September 10, 2014

Logo Updates

Hello folks!  Today I have a couple of logo updates to share with you, the first being a very minor alteration of this blog's logo.

Like I said it was a very minor change, mostly I was just fixing a few inconsistencies with line widths and spacing.  The only change that is at all noticeable is the "SG" and "94" parts are now a bit closer to the middle.

SG-94 Jersey Concept:
After I updated the logo, I thought I should make a jersey concept for the blog (something I haven't done since I was using the shield logo).  I've noticed the blog's logo doesn't look very good alone on the front of a jersey (although Jake88 showed us it works if there is a chest stripe behind the logo), so I turned the entire logo into a chest stripe.

Also I updated the eagle-talon/E logo I made back in March.  I altered the thickness of some lines, and angled the gap where the claws meet up with the E.  One day I'll update the eagle-head logo I created back then, but I'm waiting until I have a bit more skill at making logos (which might be a while).

Eagles Concept:
Lastly, I re-made the Eagles jerseys using the new E-claw logo as the main crest.  The blue jersey is basically the same as it was back in March, but I flipped the hem-stripes to match the colour order on the road jersey's hem.  The white jersey now has blue on the top of the sleeves, but besides that there is not much different.

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September 08, 2014

A Few Guest Concepts

Blenheim Blades, by Alan:
To start us off today Alan sent in a couple concepts for teams in the OHA Great Lakes Junior C hockey league (he also included a couple of links on each concept which I've added below the concept).  This concept is for the Blenheim Blades, a team who has been around since 1965.  I like the striping patten used for this concept, it's unique but not too crazy.  I also like the decision to remove red from their colour scheme.  The main logo is just a bit too busy right now in my opinion, I think it would be perfect if the spokes were removed.  The shoulder logo looks great how it is now.

Wallaceburg Lakers, by Alan:
Alan's second OHA Great Lakes Junior C concept is for the Wallaceburg Lakers, who have been around since at least 1972 (I think).  The primary logo (which Alan created) looks pretty good, the only change I'd suggest would be to make the wave pattern more even and symmetrical.  The jerseys also look good, I like the wavy-striping pattern and the over-sized yoke on the white jersey.  Lastly, the name and number fonts are both good choices in my opinion.

Calgary Flames, by Jared:
We finish today's post with this Flames concept by Jared.  His execution still isn't very good, but looking past that I don't think this design is very good either.  The whole jersey looks very empty and bland, most of the jersey elements (stripes, numbers, and logo) need to be thicker in my opinion.  Also, I think the logo, names, number, and collar all would look better with red included.  Another issue is that the players name is too large, and using Iginla isn't a very good choice since he hasn't been with the Flames for over a year now.  My final complaint is that the logo doesn't look good with the flames going the other way, it doesn't flow nicely and it makes the C look awkward.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

September 04, 2014

A Couple of Guest Concepts

Pittsburgh Penguins, by Scott:
The Penguins could use a new set of jerseys, and this set here by Scott would be a great way for them to go.  I love how this concept honours the Penguins history with the contrasting colours at the top of the arms, while at the same time being something new and fresh.  The shoulder logo also looks great with the robo-penguin inside of the roundel, and I also like the fact that Scott kept vegas gold.

St. Louis Blues, by Scott:
Scott also sent in this concept which tweaks the Blues new jerseys by changing up the colour placement on the sleeve and hem stripes.  The result looks great, the jerseys still have a classic look which I loved about the Blues new jerseys, but by limiting navy this concept has a brighter, cheery-er look to it.  The logo was also slightly altered by removing one of the outlines, a move I'm a big fan of, it makes the logo stand-out much better (especially on the blue jersey).

Have a good day!

