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Adidas Hoops Collective

Tim McCarthy

I'm a little late posting this project but the work is too good not to share.

Over NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, Swift agency and Adidas teamed up to give fans an inclusive All-Star experience with a creative twist. Over the break, they turned an empty warehouse in downtown New Orleans into a living, breathing art gallery: The Adidas Hoops Collective. Comprised of the country’s most influential street artists, the Collective documented All-Star Weekend 2017 in real-time via murals, comic strips, illustrations and customized kicks.

Tim McAuliffe, Will Bryant, Eddie Perrote, Hisham Bharoocha, Nathan McKee

Tim McAuliffe, Will Bryant, Eddie Perrote, Hisham Bharoocha, Nathan McKee

 
 

Will Bryant

 
 
 

"The Best Last Best Plane Ride Ever"

Tim McCarthy

On October 15, 1986, the New York Mets came back from a three-run deficit in the ninth and beat the Houston Astros in 16 innings to win the pennant. What followed, was one of the most infamous postgame celebrations in all of sports. Here is an animated version of the story that was directed, illustrated and animated by James Blagden for Victory Journal

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I don’t think this incident would’ve happened if it wasn’t for hard liquor.
— Kevin Mitchell
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You may also recognize James' work from Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No

Serve!

Tim McCarthy

In honor of the U.S. Open, The New Yorker celebrated the local sporting event with a cover design by the talented Christoph Niemann.

In addition to the cover, Niemann brought the tennis match to life with a  360° animation video. The virtual-reality experience (which can be best viewed with Google Cardboard) places viewers on the court of a tennis ball match.

Niemann is the artist behind one of The New Yorker's first cover gifs and in May, he illustrated the magazine’s first augmented-reality cover, which featured an interactive New York cityscape. 

You can also check out some work that Niemann did for the 2014 World Cup.

NJR x Jordan

Tim McCarthy

The incredible thing about Nike is it's ability to leverage great design to transcend all sports. Which is why they're one of the few brands that can combine two sports like basketball and soccer. As part of a unique Nike/Jordan collaboration, Neymar Jr. will become the first soccer athlete to wear the Jumpman logo on his cleats. Additionally, the Jordan Brand will release a Neymar edition of the Jordan V Low with “Neymar” stitched inside the tongue.

The NJR x JORDAN Hypervenom football boot design comes from Nathan VanHook, Nike Football Sr. Design Director. He also happens to be an old friend from college so I couldn't be happier for him on this collaboration. Nate is one of the most creative I know. He is obsessive about the small details and makes sure that every element has a reason or tells a story. This design really reflects him as a designer. 

Oh and have you ever heard of Kayne West? Yeah he designed some kicks for that guy too.

Nathan VanHook's sketch

I also rally enjoy the logo they created for this collaboration. It's a nice, clean lockup but still allows the Jordan brand to be prominent. I've seen some shots of the shoebox that use the logo and paint splatter but wasn't able to find a good enough image to post. 

The Ringer

Tim McCarthy

Today marks the launch of Bill Simmons and crew's second venture, The Ringer, a website dedicated to sports, pop culture, tech and of course, Game of Thrones. Designer and illustrator, Mickey Duzyj, did an amazing job on the branding and the new animated header on the site.

I heard rumors that the site was going to be built on the Medium so I was curious to see how a brand/company would be treated on the platform. How custom would it get? Would Medium feature it on their homepage? What would advertising look like? The result seems like a fairly smart Medium hack to test the waters. And although Medium isn't giving it much love on their homepage, the site does a lot of heavy lifting on it's own with some "Lite" advertising. 

Vintage Cycling Jerseys

Tim McCarthy

Fashion designer, Paul Smith, has released a new book called Cycling Scrapbook that charts the history of his love for the sport of cycling and includes a lovely photo series documenting his collection of old jerseys.