hecken

You fine readers may recall that back in November of last year, I ran a series of interviews and concepts from Jesse Alkire (Part I is here and Part II is here). Those featured uniform concepts for all 32 teams.

The designs (whether you agreed or disagreed with them) were outstanding in their thought process and execution, and if there could be any criticism of them at all, it was that Jesse only showed “straight on” views of each uni. Well, that’s all about to change, since Jesse is now back, and he’s got views of the side(s) of the helmet, back of the uniform, and the pants (particularly stripes). The result (with the additions) is really, really outstanding. Today we’re going to look at the first 16 of those additions (including the original straight-on views) complete with descriptions.

Jesse prefaces the set with the following:

Team uniforms in the NFL are, generally speaking, cluttered. Two, sometimes three distinct striping patterns appear on a single uniform. Color palettes are often inconsistent. Poor design, by modern standards, is considered hallowed and classic simply because of age and heritage.

I set out to give every NFL team a more cohesive, simplified uniform set. Factors such as history, uniqueness, and brand integration helped to decide which particular uniform elements were ownable for each team and how that could help give them their own distinct look and feel.

This project was the subject of a two-part feature on the popular uniform design blog, Uni Watch, which can be viewed here: Part I and Part II

And now, the first 16 teams, alphabetically by city (click on any image to enlarge):

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Arizona Cardinals:

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• Limited the use of black to an accent color.

• Numbers inspired by the team’s custom type.

• Cues from the primary logo influence the sleeve design.

• Feather/sunburst stitching on the shoulders and helmet, taking cues from the Arizona flag and cardinal feathers.

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Atlanta Falcons:

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• Used a brighter red, which pops brighter on solid black and conveys a fiercer, piercing image.

• Numbers inspired by the team’s custom type.

• Sharp points on the color and sleeves resemble talons, taking cues from the primary logo.

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Baltimore Ravens:

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• More menacing, darker design to match the macabre of Edgar Allen Poe.

• Purple to black gradient throughout takes cues from the raven’s glossy feathers, changing shades when activated by light and movement.

• The number and letter type plays off the idea of color and light refraction.

• Feather design on shoulders, updated logo.

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Buffalo Bills:

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• A team without a consistent striping pattern in their history, a simplified stripe here takes it’s cue from the singular stripe in the team’s primary logo.

• The number type is italicized and has both rounded and pointed edges, taking cues again from the primary logo.

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Carolina Panthers:

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• Helmet features oversized “knock-out” version of the team’s primary logo on the right side, with player number on left side.

• Numbers inspired by the team’s custom type.

• Striping pattern takes cues from the panther’s whiskers on the team’s primary logo.

• All-black home alternate uniform a more literal interpretation of the sleek, black panther featured as the team’s primary logo.

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Chicago Bears:

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• A strong, proud uniform tradition remains virtually untouched.

• Removed outline on road jersey numbers to stay consistent with sleeve striping.

• Horizontal pant stripes add modern flare to a historic look, keeps consistent with one striping pattern throughout.

• White, Navy, and orange pants an option with either home or road jersey.

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Cincinnati Bengals:

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• Orange takes over as the primary color, as the team’s namesake animal and primary logo are predominantly orange.

• Black tiger striping on shoulders continues onto the chest and pants as a sublimation.

• Numbers inspired by the team’s custom type.

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Cleveland Browns:

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• As the Browns are in a unique position of being without a primary logo, this re-design allows them to completely own their most prominent uniform element — the color brown.

• With this minimalist sensibility in mind, color blocking stands as the main uniform element. Even the stripes act as large blocks of solid color.

• The custom letter and number type gives the set a retro feel, keeping it from becoming too modern with a small wink toward the traditional.

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Dallas Cowboys:

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• A single shade of silver, — blue-tinted — is paired with a single shade of blue — navy — for a consistent look that fixes one of the NFL’s most egregious uniform errors.

• The 2-stripe pattern, a Cowboys signature element, is applied to the helmet, jersey, and pants.

• White pants provide a clean, crisp, and classic alternative to silver, with either the home or road jersey.

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Denver Broncos:

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• Hard to believe this uniform is nearly 20 years old, but the initial design was strong and holds up well today, needing only minimal tweaks.

• Player names changed to now match the number outline color. Number colors on road jersey changed to make road uniform a proper inverse of home uniform.

