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July 31, 2016

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Apologies for the lateness of the post. I was blindsided with a new class this Monday when our inservice began (I'm a high school teacher, for those who don't know) and I'm racing to try to get material prepared before we start classes tomorrow. I have triple the workload I had last year, so my posts may be a bit spartan for a few weeks until I can either get caught up, or decide to step aside and let someone else with more time to dedicate to HJC take my spot.

Anyway, moving on.

Congratulations to J3 on winning the coveted HJC Open! That's a tough tournament to win, both in terms of the quality of competition and the rapidity in which you must create a winning concept. I respect anyone who can get through to the end.

We have a really cool competition going for reviving obscure teams that only lasted one year! Click the banner above for details.

Go do that vote thing.


COTW July 22-28 vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)
365 Club entries (due Friday @ noon Eastern)

Orlando Solar Bears Concept - DTConcepts

Positives: The colors are so eye-popping, especially against the striping in the presentation.  Emphasizing purple is a good choice

Negatives: It's too traditional. The logo is loud, putting it against chest stripes gets both lost. It's overwhelming. Go with something more organic and modern. Numbers are a little too large.

Overall: Colors look great, but a more modern design would help. (7/10)

Toledo Walleye Concept - DTConcepts

Positives: Shoulder stripes look great. Striping as a whole works well. Colors are balanced. Presentation is clean. 

Negatives: Logo is too big. Numbers, as mentioned above, are also a bit too big. Also, don't trap yourself into using just one number font. It will cheapen your work, and make it feel repetitive.

Overall: Proportional issues aside, this is a good set. (8/10)

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers Stadium Series Concept - Andrew W.

Positives: The oft-conceptualized "Battle of Pennsylvania" outdoor game could make for some great jerseys. Striping patterns look great on both jerseys. I especially like the Penguins with angled striping. Putting both teams in color jerseys was an interesting choice, but with the Penguins in gold, it works. Keystone captain/alt. captain patches are a nice touch. Execution and presentation looks good. I really love the collars.

Negatives: Not sold on the pant stripes for the Penguins. I'd have to see it all together. Putting both teams in black helmets is a bad decision. The Penguins must have gold helmets here for this to work.

Overall: This would be a fun game to watch, both aesthetically and the game itself. (8.5/10)

Toronto Maple Leafs Concept - Andrew W.

Positives: Sleeve numbers on the shoulders is an interesting choice; it's a trendy move these days. Striping on both the home and away are close to what I would call the ideal. The third is an intriguing nod to the Toronto St. Pats. Andrew modified the new Toronto logo to fit the minimalist theme for that jersey. Notice the third is the only one without a lace-up collar. It works well. Execution is beautiful.

Negatives: Presentation feels crowded. Can feel a little too expected.

Overall: Near perfect. (9/10) COTW nomination from me!

Winnipeg Jets Concept - Lucas D.

Positives: The stitching is the main attraction here. The angular stitching patterns bring up mental images of stealth fighters; very appropriate. The Jets logo looks great against chest striping. Presentation is clean. HJC Open logo is used and credited properly.

Negatives: No shoulder patches on the back of the dark jersey.

Overall: At first glance, it looks traditional, but there are some very modern details. Stitching is phenomenal. Unfortunate execution error. (8.5/10)

Creighton Blue Jays Concept - Ryan C.

Positives: Creighton has such a beautiful logo. Setting it against a simple chest stripe was a good choice. The arm striping compliments the chest/hem stripe, but is different enough to not feel repetitive. Typeface fits perfectly, a strength of Ryan's designs. Execution and presentation are flawless.

Negatives: I think I would prefer the collars left a solid color. White on the dark jersey, dark blue on the light jersey. Typeface fits, but I've seen it on many of Ryan's concepts. Repetition is not conducive to creativity.

Overall: A very sharp set to go with a phenomenal logo. (8.5/10)

New Orleans Privateers Concept - Ryan C.

Positives: The typeface fits the logo perfectly I had never heard of this team, but I really like their logo set. Execution and presentation are clean.

Negatives: Disappointed to see that Ryan left the collar the same on both jerseys, and to see this striping pattern again. Too often, Ryan uses this double-stripe pattern with no hem stripe. I feel like I've seen it dozens of times, the problem is that they all blend together in my memory. This logo set begs to be paired with something aggressive and organic, but instead it gets the same old double-stripe pattern. There's simplicity, and then there's self-derivative boilerplate design. This is the latter. You're capable of more, Ryan.

