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When Adidas and Louisville unveiled the team’s opening-day uniforms back in July, they left out a key visual detail: The NOB lettering is done in an old English font.
It’s not clear if this was the plan all along or if it was a late-breaking decision (the only rear-view photos from the unveiling were this one and this one, both of which appear to show an NNOB format). In any case, it looked like shite on the field. The type was hard to read, the letters appeared to be printed onto the nameplate fabric rather than sewn on, and the nameplates themselves looked like they’d been sewn on very haphazardly, plus the old-school font clashed with the uniform’s newfangled vibe.
My buddy Dave Wilson, who’s one of my ESPN editors and is also a graphic designer, was so amused by the NOBs and the reaction to them that he wrote this piece on how social media responded to the design. Fun stuff. ”” Paul
Phil here. As Paul mentioned Friday, I’m taking this weekend off, but I’ll be back next weekend with the usual shenanigans, including the whole slate of “Sunday Morning Uni Watch” covering all college uni stuff.
As many of you know, for the past several years I’ve relied upon Tim E. O’Brien for all your Duck Tracking needs, which has usually entailed a small-ish write-up and a graphic (like the one seen at right) of what the Ducks wore the previous day (or Thursday, should they get the Thursday night game).
Tim informs me he has a lot of commitments this year, especially on the weekends, so I’m in the market for a new tracker — someone with some graphic ability. I’m looking for someone to do a small-ish write-up for the uniform the team wears, plus a graphic. Tim has even graciously volunteered to provide a blank template, but you’ll still need some graphics abilities to craft some of the uniforms the Quackers trot out. If you’re interested, please shoot me an email and we can discuss. OK? OK!