• Solid color socks and bright shoes give this now classic uniform a modern touch.

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Detroit Lions:

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• Consolidated striping into one consistent pattern that is unique to the Lions, applied throughout to both home and road uniforms.

• Tweaked number colors to stay consistent with striping.

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Green Bay Packers:

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• Consolidated striping into two consistent elements that are unique to the Packers, applied throughout to both home and road uniforms.

• Rugged number type inspired by the team’s wordmark.

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Houston Texans:

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• New helmet a manifestation of the team’s primary logo — horns on the left and right, heavy red stripe down the center.

• More cues from the team’s primary logo throughout, with stars on the sleeves and a horned stripe on the pants.

• Alternate “Battle Red” uniform an option for marquee matchups, such as playoff games or rivalry games.

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Indianapolis Colts:

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* Another strong, proud uniform tradition remains virtually untouched.

* Pants stripe modified to remain consistent with entire set.

* Blue pants an option on the road to achieve the classic white/color look.

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Jacksonville Jaguars:

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• Sublimated jaguar gradient pattern on the shoulders and pants feature holographic effect when activated by light and movement. A similar gradient appears on the helmet, as well.

• The gradient pattern allows for use of the jaguar’s signature element without feeling too gaudy, as animal print often can.

• Alternate “Jungle Night” uniform an option for marquee matchups, such as playoff games or rivalry games.

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Kansas City Chiefs:

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• Another strong, proud uniform tradition remains virtually untouched.

• Solid-color socks and red shoes give one of the NFL’s most traditional uniforms a slick, modern feel.

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And there you have it — the first 16 redesigned teams, by Jesse Alkire. Back soon with the second set. Readers? How great are these? Make sure you express your thoughts (good, bad or indifferent) down in the comments section below. OK? OK!

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Diplomatic Immunity

Today we’ll be taking a look at the second set of uniform submissions for the Lewis & Clark Design-a-Uniform Contest, for the team known as the “Diplomats.” If you’re not familiar with the contest, please give that a read. The contest’s creator, W. Ross Clites will be asking readers to design uniforms for all of the teams in the Lewis & Clark League, and thus far we’ve asked for submissions for a total of four teams. Last weekend we looked at the first team, the Captains, and today we have the submissions for the second team, the “Diplomats.”

Two other teams have been put to readers for concepts, the Explorers and the Governors. If you’d like to submit your concept for either team, the deadline for submissions for the Explorers is Wednesday, March 12, and the deadline for submissions for the Governors is Wednesday, March 19. Tomorrow, Ross will have a short write-up for the fifth team, so make sure you check back then!

At this point I’ll turn it over to Ross, who will go over the guidelines for voting, and then I’ll be back with some final words before we take a look at the entries from our contestants. Here’s Ross (these guidelines will likely accompany each set of voting):

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Alright boys and girls, here is how the voting is going to go for each Lewis & Clark Baseball League team:

1. The hierarchy of importance goes primary logo, then uniform design, and then all rest (i.e. hat design, secondary logos, etc.) Cast a vote for the design with your favorite primary logo, first and foremost. Do not fault someone for going outside the design guidelines. Changing a wordmark or adding a third color is not a disqualifier for good thought process.

2. Your votes will take the field of applicants down to a final two per team.

3. We, the LCBL Executive Board will make the final decision on the winning proposal. However — and this is big — design is never complete and collaboration is paramount to success. We will likely settle on a combination of the final two submissions. We might love the logo of one, but prefer the jersey scheme of the other. In this, you will both be winners with full prizes to ensue. The possibility does exist for a total victory, of sorts. One designer could present the best looking jersey, logo, hat, and all the rest. Do not get offended when your submission gets handed back to you with redlined edits. We hate to hand out homework to the winning look, but tweaks may be requested. It is a studio project and not a math equation; the “right” answer takes some massaging of details.

4. With permission from both finalists, our graphics department will meld the two submissions together (if necessary) and place it in our common platform. This is done as a common denominator showcase for all twelve to look uniform when the contest has reached its end.

5. Someone, not even in the top two, could see an element (such as an awesome secondary logo) appear in the final iteration. We would never select the winner based solely on a minor design element, but we will also not let it go to waste. In this, all submissions could be part of a bigger design team. This contest — and frankly this site — was created to identify the best possible combinations of logos and materials in the sports world. This rarely comes from one person’s mind; we will reward any of those that play a part in making our on-field product the best it can be.

