Thursday, January 31, 2013

NFL Uniforms

First off, all the uniform templates are designed by wikipedia user JohnnySeoul so thanks to him for creating the backbones for this. Some uniforms that I didn't think needed changes are direct from his art on wikipedia, so all credit to him for giving me something to start with. I hope everyone enjoys my design ideas.

Now some uniform basics that are league wide:
1. No alternate uniforms, just color and white.
2. Teams are allowed a sort of alternate design if they are matching white pants with a white jersey at home during early season warm weather games. Baring the heat, teams wear color at home (looking at you Dallas) and white on the road.
3. Captain patches are gone, it was a nice idea, but its too clunky looking. Maybe a Captain C sticker on the back of the helmets?
4. No logos on the back collar of jerseys like Arizona, Buffalo, and Minnesota do now, that's a bad trend.
5. Moved the Rams back to Los Angeles, Chargers and Raiders stay put in San Diego and Oakland respectively.
6. The idea is to make teams visually distinct and have a design that is recognized easily and associates them with the franchise. Which is also why alternate unis have been ditched and for the most part there is no crazy mix and match with different pants and jerseys, the looks should be easy to identify and associate with a team.

AFC

Baltimore Ravens:
They look pretty good now, my main change is with the pants. I like black with both purple and white, but ditch the solid pants and add in some stripes similar to the original black pants they had. Also no black socks with black pants.






Buffalo Bills:
I still identify the Bills with their red helmets from their glory days in the late 80s / early 90s. So that is the primary change here. Also dropped the logo from the back collar of the jersey just can’t be seen in these images, and tried to make their stripe pattern uniform across the helmet, jersey, and pants.






Cincinnati Bengals:
I hate the tiger stripes on the helmet. Before all of these crazy ugly uniforms came about, the tiger stripe helmet was the first crazy/ugly/stupid design out there. Plus they have a great tiger head logo they hardly use that would be perfect on the helmet. Not sure why they have black jerseys, the orange ones look much better. Dumped the Bengals B logo on the chest in favor of the wordmark. I can handle the tiger stripe sleeves and pants stripes, it’s an innovative way to incorporate their identity instead of a traditional stripe style. On the white jerseys I dumped the orange shoulders, kept it limited to the sleeves. They’d look 100 times better with this design over their current one.






Cleveland Browns:
Jerseys stay the same as their classic design, and keeping the brown pants but adding in some stripes. Big change is the helmet, going to a cleaner white with brown uniform numbers. Still an old fashioned look, and emphasizing brown in favor of orange, since they are the Browns. Also, even though I wouldn't put it on the helmet, I'd make this their official logo instead of just the helmet.







Denver Broncos:
First thing is swapping out the navy blue in favor of the original royal blue, works much better and the navy and orange looks too much like Chicago. While I’ve gotten used to their side stripe jersey design over the past 10+ years, it doesn’t mean it’s good, or that it can’t be improved. So I basically went with a recreation of their 1970s look, with the different color sleeves, but keeping the current logo in place.






Houston Texans:
Using a similar design to the current Texans look, just making red the primary color. Changed up the should stripe from single color to two, and making it reflect the in pants stripe also.





Indianapolis Colts:
Nothing to change here, it’s a classic look. Though the ultra tight jersey design screws up the shoulder stripes, but what can you really do there?




Jacksonville Jaguars:
I bounced around a few ideas, black and gold would work well, but New Orleans is already identified with that look. So I went with a more greenish shade as their primary color, changing it up from the teal original, and black as the secondary with gold as just an accent color. This design is so much better than the mess they wear now, much more similar to their original design, which was sort of a new classic, just swapping in a more traditional green, which is an underused color in the NFL.





Kansas City Chiefs:
A classic look, no changes needed.




Miami Dolphins:
As much as I prefer their previous logo and jersey design to what they have now, I suppose the new logo and jersey are growing on me, or maybe I am just getting used to them. But if it was up to me I’d go back to their old logo, but use the lighter colors of their current design, maybe make the aqua a little more green than what it was changed to. I really don’t have a problem with their current number font or emphasis on white in the uniform, so that’s reflected here. I’d also keep their previous wordmark over the new one, which is very bland, and likewise drop the wordmark from the back of the pants where it looks like a tramp stamp, and return their helmet and pants stripe design to the previous look as well.





