By Phil Hecken
Last week, THE Jeff Provo brought you his decidedly THE-like tweaks for the Junior Circuit of Major League Baseball. If you missed that post, you can check it out here. He’s back today with the National League — bigger and badder, to say the least. As with the first set, I think there were lots of swings and misses…but…like a Reginald Jackson home run swing, for every dozen whiffs, every once in a while he connects…and sometimes the ball ends up clearing the roof of Tiger Stadium.
As with last week, THE Jeff gives a brief writeup and then an ever briefer description of each uniform. And as before, there are no “home,” “road,” and “alternates.” Only “One,” “Two” and sometimes “Three.” Feel free to let him know how he did down in the comments. OK? OK!
Tweaking The National League
By “The” Jeff Provo
I don’t want to bore everyone with a big wall of text, but before we get to the concepts, I thought I should explain the basic thought process behind it all. Phil asked me to conceptualize the MLB, so I did. I’m not really much of a baseball fan, so I consider this whole project to be an exercise in design and creativity/insanity. I came up with 2 goals and one rule for myself to follow:
1. Add more color to the league – because white vs gray is boring, and changing one of them to navy doesn’t really help.
2. Make the teams more distinctive from each other, for the same reason
…and the rule:
No one is untouchable. Change *something* for every team, regardless of whether they actually need it or not.
I agree with the general idea that a few teams are untouchable in reality, but what fun is tweaking a league if you can’t touch some of the teams?
One last note – I’ve depicted all NOBs as straight, simply because I don’t know of a quick, convenient way to arch them in my graphics program I just did 30 teams in a week, I’m allowed to take shortcuts. If you think a certain team should have an arched NOB, you’re probably right.
Now then, to the uniforms!
(traditionalists may want to skip ahead now)
Florida – I made a Miami wordmark based on their current one, added orange to replace the black … which made them look a bit like another Miami sports team and I just went with it. (One, Two, and Three)
Houston – I think the red-to-yellow looks better as a smooth gradient than it did as clunky colored bars. (One)
Yes, there are some darker colors… that’s why they have cool flow jerseys and moisture whicking fabrics. Plus they’re in the shaded dugout for half the game anyway. So, no, you can’t complain about that part.
Thanks (again) THE. A lot of “what the hell are you thinking?”‘s but also some gems in there. To wit, I am loving this. I have long felt some team needs to really go to a darker gray, almost charcoal road uni — maybe the Giants aren’t that team, but I like what you did here. Also digging this and its monochrome mate, and for some reason, I like this (even though pins don’t belong on a roadie). Maybe it’s the combination of maroon & gray, which reminds me of my High School colors. And of course, this is nice too. Some of your others? Well, I’ll let you figure out what ain’t workin’.
How about you readers? How’d THE do?
And now a quick word from Paul:
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We now return you to your regularly scheduled Phil.
by Rick Pearson
Time to spend time at the corner of the bar at the corner bar…
And of course, the full-size.
We have another nice of tweaks today.
If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.
Remember, if possible, try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per tweak. You guys have been great a keeping to that, and it’s much appreciated!
And so, lets begin:
Up first is Ron Rowland, a first-timer to UW tweaks, but hardly a newbie to graphic design:
Long-time fan of the blog. First time contributor. Life long baseball fan and graphic designer by trade, so this is the perfect convergence of interests for me.
Here’s my first tweak. I’ll call it the “Milwaukee Mashup” It takes the best elements of the current and past Brewers Uni’s
Lettering/navy-gold color palette: from the current design. Pinstripe design and hat logo: from the venerated 80’s look now the basis for their home alts.
I used Rockwell Bld Cond for the player number. I think the thicks and thin complement the script font better.
Bit of a departure for the Brewers, gives more prominence to the “MB” mark with piping configuration comes from current set.
Hope it’s worthy of a post. I’ve got more ideas cooking.
All the best,
Next up is Mark Lilley, another graphic designer, with these several concepts for the Denver Nuggets:
Here are my Uni tweaks for the Denver Nuggets. I was an unemployed graphic designer back in 2002 trying to land a job with Adrenalin Design, the firm who designed the current Nuggets and Avalanche jerseys, (among many, many teams if you check out their site).
I created the red/gold concept at the time, and then when the team changed to the Sky Blue in 2003, I swapped out the colors. It’s been almost 10 years, and I still think they stand the test of time and look pretty sharp.
PS, I got an interview but they weren’t hiring.
And finally we have Chris Fuller, with a Carolina Panther helmet concept:
I’m a Photoshop newb but even I was able to come up with something more contemporary for the Panthers… I mean, come on Jerry! Same helmet for 17 years?
Just change it so we can have a throwback something…. maybe this could be a fake throwback, nobody will know the difference, they don’t pay attention to us anyway!
Great stuff — all new to the tweaking game (on UW anyway). Back with more tomorrow.
And that will do it for today. Everyone have a great Saturday.
I don’t think “patriot soldier” when I see camo. I think “fat guy who buys all his clothes at Bass Pro Shop.” — Cort McMurray