Graphic designer Bryan Molloy first got in touch with me toward the end of 2014, when he was working for Teespring. Since then we’ve partnered on a bunch of projects, including the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club campaigns in 2015 and ’16 and the last four years’ worth of Purple Amnesty Day designs. Bryan also created the “winged stirrup” logo that’s featured on our Uni Watch caps and elsewhere.
Bryan now works at another T-shirt company, Represent, and he’s been involved with an interesting project there that he’s going to share with us today. Take it away, Bry.
The Making of ‘California Strong’
By Bryan Molloy
At Represent, we’ve been working with Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers to fundraise for the California wildfire recovery efforts. The backstory goes back to when the wildfires had first hit last year. We worked with Yelich, who’s from California, on a shirt for him to promote himself. The shirt/logo I created for him wound up becoming the logo for his charity, California Strong:
They sold a good amount of shirts and raised a lot of money for the relief efforts. Along the way, the shirt was noticed by L.A. Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who asked to get involved, so we tweaked the original logo to give it more of a Rams” look. The horn sort of fit into the original logo like a puzzle piece:
Yelich liked this so much, he got the Brewers involved. They wanted something similar done for their logo — which proved a lot harder to fit into the heart shape. So I suggested fitting the California into their ball/glove logo, which they loved:
I’ve worked with enough teams to know that they rarely let you mess with their logo, so I thought it was refreshing that the Brewers were so gung-ho about it (alhough they did require a small, intact, logo at bottom-right to “cure” the design). They Brewers have all been wearing these shirts down in spring training, plus they’ll be stocking their stadium with them to further help Yelich’s fundraising, and they just launched a Represent campaign to boot.
Overall, a worthwhile project involving some fun logo manipulation.
Very cool story, Bry — thanks for sharing! (And now you know that the guy who designed the winged stirrup also does design work for the reigning National League MVP!)
Play ball!: Today is Opening Day (or as Comrade Robert Marshall calls it, the Holiest of Holies). I guess you could argue that Opening Day was really last week, when the A’s and Mariners played two games in Japan, but today is the real Opening Day, with all 30 teams playing. Even better, all of today’s games are taking place in the afternoon local time, which is how it should be.
I’ll be sitting down with a hot dog and a beer to watch the Mets and Nats, who play at 1pm in DC, and I hope you’ll find time to watch your favorite team as well.
Ticket stub maven Russ Havens, who runs the fine TicketStubCollection.com site, has gone through his archives and selected what he feels are history’s 15 best Opening Day stub designs (including the Dodgers stub shown at right). To see them, check out his Twitter feed. Good stuff.
ITEM! UW/SI partnership being extended: I’m happy to report that the folks at Sports Illustrated were so happy with how my MLB Season Preview turned out that they’ve engaged my services to cover the Jets’ uniform unveiling next Thursday night. So when the new uni set is revealed, my assessment will appear that night on SI.com. (And no, I haven’t seen the design. I’ll see it at the unveiling, just like everyone else.)
In case you’re wondering: No, this doesn’t bring me any closer to a full-time gig with SI. They’re up for sale and can’t make any hiring commitments until they have a new owner, and there’s no timetable for when that might happen. So for now, I’m just doing an article here, an article there, and am also continuing discussions with a few other outlets. But I’m very happy to be representing SI for the Jets unveiling.
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LAST CALL for this week’s raffle: Today is the last day to enter the Vintage Brand raffle. The winner will get to choose any item from the Vintage Brand website (like the nifty coasters shown above, which are based on a ticket stub from the first game in Mariners history).
To enter, send an email to the raffle address 7pm Eastern today. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow — and we will also have a new one-day raffle tomorrow, so don’t miss that.