Overall: I've already forgotten it. (6/10)

July 30, 2016

Saturday - Open: Closed

The 2016 HJC Open is over and the winner is...


The winner of the COTW vote for July 15-21 was Lucas D!

Full Results

Lucas is one of HJC's most frequent contributors and is constantly in the COTW voting. So I was surprised to see that this is his first COTW win since February. Congrats Lucas.


The new COTW nominees for the week of July 22-28 have been listed on the side of the page in the black poll. If you can't see the poll that means you're not logged into a Google account. You should all know how to see the concepts by now. Voting will end on Friday at noon Eastern.


For some of you waiting for the HJC Open to finish must have felt like a year. Now is your time because a new HJC Competition has started! Introducing the 365 Club. You are tasked with creating jerseys for a NHL team that only lasted one season (in some cases two seasons). Click the bright purple banner at the top of the page or go to the 365 CLUB tab to get all of the rules and eligible teams. Entries are due Friday at noon Eastern.


-  I was going through some old files and came across the prize for the winner of the 2013 HJC Open.

- Which league wore it better? WHA Quebec Nordiques or NHL Quebec Nordiques? Vote below and the results will be revealed next week.


COTW July 22-28 vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)
365 Club entries (due Friday @ noon Eastern)

July 29, 2016

Friday: No Intro



Buffalo Sabres (Stadium Series), by Lucas D:
Lucas starts us off with a Stadium Series concept for the Sabres.  I like that the jersey is yellow, it would be great to see a yellow Sabres jersey in real life (without a cape this time).  I also like the font used for the name and numbers (they're from that silly cape jersey).  But this doesn't seem like a Stadium Series jersey to me, most Stadium Series jersey use bold striping and large numbers but this jersey has some smaller details (like the piping and the thin blue stripe) which would get lost from the upper stands.
Rating: 7/10

Greenville Swamp Rabbits, by DT Concepts:
DT is up next with a concept for the uniquely named Greenville Swamp Rabbits.  For the most part I like the striping pattern, I often complain about similar colours blending into each other but I actually like how the orange and yellow mix here.  I'm not a fan of how the arm stripes get cut off though, there doesn't seem to be a real reason for it.  The presentation of this concept is very nice, and the execution is mostly good but the striping pattern shouldn't be completely straight since this is a 3D template.
Rating: 7/10

Binghamton University, by Ryan C:
Moving on we have a Binghamton Bearcats concept from Ryan.  My first impression of the jerseys was very good, I'm a sucker for the colour green and I almost always like contrasting upper arms.  Unfortunately this concept also gave me a bit of déjà vu, I've reviewed a few concepts from Ryan lately with this exact number font and he also uses those contrasting upper arms a lot.  The cut off hem stripes aren't my favourite either (I know the World Cup jerseys had them, but I'm still not a fan).
Rating: 7/10

2017 Winter Classic, by Andrew W:
Andrew is our only lone contributor today, and he's designed jerseys and a logo for the next Winter Classic.  The Blues jersey is pretty much a direct throwback to their 1973-79 jersey (with a Cardinals logo on the shoulders), which I think is a great choice.  The Blackhawks jersey is a perfect combination of both their 1940-55 and current white jerseys.  I'm always impressed when people create their own logo and I like the overall idea of the Winter Classic logo, but some of the details would get lost at small sizes.  I think all the wording should get beefed up a bit, as well as the black outline at the top of the logo, and the Winter Classic wordmark could use an outline to stand out better from the background.
Rating: 8/10

St. Louis Blues, by Ryan C:
We'll stay in St. Louis for the next concept, Ryan's second of the day.  He removed yellow from the Blues colour scheme, which you don't see very often but I think it looks great.  I also love this simple striping pattern, it's good on both jerseys but I especially like how the lighter blue interacts with the navy blue on the dark jersey.  My only complaint is that the secondary logo uses an inferior version of the Blue Note, I wish Ryan took the time to edit the current Blue Note into that logo.
Rating: 8/10

Indy Fuel, by DT Concepts:
Indianapolis is famous for car racing and the team is named the Indy Fuel, so the checkerboard pattern DT used makes a lot of sense.  More importantly it looks good too, and the simple coloured cuffs and hem keep the checkerboard from making the jersey too busy.  Execution is very good, unlike DT's previous concept the stripes are now curved to follow the 3D template.  But this concept uses the same number font as his previous concept, which makes an otherwise great concept feel a bit rushed or uninspired.
Rating: 9/10

