Greetings and a very good Saturday morning to you all.
Last Saturday, ICYMI, I shared 15 NBA “City Edition” concepts, created by multiple designers (and spearheaded by Casey Vitelli), and today I have the remaining 15. It should be noted that Casey and the 29 other concepters created this project before any of the (mostly leaked, some official) 2023-24 City Editions were known. I think in many (most?) cases, the graphic designers have created better — or at least certainly more well considered — unis than those that have been unveiled so far. Of course, opinions are like certain body parts in that everyone has one, but I think you guys will particularly like this new set. Interestingly, the last set included a large number of white/light jerseys, whereas this set is more populated with darker concepts. That’s just the way the alphabetical cookie crumbles.
I’m including Casey’s introduction again from last week, so you don’t need to click the above link if you missed that.
NBA City Edition Concept Series, Part II
by Casey Vitelli
We had so much fun with the “Earned Edition Concept Series” that we wanted to bring it back, bigger than ever.
I went and grabbed 29 designers (yes… 29…) and we each designed a “City Edition” jersey and battled it out in a follower vote to crown the champion, bracket style.
One small bit of info, though: We didn’t announce who designed which jersey to make things interesting.
Miami Heat — @DemenzGr
With the design of the t-shirt I sought to show through a characteristic plot of the beach that so characterizes the city of Miami. The cyan and magenta colors represent Miami, referring to the characteristic Miami Vice posters. The background color black was chosen to generate contrast with the other colors.
Milwaukee Bucks — @MJD7Design
This design was inspired by Milwaukee’s Dan W. Hoan Memorial Bridge, which just a few years ago had LED lights installed that can light up in Bucks’ green. The pattern on the side, a twist on the Bucks’ classic “Irish rainbow” striping pattern, is inspired by the reflections from the water of the Kinnickinnic River caused by the lights.
Minnesota Timberwolves — @Lance_Hinesman
Inspired by the signage seen upon entering and exiting the state of Minnesota. The colors dark, with subtle shades of green and a nod to the North Star on the collar.
New Orleans Pelicans — @niranjan.psd (instagram)
Inspired by New Orleans’ rich history of jazz music, this design pays tribute to the decor found in the French Quarter’s historic Preservation Hall. Featuring the team’s throwback NOLA wordmark on the chest and the symbol on the Preservation Hall bass drum on the collar, this design is rooted in New Orleans musical background.
New York Knicks — @mrjojostephens
“Libertas” is a tribute to one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, The Statue of Liberty, and its muse — the Roman Goddess and personification of liberty. The design brings a modern homage to New York’s history with pinstripes, but more importantly the instantly recognizable shade of patina green covering the statue since 1906, when its original copper penny-like color was finally overtaken by oxidation, roughly 20 years after its unveiling.
Oklahoma City Thunder — @superduperduperclub (instagram)
This design draws inspiration for the world famous Oklahoma! Musical. While OKC has a great history of utilizing their cities great history and culture they have yet to fully embrace the western cowboy culture that the city holds dear. For this design I hope to convey that, with the contrast between the golden sky and blue sky while mixing in the classic Oklahoma! Script with a modern flare with the font.
Orlando Magic — @DenverGravitt
The Orlando Magic represent the seat of Orange County, Florida, home of famously fruitful orchards prior to devastating fires and freezes in the 80s. This city edition celebrates this history with a design inspired by vibrant and illustrative fruit crate labels from Orlando’s past. The fun and fresh vibe fits perfectly with the Magic’s young, exciting core, paying homage to Orlando’s past while embracing its future.
Philadelphia 76ers — @petemrogers
True to the city edition name, the 76ers’ jersey is inspired by a Philadelphia landmark. Pat’s King of Steaks is considered the originator of the Philly cheesesteak and the design draws from the restaurants’ brightly colored street signs and crown logo.
Phoenix Suns — @uniform_design_co
This City Edition Jersey embraces the Tradition and history of the Native American Tribes from the Phoenix & surrounding areas. Featuring a large Phoenix (or firebird/thunderbird) on the chest and traditional symbols on the side panels and cuffs and collar trim. The chest wordmark is a throwback to the early 00s.
Portland TrailBlazers — @PacersUniTrackr
Having honored the ‘White Stag’ sign in a previous City Edition uniform, this design recognizes another famed landmark – the 65-foot “Portland” sign outside the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, or as some locals lovingly call it, “The Schnitz.” Originally opening as the Portland Publix Theatre, and later renamed the Paramount Theater, it was considered to to be the largest and most lavish theater for a city the size of Portland. The building was placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places a few months prior to the start of the Trailblazers championship season in 1976-1977 — the last year the team’s primary uniforms utilized the iconic vertical ‘blazers’ text that is mimicked in this design.
Sacramento Kings — @SethR94
Light. The. Beam. The 22/23 Sacramento Kings galvanized an entire city with a simple phrase. This jersey honors the Beam Team with a dedicated wordmark and minimal purple lines throughout the uniform. It also marks a return to the style of the last Kings playoff teams with the a similar font style to the early 2000s uniforms and the inclusion of a subtle checkerboard on the side panels.
San Antonio Spurs — @conradburry
My inspiration for the design was a few cultural touchpoints of the city of San Antonio, namely the Alamo and a traditional Mexican sarape shawl. I incorporated the cream color of the Alamo bricks along with the long-standing “fiesta Spurs” color scheme of teal, pink and orange into the sarape design element at the top of the jersey. The wordmark and number font used for the design are taken from the 1996 NBA All-Star branding / uniforms.
Toronto Raptors — @trpaxton
My primary goal was to design a jersey that hearkened back to the classic purple and black of (arguably) one of the greatest NBA jerseys ever created. This design incorporates the silhouette of the iconic CN Tower (transitioning seamlessly into the classic zigzag pinstripe) on the side panel. Other touches include a subtle “dinosaur scale” effect in the gradient, and a nod to the triangles above the nameplate in the classic ‘90s kits. Additionally, with “North Over Everything” above the jock tag, this jersey is subtly steeped in Toronto pride.
Utah Jazz — @jakepablomedia
The Utah Jazz’s 2023-24 City Edition represented the unique landscape of Utah. The primary design feature is the incorporation of a Utah Lake Salt Flat design on the left side of the jersey. The second design feature is the incorporation of the Utah mountains placed at the top of the jersey above the NIKE and jersey sponsor location. The color palette was chosen to be similar to a winter night in Utah. With rich purples to represent the night, blues to represent the lakes, salt flats, snow and ice, and the pink to represent Utah’s infamous “Pink Salt Lake”.
Washington Wizards — @emmegraphic_
This design wants to represent the bond between the Wizards and the city of Washington by taking elements typical of the team and others typical of the city. The background color contains the two shades of blue used by the Wizards over the years on their uniforms, linked by a gradient: the midnight blue of the 2010s and the lighter blue typical of the uniforms of the early 2000s. On the chest the wording “the district of Columbia”, which we have already seen in the latest City Editions but which makes the shirt highly distinctive, lies on two horizontal red lines which, together with the three stars positioned a little higher up, recall the flag of the city of Washington.
Thanks, Casey! That was a really fun (and in many cases, very creative) set of “City” concepts. I think our readers will agree many (most?) of those are a lot better than what the NikeBA have turned out!
Readers? What say you?