New England Patriots:
I do like a lot about their current look, but the navy is so bland and boring. Just swap out the navy jerseys for red and I think you really have something. Likewise drop the navy pants when they go with white jerseys just doesn’t look right, so keep silver pants with the red or white jerseys and I think it upgrades things a lot.






New York Jets:
Their existing uniforms are okay enough, but feel kind of dated, a permanent throwback of sorts. So I tried mixing their logo and look from 80s and 90s with the throwback design. A little lighter green in there, and putting the jet wing from the wordmark into the sleeve stripes.




Oakland Raiders:
Like their rivals in Kansas City, the Raiders have an absolute classic already, no need to make changes. With their awful stadium situation in Oakland it seems inevitable they'll move, maybe to LA, to San Antonio, to replace the Rams in St Louis? I'd prefer they stay in Oakland.





Pittsburgh Steelers:
A great uniform, just a couple of minor things to fix; the jersey numbers need to go back to a traditional block font, and like the Jets, dump the chest patch logo in favor of a wordmark.




San Diego Chargers:
They've got a good look, but why even bother with the navy in there, everyone loves the old powder blue uniforms. Even if you are going to keep the modern design, just go powder blue. Ideally they stay in San Diego, just seems wrong to move from there.





Tennessee Titans:
Not a fan of the flaming part of the logo so I simplified to a nice circle. The last few years they had switched back and forth between light blue and navy as their primary, its sort of hard to tell which is their main color, so I'm going with navy. Tried to get a little more red into the uniform, and ditching the different color shoulder, replacing it with some more traditional stripes. Likewise dumping their blocky future numbers for a little more rounded font numbers.





NFC

Arizona Cardinals:
While they’ve moved around quite a bit, from Chicago to St Louis and finally to Phoenix, they are one of the oldest franchises in the league, so enough with these crazy uniforms, I changed it up to something simple and traditional.




Atlanta Falcons:
I was a big fan of their older red helmet / black jersey style, so I switched back to that look, but kept the current logo. I also kept the modern block shadow font for the numbers, as something to stand out and make them unique.




Carolina Panthers:
After seeing the Panthers go with black jerseys and black pants I had considered adding a black helmet for an all black look, which would make sense for a team called the Panthers. If they were in any other place but Carolina I’d do the all black look, but you’ve got Carolina blue in there, it just looks great, so I made that the primary color, and ditched the silver completely. The jersey design stays the same, minus the color swap. Fixed the stripes throughout the uniform so they are full stripes, and removed them entirely from the helmet.




Chicago Bears:
Another of the few classics left in the league, no need for changes. Only thing of note is making the bear head the primary logo instead of the wishbone c.





Dallas Cowboys:
For one thing, I think they should start wearing their navy jerseys at home, I get the tradition, but hey they haven’t won a playoff game in how long? Might be time to ditch the white-at-home thing. No real need to make changes to their navy jersey, it works. Their white jersey, well the problem is really all the different colors, the Cowboys are navy and silver, yet their white uniform features blue numbers, and bluish-silver pants. Just get all the colors fixed, go with navy and their bluish silver and it works perfect.





Detroit Lions:
They have a good look, but there is no need for the black accents in there, just stick with Honolulu blue and silver and be done with it.




Green Bay Packers:
Yet another timeless design, the green and yellow works perfectly, no changes.




Los Angeles Rams:
At some point there will be a team in Los Angeles again, and it seems like St Louis has never really bonded with the Rams, so let’s put them back in LA. I like the current design, but think the old blue and yellow works better than navy and gold, so swap the colors and I think it’s a great look. While the yellow pants with white jersey isn't bad, I noticed the white on white currently looks good, so that would carry over.





Minnesota Vikings:
Their new uniforms in 2013 are a big upgrade over previous designs. I’d ditch the odd looking number fonts though, and make a few slight changes to the striping, but it still works. Also make sure the purple in the helmets match the purple in the rest of the uniform, they always seem to have a problem with that.