Florida Panthers, by Lucas D:
When the Panthers new jerseys were unveiled, their owner told us that they considered using the a cross (inspired by Florida's flag) instead of a horizontal chest stripe.  Lucas took that idea and created this awesome alternate jersey.  The cross stripe looks great, it works well with the updated Panther logo, and I also like the white trim and numbers.  Personally I'd prefer the cross was left off of the back, but I know many people would disagree with that.  Also the crossed laces are very pixelated.
Rating: 9/10 and my COTW nomination!


Sorry for the lack of an intro today, I didn't have any jersey news to discuss.  But in a way it might be a good thing, since it allowed the concepts to take center stage.

Tomorrow the announcement of the HJC Open winner will take center stage, I'm extremely excited about that.  It's kind of a big deal.

An intriguing new contest has also started here on HJC.  The goal is to redesign one of the teams that only lasted a year in the NHL.  Click here or the "THE 365 CLUB" banner at the top of the page for the rules.

The COTW vote has been reset as well, don't forget about that.

COTW July 22-28 vote (ends Friday, Aug 5 @ noon Eastern)
365 Club Competition entries (due Friday, Aug 5 @ noon Eastern)



July 28, 2016

Thursday: Another Outsider's Perspective - The Return

Hello everyone, welcome back!

Before we get to the bulk of the post, let's stick the voting reminders right here. Why? To bring more attention to them this week, because the HJC OPEN FINAL is taking place right now. The semi finals ended with my run coming to an end as J3 bested me by only two votes, and Brooks, another great artist on this blog, beating Taylor by a bit of a larger margin. So now we have two great artists coming in with two great concepts to compete for the title. At least my spirit lives on as a patch on all jerseys in the final. There's also another one-on-one matchup for the COTW this week, with Lucas and Tyler fighting for this one. Both end tomorrow at noon, so go vote before it's too late.

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


If you didn't notice the title, this week will be the return of my series (modeled off of Caz's original version of this), in which my friend, who is not a sports design enthusiast, but a graphic design student, reviews some hockey logos. But we finished the NHL logos, what else to do now? Defunct teams, that's who!

I've ordered the logos to be reviewed over the next few weeks chronologically, and we'll begin with the earliest era. The logos were also much simpler, so she may have a lot less to say about these than she did for the more complex logos of the current NHL. They are also being reviewed a bit more based on current design standards, as opposed to accounting for the time period, to see maybe how they'd stand the test of time if they were never changed.

All logos images from

Ottawa Senators: 1909-34
Her Review: The lettering for this logo is different from the others, but still uses the same idea. The font used appears to be serif from the vertical stress on the letter O. Also, the lettering has two strokes, white and red, which visually helps “beef up” the already thin and delicate black O in the centre.

Québec Bulldogs: 1910-20
Her Review: By first looking at this logo, I curiously went and drew in a perfect symmetrical circle to see if the Q wasn’t stretched. My result is that there seems to be a vertical stretch on the letter, which can be fixed to become more geometric. The tail of the Q is awkwardly placed in the centre for no reason, which creates an awkward negative space between the circular and linear aspect of the letter. Finally, there is no reason for the blue in the logo to be so vibrant. Usually, such tones are used as highlights, and not the entire main aspect.

Montréal Wanderers: 1917-18
Her Review: A main theme for NHL logos in the early 1900s are the simplicity of letters. Usually, only a sole letter, usually enclosed in some shape or form, is a common theme among these logos. In this case, the W is enclosed in a shield. However, it is unclear why the shield necessarily relates to the ‘Wanderers’ in any form. It can be argued that when the W is flipped, it also shows the letter M, which can be used as an efficient way to incorporate two letters at once without overcrowding the logo.

Toronto Arenas: 1917-19
Her Review: This is literally one slab serif letter… T… in the colour blue. Since I’m critiquing it from this day and era, it would probably be a bold move for a logo. This logo could be critiqued from all different perspectives, finding more deeper meanings, but in reality… it’s just a letter.

