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#286173 - 12/20/12 09:27 AM Re: Portland Thorns/Crest Survey [Re: Minnesota NiceFC]
HooligansFC Offline
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a few things on the recent posts.
-I think the Reign logo is pretty sweet. Agreed tho, the name is [censored]. With or without the woman, it's a cool design.

-Diskin's stuff is awesome. I've referenced a couple of his designs on mock ups I've done before. Gotta say, one of my favorites of his, really really simple. Split green and white poster with "We Are" on each side. really cool.

-Portland's mock Reign site. Brilliant tactic. And Wes, if you notice, the Reign logo they put on the mock site actually is the Starbucks logo in blue and altered crown.

I can see how it's reminiscent of SB's logo, but the straight hair leads me away from Starbucks' mermaid. In all honesty, I'd take the Reign logo, slap a braided beard on it and it'd be a great Viking (not to be confused with that awful sport so many minnesotans are enthralled with)/nordsmen logo for an adult men's league team

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#286174 - 12/20/12 09:57 AM Re: Portland Thorns/Crest Survey [Re: HooligansFC]
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It's a far step up and beyond any of the other logos from that league.

I'll agree, Portland Thorns, Seattle Reign and Chicago Red Stars are good logos. Tho Chicago's could use just something a little more to make it memorable. What that something is I don't know, but I like the flag and the 6 point star.




But the other 5 logos in the NWSL, just awful.

Boston Breakers - Reminds me of a U12 team. In fact, After looking around it's pretty damn close to one of the youth teams here in Duluth, the Gitchi Gummi Soccer Club. Weak at best. I'd actually take the Gitch over Boston's.




FC Kansas City - just awful. I think Wes said it best on the podcast this week. looks like generic "clipart shield with 4 little squares" yeah, so there's that.


Sky Blue FC
just looks like a updated Brinks security logo, mixed with Montpellier and foursquare. awful name as well.


Western New York Flash
everything about this is bad. Why western NY and not just NY? why the flash gordon lightning bolt? why the flash? again, very U12ish of them


Lastly, the Washington Spirit. Name choice again is bad, but i'm on the fence with their logo. It's not good, but they definitely tried a lot harder then the others i just mentioned. With some additional work i think that logo could turn out ok.


So there's my two cents. What other leagues/teams can we snobbishly pick apart their logos? this is entertaining me now that the semester is over and i have nothing to fill my days

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#286176 - 12/20/12 11:22 AM Re: Portland Thorns/Crest Survey [Re: HooligansFC]
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Is the Gitchi Gummi Soccer Club in the new league?
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#286180 - 12/20/12 01:34 PM Re: Portland Thorns/Crest Survey [Re: pdemko]
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Hooligans, thanks for pointing out the Reign mockery. I didn't notice that they had changed the logo and I was really making fun of their version, so they're funny and I'm not bright.

I love seeing all these logos together because A) Peter Wilt's Chicago Red Stars got it right B) oh my god, there are bad designers out there.
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#286181 - 12/20/12 02:36 PM Re: Portland Thorns/Crest Survey [Re: Minnesota NiceFC]
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MN Nice, If you read that latest article it actually is pretty funny and explains the Starbucks mermaid logo.
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#286197 - 12/21/12 11:08 AM Re: Portland Thorns/Crest Survey [Re: bq]
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Hooligans,
I have seen Diskin's stuff before (everyone check these out: http://brentdiskin.com/timbers/propaganda.html) and I absolutely love his approach. I hope that the Dark Clouds and continue to pull in this type of audience and get even more designers involved. Your Soviet flag that you made for this season was right in this alley.

Can you imagine a great poster campaign of propaganda posters throughout the city? That would be genius.
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#286202 - 12/21/12 01:54 PM Re: Portland Thorns/Crest Survey [Re: Minnesota NiceFC]
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I submitted that design for the poster contest to promote the Dome opener last season. Needless to say, I didn't win. I was told it didn't capture the spirit of the team....? Still would have been cool to see that plastered all over Nicollett mall (well pictures would have sufficed) I had one printed off at officemax in 14x11 so at least i could hang one in my apartment.

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#286204 - 12/21/12 01:59 PM Re: Portland Thorns/Crest Survey [Re: HooligansFC]
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Maybe Gitchi Gummi can fill in for the Islanders this spring?

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#286205 - 12/21/12 01:59 PM Re: Portland Thorns/Crest Survey [Re: HooligansFC]
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I really don't even know where to put this, but since this thread is current and talking about team's brands did anyone see this disgusting subject up for vote?

"help us pick SA Scorpions' new jerseys...."

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1...nt=1&ref=nf

I hated the [censored] Barcelona, candy corn fade of orange to yellow (and it really sealed the candy corn feel when a player wore white shoes) but now, a fade trend catching on of lower division teams. black to read fade?

or how about the USMNT rip off?

dislike button, times 10


Edited by HooligansFC (12/21/12 02:01 PM)

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#286209 - 12/21/12 02:25 PM Re: Portland Thorns/Crest Survey [Re: HooligansFC]
Minnesota NiceFC Offline
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Originally Posted By: HooligansFC
I submitted that design for the poster contest to promote the Dome opener last season. Needless to say, I didn't win. I was told it didn't capture the spirit of the team....? Still would have been cool to see that plastered all over Nicollett mall (well pictures would have sufficed) I had one printed off at officemax in 14x11 so at least i could hang one in my apartment.


Let the Stars do what they think is necessary. Diskin's stuff is good because it is his own and it is for the fans, not the team.
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