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Thanks, Ross. A few words about the submissions below:

Some of the contestants sent one single image, others sent multiple images. Some contestants sent descriptions (in some cases, very lengthy ones), others had little or no description. In an effort to make the voting as fair as possible, I have put those who sent multiple images into one single image, and no descriptions of the uniforms will follow. If you’d like to see all the entries for the Diplomats and their write-ups/descriptions, I have hosted the entire set on Flickr. Keeping in mind Ross’ rules for voting, you may use these as an additional guide in determining which submission(s) you think are the best.

The submissions will be in alphabetical order and voting will follow. You may vote for any three of the concepts below. You may click on any image to enlarge. OK? OK. Here we go:

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Bert Ayres:

Ayres, Bert - ALL Diplomats

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Tim Fesmire:

Fesmire, Tim - Diplomats

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Ryan Foose:

Foose, Ryan - Diplomats

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Kevin Gaffney:

Gaffney, Kevin - Diplomats Road

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Alex Giobbi:

Giobbi, Alex - Diplomats

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Clinton Hamilton:

Hamilton, Clinton - Diplomats

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Dick Holbrook:

Holbrook, Dick - Diplomats

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Brady Ivie:

Ivie, Brady - ALL Diplomats

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Jake Kessler:

Kessler, Jake - Diplomats

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Denver King:

King, Denver - Diplomats

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Matt Malinoski:

Malinoski, Matt - ALL Diplomats

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Brittain Peck:

Peck, Brittain - Diplomats

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Curtis Peddle:

Peddle, Curtis - ALL Diplomats

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Bryan Phillips:

Phillips, Bryan - ALL Diplomats

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Peter Scharl:

Scharl, Peter - Diplomats

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Bill Smith:

Smith, Bill - ALL Diplomats

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OK, readers. That’s quite an impressive set of contributions! Now it’s time for you to vote. You’ll be allowed to vote for up to THREE (3) submissions. You may wish to scroll up for one more viewing, and write down your favorites.

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U.W.F.F.L. Week 27

By Rob Holecko

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Well we have finally made it to the final week of the inaugural UWWFL 2013-14 season. (“This was longer than we thought it would be. That’s what she said”.)

Congratulations again to all of our champions, the Minnesota Mustangs, who won UWFFL Bowl XIV, the Anchorage Orcas, who won the minor league national championship game and will be promoted to the UWFFL next season, as well as the three conference champions, Hartford, Birmingham and Vancouver, who will also be promoted to the big league this fall. Now it is Week 27 and this week we will crown one last champion as we present the championship of our international section, the La Lega Internaztionale di Uni Watchers Fantacalcio, World Bowl XVI in Sao Paolo, Brazil, along with a few exhibition games.

In the World Bowl, we have a matchup which some may find an analog to in current events. Since, however, this is all just made up anyway, don’t read too much into that when picking a winner. Try to focus more on the team’s uniforms than on which country is invading the other. For the Utopian Power from Kiev, they have eschewed their normal red and blue colors and are wearing a new World Bowl version of their away kit in the Ukrainian flag colors of blue and yellow, and which featurs the Ukrainian Tryzub (or, Trident), a symbol more than a millennium old and a part of the Ukrainian heraldic history since the very beginning of the 20th century. The “home” team, Spartak Russia from Moscow, is dressed like an angry aggressor wearing their black third kit.

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Our first post-season exhibition matchup is a memorial/benefit game in Copenhagen, Denmark, in honor of the unfortunate giraffe, Marius, who was euthanized and then fed to the lions in front of schoolchildren last month at a Copenhagen Zoo because he “wasn’t needed”. Our minor league team from Virginia, the Roanoke Giraffes are wearing a special uniform for this matchup against one of the international teams, the Stockholm Lutekvist, who are also debuting an updated look for this matchup. Both teams are wearing special patches and helmet decals to honor Marius, and any imaginary money than may be raised by this game, were it to have been real, would have been donated to some sort of fund which seeks to stop zoos from mistreating animals.

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Sadly, our two other exhibition matchups to wrap up the season have fallen through. First there was The Rob Ford Classic, which was supposed to be held in Toronto, however everybody involved apparently was smoking crack or something because no teams showed up, and no one involved can even remember which teams were invited, or if any teams even were invited at all.