Hamilton Tigers: 1920-21
Her Review: Compared to the full body Tigers logo, which was extremely undefined and sloppy, this head crop is very detailed. For the most part, the tiger’s facial structure is correct and even incorporates dimension. Some parts that stand out are the intersecting stripes below the tiger’s ear in the top right quadrant. They clump together and seem very awkward compared to the rest of the patterning on the tiger’s head. Although this is a significant improvement from the logo with the tiger’s full body, some details can still be taken out. For instance, the dimensioning and depth on the teeth, and the small line work around the eye bags.

Hamilton Tigers: 1921-23
Her Review: Compared the the team’s wordmark, this one is far more interesting. The tiger is depicted very poorly, with no thought to anatomy. One part of the tiger that is in dire need of details is the head. The nose area is huge and the eyes and mouth are mistaken for stripes. One way to improve this is to reduce the complicated striping on the animal and refine facial features and anatomical features, especially on the legs.

Hamilton Tigers: 1923-25
Her Review: Very simply, the team logo uses a slab serif with the team’s name written in the letter H’s crossbar. The most confusing aspect of this is the slanted crossbar, which doesn’t seem to be done for a purpose. My only hypothesis for the slanting is that they are mimicking the stripes on a tiger, which follows the same direction. On the letter S of Tigers, the curves, especially near the left side, are not consistent throughout. Consistency becomes and issue too when comparing the thickness of the letters, like in T and I.

Toronto St. Pats: 1926-27
Her Review: From the 1900s, this has to be the most experimental logo out of the set. For the most part, the lettering is consistent, but the curve that the word ‘Toronto’ lies on isn’t. What I’ll give this logo is the way the period in “St.” is placed under the T, which is executed in an efficient way to save space. Finally, while this logo isn’t necessarily surrounded by some sort of shape or symbolism, it is enclosed by 2 green stripes on both the top and bottom of the logo. To improve this feature, I would make sure that the amount of space that the words “Toronto” and “St. Pats” slightly overlap these bars are equal on the top and bottom.

And that's the end of this segment for this week. Onto the concepts!


DT Concepts - Fort Wayne Komets

+ On first impression this concept appears to be a very simple striping pattern but applied to the jersey in a more modern fashion. I like it.
+Changing the home jersey to orange gives them a nice splash of color.
+Those yoke stripes are a neat touch, and not traditional yoke stripes either.
+For an ECHL team, I think that collar is a pretty cool idea. I'd like to see how it really looks on the ice. I also don't think it'd work as well if it didn't have the overlap like it does, so good choice there.
+Good logo choice.
-As mentioned yesterday, the TV numbers look too big. Also, are you just using the same typeface for all of these numbers? If you are, that's a bit of a lazy move, make them unique for each team!
-I think the stripes would look better if they wrapped all the way back around the arm, instead of cutting off. At least you have them showing on the outside though, where they won't be hidden anyways.
-Presentation wise, I like the idea of having the jersey stripes in the background. However, I would make them much less prominent, lower their opacity on the white background.
Overall: 8/10

Fernando M. - Seattle Metropolitans

+For one, I really like the template you use.
+The home and road jerseys have a good looking simple, vintage look to them.
+That logo is a nice choice, as I'm not sure how else you'd really show "Metropolitans" in a logo.
+That typeface looks great too.
+The heritage design is a nice fauxback to the Metropolitans' original jersey, executed well.
-Hopefully the outcome wouldn't be like this one though.
-The jerseys look a bit too "Christmasy" though. I'd suggest vintage white, this is the only time I think it works better than regular white.
-The S in the throwback logo looks placed a bit awkwardly in the circle.
Overall: 8/10

Lucas D. - Dallas Stars

+The upper arm color design is one that I like usually. It looks like the Pens started a trend, both in the NHL and for concept designers. The white on green looks really nice too.
+The stars as patches in the arm color actually look really cool. I'm also not sure why I've seen a lot of bad criticism for shoulder numbers, I don't mind them.
+Fitting typeface, and it looks good with an outline.
-I'm not so sure that a callback to Dallas' terrible original edge jerseys is a good direction to do in. it just looks very collegiate, which isn't good for an NHL team (I personally don't like it for college teams either, but that's just me)
Overall: 7.5/10

