July 23, 2016

Saturday: The End Is Near

This was a very big week on HJC. The HJC Open is coming to a close as we have reached the Final. We also reached the halfway mark of the COTW calendar by crowning our 2nd Quarter champion. Lets jump right into all of that news now...

The winner of the 2nd Quarter Vote was Matt M's Tucson Roadrunners concept!

Full Results

Congrats to Matt! He had two concepts in this Quarterly Vote, so odds of him advancing were good. The voting was very close all week with Matt's solo concept slightly pulling away on Thursday. We will revisit this concept again at the end of January and we'll see then if it can stay hot while waiting for its competition (4th Quarter Winner).


The winner of the COTW vote for July 8-14 was Ryan C!

Full Results

This was Ryan's 2nd COTW win in a row! This is only our 3rd different winner of COTW in the last 6 weeks, after going the previous 6 weeks with 6 different winners. Congrats Ryan!

The new COTW nominees will appear in the black poll on the side of the page...if you're logged into a Google account. It's not tough to get a Google account if you don't have one and it's not just having a Gmail account. If you have a YouTube account that should work too. Voting ends Friday at noon Eastern. Good luck to both Lucas and Tyler.


In case you missed it, here were the final scores from the Semi-Finals of the HJC Open.
Brooks will face-off against J3 in the Final. I'm really excited to see what these guys put forth and equally excited to see what the final voting result will be. Good luck to both of you.


Image: nhl.com
- I feel like we should be seeing the Winter Classic logo soon. Is it not about that time when one player from each team goes to the press conference to shoot pucks through the uprights? I guess this time they will try to shoot pucks over the outfield wall?

- I'm worried that the Adidas collar style used on the World Cup jerseys, will ruin the overall throwback and fauxback looks of future Winter Classic jerseys.

- What can the Hawks possibly wear this year? I suppose a white version of the 1940's jersey (91-92 throwback) would be really neat.

- If I had to guess what the Blues will wear. I'm saying a jersey that looks like Ozzy's mugshot with the unused original script logo.


HJC Open Final entries (due Tuesday @ noon Eastern)
COTW July 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern) 

July 22, 2016

Friday: Five Years of Jets

Hello folks, welcome back to another Friday post here on HJC!  We've got seven concepts for you to enjoy today, plus I review the Winnipeg Jets logos five years after they were unveiled, but first let's get to the HJC Open results.  Four great concepts were battling it out for two spots in the final, many votes were cast, and the results are...

Congratulations J3 and Brooks!  It hasn't been an easy journey for them to get to the final, and it won't get any easier, hopefully they've both saved their best concept for last.

The good news is that they have until Tuesday at noon Eastern to perfect their next concept.

HJC Open Final entries (due Tuesday @ noon Eastern)

Meanwhile, the rest of us have until next Friday at noon to vote for the COTW.

COTW July 15-21 vote (ends Friday, July 29 @ noon Eastern)


Now it's time for another segment of "Today in HJC History" (actually this time it's more like "Today in Winnipeg Jets History").  On July 22, 2011, the Jets rushed to unveil their new logo after it had been leaked earlier in the day.  Before I review those logos, let's take a look at some reaction from that day's HJC post.

Image from jets.nhl.com

At the time Ryan thought the primary logo looked "like something I (Ryan) could have drawn on Paint.net", but he also said "I like it! I like how simple it is. I like how even though it's a new logo it has some heritage behind it".

A few people in the comments section weren't as nice, Brad said "Ya.....no.  That jets logo.....no.  Military supported, 18 different colours, a rip off maple leaf....um, no....bad, bad!  I grade it a C".  An anonymous commenter added "Total Garbage, this is not a military team.  If this is the logo they can go back to Atlanta for coming up with something so putrid...!!!".  Yeah, I don't think they liked it.