New Orleans Saints:
They already have a great look so long as they stick with the gold pants rather than the black ones.




New York Giants:
Pretty good look, but a few changes. For starters, ditching the NY wordmark on the chest in favor of the GIANTS wordmark. Secondly, the gray pants have to go, they just look dingy. Lastly, for a team who is called big blue, and clearly has blue as their primary color, why is their white/road jersey using solid red numbers and stripes? Switch that to blue and it looks much better.





Philadelphia Eagles:
I like the current design and logo, just not a fan of the colors. So swapping in the old kelly green and a little silver back in. Also simplifying the numbers to old block style with just a simple outline. Now they look really good.






San Francisco 49ers:
Their switch back to the classic look a few years ago was almost perfect. Changes still needed… dump the black outline around the logo on the helmet, fix the sleeve stripes. Also I think they look better with a red facemask instead of gray.




Seattle Seahawks:
I guess I have accepted the all blue look as their's. Ditch the silver/gray though, it’s just drab and doesn’t really work with what they have going. Instead focus on the neon green a little more, definitely distinctive. I'm not a fan of all the weird stripes they've got going on the chest, and especially not the word mark on side instead of the center, asymmetry in uniforms drives me nuts. So cut out all weird stripes, and go with a more traditional look, but keep the Native American iconography built in.





Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
The Bucs new uniforms for 2014 are just a mess, as usual Nike ruined a good thing. While I do really like the current colors, there is something about the old orange look they had that I just think is better. Really the 90s era design with the orange and white would be great.





Washington Warriors:
The sooner Dan Snyder realizes he needs to change this team’s name the better. Names like Braves, Indians, or Chiefs can work; they aren’t overly offensive on their own. But Washington can’t keep Redskins as their name, it’s not that I am overly offended by it, but using common sense I can see why others would be, and I know some Native Americans see it as source of pride. I'm not one to cave the PC crowd, but I don't see the need to keep this. Simple solution, drop the current logo, go with the old spear logo. Washington Warriors is a name I hear floated as an alternate, and that works for me. I went with the old shoulder stripe design. Main change is dropping the current logo for their old spear design.






Thursday, September 6, 2012

MLB Uniforms

Like my NFL set I decided to redo my baseball uniform concepts in higher resolutions. A couple of notes:
1. I dropped alternate uniforms all together. No doubt some teams had some nice ones, but I prefer old fashioned, especially when it comes to baseball. So just home white (or cream) and road grays.
3. Also I really cut down on alternate hats. Certainly no alternate logos on hats (which is unfortunate because I liked Minnesota's TC alternate).
4. It’s the city on the cap (no logos, just letters). For the jerseys it is (for the most part) the city name on the away jersey and the nickname on the home jersey. Also no numbers on the front (again for the most part). They always look asymmetrical and clunky to me, plus they weren't even used until the 1950s.
5. Expanded the league out to 40 teams, pretty much based the new teams (and relocated the Athletics) on this study. Drop the DH. Ultimately I decided to scrap the AL/NL alignment and base things on geography, 4 leagues with 10 teams each. I'd say keep each league separate during the season. Top 2 teams in each league play for their pennant, the 4 league champions play in a tournament for the World Series.
6. All credit for the templates goes to Chris Creamer's Sportslogos.net . The templates went a long way to helping me get started.



Eastern League:

Baltimore Orioles - I really want to bring diversity in color and identity, so it makes sense to have the Orioles with orange as their primary color. I like the new bird in roundel, as well as the older version of the script font. And also I like using the Maryland flag in the secondary logo.


Boston Red Sox - Well they are the Red Sox, so I just emphasized red in the uniform.


Montreal Expos - Pretty much brought back the exact uniform design from before they left. But I dumped the pinstripes in favor of the old 70s/80s thick shoulder stripes.


New York Knights - Kind of stealing the name from the Charlotte minor league team, and part of their logo, but it just worked out well allowing me to use the awesome uniforms from The Natural as a template. Changed from the navy and orange in the movie which is too close to the Yankees and Mets to a more modern black and green, and needless to say had to incorporate the lightning bolt from the movie into the secondary logo. Really they could end being called Brooklyn or New Jersey, but just kept it simple with New York.


