Hey there and Happy New Years Eve Eve HJCers!
I have a lot to say today, so before any of the important info gets buried under paragraphs of whatever, I'll get it out there in the open first.
First off, for those that were wondering about the lack of a Monday post this week, I was going to take the concepts from Monday's post and include them in today's post as a special double length post, but Mr. Jets was able to get a post up really late last night. So click HERE to go read the Monday(Kind of) post.
Second... Congrats to the Rockford IceHogs for winning Dylan N's AHL logo competition. It's great to see my little ol' hometown team held in the highest regard when it comes to logo design. Fantastic!
There's also a COTW vote this week (As there is every week so don't be surprised)
The Olympiques Competition is also off to a good start, don't forget to get your entries in before Friday afternoon!
COTW Dec 20-26 vote (ends Friday @ 4:30pm Eastern)
Olympiques Competition entries (due Friday @ 4:30pm Eastern)
Ok, so it's been mentioned a few times the last few days, and yes. After almost 3 and a half years as a writer for HJC I'm stepping down. I finally got a big boy real job, with my fancy college degree, and it's going to take up a lot of my time.
As shitty as it feels to leave HJC for the time being, I'm pretty excited for my new job. I'll be a designer at a sports apparel and equipment company where some of my duties will include researching and designing jerseys. Which is exactly what I've been wanting to do for a few years now.
HJC has been a big part of shaping my design career. I was one of those kids growing up who doodled on every piece of homework I ever turned in. A teacher in middle school told me that if I didn't go into graphic design I was wasting my time. And after a graphic design class in high school I had decided it was what I wanted to go into for sure. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do though.
This whole time I followed sites like Icethetics, the Creamer boards, and PuckDrawn (Which sadly isn't around anymore.) As interested as I was in those sites it had never occurred to me to try and design my hockey concepts and send it. I wasn't completely comfortable with Illustrator and Photoshop yet, so I just sat on the sidelines and looked at everyone else's work. It wasn't until I found HJC in early 2012 that I decided it was time to try it out for myself.
This is the first concept I ever sent into HJC. My favorite part..... no ID on the image... God I'm such a hypocrite. Even with that error Ryan gave it a 9/10. So... yay me! After my first concept being received so well I decided this would be a thing I tried to do more often. Ryan then shared the news of the Sarnia Sting alternate jersey contest.
So with a few concepts under my belt I decided to take a shot. I sent in a concept with 6 of my rough drafts as seen below...
Ryan said his favorite was number five, which I chose and it ended up the winner. So because of HJC, I decided to go into sports design for sure, as well as a top notch portfolio piece in the Sarnia jersey. That jersey will always be something I put first in my portfolio and hang on my wall with pride.
I won despite Ryan saying on a later post regarding my final entry, that he would be voting for frigging Justin Cox... PHHHHHHH. Speaking of Coxy, that's another thing HJC has given me. New friends. Guys like McElroy, Cox, Wonka, and Mat Ware, I talk to those guys all the time whether it be about design, or making fun of their respective NHL teams.... So basically everyone but my team and McElroy's team because we are winners. (tehe) And I've probably interacted with everyone here who has a Twitter account. It's nice to have all these new friends who share this hobby/interest.
There's a lot of other things that HJC has given me. Like an eye for good jersey design and an idea of the current trends (which is a fantastic thing to have, as I found out in a job interview a few weeks ago). I can also pinpoint a dumb stupid knockoff counterfeit China jersey from a mile away. I've helped some people change their counterfeit buying ways. There's some I probably can't remember or won't realize for awhile.
I'll end this here for now... Let's get to the competition entries and concepts for the day.
And now... Here are the daily concepts.
Prince George Cougars Concept - Anish K.
Seems like you have a lot of ideas that could end up being really good, but maybe spread them out between different teams or concepts.
Hartford Whalers Concept - Artem S.
Atlanta Thrashers Concept - Artem S.
Miami University RedHawks Concept - Ben S.
Make em look meeeean! I really like the MIAMI in the chest stripe, it's a shame the chest stripe doesn't go onto the back of the jersey. The only thing I'd change is the hem stripes. On the white jersey I'd keep the bottom thin red stripes so it doesn't look incomplete. Same goes for the red jersey, but if you could keep the white hem that'd be awesome. The hem on the red jersey reminds me of these cheap-o Target fan jerseys.
Hartford Whalers Concept - Dylan T.
Purdue vs Indiana Concept - Matt G.
Atlanta Thrashers Concept - Taylor R.
Oh boy! TWO Thrashers concepts in one day. I love everything about this. Base a whole set on these, hot damn. The new font is hella good. The striping is interesting and looks really good on the lighter blue jersey. The only thing that doesn't fit in the one white pants stripe. With the amount of striping in the rest of the uniform, you could get away with blank pants. It'd be cool to see their "T" logo on the shoulders but it's fine without them.
Rating: 9/10 and for the final time as a writer... COTW NOM
And that's it, for the last time from me, that's a wrap on Wednesday.
Well maybe not last time. I discussed it with Ryan and maybe I'll be back someday. But for the time being I won't be writing regularly. Maybe someday Ryan will need a guest writer or something. I'll gladly volunteer. Maybe I'll pop up on the design blog since there's no set schedule for that. I'll still pop up in the comments sections.
See you guys!