Image from jets.nhl.com

Here are my thoughts five years later.  I like the direction they went with the primary logo, it's completely new compared to the original Jets logos, but it still has some meaning behind it since it's based off of the Royal Canadian Air Force's roundel.  The notch pointing true north is also very clever.  However I don't think the idea was executed as well as it could have been, the grey jet doesn't contrast very well from the red leaf behind it, and the leaf almost makes it look like the jet is exploding.
Primary Logo Grade: B

Image from jets.nhl.com

I think the secondary logo is nice, as a secondary logo.  The chevrons further emphasize the military theme, and the hockey sticks let you know that the Jets are in fact a hockey team.  I have no complaints about this logo, but it should stay in a secondary role.  It wouldn't work on the front of a jersey in my opinion.
Secondary Logo Grade: A-

The Jets also unveiled a wordmark logo that day, which I think is just okay.  Mostly I dislike the thick outline, but this wordmark isn't used much in their branding so it's hard for me to be too upset about it.
Wordmark Grade: C

Image from ic.gc.ca

Lastly, I want to add that at the time I was hoping the Jets would be called something else (something like the Falcons), since the original Jets franchise still exists in Arizona.  The Avalanche weren't called the Rockies, the Wild weren't called the North Stars, and I didn't think Winnipeg's new team should of been called the Jets.  I understand all the fans in Winnipeg wanted the team to be called the Jets, and it would have been foolish for the owners not to listen to them, but part of me still disagrees with the decision.

Do you remember your initial reaction to the Jets logos five years ago, and if so has your opinion changed at all?


Winnipeg Jets, Burkus Circus:
Speaking of the Jets, Burkus Circus sent in this mostly hand drawn third jersey for them.  I say mostly because the logo and numbers were added on the computer beforehand, which is a smart since they're hard to draw.  I like that the jersey is grey, as I mentioned last week, grey works well for the Jets.  The star and chevrons look good on the sleeves, but I don't like the chevrons on the hem, and I think the hem stripe should either be straight or curved on both the top and bottom.  The execution is fairly good, but there's a bit of drawing outside the lines, and some of the details like the TV numbers are hard to see.
Rating: 6/10

Hartford Wolf Pack, Bradley D:
Next up is Bradley with a concept for the Wolf Pack which isn't much different from their current uniforms.  The most noticeable change is that the pants are now blue, but I prefer their red pants.  The shape of the shoulder yoke is also different, I don't think it's any worse than their current design but I don't think it's an improvement either.  Execution wise, the blue in the Wolf Pack wordmark doesn't match the blue of the jersey.
Bradley also sent in a red third jersey, which is different from their current third jersey.  This jersey does look much better with the blue pants, and I like that blue is the secondary colour (their current red jersey has white as the second colour).  I don't like those sleeves though, I think the outer blue area clashes with the yoke, and the actual stripes would be hidden under the arms most of the time.
Rating: 6/10

Hartford Whalers, by Jamie R:
We'll stick in Hartford for our next concept, a new set of Whalers jerseys from Jamie.  The white jersey is the better of the two, in my opinion.  I like its hem stripes, and I like that the sleeve stripes are doubled up, but I think those sleeves stripes should be thicker to match the hem stripes.  The green jersey is okay, but there's nothing about it that stands out to me.  The outer blue stripes sort of blend into green, and I'm not sold on the white yoke.
Rating: 7/10

Cleveland Barons, by Jamie R:
Jamie's second concept today is a very vintage sweater for the defunct Cleveland Barons.  The striping pattern is perfect for a retro concept.  The logo, both the script and the baron, also look great here.  The back number is a bit smaller than normal but that's okay, the large striping forces it to be shrunk, and it's size actually works well with the vintage theme.  The front number doesn't fit that theme though, and it crowds the front of the jersey.  Also, with the black outline that surrounds the jerseys, I think it should continue around the front view where it overlaps the back (see Lucas' concept for an example).
Rating: 8/10

Amur Khabarovsk, by Jimmy T:
Jimmy's up next with an Amur Khabarovsk concept, who rebranded to this beautiful logo a couple of years ago.  Their current jersey are pretty good looking as well, but I think this concept is even better.  I like the choice to use an orange jersey instead of blue, it makes sense for a team with a tiger logo.  The striping pattern looks great, however it loses some creativity points since the sleeves are just copies of the Penguins template.  The font for the back numbers is nice, but the sleeves numbers should match.
Rating: 8/10

