March 29, 2015

Sunday: Jersey-Mania

Warning: This post will contain a large amount of wrestling references and quotes. If most of what I say doesn't make sense to some of you, I apologize.



Welcome to this special Wrestlemania Sunday post here at HJC. Considering that it is a pretty large and entertaining event, and how much interest in a WWE Competition we had during our "Request a Competition" week, I thought I'd do something a little different for today's post. I thought I'd review each concept in the style of some of the most famous, successful and quotable wrestling superstars. Don't worry, I'll try to hammer out each point like I usually do, and post my scores, so you still get a fair review even if you're not getting all of the wrestling lingo.

Big thank you goes out to our blog admin Ryan for making this awesome logo for today's post!

Before we get to today's post, I just want to say that the Pairs Competition has now started, and all of the rules and guidelines have been posted, so click on the link above to get all of your info and good luck to everybody in the competition!

And with that, let's get to the main event!

COTW Mar 22-28 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)


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Avtomobilist Yerkaterinburg - Jake88 (As reviewed by The Rock)

"Before I get to this concept, I just want to say that FINALLY, THE ROCK HAS COME BACK... to Yerkaterinburg!  This team has been a jabroni in the standings during their existence. Do you know how bad they are? IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW BAD THEY ARE! The fact of the matter is, with this concept, and this modern design with simple traditional colours, the awesome yet readable font, and this clean of execution, they go from being jabronis to being jabroni beating pie eating trail blazin' eye brow raisin' son of a guns.  Their millions (and millions) of fans will take this modern but classy jersey any day, if they smell what The Rock is cookin'!"  8.8/10


Los Angeles Kings -  David G. (As reviewed by Stone Cold Steve Austin)


 "Alright now, if you think I should open up a can of Whoop-*** on this concept, gimme a hell yeah! Now son you walked the walk, you talked the talk, and you should you can hang with the big boys when it comes to creativity, and for that I'll give you credit. Tying up all of the Kings' looks into one jersey is impressive and all, but this concept isn't walking away with any titles. Could this concept use a more symmetrical back hem? (What?) Consistent colours on the equipment? (What?) A better font? (What?) The name in it's proper place? (What?) TV numbers? (What?) Shoulder patches facing sideways like they should? (What?) Your name or ID? (What?)... See, this concept is bold, Texas bold, but it's not a good enough for any team to use, and that's the bottom line, because Stone Cold said so!" 6/10


Boston Bruins - Christian L. (As reviewed by Ric Flair)


"WOOOOO! Diamonds are forever, and so are the Bruins. If they wore a fauxback like this, they'd be stlyin' and profilin' with a jersey that would look as good in the 40's as it would now. This takes their current and mediocre alternate to school, by simplifying the stripes, adding a simple, old and effective yoke stripe, adding a hem, and going with brown and beige. 40's colours, modern design, WOOOOO! But to be the classic, you have to beat the classic. The stripes could be closer together, you could add a second hem stripe, and add some more beige in the uniform so the numbers don't look out of place. This concept isn't quite jet-flyin' and limousine-ridin' yet, but it's so close! WOOOOO!"  8.4/10


Philadelphia Flyers - Brian B. (As reviewed by Hulk Hogan)


"To make this jersey, brother, first you have to take the RoboPenguin jerseys from Pittsburgh, add your regular arm style, and change how the chest stripe works with the logo. The Penguins did this design first, but let me tell you something brother, the Flyers would do it better with this. I fear no man, no beast, no evil and no gradients, brother. The gradients here look as good as my set of 24-inch pythons! Boring equipment and flashy jerseys don't go well together, just like negativity and Hulkamania brother. But what'cha gonna do Philadelphia, Brian's awesome Jerseymania concept runs wild on you?"  8.6/10



Stockton Heat - J3 (As reviewed by 'Macho Man' Randy Savage)

