30 November 2013

HCI: Post I

*** The following is my post from a different site, please visit hockeyconceptideas.blogspot.com for the article. ***

Friday: Blog Hopping

"Hello hockey fans, it's Ricky Mazella - the Voice of the Springfield College Pride" . . . well not quite. While what I just wrote was true, that's not what I'm here to talk about. I'm glad to be a part of the HCI family coming over from HJC. It was a privilege, but a better opportunity arose and it led me here, after parting ways by mutual consent. I'm really excited for my first post today! Though the only thing that could make it better is if the Ducks could start winning, as they're in a slump following a great start. Nonetheless, Caden and the gang have done a great job here and hopefully I can continue that strong tradition during my tenure here.

For those of you who aren't familiar of me or my work, I'm 21 (5/6) years old from suburban Buffalo, NY where I'm a fan of the Anaheim Ducks (before I saw any of the movie trilogy) and a fourth year sport management major at Springfield College in MA. I began my graphic design career after stumbling upon HJC (for the second time) and the old Icethetics (then the Tournament of Logos) in February of 2011. I then began my blog, Buffalo Nickel Graphics, on the 5th of May in 2012. My blog covers a variety of sports and templates. These include but aren't limited to curling and Australian football in sports as well as a transportation, dasher boards, and playing surfaces in templates. I encourage you to check those templates out and submit them here on HCI!

Enough about me, let's dig in!

NY Islanders {Caden}

As you can see, this is purely intended for the current contest at HJC to improve the "Gortons/Fishsticks" logo. Mine will be here soon, after it's up on HJC anyway. Pretty good for a paint job, I know. And it's simple. However, the rubric never lies. That's another thing - I hate grading concepts, so I have my own rubric to help me. In this case, it's not what I figured it would be, but that's why it's there. Upon further review, it is a 6 outta 10.

Calgary Flames {Steve Maurer}

Here is what I said when I had to review it on my final HJC post last week:

I feel that this could work with some minor changes. The striping could stay as is but a swap of colors may be an alternative.I'm surprised that the Cal-gary team hasn't done something similar just yet. Use solid red lettering for the NOB and the assistant's "A" as well. Then I'll be happy

What I know: The assistant's "A" was the primary in Atlanta.
What I learned: If using a red outline, larger is better and smaller should be solid in color.
What I want to know: why thin yellow jersey stripes separate the striping.
This one looks pretty good, but I'm on the fence of liking it or not; a 7.5 out of 10.

Nothing has changed in one week in this case.

Evansville Rivermen (Star Wars night) {Caden}

Caden has really gone promo with his HCIHL team. Using the most recent Montreal All-Star Game template, he finds a way to keep it up. My biggest issue is that he is issuing a player that is on my team and one that I have franchise tagged. Secondly, this is the prime example of a typical promo gone wrong jersey. That's bad because he doesn't break a trend and it looks atrocious to me. As he continues to lose brownie points, may I make a note that this is a promo that I would never support because the other teams that have done so fail to do it properly. No hard feelings but it's one that's gotta go back to the drawing board.  A 5 outta 10.

Speaking of my team, the Foxes of Skopje, they've had three guys who went on IR on the same day. The last is a co-captain who started the season there. After that, I don't have much to say other than we should have four wins so far and not three. In the mean time enjoy your weekend and happy hockey - a bientot.


-Ricky


*EDIT BY CADEN* I foud HCI on the Wayback machine. The site has improved so much since then. to see what the site looked like on September 16th 2013, click here.

28 November 2013

Thankful for Flames?


As I wish my fellow American readers a Happy Thanksgiving, I wanted to tell you how appreciative that I am of how you have continued to support BNG over the past year and a half (and that goes to all of the readers, followers, and submitters too)! You all are fantastic and we make every stretch possible to provide our courtesies, though I can't bend backwards.

You remember those new alternates the Shames just came out with? Well, I took a civil liberty to make some adjustments. For one, I brought back the horse head logo as a shoulder patch, and flattened out the striping pattern from said logo's jersey.


In any event, please spread my Thanksgiving blessings to your significant others.

-Ricky

27 November 2013

Do You Prefer Gorton's or Van de Kamp's?

The infamous Islander's logo of the 90s  has its own competition over at HJC, and I thought I would share it with you before I forget to and is up at HJC.


With that out of the way, I may tell you that some new concepts are coming out. By the way, tell me what you think of the new concept template looks. Is it distinctive enough, does it adequately get the information to you? I can't answer those, so the floor is yours.

-Ricky

26 November 2013

It's Pronounced Norfork?

I found it odd that some locals pronounce it both the way I do (as it's spelled and the Virginian city of the same name) as opposed to how it's spelled in the title. Anyway, my delivery has never been put into a motion film. I tried my best to break it down frame by frame. It helps if you click on the first one and use your right arrow key in slideshow mode.


















Also I made mention of the opening procession yesterday:


Good curling to you!
-Ricky

25 November 2013

That's How to Open a Curling Club!