Rob Ford Classic

…and then finally, there was also supposed to be a game played in either Tijuana or Mexico City involving two teams that had found themselves at odds with league management, (and in one case, on the lam from the law), however that game was being organized without the league’s blessing and outside of the league’s jurisdiction, so we can’t really tell you anything about it or if it is even taking place at all. (Don’t ask what FTV stands for.)

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Well that’s about all we have for you this season, we’ll be back next week with Week 1 of the Spring 2014 Developmental League where fifty teams will begin to fight for placement in UWFFL’s various leagues in the fall. From the commissioner’s podium, we bid you adieu.

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ticker 2Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: “Seeing this old picture of my boyhood hero Willie Stargell in the Bucs 60s sleeveless era (happy birthday, Willie!!),” writes John Dankosky, “I wondered why MLB teams haven’t tried to replicate the true flannel pattern of that era in modern fabrics. I know Maryland hoops did that throwback last year, and they looked pretty good.” … There is so much going on in this photo (thanks Brady Phelps). He asks, “is that a metallic Starter logo hanging off the zipper?” … This “7 Epic Baseball Manager Ejections to celebrate instant replay” comes from Brinke, who adds, “Look! A transcription of the Weaver one — the best tirade ever!” … Yesterday Dice-K was back to wearing socks with a swoosh and his uni # (16). He wore them in 2013 but not for 1st spring start (thanks Paul). … Looks like the Padres have a 10th anniversary logo for Petco Park, as seen on these tickets for season ticket holders (from Bryan Spangenberg). … Interesting article about the construction of the Angels’ stadium in Anaheim, which is now MLB’s 4th-oldest stadium. The article is accompanied by some cool photos, including one of Goofy sporting stirrups! (great find by Hugh McBride). … Looks like the Astros and Mariners will be throwing back to 1979 this year. Sweet. … Gonzaga baseball has a new red jersey and a new black BP top (h/t Ethan @Edillon7). … Auburn Baseball wore some gorgeous throwbacks last night (h/t Clint Richardson). But, “I started looking closely at it and noticed that the two players in the picture were wearing two different uniforms. The back guy was wearing the same jersey as always. The guy in front, #7 Keegan Thompson, was wearing a completely different top.” … Nice stirrup matchup last night, with UCF and Central Michigan hooking up (pic from Mike Bonfanti).

NFL News: Since his “friend Chris sent in his rendition of what the Browns new helmet should look like (if they are indeed putting a logo on the side, that is),” writes Leo Strawn, “It got me to thinking about what the Browns organizational powers could actually be considering, aside from the Otto Graham era white lids. Then it hit me. What helmet could they use that would ‘link back to our history’ (as Alec Scheiner stated) and be part of a whole new look that Browns fans would look favorably upon? My money is on a Nike re-design of the mysterious ‘CB’ logo.” … This article has some great pictures of older (90s) NFL uniform designs. Says submitter Jason Charles Franklin, “Oh how I miss many of them.That Falcons throwback. Jags, Oilers.” … The 49ers have installed the NFL’s first collapsible field goal posts (thanks, Brinke). Here’s more on that. … Do you want a 360º view of Levi’s Stadium? Well, you’re getting one anyway.

College Football News: Here are two helmet designs being considered for Southern Miss for the 2014 season. There were released by the Southern Miss equipment staff yesterday morning (thanks to Landon Howell). … Clemson has been installing mini-cameras in QB helmets. … Although, they’re not the only team with helmet cams.

Basketball News: It wasn’t just LeBron James who hated the sleeved “Noche Latina” sleeved hoops jerseys almost everyone did. Time for the NBA to face facts: despite the brisk sales (or whatever Adam Silver has used to deem them successful), they really need to ditch these. … Interestingly, however, this article says FG percentage is not harmed by sleeved jerseys. … Fortunately (thanks to Paul’s quick research) these Hornet’s sleeved jerseys are NOT legit. … The Bulls are wearing a patch for David Reinsdorf, Jerry Reinsdorf’s son, who died on Monday. The patch has his initials, DJR, and it will remain on their jerseys through the end of the season. … Late last evening, Andrew Bogut’s nike sneaker ripped apart just like Manu Giniboli’s nike sneaker did the other day. Just sew it?

