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 and Buffalo do now, that's a bad trend.

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. Tried to match up the helmet and pants stripes in one design, and the sleeve and sock stripes in another. 

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. Also slightly change the number font, but keep it a rounded style, it is a little hard to read as is. 

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.

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 drops the logos and instead changes up their existing shoulder stripes for the more old fashion shoulder stripe design, and matching them up on the pants. Also ditching their weird helmet stripes.

Chicago Bears:
Another of the few classics left in the league, only adding in a wordmark. Only thing of note is making the bear head the primary logo instead of the wishbone c.

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 mostly as their classic design, just simplifying the stripe pattern, 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.

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. Dropped the stars on the sleeves so their navy jersey matches the white, only difference being a small silver outline on the stripes. 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 (though a little lighter than the current shade) and their bluish silver on both sets and it works perfect.

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 pretty basic and plain design, bringing in a more traditional stripe set on the helmet, jersey, and pants and socks. 

Detroit Lions:
The recent update ditching the black is pretty good, just dropping the Lions workmark from the sleeve, and a few other minor tweeks.

Green Bay Packers:
Yet another timeless design, the green and yellow works perfectly.

Houston Texans:
Using a similar design to the current Texans look, just making red the primary color. Changed up the shoulder stripe from single color to two, and making it reflect in the collar and pants stripe also. A red facemask also pops a little more on the helmet.

Indianapolis Colts:
Nothing to change here, aside from adding a chest wordmark, 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 their original teal as their primary color, changing it up with gold as the secondary and black 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 gold helmet, which I think a chrome type gold, to stand out, would be perfect, and gold numbers on the teal jersey. Also updating the full body jaguar logo to match the head logo update.

Kansas City Chiefs:
A classic look, no real changes needed, just adding a wordmark and moving a modified Lamar Hunt/AFL memorial to the sleeve. Obviously no all red allowed.

Los Angeles Rams:
It seems obvious the Rams are returning to LA, where they belong. 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.

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, sleeve, and pants stripe design to the previous look as well.

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 England Patriots:
I do like a lot about their current look, but the navy is so bland and boring. I'd go back to their old red jersey design, but add silver to blue as alternates, I mean they are the Patriots, have to go red, white, and blue, instead of navy. Also modernize the collar. Likewise drop the color 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 Orleans Saints:
They already have a great look so long as they stick with the gold pants rather than the black ones. A little change up going back to their older style, swapping out the sleeve logo for some stripes, making the pants stripes match the helmet, and going with gold numbers on white jersey instead of black. Also going back to the original, brighter shade of gold they had. 

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.

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, aside from the chest wordmark. 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.

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. Now they look really good.

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.

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:
Ditching the all navy look, going with the silver pants with both dark and light jerseys. Though the logo and uniform could focus more 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.

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.

Washington Redskins:
So there is a lot of controversy surrounding this name, and even I thought they should go ahead and change it based on the narrative that it is super offensive to Native Americans. But recent surveys have shown Native Americans are overwhelmingly NOT against the name. So if they are not offended, there is no reason for everyone else to get worked up about it. That said, I really am not a fan of their current logo, so I went with the spearhead and the older metallic gold design, similar to the 75th anniversary throwback, but minus the sleeve stripes.

Also throwing in some alternates for the "hall of fame" for franchises that relocated, since the legends from St Louis really hold no meaning to the fans in Los Angeles, and the Oilers' players don't really have a spot in Tennessee or with the Texans in Houston.