By Phil Hecken
Today we’ll be taking a look at the ninth set of uniform submissions for the Lewis & Clark Design-a-Uniform Contest, for the team known as the “Travelers.” 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 eleven teams. We’ve looked at the “Captains,” “Diplomats,” “Explorers,” “Governors,” “Lookouts,” “Navigators,” “Pathfinders,” and “Pioneers,” and today, we’ll see the concepts for the “Travelers.”
Two other teams have been put to readers for concepts, the Voyagers and the RiverMen. If you’d like to submit your concept for either team, the deadline for submissions for the Voyagers is Wednesday, April 30 and the deadline for submissions for the Rivermen is Wednesday, May 7. Tomorrow, Ross will have a short write-up for the twelfth 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):
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.
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 Navigators 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:
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.
And now it’s your turn! Make sure to vote for your favorites and let all of the concepters know what you think of their designs. They all put a great deal of effort into this, so tell them how they did (and lobby for your favorites, if you wish).
Thanks to all the submitters — we’ll be back next weekend at which time Ross will reveal the winner(s) and how they will adapt the design for the Lewis & Clark league!
Four + Forty Years Ago…
…He come into this life
From all of us at Uni Watch, a Big Fat Happy 44th Birthday to Comrade Robert Marshall!
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: A question comes from David Long, who says, “Saw this on YouTube via Gawker. What’s up with the collar and cuff stripe colors on that jacket?” … “I had my buddy Matt Cliff send in a Nolan Ryan cake he did a few months ago, which made it into the ticker,” says Aaron Roggensack. His latest display of talent, has a sports element to it as well: The Black Angels stylized in 70’s baseball card style, for the upcoming Psych Fest in Austin. (Higher quality version can be seen here by clicking to expand). … Following up on yesterday’s ticker entry, here’s a closer look at Lee Byung-kyu’s batting helmet with all the crap written on it. … Pink, pink and more pink Beavers for their Senior Day (new unis too), with a h/t to @Beavers_EQ. … NJ.com is allowing readers to vote on “Who has the best high school baseball cap in the state?” (nice find by Ryan Esdale). … Good article and pics on Spain Park High School baseball uniforms. Submitter Nolan Jones adds, “Some I like, some I don’t like but LOVE the all powder blue.” … “It’s Official, Sharla McBride wins RailRiders Bobblehead Contest,” (from Art S.). … Mansfield University (PA, Division II PSAC) is donning League of Their Own style throwback unis (thanks to John Maslar). … “I cover baseball for FM91 Sports – which is Freed-Hardeman University (NAIA),” writes Dustin Semore. “(Yester)day we (we)re playing Missouri Baptist, and being a Mississippi State alum, I noticed a striking similarity between State’s baseball logo and MBU’s baseball logo. What do you think?” … Baseball inspired “fashion” is on deck for spring, according to this article from the Wall Street Journal. … Here’s a look at the American League All Star Game BP jerseys (thanks to Tyler Mason). … What if all baseball players were fat? (thanks, Paul). … A squabble over uniforms has turned two Long Island septuagenarians into Grumpy Old Men, among other things. Sigh. Long Island isn’t exactly known for happy news, is it? … McNeese State broke out some nice gold tops yesterday (via Chris Mycoskie). … This past week, the Yankees had the same uni number worn by 3 different players (looks like the Texases had FOUR in one week earlier this year). Thanks to Eric Garment for pointing that out. … BJ Upton got glasses (some would say, “what took so long?”), and here he is wearing them during last night’s BP (h/t Jonathan Binet). And here he is in game. … Here’s the actual hero cops and firefighters unis the IronPigs and PawSox wore last night (previously we’d only seen the mocks). H/t to Harrison Tishler for the shot. … The AL West is the only division in baseball where no team features and “interlocking” logo. When arranged “properly,” they also spell out AsSHAT (via Alex Munix). … Yesterday, in 1976, one of the more surreal scenes in MLB took place at Dodger Stadium. … A reader who goes by Cashrussellmarinersfanforlife was at the Mariners game last night and noticed the White Sox flag was upside down. … Clayton Kershaw made a rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes last night, and Nick Schiavo liked the Quakes’ number font. … “I am not sure if you have seen these hats before or not,” writes Adam Ronquillo of the Santa Fe Fuego (of the Pecos League), “but I think this team has a pretty awesome look overall (just not the fire hats).” … Troy Fowler got this screen grab of Hunter Pence with a gray under brim. Not sure if he wears that in game, but I’m pretty sure gray underbills are worn during ST shoots.
NFL News: During Sunday’s Soul game on ESPN2, the teams will use the new SchuttVision Helmet, equipped with SVI video technology to offer fans a first-person look at the action. Says submitter Rob Bubeck, “Personally I find point of view cameras on people’s heads a little disorienting but it could be interesting.” … Scott Moody was watching a special on NFL Network and saw this clip of Tony Dorsett. “Look at how crappy that looked,” says Scott.
College Football News: Those new helmets (some of which are actually just reconditioned & repainted) that schools keep trotting out are not cheap — Baylor’s gold helmets, for example, cost $65,000 — so the schools offset the costs in various ways. … Here’s a look a the new 75th Anniversary logo for Jordan-Hare Stadium (thanks to Clint Richardson). … The South Dakota State Jackrabbits now have the new Riddell SpeedFlex helmet (h/t Jacks Equipment).
Basketball News: It’s not Super Bowl or NCAA Tourney Time, so there aren’t many soda can logo/team displays these days, but check out the soda display posted by the Portland Trail Blazers Facebook account (it says “Rip City”). Thanks to Jason Franklin for the spot. … Perhaps not coincidentally, the Blazers wore their Rip City jerseys last night (screen grab by Ian Borkowski. … Check out this great photo of the Chester High 1953 State Champs (Class D- smallest in Nebraska). Submitter Greg Mays adds “Think those two guys hidden in back are wearing 88 and 55?” … When the Golden State Warriors move to San Fran, will they undergo a name change? … “I was watching Bad Boys on ESPN when I noticed this clip with a 76er who has a jersey with the name taped over,” says John Romero. “Looks like they took Albert King’s #17 jersey and taped it for Gerald Henderson’s #12. Wonder if there wasn’t a blood jersey?
Soccer News: Very good article from Bloomberg that highlights just how seriously Nike is taking the soccer shoe market, in their battle against adidas for soccer ‘supremacy.’ Telling quote: “These are the moments that Nike lives for.”
Grab Bag: “Not really uni related, but check out the logo one of the candidates campaigning for a spot in the Georgia Senate,” writes Joe Culverhouse. ” Interesting to see a GOP candidate inspiring that name recognition.” Here’s the full article. … Seton Hall has signed a deal with UA to become the exclusive footwear & apparel supplier across all sports, having dropped adidas. … Here’s a pretty cool look at the evolution of the Lego logo (from Lee Wilds). … St. John’s Lacrosse had some pretty interesting uniforms yesterday.
And that’s all for today, folks. Everyone enjoy your Saturday, and I’ll be back again tomorrow. Happy 44th Comrade!
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