By Phil Hecken
Having now finished with the rename & redesign the Cleveland Baseball team contest, we move on to our next redesign contest — this one to redesign the Washington Football team. A total of 33 entries were received for this one, and like the Cleveland contest, we’ll have reader voting. However, unlike the Cleveland contest, every entry will be eligible to move on to the (semi)final 10, rather than a somewhat arbitrary system of selecting the top 10 or 12 semi-finalists based on reader comments. I’ll reveal 11 entries per day over the course of this weekend and next, and then next Sunday, you’ll be able to vote on every design, with the top 10 moving onto the finals. From there, we’ll select ONE winner from the final group of 10 (so the second round of voting will constitute the final). Everyone will now be a semi-finalist. This is probably the most fair way to select a contest winner — and this way, we won’t have any entrants feel they’ve been slighted.
One other slight change from the Cleveland contest — instead of linking to a screengrab of the contest submission, I’ll post the entrant writeup along with the submission — this way, anyone who has provided a link within their descripton will be able to have readers taken directly to that link.
And so, alphabetically as always, here are your first 11 entrants (click on each image to enlarge):
Descripton: I’ve made the attached design in response to the uni-watch redesign for Washington. With apologies to Chester Gould, the concept driving this new image is based in the heyday of Gangsters and G-men – including a very urbane “government agent” pallet and graphics inspired by WPA/NRA propaganda, armored vehicles, and pinstriped suits. The early 20th century motif is also a nod to the city itself – many federal buildings were constructed at this time. I hoped to present a redesign that shows federal prowess but with a campy touch.
Description: I went with the Washington Americans for my design. I actually created a fictitious team as a 7-year-old called the Wilmington (Del.) Americans and came up with this basic uniform design when I was 11. It seemed like an appropriate entry in this contest so I got to work with the old colored pencils. Opposing teams are fairly radical concepts for the Buccaneers and Cowboys. I’ve posted more details at tombierbaum.livejournal.com.
Description: My goal was to keep Washington Redskins Tradition Alive.
Description: I chose to work with the Federals nickname because it was the top choice in your contest. I found a stock font called Colona, which reminded me of the many columns seen around the capitol and other federal buildings. I altered the F to look even more column like. Color choices were based on the traditional colors for the US with an added a matte gold. The deep red and gold together is a nod to their current pro football team. The challenge was using those patriotic colors in a way that wasn’t derivative of other pro teams.
Description: For the contest I decided to change the name from the Washington Redskin to the Washington Justice. The D.C. motto is “justice for all” so I don’t think there could be a more appropriate team name than the Justice, spreading justice one victory at a time. The logo is a combination of the sword and balancing scale “lady justice” holds. The colors are pure american and are simply Red, White, and Blue. Both the sleeves and hips feature a laurel wreath that surrounds each individual player’s number. There is a two-stripe design I used on the sleeves, pants that I feel has a great balance between having a modern look and still having class. The helmet stays consistent with the sleeve and pants design with two stripes. the stripes cut off before the end of the helmet where the players number is. The socks also feature two stripes. The blue based ones are to be worn with the white and blue jerseys and the red based ones are to be word with the red jersey. The Justice word logo is a combination of the sword-scale logo and the DC flag. This design would also be used for the endzone paint.
Descripton: Colors are Maroon & Gold, just like the current Redskins identity. My thought was to keep the jerseys/helmets/pants/socks patterns pretty much unchanged. This may seem lazy as it looks like I just slapped the new logos on the current jersey set, but I wasn’t using Photoshop. I actually drew, traced, and hatched everything into AutoCAD (traced the unis from JohnnySeoul’s template. He’s the man that updates Wikipedia’s football uniform info). I figured that a rebrand of such a historic team’s identity would go over much more smooth for the fans if they still have the same classic unis to root for. Hail to the Bulldogs!
Description: I decided just to base my design of of the name that got the most votes, rather than create a new name. That being said, I still think that “Washington Federals” was the most fitting choice. I tried to create a uniform that sort of captured what the city represents, and I think I did a pretty god job.The colors came naturally with the name, and so did much of the design. I like the idea of keeping the helmet simple, especially since the jersey is a little busy. It ended up turning out a little Capitals-y, but I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing; I can live with some cross-sport branding, especially in a city like D.C.
Description: I created a new name and uniform for the Washington Redskins that better suits their home turf…the Washington Insiders.
Description: Here is my proposed Washington Redskins, oops!, Washington Warriors uniforms.
Description: Inspired by the lovable nickname for the offensive line of the ’80’s “The Hogs”, I decided to rebrand the team as the Washington Wild Hogs. I kept the classic burgundy & gold identity that fits Washington football. The uniform is classic with a slightly updated feel yet honors tradition. I stuck with the Patriots’ theme of no white pants and never mixing and matching the two (i.e. unitard look).
Description: Here’s my redesign for Washington. I kept the same colors as they have now but made it more modern. I wanted to give the new team an urban-retro feel that could appeal to the DC area’s diverse population. Also I didn’t want to do the same old red-white-blue thing just cause it’s DC.