Chicago Blackhawks, by Ryan H:
Ryan, the owner of this website, created this Blackhawks Winter Classic concept.  I think the striping pattern is superb, the chest stripe is a great nod to Blackhawks old barber-pole jerseys.  I also like that the hem stripe uses a different pattern, it adds to the vintage factor.  What I don't like is the black and white logo.  I don't think the logo needs all of its colours, but I think it could use at least red and tan.  The back number also looks quite large, but that might just be an illusion due to the this 3D template.
Rating: 9/10

Winnipeg Jets, by Lucas D:
We end today's post where we started, in Winnipeg.  I like the double stripes Lucas used on the sleeves and hem, it's a nice update of their current striping pattern.  I also prefer these straight numbers over their current italicized version.  The white yoke works well on this concept as well, however I think the yokes would look better without any outlines.
Rating: 9/10 and my COTW nomination!


That's all folks!

July 21, 2016

Thursday: Off Day

Hello again everyone!

Since my version of the Outsider's Perspective series ended last week, and there's nothing to report about, I'll give you guys a bit of an off day for an intro to read. 

But, I do have another challenge for you guys. Go figure, I thought of this Thursday night after my post was already up for a while, but my challenge is to figure out how to use both Pittsburgh Gold and Vegas Gold on one uniform for the Penguins. My only stipulation is that they're both prominent enough so you can easily notice that they're both there, but in the end I can't control you so do whatever you want, that's just my preference.

Voting this week consists of the COTW as always, the vote for the best concept of the second quarter of the year, and for the semi finals of the HJC Open. Go leave a vote if you're bored. Or if you aren't bored. Just go vote!
HJC Open Semi-Final vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)
2nd Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)
COTW July 8-14 vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)


Agawin U. - Toronto Maple Leafs
+Simple design, the best choice for the Leafs, would have been a solid choice to go with for their redesign, despite being similar to Tampa.
-Not very creative, but I'm not sure what the purpose of this concept is either.
-The execution is where this concept really is brought down.
     -The logo is too small
     -The numbers are way too big, and the name is also a tad big. They could both use some breathing room.
     -The TV numbers should be split, one on each arm, on the front and back. The current positioning would put them on the front of a player's arm, not the side.
+You did stop the vertical stitching at the hem stripes though, good job there.
Overall: 5/10, the execution will get better with practice, just keep it up and you'll be fine!

Bradley D. - Hershey Bears
+Brown isn't a color seen often, so I like that you kept it.
+Hard to go wrong with simple stripes.
-Hard to go right with standalone piping though. I'd lose it.
+The typeface fits well here.
-I'd have more of the lightest brown color on these jerseys, especially the mainly brown one. The middle brown doesn't stand out enough.
Overall: 7.5/10

+I really like the vintage look of this one. The striping looks great, and even better in one color like you have it.
-Since the colors are so close already, why not make the majority of the jersey in that lightest brown color? If not, change that color in the logo to match the jersey's color.
-That shoulder patch might make a good primary logo for a vintage look like this, considering it's simplicity. 
-Thicker numbers without an outline would also give it a more vintage look.
-The shoulder yoke shouldn't go down so low, it cramps the TV numbers.
+The extra equipment being the same as the regular set is a great choice, especially for an AHL team.
-For both of your concepts today, the color doesn't fill in completely, and you can still see some white. on the edges. Except for the white jersey, because that's already white.
Overall: 8/10

Jimmy T. - Buffalo Sabres
+Another well executed, vintage looking fauxback.
+Nice callback to their previous alternate, while changing things up.
-I'd add another set of the stripes to the hem. It's a tad plain as it is, compared to the arms.
+The yoke fits the look perfectly.
+I like having numbers under the wordmark, and the numbers look great being one solid color.
-Unless it's just to add to the vintage look, the helmet should have numbers.
Overall: 8/10