Baseball News: A Philly bakery is making Phillies cupcakes for Opening Day (from @VerbDC). … Negro League tribute unis upcoming for the York Revolution. … The Pirates are the latest MLB team to give us a preview of this season’s new food offerings (from Jim Vilk). … In a related item, here are the Today show’s picks for the six best ballpark foods of 2019. … Here’s a team-by-team look at some of this season’s best game-day giveaways. … The Brewers say they’re lowering prices for fan merch at their ballpark. … Lots of minor league teams have anniversary logos this season. … Whoa, look what the Kansas softball team wore in 1973 (from Keith Means). … The Akron Rubber Ducks have a new cap festooned with little rubber duckies. … The Rays, who as we reported yesterday have already added LED lighting to the ceiling at the Trop to help fielders track fly balls, may also use additional lighting to tint the ceiling blue. … U. of San Diego players wear merit decals on their batting helmets (from Hector Miramontes). … New county fair-themed uniforms for the Lexington County Blowfish. … The Reds Hall of Fame, which has been closed for renovations for several months, will reopen on Friday. … New centennial logo for the Single-A Florida State League. … Back in 1971, the White Sox gave Comiskey Park organist Nancy Faust her own logo! (From Lee Wilds.) … The Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos have replaced their stadium concession stands with restaurants. Key quote, from a team exec: “We want folks to think and feel that these are actual, full-blown restaurants that you’d find downtown.” Uh, right.
Pro Football News: Nothing set yet, but Bucs ownership appears to be open to the idea of new uniforms, and not a moment too soon. … WR DeAndre Hopkins is the latest Texans player to lobby for the team to wear Oilers throwbacks. Unfortunately, my understanding is that it can’t happen without the approval of the Titans, who own the rights to the Oilers’ visuals. … Here’s a good shot of Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds wearing shin pads under his socks. I’m always amazed that more players don’t do that — seems like a very vulnerable spot. … The AAF already on the verge of folding? Who could’ve seen that coming? Oh right, I did.
College Football News: Reader Clint Richardson’s decade-by-decade survey of Auburn uniforms has reached the 2010s. … UCF made custom game balls for the standout players in each of last year’s games (from Drake Wikstrom). … Looks like Utah State may be going BFBS this fall (from @akaggie).
Hockey News: The Syracuse Crunch will wear 1990s throwbacks on Saturday. … The Bruins wore their white Winter Classic throwbacks at home last night, with the Rangers wearing blue on the road (from Heath Carignan). … In that same game, Rangers D Brady Skjei took a puck to the noggin that sent pieces of his helmet flying (screen shot by Alan Kreit). … Someone at last night’s Leafs/Flyers game was wearing a jersey with the phantom Nordiques logo that never got used because the team moved to Colorado and became the Avalanche (from James Paterson).
Basketball News: The Heat retired Chris Bosh’s No. 1 on Tuesday night. … Former UNC player Jawad Williams, who now plays in a Japanese pro league, was recently injured and had surgery yesterday. UNC sent him a Tar Heels-themed scooter/cart thingie (from James Gilbert). … What if the schools facing each other in the Sweet 16 swapped colors? … High school teams playing in the Indiana state finals wore a “State Finals” logo (from Jay Wright).
Soccer News: Juventus’s home kit has leaked. … FC Tucson has been teasing its 2019 kit reveal, which will take place today (from Cole Eckel). … New practice jersey
sponsor advertiser for the Seattle Sounders. … “France is reusing the tracksuits and jerseys formerly intended for the A team with only one star above the crest,” says @floriangilleron. “They are now being worn by the U21 team with a little French flag covering the star.”
Grab Bag: The Rolling Stones’ tongue logo debuted 48 years ago this week (thanks, Brinke). … A South African beer company has made a “national fan jersey” for the country biggest sports: soccer, rugby, and cricket (from Kutlwano Molete). … New police uniforms for Sindh, Pakistan. … A new lawsuit here in NYC seeks to ban floating LED billboards that have been appearing on barges in the city’s waterways. … Interesting article about how the Kansas City Police Dept. is trying to find out who designed their badges back in 1939 (from Adam Yarnevich). … And yet another police item: Scottish police officers are having to buy their own trousers due to the poor quality of the ones they’ve been issued. … Ohio is getting a new “I Voted” sticker design (from Patrick O’Neill). … The state senate in North Dakota has killed a bill that would have created a design contest for a new state logo. … There’s a new running sneaker whose design features Boston’s T system map (from Mike Slavonic). … A bride ejected a guest from her wedding because he wore his Marine Corps dress blues, which she felt was inappropriate. … New logo for Lake County, Fla. … New ball design for the FIVB Snow Volleyball World Tour. And yes, snow volleyball is like beach volleyball, but played on a snow court. Additional info here (from Jeremy Brahm). … The “true origin” of Batman’s logo has finally been revealed.