Phew. That’s the first set of designs. I’ll have the second set tomorrow and the final grouping next Saturday. We’ll vote on Sunday — now I realize it’s Memorial Day Weekend when the voting takes place, so if you don’t get a chance to check out the You-Dub then, make sure you check back during the week. We’ll keep the poll open all week.
by Rick Pearson
What, we’ve often heard asked, is in a name?…
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Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Today, we have a special Colorize This! in that every photo is the same. “Say What?” you say…well, that’s because last week I put up a very special request from my buddy, Ben Traxel to have the colorizers take a shot at his grandpappy, Charles Benjamin Walker (after whom Ben was named):
Well, I expected maybe one or two of the colorizers to take a shot at this, but I didn’t expect the response I received. So, here are the various attempts. As always, click on the image for the full-size).
Up first is John Turney, who actually did four colorizations, each one attempting a slightly different look for the uniform. I’ll post all four, with the different descriptions below.
First Submission (Top Left): I just guesses that the Ga. Tech colors were gold and black. Made the bricks reddish brown and made the rock work granite with a greenish tint like the Stone mountain. There was not a ton of detail to it. I colorized it then added a Kodachrome filter to brighten it. I would be proud of that grandpa.
Second Submission (Top Right): I made the uniform with a gold hue . . . not sure it was possible then . . . for a second version it looks nice. Wish there was more detail in the shot, I did “burn” the shoes and socks to make them darker.
Third Submission (Bottom Left): I went in and tried to enhance the pinstripes (with mixed success, IMO) but with the lightness of them it was difficult.
Fourth Submission (Bottom Right): Made this one more of Ga Tech blue rather than black, with a blue hue and navy pinstripes.
Next up is the first half of the “G&G” Boys (or is it the second half?), Gary Chanko, with his own take on the B&W photo:
This is a difficult image because of the low resolution. If Ben has access to the original and can prepare a much higher resolution scan, it should be possible to achieve better results..
The attachment is in TIFF format (easily converted to JPEG if file size reduction is needed) to provide the best possible file quality if the intent is to make a print copy. A passable 8″x10″ enlargement is possible.
The original image was cropped to improve the composition. The uni colors are based on traditional GT gold and their current secondary color navy. I’m not positive navy was used in this time period, but the original image indicates a dark color for the socks and shirt sleeves. The stripes on the socks and sleeves might have been white, but given the neutral tones of the uniform and expansive concrete step background adding the gold color seemed a better choice.
Sorry it couldn’t have been better, but more pixels are needed!
Up next is Pete Woychick, who also provides his own unique take on the photo:
Attached is my take on the 1920s Georgia Tech ballplayer. (I haven’t done any research to support this version of the uniform, it’s purely “artistic license.”)
And finally we have the second half of the G&G Boys (or is it the first?), George Chilvers, with yet another vision:
This is my attmept at the one requested last weekend.
Really nice to see an interest growing both in contributions and comments for Colorize This.
Best wishes from a very wet UK
Thank you gentlemen! Each one of those is wonderful, and it’s so interesting to see how each colorizer approaches a photo differently. I’m sure Ben will be extremely pleased with the results.
Back with some regular colorizations tomorrow!
A (Inter)plague upon our houses, with some tacos on the side…
And on that note…two last things. Most of the bigs participated in the first of the last *meaningful* interleague baseball series yesterday (since next year, thanks to the sheer genius that is Bud Selig and the powers-that-be, every series will have an interplague matchup, due to the Astros moving to the AL and making an uneven number of teams in each league). Fortunately for me, I was out of the loop yesterday, so I missed all sports, especially baseball. Unfortunately, I probably missed some stuff. Fortunately, I was tipped off to two uni-notable events.
The SF Giants had a rather unique (can something be rather unique?) patch yesterday — the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. Since that photo makes it almost impossible to discern, here’s a close-up. Apparently, it’s a pretty big deal, since there’s an entire website devoted to the 75th anniversary. If you’re interested, and you’re near the area, there is a pretty big celebration taking place on Sunday, May 27, as that is the date the bridge officially opened, way back in 1937. So it’s even older than Ricko.
Meanwhile, down the road in San Diego, the Padres went with their turn-back-the-clock uniforms (they appear to be throwing back to 1978, which they’ve done before, in 2008). Here’s how those 1978 unis looked — pretty good job by Majestic (again!). Perhaps the folks at Majestic have been reading Uni Watch, since they’ve done pretty well with their throwbacks this season. Too bad los Angels didn’t play along, but at least some of the Padres wore stirrups to complete the look. Personally, I feel that is one of the unis that doesn’t look completely horrible if worn with pajama pants (some throwbacks, particularly those rendered in powder blue, look horrendous when worn with baggy jerseys and in pajama style). Good job, Fathers, good job.
That’s all for today. Make sure you make notes on (and compliment or critique) the Washington contestants. I’ll have the second set of submissions tomorrow. Everyone have a good Saturday.
“Glad no white facemask on Browns helmet. I love the throwback, no frill look of gray. Love the Colts with the gray facemask too. Now, to get teams to stop with the dark colored pants. Unless your pants are yellow or silver, stick with white. Dark colors look awful.” — Randy Miller