Lucas D. - San Jose Sharks vs Dallas Stars

+I like your ideas for Original 6 and Second 6 nights. Definitely would be a cool way to honor the old franchises or the ones that still exist for the NHL's Centennial, and these teams' 50th anniversaries.
+The Sharks using the Seals logo is a good idea. The logo isn't a good logo in my opinion, but it works for this purpose.
+The teal for the sharks works really well here, since the Seals were also teal...despite being a very gaudy teal.
+The Dallas logo is a nice way of editing the North Stars logo for Dallas.
-I think you have the top of the D, to the right of the star, way to close to the star. I'd give it the same amount of breathing room as the bottom of the star has.
+Both jerseys are a nice way of honoring the previous teams, and also incorporating the team's current identities a bit.
Overall: 8.5/10 and my COTW Nomination

Lucas D. - Oakland Seals

+I always like the use of the color green because of its uniqueness. Double green is even better.
-But the greens don't contrast enough here in my opinion. One shade needs to change a lot for that to work. I can barely tell that the white jersey has two different greens. Unless that was intentional to make it look like one broad stripe from afar. I like that then.
-Using the (almost) exact same design for two concepts seems almost like a cop out, but it works here so I suppose I'll let it slide.
+It is a nice callback to the original Seals' jerseys though, and it looks even better here.
-I'm not a big fan of that typeface on this design. I especially don't like the 6, and how close the top comes to coming in contact with the top of the loop (or in more technical typography terms, where the terminal almost comes in contact with the bowl). This is especially a problem on the white jersey, where you can barely tell the outline apart from the number. 
-For the Oakland Seals, I think you should probably use the logo with the O behind the Seal, not the C...
Overall: 7.5/10
(By the way, I'd like to know the typeface you used in your presentation banner thing, if you wouldn't mind telling me.)

Ryan C. - Binghamton Senators

+I originally didn't think the B logo here worked too well, but as I see it more I begin to like it more.
-I'd swap the black and white on the logo for black backgrounds though.
+Great color balance.
+I really like the look of the single color numbers, but if you haven't, I'd also like to see what it looks like with the same outlines as the logo.
-The numbers are a bit close to the name.
+That typeface looks really nice for the numbers too.
Overall: 8.5/10

Ryan C. - Guelph Storm
-I'm not really sure why, but I've never been a huge fan of the maroon/silver combo for primary and secondary colors. That's probably just me, though.
+Ignoring that, this design is nice and simple, and utilizes these colors well.
+Another strong typeface choice.
-I'd drop the wordmark from the logo on the front of the jersey, and maybe make JUST the wordmark the helmet logo.
-I'm also not sure why you end the color on the end of the sock striping before the bottom, seems almost pointless to me to end it like that.
Overall: 8/10


And that's all for today! I hope you enjoyed the post, thanks for reading, and I'll see you all again next week.

July 27, 2016

Wednesday: The Final Countdown

We have made it to the final. All this work and I laid a deuce. But we are now down to two. THE OPEN IS ALMOST WON! J3 or Brooks? Probably the most exciting time of the blog besides COTY.

Meanwhile the circus has started up again on Long Island. Apparently we are looking to get ANOTHER arena? Maybe the Mets can help get one in Flushing? Or maybe we supersede the Cosmos and build at Belmont with the NY Racing Association? I'm dizzy.

All I know is that our next 82+ home games will be at BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN! CAN WE JUST SHUT UP UNTIL SOMETHING IS OFFICIAL? It's the same old BS we as Islander fans have to put up with. I'd ask someone to shoot me now from all this, but then I wouldn't be able to write these Wednesday posts and entertain you with my angry/miserable/insufferable/corny style of writing and entertainment.

Other news brings us realignment in the ECHL:


North Division: Adirondack, Brampton, Elmira, Manchester, Reading, Wheeling.

South Division: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Florida, Greenville, Norfolk, Orlando, South Carolina


Central Division: Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Kalamazoo, Quad City, Toledo, Tulsa, Wichita

Mountain Division: Alaska, Allen, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Rapid City, Utah

Any teams nearby you get new rivals? Or are you interested to see some prospects from your favorite clubs get new opportunities to play against a different team's prospects?

Anyways it looks like the DNC was almost as much of a circus as the RNC, so Canada is laughing at us. Let's join forces with Canada as voters for COTW and the FINAL!