Yesterday, I went to the Norfolk Curling Club - one of two in the state of Connecticut. They reopened after having been burned down two years ago the week before Christmas (morning of 18 Dec.). A year to the day later they started to rebuild. They finished surfacing the ice two days ago and reopened yesterday. I get to say I was their with some friends who became first-timers.

A complete archive of the events is available, however, my cronies and I are in the most recent video on NBC Connecticut.

video
Original courtesy of: NBC Connecticut.












I will have more tomorrow from the event, featuring my delivery in photos as well as the beginning of the ribbon cutting ceremony in traditional fashion.

-Ricky

24 November 2013

Sabres, Sabres, and Not More Sabres

For those curious enough to ask, the Sabres third jersey will be worn this season. In fact the first appearance is tonight against the division rival Red Wings. Even though they will look bad while playing bad, I think the Sabres could win. I hate going 0-for because you can never say, not even for a single game, that you were undefeated. Particularly this is the case with one time things like when a jersey is introduced for the first time you only get to wear it for the first time on the ice once kind of thing.




As I've mentioned before somewhere, I'm not a fan of this template. However, the set looks alright based solely on design and not the template. A gray jersey seems out of place, but the Sabres might be one of those teams that could pull it off both then and now - but I did want to see the gold first which they failed at not terribly but definitely below my expectations. Caden makes a respectable throwback with a good touch of retro-modern that is to say old yokes and striping with current version of the logo.


Novotony er I mean no TV anek or rather not Vanek. There we go, rather Matt Moulson's number. But seriously, I first mistook the name for former Sabre Jiri Novotony. Though I like the modern, I wouldn't use the crest logo provided here. If I've said it once, I've said it many times - I'm still not used to Jake88 not coloring in his gloves with multiple colors around the fingers. The numbers are okay, but I'm not thrilled by the striping.

All in a day's work. Some real stuff is about to go down. You'll find out more tomorrow.

-Ricky

23 November 2013

HJC: Post XXVII

*** The following is my post from a different site, please visit www.hockeyjerseyconcepts.com for the article. ***

Friday: Hockey Concepts in Storrs Now!

     As I am pre-writing this post and at Gampel Pavilion of host UConn of Storrs, CT to watch St. Bonaventure women's basketball take on Monmouth for the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic. It should actually be by me in downtown Springfield, MA where the hall of fame actually is but the money is at the casino instead. Now that that mini rant is done, just one icy word that doesn't pertain to hockey. I want to congratulate the Norfolk (CT) Curling Club for re-opening it' doors this coming Sunday. I will be there to help open the two sheet facility myself. The week before Christmas in 2011, it had been set a blaze by arsen. Then exactly a year later, they began to rebuild the new one after donations. They just completed it within the last few weeks and it looks good with some memories of the past. As for that new Monarchs uniform, a sweater has been turned into a sweater - it's fantastic, a real hockey gem.

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Words from the Laker Parchment - 

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                             {1}To vote is human {2}to be selected, divine.

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Jokerit {Jake88}



What I know: The checker is originally Jokerit's.
What I learned: The Nashville style checker patter looks better than both what Jokerit has now and in red instead of blue.
What I want to know: How the idea to use this checkering came to be.
 jestery look for a not so foolish team, an 8.5 out of 10.


2014 Stadium Series {Justin C.}



I saw this one first on his blog, then I realized that it was his third new post after that extended leave of absence. The Kings jersey is one that is appropriate  considering that the ducks have already introduced an elliptical roundel logo. The kings bringing old and adapting to the current color scheme is sheer genius. We've seen similar but not the same for the Ducks, though this is the first in a while that I liked most at the time of print.

What I know: Tickets for this particular game have just gone on sale within the past 24 hours.
What I learned: The Kings should combine eras as seen above.
What I want to know: What inspired the "cross-Kings" design?
This is one we'll never get to see, but very worthy of a 9 out of 10 and a nomination by me for Concept of the Week.

Jokerit {Steve M.}


I feel that this could work with some minor changes. The striping could stay as is but a swap of colors may be an alternative.I'm surprised that the Cal-gary team hasn't done something similar just yet. Use solid red lettering for the NOB and the assistant's "A" as well. Then I'll be happy


What I know: The assistant's "A" was the primary in Atlanta.
What I learned: If using a red outline, larger is better and smaller should be solid in color.
What I want to know: why thin yellow jersey stripes separate the striping.
This one looks pretty good, but I'm on the fence of liking it or not; a 7.5 out of 10.

Edmonton Oilers {Kalin Z.}


A copper jersey - haven't seen one for the Oilers until now. It looks cool but at the same time I wouldn't want to see it on the ice. For one thing, the outline makes it hard to read Eberle's name (yas that's the NOB) same as the above lettering, stick to solid colored letters in this case.


What I know: Copper was actually in the Oilers most recently retired color scheme.
What I learned: Why they ditched said scheme.
What I want to know: How difficult it was to include red in the jersey.
Dry wells and derricks again today, a 6.5 out of 10.