Hockey News: The Florida Everblades will be doing the “Pink In The Rink” thing this weekend. Welcome to Pinkarch. … At Thursday’s Red Wings game, all of the players wore a Lidstrom jersey with the commemorative patch on the left chest. However, when they came out for the game, all of the jerseys had the patch on the right chest, which as Tom Riesing points out, seemed to work better with the way the Wings logo is situated. “However,” he adds, “this positioning causes a bit of a traffic jam with the captains and assistants.” Tom’s just curious why they had the patch in different locations. … Marc Aune had never seen a team with Quebec Nordiques knockoffs before last night. This is Lakeville North at the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament. Here’s another shot (this one from Joe Schmeltzer) … Last night, the Calgary Flames wore Joe Nieuwendyk jerseys in warmups and retired his number. … “The Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello is back in action tonight after being out with a broken left hand,” writes Luke Rosnick. “Here is a good shot of some extra padding on his left glove. Notice that it’s been painted to match the panels of his Bauer gloves. Extra glove padding is popular on the Rangers, but this is taking it to the next level.”

Soccer News: All of the MLS jersey designs have now been released, according to Sean Dennison of MLS. And here’s a look at ALL the MLS unis (thanks to Sean, again). … Here’s heart for all of you who think Soccer is a major sport: A new poll by released by ESPN claims that MLS is just as popular among 12-17 year olds as Major League Baseball. … It appears that the USMNT ‘away’ jersey has leaked and is legit.

Grab Bag: Tokyo is hosting the 2014 World Table Tennis Championships and here are the new uniforms for the Japanese national team. “Red for the Japanese flag, Tokyo purple and blue for the Sumida River (in Tokyo),” says submitter Jeremy Brahm. … Here’s a vexillology lesson (from John Muir) that he hopes is not “too political.” … Not uni-related, but two readers (Kyle Martinek and Jack Nicolas) sent in this really good article detailing Nike’s influence over track and field (worth the read!). … Kane Click came across this Krazy Kat hat while hunting for a new spring cap and felt compelled to bring it to our attention. Nice! … There’s an actual fashion line that is inspired by Mickey D’s uniforms (thanks, Brinke).

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And there you have it. Pretty chock-full post today. Big (huge) thanks to Jesse for sharing all of his designs and of course good luck to all the submitters for the Diplomats. Ross will be back tomorrow with the next uniform design contest, and will announce the “winners” of the “Captains” submissions from last weekend. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to cast your votes on today’s designs!

Everyone have a great Saturday and I’ll catch you fine folks tomorrow.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“‘adidas’ is no more pretentious than ‘ee cummings.’ I say that the true anti-pretension stance is simply to call everyone what they wish to be called. The other guy calling himself something silly is just as pretentious either way, but arguing the point is a form of pretension. On the other hand, capitalizing more than one letter inside a word with no spaces? Fuck that, and yes, I’m talking to you, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and I don’t care how pretentious it makes me to say so.”
–R. Scott Rogers

 

48 comments to Designing Minds, Volume V: Part 3

  • Steve B. | March 8, 2014 at 7:45 am |

    Jesse’s uniform template may be the best one I’ve seen to date. Many of his designs are top shelf too!

    • Chuck | March 8, 2014 at 10:53 pm |

      I like the Browns template, but I do not like the brown stripe on the helmet.

  • Jeff Kleinfelter | March 8, 2014 at 8:09 am |

    Fantastic jersey templates Jesse. The Texans and Cowboys versions really stand out as personal favorites.

  • Art | March 8, 2014 at 8:39 am |

    Great job, Jesse! I agree the NFL uniforms are sometimes complex and cluttered. You give them a modern yet classic look. I love the Browns uniforms and this is coming from a Steelers fan! Nike could take a cue from you. Less is more- modern and traditional!

  • phil v | March 8, 2014 at 8:39 am |

    PLEASE NIKE, hire Jesse NOW!!! Awesome set of unis. I would like only one changed.

    Being a Bills fan is pretty hard. Seeing the neckroll come back on the collar of the jersey, would make watching the games even harder to watch. Also not a big fan of wide line down the helmet but I could live with that. Maybe get ride of if and put back the standing Buffalo.

    • BvK1126 | March 8, 2014 at 1:43 pm |

      Seriously, I hope Nike does hire him! All sixteen of Jesse’s uniform concepts are better than anything that Nike has designed in the two years it’s had the NFL contract. Heck, they’re better than anything that Reebok did in the previous ten years that it had the contract.