Lucas D. - Montréal Canadiens
I'm not sure exactly what this concept is supposed to be. Baseball crossover? Celebrating Montréal's sports teams? I guess these because of the logo, a recolored Expos logo. Clarification would be appreciated.
+A mainly blue jersey for the Habs is an odd sight, but one I wouldn't mind.
+The double blue looks nice on this concept, especially with red and white in the mix too.
-The stripes would look better if they were bolder though.
-The red outline on the number is barely noticeable.
-Echoing Steven from Tuesday, the stitching for the hem stripes begins to look a bit like it's actually a stripe. If those are actually small, blue stripes, ignore this.
-This one's a bit strange...but when you recolor the Expos logo like that it begins to look a bit phallic. Especially for someone who may not make the Expos connection, that could be bad. 
Overall: 8/10

Lucas D. - Vancouver Canucks
+Green looks great as the main jersey color for the Nucks. It makes the blue really pop.
+This one has the look of a modern vintage jersey. It fits well with the logo.
-If there are thin, gray stripes in between the blue and white stripes, they're pretty pointless honestly. Very hard to see. 
-Unless my eyes are deceiving me, the arm and hem stripes should be the same thickness.
-Adding the V in the arm stripes would be a nice touch, but it's not bad without it.
Overall: 8.5/10 and my COTW Nomination

Ryan H. - Minnesota North Stars
~Unless that's just a strange way of introducing that this is a concept, I'm not sure what you're "what if..." is referencing.
+That shade of green looks amazing, and the amount of white in the concept also looks nice.
-I'd like to see just a tad more yellow though.
-I think the logo would look better as just the N star, sans roundel.
-The shoulder patch seems unnecessary and repetitive.
-Not a fan of the Adidas stripes, but then again I doubt you are.
+The pattern overall is a solid, and a nice, subtle nod to their history.
Overall: 8/10

Tyler M. - Los Angeles Kings
+Gray as the primary is an interesting choice. Definitely unique.
-A gray yoke would be better for the white jersey, paired with the black pants there would be too much black.
+Good logo choice. That logo is much better as a primary, and the LA monogram works great on the shoulder. 
+I really like that typeface.
-I think they would both be better with either a thicker outline, or no outline though. They're also very pixelated.
-I would lighten the gray in the background of the concepts. Keep it noticeable, but not enough that it stands out too much.
+Overall it's a nice way to show their history, while introducing some new ideas.
Overall: 7.5/10


And that's a wrap for today. A good few COTW worthy concepts today, so take a pick and nominate one! I hope you enjoyed the post, thanks for reading, and I'll see you all again next week.

July 20, 2016

Wednesday: Now You Can Hate The Rangers Too!

It's not exactly a secret for which team I like, and therefore which ones I don't like. But now it's easier to hate the Rangers. Well, at least their graphic design team.

(image courtesy of sportslogos.net)


Look, the Rangers have had some nice anniversary logos, especially the 85th Anniversary. I can understand trying to be clever, classy and simple with your design. While the font of the 9 and the "EST. 1926" portion of the logo go well with the script of the original Rangers logo, it's very hard to use that logo as a zero. I find this very lackluster, and something I could've done in MS Paint. I'd take a roundel logo over this any day. Very disappointing, and rating of 53%

So if you have seen the circus that is the Republican National Convention (Don't worry, the Democratic National Convention is going to be just as insane), then you should be relieved that we don't need a convention like that for Concept of the Week. Just click on the box on the side of the site.

Wait, wait wait, what's the box above it? Well that's the third round of COTW voting, the QUARTER VOTE! Concept of the Year is broken down into 4 quarters of three months, and well, an additional three months have passed since the last quarter vote. So who will be a semi-finalist in the Concept of the Year race? YOU DECIDE!

HJC Open is still running strong, winding down as voting begins for the semi-finals.