September 01, 2014

Two Guest Concepts

Oakland Athletics, by Ricky:
Today we have a couple of guest concepts, both by Ricky and both of them are hockey concepts for teams from other sports.  Here he creates four jerseys for the Oakland Athletics.  Starting with the positives, I like the yokes on the primary jerseys, the sleeves on the yellow jersey, the arched player names, and the two colour helmet.  The logos on the first three jerseys also look good, and the Athletics colour scheme is one of the best colour schemes ever.  Moving on to the negatives, there are many elements carried over from baseball that I don't think work for hockey.  Those elements include the light pants, the socks that don't match the jersey colour, the piping on the yellow jersey, and the many pairs of similar gloves.  I also think there is a need for more striping on the primary jerseys, the black jersey, and all the socks.

Arsenal FC, by Ricky:
For his second concept, Ricky gives Arsenal FC a hockey jersey with a unique pattern.  In my opinion that pattern is too busy and garish (and this colour scheme doesn't help that fact), it's kind of like the Canucks' "Flying V" taking to the extreme.  The number font isn't my favourite either, it has a kind of childish feel to it.  I do think the striping on the pants, socks, and shoulder yoke could be the start of something good.  One last thing, I think this template looks better when the lines are black, like how they were for the Oakland concept.

Before you go, I thought I'd clarify what concepts I accept on this blog.  Basically I'll accept any concept for a hockey team (so soccer jersey concepts for hockey teams are okay, etc), or any concept done on a hockey template (like the above concepts).  As long as it's related to hockey somehow, and not offensive or anything, then I'll accept it.

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August 27, 2014

My Thoughts on the Blues, and Three Guest Concepts

As you all must know by now, the St. Louis Blues unveiled new home and road jerseys on Monday.  Those new jerseys were based off of the Blues' 1998-2007 jerseys, but had a few important changes.  I personally love the new jerseys, I also liked the jerseys they were based off but I think the few changes make it even better.  Using bolder stripes, straight arm stripes, and adding a small gap in the striping pattern give the jerseys a more traditional look (compared to their 1998-2007 jerseys) that suit the Blues perfectly.
Photos from blues.nhl.com

While I think the new jerseys are basically perfect, there is one part of the uniforms I don't like and that is the socks.  I don't like the fact that the road socks have no navy blue, and the home socks don't really match the home jerseys.  Personally I'd match the socks stripes to the shoulder yoke, as you can see below.

Overall I'd give the uniforms a high A grade.  And while we're on the subject of Blues jerseys, I just want to say that I never thought the Blues' 2007-14 jerseys were that bad.  I've seen a lot of people saying they were the worst or one of the worst jerseys in the league, but I thought they okay (I'd give them a low B grade) Now moving on to some concepts...

St. Louis Blues, by Ricky:
Sticking with the Blues, Ricky made this Blues concept which features a yellow home jersey and the return of red.  He also uses their roundel logo on the front, and the swooshing striping pattern from the Ducks previous jerseys.  Honestly I'm not a fan of any of those decisions.  A yellow home jersey doesn't say Blues to me, I never liked red in their colour scheme, I don't think the roundel is a good primary logo (and the blue-note is such an iconic logo), and this striping pattern should stay with the Ducks in my opinion.

Calgary Flames, by Ricky:
Ricky also made this concept for the Flames, which I'm glad to say I like better than the previous concept.  The striping pattern on the home and road looks good, I like that the cowboy-shirt yoke from their current third jersey is used, but I think a few minor changes could really help.  First I'd make the hem stripe the same thickness as the arm stripes, I'd also remove the piping on the home jersey, and on the road jersey I'd replace the black with red as I think there is too much black right now.  Speaking of too much black, I think the numbers on the home jersey need to be another colour (or re-work the outlines) because they blend into the jersey too much right now.  I'm also not sure about using the roundel as the primary logo, I think it's a good secondary logo but it doesn't work as a primary in my opinion.  The third jersey is really cool, the striping pattern is unique and matches the logo perfectly.

Czech Republic, by Jared:
We end today's post with a Czech Republic concept by Jared that looks more like a Washington Capitals concept.  I'm sorry but I just can't get past the fact that a Capitals logo was used as the main logo for a Czech Republic concept, it ruins the whole concept in my opinion.  The socks also look bad how the panels are just filled in with colour, instead of using an actual striping pattern.

Enjoy the rest of your day!