New York Mets - The only real major change is taking the bridge out of logo. The bridge made them too similar to the Giants logo I designed, and it seems more appropriate for the bridge to be in a San Francisco logo.


New York Yankees - Obviously no changes here to this classic.


Philadelphia Phillies - A modern classic, no need for changes.


Pittsburgh Pirates - Again, another good, classic look. The only changes here are dumping the red accents and just keeping it simple with black and yellow.


Toronto Blue Jays - Their recent update is pretty good, though instead of navy and royal blue went back to royal blue and light blue, plus added their T on the cap instead of the bird logo.


Washington Nationals - It is hard to tell if the Nats are supposed to be red or navy blue. I went back through the previous two Washington Senators franchises and blue was their main color most of the time, but then switched to red the last few years in town. So I decided to go with red over navy as the primary. The original Nationals font looks good, and the cream changes them up a bit from the other red and blue/navy teams. Added a new logo that is much less generic than their existing one.


Southern League:

Atlanta Braves - The uniforms work, but I never liked how they had their wordmark as their primary logo, so I made the crossing tomahawks their primary logo.


Charlotte Stingers - If the NBA team didn’t switch back to the Hornets I’d have used it for the baseball team, since that was the name of their team in the Southern League over 100 years ago. Stingers is close enough. Lifted the old NBA team logo and also the Charlotte Bobcats font to create their primary logo, and a good hornets' nest secondary logo the minor league Knights used once. Black and gold is unique for baseball and I think fits well here with the bee theme. The old fashioned pinstripes with button piping works well in contrast to the modern font.


Dallas Rangers - I'm not a fan of using state names, especially when there are other teams in the same state. They don't actually play in Dallas, but then again neither do the Cowboys. I switched to the red primary to change it up a bit, from all the other blue and red teams. Also went back to the original logos.


Houston Astros - Their new look is pretty good, but they should have added in the shooting star on the wordmarks. New logos as well, since what they have now is pretty generic and really only a modification of the cap logo. And of course orange as the primary so they don't look the same as all the other navy teams out there.


Mexico City Diablos - Pretty much using the existing logos from Liga Mexicana's Diablos Rojos in Mexico City, but adding in some yellow. They've got a great look. Not sure how much major leaguers are going to like living in Mexico City, but with the population there they'd draw well. I especially love the Corona-like font on the away jersey.


Miami Marlins - Their new uniforms from a few years ago are brutal. I went back to the original design and colors. Using cream here at home creates a nice mix of classic with modern colors. Also I ditched the marlin for the cap M logo, to simplify things.


Nashville Sounds - The minor league team looks pretty good, but I thought using the purple/blue and yellow colors from the Nashville flag would make them stand out a bit more. I like the guitar pick logo a lot.

San Antonio Chaparrals - The current minor league team name Missions just doesn’t do it for me. I really dig the old ABA Chaparrals name. Mashed together the Missions and Chaps logos. A forest green and light blue combo is unique combo, adding another green team to the majors besides the Athletics.


San Juan Cangrejeros - I really like the existing logos of the Santurce Cangrejeros, sort of a fun mix of new and old in their primary and secondary. Just modified to say San Juan for their move up to the majors. I thought about changing their name to English as the Crabbers, but I sort of like the Spanish name version. Their Cardinals-like crab on bat jersey wordmarks are great, I just added a little red in there. Among the more unusual colors of the other Southern teams the classic blue and red really works here.


Tampa Bay Rays - I think their current colors work if you make light blue the primary. Changing the font and logo back to the original design makes it more distinct.


Midwestern League:

Chicago Cubs - I never really liked their pinstripes for some reason, so I ditched them. I also changed up the away jersey font.


Chicago White Sox - The existing ones are good, but I like the team name rather than a letter cap logo on the jersey where possible. Plus I wanted a C for Chicago rather than SOX on the cap.



Cincinnati Reds - Good uniforms and logo, just ditch all the unnecessary black. They get to keep the front numbers as they are a nice balance to the logo on the front.