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


DT Concepts: Alaska Aces (ECHL) Concept

DT Concepts presents a new, simpler look for the Aces but while I like simple, I notice many things that set this concept back, and all but one involve color patterns. The white jersey is the best of the two because outside of the large numbers (there's the non-color pattern problem), DT does a great job of separating similar shaded colors. On the dark jersey, having the green against blue that bright almost loses the green, likewise the white and grey blend together. From a distance, the yoke striping pattern gets lost together and it looks like one white stripe separating a blue body and black yoke, when in reality its three stripes, green, white and grey, separating the body and yoke. The color blending also makes it seem like the large numbers have no outline. So my suggestions is to make the numbers smaller and outline in black and not green, while on the striping of the road, had you switched the green and white stripes, you may have had a winner.

Not quite Aced: 76%

DT Concepts: Colorado Eagles (ECHL) Concept

We continue the trip through the newly formed Mountain Division of the ECHL with a look at a Colorado Eagles concept. With the logo the Eagles have, it's extremely inviting to use that striping pattern instead of their current Kings ripoffs. I've seen it as a hem striping, I've seen it on the shoulders, but here I have yet to see it for what it was meant for: CHEST STRIPING! And by assing the white outline it works on a blue jersey too. Throw in the state flag patch and we have a winner. TV numbers are still too large for my liking, but this is genius.

Fly Like an Eagle: 86%

Fernando M: Kansas City Scouts Concept

It's very tough to pull off a color scheme with three primary colors but Fernando makes it *almost* work by minimizing white. I think it would be better on the white jersey had you matched the sleeves, socks and hem better, that is, red on the top stripe, yellow below it, followed by blue for the rest of the sleeve and sock. That way it avoids the "yellow-on-white" (although this shade of yellow is good enough to stand alone), as well as balancing the jersey. The alternate screams "MURICA" to me. Not sure where it throws back to (NY Americans? And even then why?). However the KC logo stands alone well. Stitching needs to stop at the striping.

Scout it Out: 79%

Lucas D: Cleveland Barons Concept

The one thing that upsets me here is the excess of black. Look at that logo. It's dominated by red. And the color dominating the white jersey is black. Switch it around to the red jersey and the logo is primarily white, yet black still dominates. The striping pattern in the middle sleeve on the red jersey irritates me because of the thin white stripes surrounding the bloc of striping.

Baron von Balance: 70%

Lucas D: Dynamo Moscow (KHL) Concept

Dynamo Moscow has a nice blue and white look that is exemplified by this concept right now. With a historic name like Dynamo Moscow, they need a classy jersey to match their historic logo. And WHOOMP THERE IT IS! Similar to the Barons concept we just saw, but different enough to look that much better. And the contrasting cuffs go well with the simple striping. Too bad that they would be plastered with ads if it were real.

Dynamic: 85%

Lucas D: Tuscon Roadrunners (AHL) Concept

I like two things here: different from the Coyotes set, and minimal black. What I don't like is the head as a standalone logo. It seems too rough around the edges. And while the striping pattern is nice, especially on the yoke, you have to make that Coyotes shoulder patch smaller so as not to interfere with the striping. But you have to make it large enough to actually exist on the back. Might have been a good idea to triple check your triple check before you sent this in for the Open had you advanced.

Run Over: 68%

Ryan C: Edmonton Oilers Concept

Orange jersey? Check. New alternate logo? Semi-check. Yes its a new logo. No I'm not feeling it. It just feels awkward considering that it's a simple block-letter "E", forced up due to a drop of oil. I think it would look cooler if the drop was from the top of the E. And after work tonight I'll actually try that out. The jersey font does match that logo well though, if only in style and not color. I do give you credit for trying a new logo designed by yourself.

Slick slope to climb: 79%

Ryan C: Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL) Concept

Despite the fact that I'm seeing a red, white and blue scheme used by the T-birds in anticipation for their jersey launch, Here we have a much better and not generic look of double blue. Ryan alters the logo to add the word "Springfield" arched around the upper left side of the logo, a throwback to the 1930's Springfield Indians. With that the red is completely ditched. The striping pattern strikes me as odd. I've seen similar with the Chicago Cougars, but Ryan changes it up using yellow on the top set instead of matching the other two. It gives the jersey life, but also brings into question: why three? But then again, why not? Brilliant logo work, unique striping work, and a beautiful name and umber set to compliment it.

Thunderstruck: 86%




And that does it. I thought we had two concepts worthy of nomination this week, so if you could get both nominated and seconded, that would be great, since they both deserve it. I just chose the Eagles because in the almost 4 years I have been reading and writing this blog, someone finally figured out the Eagles striping idea. But you may disagree, as usual. Comment why. I'll give you a good fight. See you next week!