  • arrScott | March 8, 2014 at 9:02 am |

    Great work everyone on the Diplomats designs. A tough nickname, kind of high-concept and cerebral, and everyone did something interesting with it. Brittain Peck’s design is my favorite, and seems almost like a distillation of the best elements of all of the other approaches, but they’re all fantastic, each with a strong character. Nike should take note: This is how you “tell a story” with uni design.

    • BvK1126 | March 8, 2014 at 1:18 pm |

      I agree that the Diplomats designs are outstanding. I’m having real trouble narrowing my votes down to just three. Every single design has something I like about it. With this kind of quality on display, I can’t wait to see the rest of the teams!

    • Jim Vilk | March 8, 2014 at 3:34 pm |

      Agreed. Tough to pick three, but I narrowed it down to Foose, King and Smith.

      Since soccer’s just as popular as baseball now, I’m surprised no one did a Dips jersey to commemorate the Wahington Diplomats.

      Great job, everyone.

  • Simon | March 8, 2014 at 9:22 am |

    In the Nieuwendyk tribute jerseys for warmups, the guy in the front appears to be wearing 23 on his sleeve, while everyone else has 25. Maybe they all wore their normal numbers on the sleeves?

    • Mike Engle | March 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm |

      Yes, I believe that that is common practice nowadays. Honoree on the back, but you can also easily and objectively ID whose jersey it was by the sleeves. Useful for selling the jerseys at auction if they chose to do so. I know the Habs did it that way on Gary Carter memorial night.
      But back to the Flames, they obviously also gave everybody a C for Nieuwendyk. I don’t know who #23 is for the Flames (maybe I do, is that Sean Monahan?), but he’s definitely not normal captain #5 Mark Giordano.

      • SRP91 | March 8, 2014 at 1:24 pm |

        Yes to both, all players had a C, Nieuwendyk and 25 on the back of their jerseys and their own numbers on both sleeves. And yes 23 is Monahan.

        One correction about the ceremony, the Flames didn’t actually retire 25, this was the second player honored in the “Forever a Flame” program (Al MacInnis was the first) the player is honored with a banner in the rafters but the number is not retired for either.

  • Keith | March 8, 2014 at 9:27 am |

    Christ. Rob Ford has made it to Uni Watch.

    Y’know what Toronto needs? A sniper.

  • Ronnie Poore | March 8, 2014 at 9:44 am |

    Jesse, i like your Ravens concept best. Baltimore should go with those unis right now.

    as for the Browns changing helmets, i go for this look:

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  • Kevin K | March 8, 2014 at 10:19 am |

    In response to the MLB teams reproducing the flannel look, off the top of my head I thought the Marlins did a fantastic job of it last season when they wore their 56′ throwbacks Vs. Milwaukee

  • Ben Fortney | March 8, 2014 at 10:30 am |

    Really digging the Texans’ “longhorn” helmet concept. Pants, not so much.

  • Ben Fortney | March 8, 2014 at 10:38 am |

    Couple other things of note:
    - That Angels Stadium photo in an empty field is fab.

    - Mariners old trident M needs to make a comeback, although I think this is better than the original. So much stronger than the compass S.

    - The Pirates 60s era sleeveless unis are a top 5 all-time for me. Maybe even top 3. Black sleeves, black ‘rups, yellow stripes… so perfect.

  • Graf Zeppelin | March 8, 2014 at 10:39 am |

    Some great shots in that free agency article of, inter alia, the original Jags’ uniforms (makes one wonder why they ever wanted to change it) and the 1998 Jets’ Starter jerseys with the nice sleeve treatment.

  • Will S | March 8, 2014 at 10:45 am |

    A much earlier “knockoff” of the Quebec Nordiques can be seen in the Canadian 1980′s tv show ‘Lance et Compte’ and the English dubbed version ‘He Shoots, He scores’.
    Pics of the white and the blue jerseys:

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    http://tvanouvelles....

  • Joseph Gerard | March 8, 2014 at 11:14 am |

    Not uni-related, but now each of Pittsburgh’s three major stadiums will now have different soft drink contracts. It’ll mark the first time the Pirates have sold Coke products since they were in Three Rivers Stadium.