HJC Open Semi-Final vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)
2nd Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)
COTW July 8-14 vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)


Bradley D: Chicago Wolves (AHL) Concept

The biggest part of this concept is the toned down wolf-head logo. While it is surely an improvement over the current mess of a logo, I'm not sure if the job is fully done. I still think that logo is missing something to become truly spectacular. It does work better on the white jersey, so maybe a thicker outline on the dark jersey? Maybe no outline at all? As for the striping, it is very clean, with some nice detail on the shoulders. However for consistency all around, some more black is needed, even if just for trim. I'm indifferent about the affiliation patch on the shoulders, the Wolves haven't has one as far as I can remember, but it's also the AHL. Alternate logo shoulder patch overlaps the shoulder striping.

Nothing clever this week from me, rating: 81%

Bradley D: Chicago Wolves (AHL) Alternate Concept

Similar notes from before, Shoulder patch is overlapping the striping, as are the TV numbers this time. Clean script logo that works much better with the jersey. The full sleeve pattern is a nice look mixing the Senators EDGE look with a more traditional full sleeve pattern, blended perfectly together. Only other thing I would do is make the helmet white, since its rare in the NHL and AHL to see dark helmets with white jerseys. While there are exceptions to that, this should not be one of them, in my opinion

Rating: 82%

David G: Las Vegas Knights Concept

I do like the concept of this logo. A diamond shield with a club helps with the Las Vegas identity, while the swords behind it make it look like more of a medieval crest, perfect for a team called "Knights". With that logo, however, the black used in the logo must be consistent with the black used in the jersey. While the font is pretty cool, I am not sure if it would look good on an NHL jersey. I would have to see other numbers in the system to make that decision. Speaking of seeing other numbers, I absolutely have to see them on the sleeves. The striping patter is interesting for sure, because I don't exact;y know what to make of it. Unconventional for sure, one that I think could work if you 1) drop the blots on the shoulders and 2) calm the socks down.

Rating: 67%

Kevin B: Toronto Blue Jays (MLB) Crossover Concept

The Jays have one of the best looks in baseball right now. Thank goodness they got rid of their previous look. Kevin tries to play off a double blue in this jersey, and the two shades are not that distinct from each other to do that. At least you chose the better blue to dominate with. The sleeves are a nice ode to Canada since they are the only Canadian franchise in MLB (RIP Montreal Expos, please come back soon). Execution note: Stitching ends at the hem stripes.

Rating: 77%

Lucas D: WHA Night Concept - Ottawa vs Winnipeg

I like the modernization you have done to the old WHA logos to bring them to the NHL level. What I don't like is the color balance. Look at how the black dominates the Sens/Nats jersey while boasting a mostly red logo. Likewise, look at how the white dominates the Jets jersey with a mostly red logo. Execution is flawless as usual from you, but these jerseys aren't pleasing in color.

Rating: 79%

Lucas D: WHA Night Concept II - Ottawa vs Winnipeg

Now this one is MUCH better on the Jets end of things. While the Jets never used that logo in the WHA, it is more pleasing to the eye with white dominating that blue jersey. Same review from Ottawa, since nothing changed.

Rating: 81%

Lucas D: Winnipeg Jets Concept

And now we take that Jets jersey, change the name and number to one away from Monday's writer, and add a matching white jersey that relies on the blue to give it life, with red trim of course. Balanced perfectly. Clean, executed to perfection, and we have ourselves a nice simple set the Jets can't go wrong in.

Rating: 87%

Tyler M-S: Toronto Maple Leafs Concept

Now we go to Toronto again, but actually hockey and not baseball. Although I do appreciate a quality crossover, as I have done several myself. Anyways, We go back to basics for Toronto. Here we have a look that we have seen with their previous alternates, boosted by the new logo and some flair on the shoulders. The yoke has a miniature version of the striping pattern we see throughout the jersey, and while on the Original 6 front, this is more of a look we would see in Manhattan, that doesn't mean it can't work here. Because it does. While I will miss the triple sock striping, the Leafs ditched them this year so I'm OK with you not having them. The only execution notes I will add are the Adidas logo touching the striping, and the numbers touching the template lines, it needs some space because otherwise, you are insinuating that the numbers are touching each other and I'm sure you don't want that.

Rating: 89%

The winner of my Concept of the Week nomination is:



So that will wrap up another week for me, hopefully more logo news will come out by next Wednesday, and maybe a development on either the heritage jersey program or any sort of AHL relocation. But until then, I'm bailin' out. Bye!

