Super Bowl XLIX kicks off tonight so I pulled together some of my favorites designs and illustrations about the two teams from "around the league".
I can't believe there's only one game left in the 2014-15 NFL season. It seems like it flew by! Instead of recapping on yesterday's comeback win or the lopsided blow out, I figured I would share some illustrations done by Nathan Yonder for a Grantland piece titled "Bill and Sal's NFL Degenerate Gambling Preview done earlier in the season. Feeling nostalgic? You can check them all out here.
This past weekend, four Nike-sponsored teams battled in the first ever college football playoffs and Nike didn't disappoint when it came to the uniforms.
In the Sugar Bowl, the #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide wore their official home uniforms while The Ohio State Buckeyes wore their away uniforms. Both schools are known for their traditional looks so not much changed.
In the Rose Bowl Game, the Oregon Ducks wore their all-green home uniforms while the Florida State Seminoles wore their away maroon jerseys combined with gold pants.
Tonight, the Oregon Ducks and Ohio State Buckeyes will take the field to determine the first ever College Football Playoff National Champion. Again, both teams will suit up wearing some of Nike's best uniforms.
The Oregon Ducks will take the field wearing new away uniforms including a white jersey with tonal gray and silver accents, together with wolf gray pants and a white helmet with silver wings. The jersey showcases the tonal silver “Fighting Ducks” logo on the sleeve and the pants feature the words “Fighting Ducks” along the legs.
A very bold move for a team that almost never loses in green or yellow.
The Ohio State Buckeyes will wear their home uniform, a scarlet jersey with white and gray accents reminiscent of the 1968 championship game, combined with gray pants and the team’s traditional gray helmet.
Although I'm a fan of Oregon's uniforms, I think their high power offense will win this game. My prediction? Ducks 37-21.
There's a lot of excitement with this NFL Divisional Playoff games. Will Luck beat the beloved Manning? Can Romo win a playoff game on the road...in sub-zero climate...against Green Bay? Will a below .500 team beat the defending champs? Is Brady & Belichick going to make another run? Here's some illustrations from around the web showcasing the different match ups.
Rafa Alvarez did a nice series of illustrations for ESPN.com's cover story.
Some divisional matchups by Gyula Nemeth posted on dribbble.
Recently, designer and illustrator, Mikey Burton redesigned his website and I noticed a project I hadn't seen before; a series of posters for ESPN's Digital Media Hackathon. Although this happened back in 2012, it's still worth sharing. It's also good to know that a huge company like ESPN uses start-up tactics like 'hackathons' to innovate new products.
A couple months ago, I checked out a gallery event called 5 on 5 in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit was focused on basketball and was filled with a bunch of artists that I have featured on this blog, including Aaron Hadley Dana, Nathan McKee, and Chelsey Boehnke. It was nice to see that the show was put on by artists themselves, one of them was Eli Neugeboren. Below is some of his work that I discovered on Double Scribble.
Two commercials were shown last night in Cleveland's season opener against the New York Knicks about LeBron's return.
The first one aired earlier this week and shows a shirtless James furiously pumping iron in his high school gym, St. Vincent-St. Mary, in Akron, Ohio. There's flash backs, rock inspired gospel music, and a voiceover, James' mom Gloria saying things like, "This is the city that raised you."
RG/A did a pretty good job with this one but I think it got beat out by Weiden+Kennedy's Nike commercial "Together" that featured right before tip-off. In this one, the message was more about Cleveland and less about LeBron. (W&K was also the same agency behind the Nike commercial "Rise" of LeBron leaving Cleveland for Miami.)
I recently visited Cleveland for the first time about a month ago and literally everyone was talking about LeBron's return and how much it's going to help the city. Whether or not they win a championship this year, Cleveland will still benefit in multiple ways from LeBron coming home. The commercial definitely a struck a chord with the fans and LeBron got pretty emotional too.
Unfortunately, the Cavs lost this one but Cleveland fans shouldn't worry. They have the best player on the planet and surrounded him with a pretty stellar cast. Once this team finds their groove, their going to be incredible watch. Best of all, LeBron's focus is on the city and less on himself.
That message is now displayed for the whole city to see.
I wish the type was a little stronger on the page, but the celebrity row for the Knicks and Lakers made up for that.
It's been a while since I posted the work of Jacob Weinsten, a talented cartoonist, illustrator and designer who has done a ton of sports pieces for Adidas, Nike, GQ and The New York Times. Jacob was one of the first people I posted about on HEYSPORT and after recently checking out his personal site, I noticed he added a lot more work to his portfolio. Below are some of my favorites.
In addition to commissioned gigs, Jacob is the illustrator and a co-author of FreeDarko’s two books, The Macrophenomal Pro Basketball Almanac and The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History. You can also purchase a lot of his pieces here.
Diego Guevara is a designer who grew up playing futbol in South Africa and then moved to Miami when he was sixteen. After David Beckham announced in February that he planned to bring a MLS team to Miami, Diego decided to some of his down time to create the branding for his soon to be hometown club.
Now, I come across a fair amount amount of team branding projects when I look for stuff to post about on this blog. And I have to be honest, a lot of it is pretty bad. The worst ones are usually when franchises hold contests to crowd source their next design. Did you see what the Dallas Mavericks chose? This on the other hand, is by far the best proposed design I have seen and I really hope someone important sees it so that they will take it into consideration.
You can read more about the process behind his design here.