"So the Stockton Heat could have looked like a number one contender, especially with that logo ohhhhh yeah. But they simply took the look of the Calgary Flames, they just made a copy man, they didn't take it to the limit. We're in space, and space is the place. Things aren't copied in space, dig it? So J3 here made a new set for them, ohhhh yeah. J3 snapped into a Slim Jim, freaked out, took it to the limit, and made a full set for them that is original and classic just like me. The curvy modern stripes, the logo used on the main set, the font, and the perfectly contrasting 3rd jersey yeah, it's all cream my friend, and cream always rises to the top. That's what this concept is, the cream of the crop! The 3rd could have the Flames' font, or had some more yellow you know what I'm saying? But this full set could spend ten thousand years as the intercontinental world heavyweight concept of the year, ohhhh yeah!"  (8.3/10 Alternate, 8.8/10 Main)


Stockton Heat - Ryan C. (As reviewed by Daniel Bryan and his fans)


Chest stripe? (Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!)
Matching arm stripe? (Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!)
Font? (Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!)
Sharp style and execution? (Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!)
Enough yellow on the jersey? (No! No! No! No!)
Back number contrasting enough with the chest stripe? (No! No! No! No!)
(Triple H comes out and calls this a B+ concept, or an 8.1/10)


The winner, and new champion of the Intercontinental World Heavyweight Concept of the Week Nominee is J3's Stockton Heat Main Set

If you're a wrestling fan, I hope you enjoyed this post. If you're not a wrestling fan, I recommend Youtubing the wrestlers mentioned here, then try reading this again in their voices. If you do that and still didn't enjoy the post, then I'm sorry, I'll go back to being normal next week.

I had tons of fun writing this post, I'm slowly getting back into wrestling myself, and trying to quote all of these famous wrestlers was a fun nostalgia trip for me.

So thanks for reading, and thanks again to Ryan for the awesome logo he included. Don't forget to vote for COTW and work on your Pairs Competition pieces! See you guys next Sunday!

March 28, 2015

Saturday: Let The Pairs Comp Begin


The winner of the COTW vote for March 15-21 was Ryan C! Congrats Ryan on your first COTW win.

Full Results
Ryan (QCM) - 6
Brandon C (COL) - 3
Ryan (MUSK) - 2
Ryan (ONT) - 0

The new COTW nominees for March 22-28 have been listed on the side of the page. I would like to see voting numbers climb a little higher so even if you're a silent HJC enthusiast I encourage you just to send me a quick email with your COTW vote. You guys can click the banner on the side of the page to see the nominated concepts. Voting ends on Friday, as always.

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The winner of the Video Game Competition was Taylor R!

Full Results

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I've been talking about it for two weeks and now it's time! It's time to start the 2015 Pairs Competition. It's a big project. You can see exactly how big it is by clicking the banner at the top of the page or by going to the PAIRS COMPETITION tab. This is a two week competition and if teams feel like they will need more time as we approach the deadline, then I have no problem extending it.

Here are the teams who made their intentions known. If you would like to join the competition, find a partner and you can still submit something. Just let me know that you hope to submit something.

LOGOS DIVISION
John E. & Dylan N.
Christian L. & Scott G.
Dylan A & Matt M

JERSEYS DIVISION
Taylor R. & J3
Daniel L. & Phil B.
Dylan G. & Zach W.
William B. & Vaughn R.
Coby S & Josiah B
Bpoe96 & Kaner88

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I was contacted by Richard who is president of the Burlington District Minor Ball Hockey League (Burlington, Ontario). He liked some of the stuff that he saw on the blog and was wondering if anyone wanted to take a stab at designing a jersey for the team to wear in an upcoming provincial championship tournament, July 10-12 in Georgetown, Ontario. The team is called the Burlington Blazers and here is the logo they used last year:

Richard said that he is open to any ideas when it comes to the jersey and logo. The only guidelines given were that the team wears orange jerseys with black shorts. If you want to put a design together, send it into HJC and I will forward it to Richard. If he likes a design, the team will wear it for the tournament.

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Another nerd world that I live in is the Disney nerd world. And one of my favourite things about Disney is the monorails. It's easy to make a comparison between how I view all the different versions of the monorail and how a non jersey nerd may not see the differences between a CCM Vintage cut and a Reebok Edge cut.

For example, take a look at the monorails below,
They may appear to most people to be the same thing, however they are very different.