Cleveland Indians - I agree with the push to dump Chief Wahoo, so the logos are new, basing the primary on their city flag. If they are switching up their identity they might as well move away from the overused navy and red, to maroon and light blue, which worked great for the Phillies back in the 80s. Cream home jersey gives off a good old school vibe for one of the original 16 teams.


Detroit Tigers - The Tigers have a nice and simple old school look, though I moved away from the D on the home jersey to the nickname, based on their 1928 jersey, also the older version of the script on the away jersey.


Indianapolis Blues - It was a little tricky to come up with their name. They’ve had the minor league Indians for years, but obviously that won’t fly with Cleveland. Then you have historical National and Federal League teams Hoosiers and Blues. Since University of Indiana already has the Hoosiers I went with the Blues, even though they are already in the NHL and it is close to the Blue Jays. Royal blue with some navy accents for the colors. Logos are based on the state and city flags.


Kansas City Royals - They have an under rated classic uniform. No need to make changes to it.


Milwaukee Brewers - I thought about the old MB ball and glove logo, but I do really like their current cap logo. I think going to yellow instead of gold makes them a little more vibrant. The old jersey fonts are much sharper than the new ones. Also a new logo in a beer keg type design for them.


Minnesota Twins - The Twins have another simple and good look. Just changed up the twins shaking hands logo to incorporate the TC lettermark. The pinstripes on the road grays are unique touch.


St Louis Cardinals - Really nothing to change with the Cardinals, just a great look. The only thing I would change is to have the city name on the away jersey and dump the numbers on the front.


Pacific League:

Anaheim Angels – The way things are now I like the red look, but if I am making league wide changes and switching other teams to red I think I’d put the Angels back to navy as the primary. Also, obviously just going back to Anaheim instead of Los Angeles, since that is where they play and all.


Arizona Diamondbacks - Their old teal/purple/copper look was certainly unique, but it just doesn't work with baseball. Keeping the darker red but making the gold a secondary instead of black. You really can't put "Dbacks" on the jersey, just awful, so I put the full name on the home whites. Also dumped the D cap logo, as I much prefer the city/state letter to the nickname letter for caps.


Colorado Rockies - I downplayed the purple making black the primary, also dumped the silver. The pinstripes never really worked for me with Colorado.


Los Angeles Dodgers - Nothing to change up here really. Just pulled the LA sleeve patch which is repetitive, for a new one with the secondary logo I made up.


Portland Pioneers - The minor league Beavers is pretty good, but you have Oregon State with that name already, plus Pioneers has an old feeling name and is based on a club from the 1860s. Ideally I’d go with some combo of green, yellow, a light blue from the city flag, which I based the logo on, but you already have those colors in the division with the Athletics and Mariners. So royal blue, black, and yellow is unique enough and works. Kept around the beaver logo, I kind of like it even if it doesn’t perfectly mesh with the Pioneer theme, it’s a nod to their baseball history.


San Diego Padres - Ditching the navy here, they are way too generic now. I think it would be good to go back to the original brown and yellow. While they aren't trendy colors that will sell lots of merchandise, it is unique in baseball, and for anyone over 30 it is what you think of with the Padres. And of course you make the monk the primary logo again.


San Francisco Giants - The real change here is the secondary logo, their current primary logo is real generic, so I put together one with the Golden Gate Bridge, gives them some local flavor.


San Jose Athletics - They really ought to just let the A's move down to San Jose. In reality they share the same market as the Giants, so the idea that San Jose is exclusively Giants' territory makes no sense, especially since they are actually going to be further away from San Francisco than they are now in Oakland. Uniforms don't change much, just putting SJ on the cap.


Seattle Mariners - No big changes, just ditching silver, changing the teal to more of a green, and making that more prominent, especially in the cap logo. A neat secondary logo, based on the city flag (if you can’t tell I like incorporating city iconography into the designs).


Vancouver Mounties - Another old school team being brought back for the majors. A modified version of their old PCL logo plus bringing in the current minor league Canadians logo for a secondary. Red and black matches well with the Mountie theme and no other teams really use that combo.