July 19, 2016

Tuesday: A Little Off the Subject

Hi everybody. Yes, I'm going to talk about another sport on this blog for a certain reason. The sport I'm talking about is the disc sport of Ultimate. Known to many as a sport played on college campuses (I played on Youngstown State's Ultimate Club Team for 3 years) has become a full fledged pro sport with 2 leagues, the American Ultimate Disc League and Major League Ultimate, being the two prominent in North America.

Now, you may ask "Why are you talking about some sport that has nothing in relation to hockey?" Well, that's because I'd like to get an opinion on how you feel about Ultimate teams making their jerseys look like a hockey jersey? Case in point, A proposed jersey for my final year at YSU:

To clarify, we were Aperture Ultimate. We didn't use this design but it was one of many hockey styles that were up for vote. So what do you guys think? Does it work for an Ultimate team to go with a hockey style or should it be for hockey only?

It's time to do you civic duty to HJC by voting. We have the second quarter vote for COTW, the usual COTW, and the voting for the HJC Open Semi-Finals.

Onto the Concepts!

Lucas Daitchman- Toronto Maple Leafs
Positives: The arm striping is very interesting and unique but it still gives the jersey a throwback feel. Also, the simple "T" works well on this design
Negatives: You have a black outline around the arm striping as compared to the hem stripes and, while I assume it wasn't intentional, your concept would look much better without it. Also, add a Maple Leaf somewhere on this.
Overall: 8/10

Ryan Christensen-Ottawa 67's

Positives: Sorry to put them as one but it's a set and the descriptions would be the same. This set gives me a early 90's Senators feel with the 67's unique multi-stripe design set to a minimum on the sleeves. It's a perfect mix of the 67's design and a simple but effective jersey.
Negatives: What you have going on with the collar is really strange.
Overall: 9/10 COTW NOMINEE!

Tyler Meli-Skewis- Quebec Nordiques Alternate
Positives: This is a really neat idea that you are playing off the Quebec Flag. It doesn't look that busy on the front while being interesting at the same time.
Negatives: You forgot to Recolor the "REEBOK" logo on the back. Also, the modern style numbers aren't working with this design. A traditional block would look a lot better. Finally, you can go without that white horizontal stripe on the back of the jersey.
Overall: 7/10

Tyler Meli-Skewis- Quebec Nordiques Primary 
Positives: It's nice to see that you didn't stray too far from the original design but gave it a more updates look. Putting a single stripe on the sleeves look good. Also, the Red Fleur De Lis on both shoulders looks really good. 
Negatives: You forgot to color in the "REEBOK" logo on the back of both jerseys, that numbering still doesn't work, and move the gems up slightly.
Overall: 7.5/10

Zeke Goldsmith- Colorado Avalanche 
Positives: Going off of the old 90's design was a good choice on this, as well as using the alternate logo on the front. The reason that this works out is mainly because that you kept it simple but added a unique striping feature to it that makes it stand out.
Negatives: It would be nice to see a little bit more red and silver than just on the logo and two little lines on the striping. Maybe put an outline on the numbers and a multicolored collar?
Overall: 8/10

Zeke Goldsmith- Minnesota Wild 
Positives: That thick striping really works well on this jersey. It really shows that red well, yet gives the Vintage White a prominent presence.
Negatives: The logo looks kind of big.
Overall: 8.75/10
Zeke Goldsmith- Rangers Vs Bruins
Positives: For the Rangers Jersey, I like how you just have the "RANGERS" text in plain white and added the vintage logos the shoulders. As for the Bruins jersey, the squared yoke and simple striping give the jersey a throwback look while it being something completely new.
Negatives: Those TV numbers on the Rangers' jersey look huge.
Overall: 8.5/10

Well that's all I have for you guys today. I hope you liked that I changed it up a bit from the usual. Sorry Phil but I have no shenanigans for you this week. I'll come up with something next week. Have a good week everybody and I'll see you guys this time next week.