Today we have four concepts by Jared, including these three video game concepts. All three of these concepts suffer from the same problem, which is that there is no real striping, instead the panels of the templates were just coloured different colours (that is often called "paint bucket syndrome" or "click-and-fill syndrome"). Also there are no real logos, just wordmarks made up of generic fonts slapped across the jerseys. That generic wordmark is made worse on the Mii Maker jersey by the fact that it barely contrasts from the background (same with the name and number), it needs to either be a different colour or have an outline around it.
New York Islanders, by Jared:
Jared also sent in this Islanders concept, which unfortunately also suffers from "paint bucket syndrome" and the use of generic wordmarks. I'm also not a fan of the idea of a black and grey for the Islanders, but that issue is secondary to those other problems. I've always thought it was lazy to just colour in the panels on a template, and I feel the same about just writing out the team name instead of using a logo. All of these concepts look rushed, they look like they only took a couple minutes to create. In my opinion, if Jared wants to improve his concepts he needs to put in much more effort to create actual striping patterns, and take the time to find real logos to use on the front of the jerseys.
Hello! How are you today? Me, I'm good, thanks for asking. Enough chit-chat though, lets get to the rest of the post. Today I'm going to talk about the New Jersey Devils' logo, which is one of my favourites in the NHL.
The Devils, who are named after a legendary creature called the Jersey Devil, were previously the Colorado Rockies before moving to New Jersey in 1982. Their logo has been the same the whole time they have been in New Jersey, besides switching green to black in 1992. The Devils have been quite successful with this logo, winning the Stanley Cup three times (1995, 2000, and 2003), and appearing in two other Stanley Cup finals (2001 and 2012).
Why is the Devils logo one of my favourite logos you ask? Well, I like how it combines an N, a J, devil-horns, and a devil-tail (I've highlighted those parts of the logo in the above image). With those elements the entire team name is symbolized in one logo, the N and J obviously represent the location part of their name, while the devil horns and tail represent their nickname. Besides that, I like the overall look of the logo. It's a simple yet effective symbol that easily fits in with the best logos in the NHL. But there is one more reason I like the Devils logo...
And that reason has to do with the highlighted areas on the image directly above. Whenever I look at the Devils logo, I also see the letter D and a hockey stick (I've isolated the alleged hockey stick in a separate image below). Now I know what you thinking, those areas don't really look like a D or a hockey stick. I'll admit both the D and hockey stick are far from the perfect shape, and I don't think either of them were intentional, but I still notice them when I look at the logo and that's part of the reason I like this logo so much.
So what do you think of the Devils logo? Do you see the D and hockey stick I was talking about, or do you think I'm completely crazy? Feel free to let me know in the comment section below.
Scott created this concept for a hypothetical Stadium Series match-up between the Blue Jackets and the Sabres, but instead of using modern jerseys he uses more of a classic look for both teams. The Blue Jackets jersey features a simplified version of their original logo, and a striping pattern unlike anything they've worn before. I think that striping pattern looks quite nice, and Scott's version of the logo looks way better than the original. I do have one very minor complaint, which is that the pant stripe looks a bit too thin to me. Now moving on to the Sabres concept which appears to be based off of their original white jersey, but with a few things changed up. The biggest change is using the "Buffalo" script from their 40th anniversary jersey as the main logo. Also the colours in the stripes are re-ordered (now going blue-yellow-white-yellow-blue), which is a great looking change in my opinion. Overall this would be a superb looking game.
I'd love to see the Oilers in an orange third jersey, so I created this concept that is mostly based off of their original WHA jerseys. Something I changed is the shoulder yoke, which is now slightly oil-drop shaped. I've seen another concept that had a similar treatment for the yoke, but I couldn't find it again so I don't know who to credit for the idea. Also changed, the hem stripe which is inspired by the Oilers' 2001-07 third jersey, and the collar which is inspired by their 1981-94 jerseys.