  • Joel Manuel | March 8, 2014 at 11:58 am |

    I really like the sleeve stripe added to the Bears’ pants on that concept.

  • Steve D | March 8, 2014 at 12:03 pm |

    Brady,

    That is a metallic-looking plastic Starter logo on that zipper. Here is a better look at it on my 1986 Met warmup jacket. Starter used that zipper in the mid 1980s.

  • Dirk N. | March 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm |

    Dude, if I was everyone, I’d be stuffing the ballot box for Ryan Foose’s design. That frog logo is outstanding.

  • Mike Engle | March 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm |

    Among the pictures linked here from Nick Lidstrom Night, you have a picture of new acquisition and former Nashville Predator David Legwand (#17) wearing Gustav Nyquist’s gloves. As a Twitter user, I can confirm that the same brand (Warrior) eventually made Legwand some of his own gloves, but it must have been too late!

  • Mike Engle | March 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm |

    Re: extra padding on Rangers’ gloves: most likely leftovers from the John Tortorella era. If all you do is block shots, then you want that extra padding. Then again, hockey players get comfortable with their equipment, so they are probably hesitant to change, just because it’s Alain Vigneault behind the bench now.
    But with Zuccarello there, yeah that is definitely special. Of extra note, he is a lefty shot, and that padding is on his left hand. For shot-blocking protection, lefty shooters had padded right gloves, and vice versa. So Zuccarello’s set-up is designed for even more protection, hopefully to prevent a re-aggravation of that injury.

  • Corey | March 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm |

    Kinda wish the jags consulted Jesse alkire before their uniform release last season. Love the raiders as well. The lions are hopeless, just to hard to figure out. Nike doesn’t get the less is more thing. Nice work!

  • SRP91 | March 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm |

    It hasn’t been posted here but since you have “Skins Watch” I figured you’d be interested to know that Western Canada High School in Calgary has decided to change it’s name from Redmen and it’s logo which has been that of an aboriginal warrior’s head.

    http://www.cbc.ca/ne...

  • BvK1126 | March 8, 2014 at 1:36 pm |

    I’m going to add my voice to the rising chorus of praise for Jesse Alkire’s designs. Jesse proves that “new school,” modern uniform design can be clean, bold, uncomplicated, and cohesive. He also shows that “innovative” doesn’t mean gimmicky and disjointed.

    I’m admittedly more of an “old school” guy when it comes to uniform design. The classics almost always resonate with me. But I’ve always appreciated modern uniform concepts when they’re well-thought-out and well-executed. Jesse’s designs definitely qualify as both.

  • Karim | March 8, 2014 at 1:54 pm |

    Holy shit, as a Jags fan, I would love to see that uni design on the field (minus the helmet mutlicolor gradient thing; please, no more).

    Though I do worry the spots on the uni would get mistake for amoeba or cancer, or something.

  • MartyH | March 8, 2014 at 2:15 pm |

    Cardinals- the gray gives it a Desert Cardinal look. They should’ve added gray long time ago.

    Ravens- cool, but way too Steeler-ish.

    Panthers- helmet numbers too old fashioned for design. Scratches on shoulders look ugly and don’t make sense.

    Browns- nice for a helmet with no logo. Agree that they should own the Brown since that’s the only thing unique about their plain look. I would even go with an all brown helmet, but these are great.

    Texans- cool, but they are called Texans, not Bulls.

    Falcons- what’s with this uni and unnecessary lines?

    Jaguars- print on the sleeves look cheap. Should have made it gold/black. Would match the rest of the uni as well.

  • Jason R | March 8, 2014 at 2:23 pm |

    The Broncos uniforms here don’t match to the ones in the original post. The prior one had sleeve striping that mimiced the mane from the logo. I would love to see a side profile of that look.

    Regardless, I like the consistency across uniforms (for a given team). Excellent work!

  • Rydell | March 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm |

    Falcons belt flap color red and pant stripe, Ravens helmet design, Panthers jersey and Cowboys number font look great.
    These next two are spectacular!
    Everything for the Browns also I would like to see Jesse come up with a logo for the Browns.
    Texans horned helmet, star on the sleeve and a horned stripe on the pants-> I say perfect!!

  • suprfrog | March 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm |

    For some reason, when I saw the number font on the Browns jerseys, I immediately thought of this…

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Great job on all the uniforms, though!

