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Wednesday
May042011

Quatro De Mayo Update

Hola.

So, I haven't been updating this site as much as I have over the past couple of weeks and today I'm going to try and make up for that by posting so much goodness, you won't know what to do with yourself.

While two weeks ago was a bit of a week off for me, I have been doing many requests and concepts or designs that don't really fit into the larger categories I normally post here.

Take this for example:

This logo is something I came up with a while back upon remembering that my uncle, Charles Brown (no joke), brews his own beer. This was a project of my own undertaking to try and create a logo for a beer and to see if I could do a face logo.

I think it turned out pretty well.

As far as the sports world is concerned, I did this little diddy for an Oklahoma fan:

This is a logo of the Oklahoma Schooner - whatever that is - from the front.

Returning to something I seem to return to once a month, I have yet again been fooling around with the Oklahoma City Thunder. This time, however, I was recoloring real photos to go with my gray Thunder redesign.

Additional shots can bee seen here and here, not to mention on this fake billboard:

Another personal undertaking was to create a hockey uniform template for myself. Once that had been completed I tested the thing out by making uniforms in case the Blackhawks ever hosted the All-Star game:

That last Hawks-Star concept is of the old Black Alternate the Hawks used to wear. The only problem is that the design is based off of the road uni, not the home. So that, obviously, inspired me to come up with new concepts for the Black Alternate:

But as always, most of the concepts I have done in recent weeks stem from requests for uniform concepts.

A student from my brother's Alma Mater, Fordham University, contacted me to see if I could come up with some uniforms for their basketball and football teams. Now, since my brother left the Bronx, Fordham changed their logo to this, which sucks, so I changed their logos to This, This, This and This.

For basketball, I went simple and classic (with an all gray alternate, per his request):

With the football program, I tried to be a bit more modern while keeping their block F maroon helmet:

But this being a request, the Fordham student asked for some Oregon-esque alternates, spcifically an all black one. While I prefer the all gray (it helps highlight gray as a third color in my Rams concepts plus gray is the new black) the all black is pretty snazzy (if you can get past the Black for Black's sake):

And finally today, we go all the way to 'A Whale's Vagina' to update San Diego State's uniforms:

Home Road

Home Alt Road Alt

Throwback Helmet

That's it for the update. I'm working on some hockey and baseball stuff right now but feel free to send me any more requests.

Until then, leave it in the comments...

Tuesday
Apr262011

Cross-Dressing 

I've been gone for a week, miss me?

The other day, I was inventorying some of my graphic design and sports concept works when I stumbled upon this.

That Chicago Blackhawks football uni predates all my IU concepts, my NFL concepts and  my NBA Concepts. That was one of the first designs I ever did using the Nike Pro Combat template (Though I'm not quite sure why I gave Pat Kane the Captain's C, why not just put #19?).

When I was reminiscing about my early uni-tweak days, I came across the page of Majestic NHL baseball jerseys. Well, and idea immediately came to mind: What If I redesigned teams' uniforms to fit other sports' jerseys?

I decided to switch around all of Chicago's major sports teams (sorry Fire). My Rules were basic, first, I arbitrarily started but whatever uniform template I dealt with (i.e. basketball), that Chicago team (i.e. the Bulls) would be the next design I would do. This will become clearer soon.

Next, if only because cuts of jerseys are so different, some changes to every uniform had to be made. Most changes fall into one of two categories:

  1. The design doesn't fit on the template. Or,
  2. The design change fits the template's sport better than a copy/paste version of the uniform.

Some look better than others - much better - but I think this is a fun idea to play around with uniform design.

On to the Cross-Dressing.

Bears in the NHL - Home and Road - This quickly turned into my favorite design. Old football uniforms and modern NHL uniforms actually have similar cuts. Hell, they look closer than old NFL unis and current NFL unis do. I decided to put the Bear's head logo on the front of the uni to go with the hockey theme but also because it's a great but underutilized logo. The Bears' 'C' makes a perfect captaincy patch.

Blackhawks in the NBA - Home and Road - I decided to put the Hawks in the NBA this time since I had already created NFL unis a while back. In contrast to the Bears in the NFL, I think these concepts are probably the worst in the bunch.