Edmonton Oilers {Dylan W.}


Sticking with the Oilers theme (coincidently) is the day before yesterday writer. I like these.One problem though - they remind me more of the Islanders than the Spoilers. It's not because of the color scheme being the same, but rather because it's too simple for the Oilers. That's primarily because of the lack of stripes but  not the striping as a whole.


What I know: Edmonton and the Is-landers share the same colors.
What I learned: I like more stripes better than few for this team.
What I want to know: Why the Oiler rig is dry today.
Texas tea is not abundant; a 7 out of 10.

Toronto Maple Leafs {Stephen T.}


The Maple Laughs are a team whose identity only got better as they aged, thus with age came wisdom. Striping on the other hand is variant on who designed the uniform. Then enter Harold Ballard the then new owner (circa the 1960s) of the last team to not have names on uniforms (c. 1970s). The only two things I've got are to switch the shoulder patch and add a thick blue stripe between the blue(home)/white (road) of the hem to at least somewhat match the sock striping.


What I know: Ballard is responsible for destroying Foster Hewitt's gondola, the name thing, and firing Roger Nielsen.
What I learned: This particular design make the template seem almost non-existant.
What I want to know: What if someone like Charlie O'Finley was their GM?
T is for Toronto, C is for a letter grade, a 7 out of 10.

Edmonton Oilers {Kalin Zok}


Compared to the other one, Kalin decides to keep the copper and ride, but adds a little used logo that I liked and incorporates the script into the hem. If I had to guess this is a home and road set whilst the one above is an alternate. The NOB is also slightly more legible here. If anything, the white would be an alternate, but this isn't professional soccer.


What I know: I miss the crest logo from the white uniform
What I learned: The blue looks much better than the copper one from earlier.
What I want to know:  Why the alternate logo?
Something might be coming after all, an 8 out of 10.

Chicago Blackhawks {JetsFan}


I like this despite some of the issues it has. But at the same time, Jets fan seems to be doing well considering it's only MS Paint. I'd like slightly thicker stripes. The two numbers side-by-side seem disproportionate to each other and the lettering of the NOB is a bit large.



What I know: Blackhawks and striping are virtually synonymous.
What I learned: This is pretty good for a concept using MS Paint.
What I want to know: If the collar is white on purpose.
This was another theraputic concept, but could use changes; a 7.5 out of 10.

Portland Winterhawks {Antonio C.}


I think the logo is his own, but I like this better than what the team currently has. The stripe colors are beautifully arranged except for maybe the hem. The more I think about it it, the logo looks more like a gamecock or chanticleer. I like most that the green and gold are made more present here. 



What I know: Portland's logo is to similar to the Blackhawks.
What I learned: gold and green together are better as accents than like the old Stars/North Stars look.
What I want to know: How the logo came about.
Flying away with an 8 out of 10.

Toronto Maple Leafs {Tom V.}


I can't say I'm a fan. Again, simplicity is an issue - it's too simple for me. No font  but rather the alternate leaf and no stripes. That definitely doesn't spell Toronto or scream Leafs all over it. This also seems surprisingly simple to be Tom's work too. Quite frankly, I'm practically in a state of shock! Maybe Ballard wanted to design this one but not get fined again for the name thing.



What I know: Toronto will never wear these.
What I learned: "Ballard concepts" do exist.
What I want to know: Why so simple?
Simply put a 3 out of 10.

Carolina Hurricanes {JetsFan}



Stormy the Hog on a 'Canes jersey . . . now I've seen it all. Yes JetsFan, he has a name and is the team mascot. Why the team has a pig for a mascot, I'll never know. the baseball team in Winston-Salem used to be the Warthogs, but I would think the team might want to have an upright hurricane figure for a mascot. As far as the sweater itself, I don't really like anything but the color. Some of you may be surprised of my end result on this.



What I know: Carolina has a hog for a mascot.
What I learned: This is a new design I hope we never see on the ice.
What I want to know: How stormy is the highlight of this uniform.
Lots of factors went into this one for grading, a 6.5 out of 10.

Anaheim Ducks {Steve M.}


Ahhh the eggplant . . . e-g-g-p-l-a-n-t, that's how I spell relief. It's the only thing helping this template. I'm glad I have one of these in my jersey collection! In fact, I wear it every time I know I'll be able to watch a Ducks game (so far almost every other game this season). At least it looks good, but I'm not completely thrilled with the shoulder patch. If anything, replace it with the elliptical roundel logo that serves as a shoulder patch on the current alternates.



What I know: I will never get bored of this schematic
What I learned: I don't like this template more than before.
What I want to know: How you got this to work on this template unless it's just because this is always going to be an epic design.
It may be a favorite of mine, but not an immediate bit of perfection; an 8.5 out of 10.

The Laker Parchment is never wrong, for you should heed it's teachings: V-O-T-E, V-O-T-E, go vote, go vote, go vote, Vote, VOTE, wooooooooo! Okay, I've had my fun for the day - sally forth!

-Ricky
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