  • Phantom Dreamer | March 8, 2014 at 4:43 pm |

    Ben Fortney, I agree with you about the Mariners’ second generation trident. It’s part of the Mariners’ “Back to the Future” movement!

  • Skycat | March 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm |

    I heartily disagree with Jesse’s opinion of the Broncos’ uniforms. They were a travesty when they were first introduced and they remain a travesty. They are the template for all that is atrocious in football uniform design. There, I said it!

  • Apricot One | March 8, 2014 at 4:49 pm |

    Jesse Alkire’s set is, far and away, the best reader submission that has ever appeared on this site.

  • William | March 8, 2014 at 5:50 pm |

    I can’t say enough about how great those NFL templates are. They look fantastic, especially the fonts. So much better than what Nike has thus far introduced.

  • 3243 | March 8, 2014 at 5:57 pm |

    Of the NFL uniforms shown here, the only ones I like are the ones for the Chiefs, Colts, the Raiders’ home and road uniforms (NO black pants or black helmets though), the 49ers (they do need the red-white-red stripes down the middle of the helmets and on the sides of the pants), and the Cowboys’ home uniforms (the socks need the two white stripes with black outlines though). As for the rest, HELL NO.

    And all teams’ socks need white sanitaries on top, as traditionally worn in the NFL. I also would eliminate the concept of alternate uniforms entirely, giving each team just one home uniform (with the jersey being darker than the pants) and one road uniform. This would once again make it easy to recognize teams on TV, at games, etc. They can still sell all of the throwback jerseys and 200 different alternate versions of their jerseys at the individual and league-wide gift shops. I just don’t need to see them on the field.

    That said, Jesse, you did do a good job on presentation for all 32 teams. It’s just that most of the uniform redesigns are a bit lacking.

    • Cire | March 9, 2014 at 5:07 pm |

      You sound like an pure Traditionalist to the point its like you sent this from your living assisted home. Change is inevitable, sheesh.

      • 3243 | March 10, 2014 at 2:35 am |

        And what’s so wrong with tradition? Change is not always good or even necessary.

      • 3243 | March 10, 2014 at 2:42 am |

        Okay, I can also live with the new Viking and Dolphin uniforms. The Vikings need to go back to the glossy finish on their helmets along with unpainted gray facemasks, and the Dolphins need bolder orange outlines on their jersey numbers and thicker orange stripes down the middle of their helmets and down the sides of their pants.

        But leave the rest of the NFL alone. Uniforms are part of team identity. I can go along with a few re-designs, but keep most of the league’s uniforms basically the same.

  • Brian Jud | March 8, 2014 at 5:59 pm |

    Those helmet cameras from Clemson are an interesting idea. Sure, they provide some really cool social media opportunities and the like, but I can totally see them being employed as a coaching tool. If they work well enough, combined with how streamlined and compact they appear, they can now provide the exact view of what the QB sees. They can really help with working to improve a QB’s vision, and possibly other positions as well.

  • StLMarty | March 8, 2014 at 10:55 pm |

    Tim Thomas looks crazy in his Panther gear. Doesn’t go well with his Dallas garb.

  • CWac19 | March 8, 2014 at 11:05 pm |

    I respect Jesse’s work a lot, and I really like most of the designs. However, I wish he would resist the temptation to customize so many number fonts. Good ole Varsity Block would sure look nice on his modernized looks. In fact, I’d be curious to see all of his designs shown side by side with the same looks with traditional numbering. (Bears and Cowboys exempt.)

  • LD | March 8, 2014 at 11:19 pm |

    I really dug the first 16 NFL designs and believe the fade on the Jags helmet is so much better than the current charred look.The print on the sleeves tho are a terrible idea.Makes me think of something a hooker should wear.That’s my only complaint,if you even wanna call it that.Beautiful work and concepts

  • J.R. Clark | March 9, 2014 at 5:12 am |

    I absolutely HATE modern football uniforms. The 1960s NFL and AFL uniforms are light-years better than anything contemporary designers can come up with. This designer failed all the way around IMO.

  • KC | March 10, 2014 at 10:33 am |

    I really like the Browns concept, and equally dislike the Cowboys bluish-silver (of course, I’d hate the Cowboys in any uniform).

  • Michael | March 10, 2014 at 2:20 pm |

    Just my opinion, but leopard/jaguar print belongs on women’s or girls’ clothing. But I like the other changes.