Different colored shorts don't really work in the NBA and the jersey striping is just upsetting but, hey, they can't all be winners. (also, I didn't include their third jerseys since they are featured in the NFL design above)

Bulls in the MLB - Home, Road and Alternate - These I think you'll either love or loath. Now the only real change to the Bulls uniform design is the that front number is moved off-center to fit better with the MLB template. The Bulls' unis actually used to feature off-center front numbers, so it's not even unheard of.

No road grays for obvious reasons and solid color road and alternates may make some baseball purists ill but you could always mix and match pants and jerseys. And with the Bulls playing in the MLB, maybe they bring back the pinstripes.

Cubs in the NFL - Home and Road and Alternates. With both Chicago baseball teams, they really only have three jerseys (home and road pants under the same colored top do not make two alternates) so with the Cubs a brought back the old Blue on Blue pinstripes as a road alternate option.

I also brought back an old 'CHICAGO' font and the old Cub's head logo is on all the left sleeves.

White Sox in the NFL - Home and Road and Alternates. Now I cannot claim this idea as my own, but having two black alternates, one base on the home jersey and the other on the road jersey, is a great way for the Sox to diversify their uniforms (they wear their current black alt for most home and road games - it's getting a bit old).

The thing I liked most about doing these baseball uniforms for a football template was how it shows that a football uniform doesn't just need to be a uni number and that's it. I don't think I'd recomend pinstripes anytime soon but this shows that there's room for design change in football.

Well, that's all for today. As always, I hope you enjoy something and feel free to leave comments or questions.

Wednesday
Apr202011

Conceptualized Basketball

Quick update today to announce that I've updated my Basketball Concepts page (skip to page 2) to include most of my recent works including my Tweaking the Classics post unis and my recent feature on UniWatchBlog.com.

Here are the updated teams:

  • Bobcats
  • Bulls
  • Clippers
  • Federals
  • Grizzlies
  • Hawks
  • Heat
  • Jazz
  • Knicks
  • Lakers
  • Mavs
  • Orange
  • Raptors
  • Timberwolves

I'd just like to thank everyone for all the feedback I've gotten, I really appreciate all the kind words and constructive criticism and I hope to keep making concepts people like.

Wednesday
Apr132011

Baby's First Mashup

So I got this free DJ software a while back and I've been messing around with it and I finally did something worth sharing. It's not perfect but I love these two songs  (I Told Ya'll - Petey Pablo and It Was a Good Day - Ice Cube) and they really work well together.

So here's DJOB's first single:

I Told Ya'll It Was a Good Day

Friday
Apr082011

If Only They Still Had Agent 0

The Washington NBA team has bigger identity issues than people in the Witness Relocation Program.

Just like a Witness Relocation Programee (if that's a word), Washington's former life was too violent. But now, in their new life as the Wizards, they've been found... to have a crap team identity.

Since the organization hates one name and the fans hate the other, it's time for a rebrand, Cajun Style.

Logos

Given that D.C. is the capital, shouldn't the nation's capital have a governmental theme? I'll hear none of this, let's just change the colors B.S., so while brainstorming I, and I alone, came up with the name. Nevermind the rumors this team name may have already existed, The Washington Federals is too good to pass up.

The main logo is based on this treasury department logo.

The secondary logos are, obviously based on the Capitol (although I have two other W designs).

Uniforms

With the Home and Road unis, my inspiration should obvious - CASH MONEY YA'LL. I thought about throwing in those random red and blue fibers into the designs but I figured the NBA might have a problem mass producing that.

With the team nickname The Feds, you have to be taken very seriously. Now, what's more serious than a federal agent in a suit showing up and dominating you on your home court?

With that in mind I give you the MIB Alt:

(My brother noted how this Alternate looks like John Wall joined Slytherin...)

Court

This court is pretty simple and straightforward. I thought about perhaps trying to make the court look as much like a dollar bill as possible but with the flourishes in the corners and how much writing would be on the court, I decided to echo currency rather than replicate it.

Well, that's all for this rebrand. As always, I hope you enjoy it. Leave any comments or questions in the comments (dur), feel free to shoot me an email if you're so inclined and check out my shop to purchase t-shirts of my original designs.

Until next week...