Same can be said for these Kings jerseys,
They may appear to be the same to the average fan, however to me they are very different.

Anyways, there's no real point to that other than I'll take any opportunity to make a monorail reference. I also needed you guys to pay attention so that I can remind you to vote!

COTW Mar 22-28 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

March 27, 2015

Friday: Cujo & the Technicolour Concepts

TGIF!!! Welcome to the Friday post.

Ondrej Pavelec....way to pick up your game! I'm impressed!

Logo/Jersey news: A new NWHL has been formed! Unlike the previous women's professional leagues, these women are going to be paid, which is fair, I mean, I was surprised the other leagues didn't pay but hey, better now than never. Take a look at the primary logos!

Photo from sports.yahoo.com

The four teams for the first season are New York Riveters, Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts & Connecticut  Whale (Who are looking a lot better than when they did in the AHL). All the logos are based on the NHL teams in their cities, with some obvious changes. The Whale are just a Whalers logo on its side, but it still looks good (it's an amazing logo), the Boston & Buffalo primaries are decent scripts, but it would have been nice to get more of a logo, and the Riveters get a logo mixing Rosie & Lady Liberty. This is the one of the 4 it would have been nice to bring the NHL logo back, as the Lady Liberty logo is a person favourite (maybe with a font update).

Ratings

Boston: 6.5/10
Buffalo: 7.75/10
Connecticut: 8/10
New York: 8.25/10

The biggest thing design wise for most is the jerseys, which if they are similar to the CWHL, will be NHL jerseys with scripts. I hope it's not that. Some more original designs would be appreciated. Maybe these will get some designs on HJC to get some ideas rolling? 

Still waiting on San Jose & Bakersfield in the AHL, and my anticipation is building. What will the Sharks name their team? Will the Seals, Bulls or Spiders come back? Will we get a new team name? We'll find out soon!

Voting! DO IT! 

COTW Mar 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Video Game Comp vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Remember, the pairs comp begins soon, so get your teams ready and make sure you email both your partner & HJC to confirm your team!

On to the concepts 

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Jamestown Vikings MAHL Concepts (By: Ryan C.)


+Despite the MAHL lasting a season it had some very good looking logos and Ryan capitalizes on that
+ Excellent colour balancing on the white jersey
+ Striping is simple but uses all the main colours on the logo
+ Curved numbers are something I'm fond of

- The numbers need some yellow on them
- There needs to be some white on the yoke on the blue jersey

Rating: 8.25/10 (Really wanna see more MAHL concepts)

New Jersey Devils Concept (By: Brian B.)


+ I really like the Devils concept logo from 1982, putting in on the old Devils jersey would look sweet!
+ The updates to the logo look excellent
+ Solid throwback without being an exact (yoke changed & arm striping doubled up)

- Socks need more green
- Helmet needs a logo
- The Devils big fat numbers look much better than this font
- The collar on the back is white while on the front it's green, gotta watch the execution, simple errors like that really bring down a concept!

Rating: 7/10

Bowling Green Falcons NCAA Concepts (By: Ben S.)


+ The colours are done perfectly, very similar to the Browns
+ Full name on the front of the jersey reminds me of the New York Americans, something unique
+ Alternate very similar to a Bruins/Rangers mix
+ Striping on alternate is very unique

- Pants stripes should stop at the waste line
- Falcon logo would make an excellent shoulder patch on all the jerseys
- Shading on the brown helmet should be dark brown, not grey
- Don't forget ID your concepts!

7.5/10

Los Angeles Kings Concept (By: David G.)


+ I'd be nice to bring this logo back for the Kings, and using the 80's colour scheme with some grey would be a decent way of doing it

- Aside from the big triangle in the centre of the jersey, the concept is mostly a fill bucket job
- The colours on the jersey don't appear in the logo, and the dark grey doesn't appear on the jersey aside from a little bit of on the collar and sides, but there's a another grey on the numbers
- The numbers and name are hard to see
- The key here is to pick a design and go with it, one unified theme and build around it
- Don't forget to ID your concepts!

Rating (4/10) Keep working and I'm sure you'll bet getting higher ratings very soon

Carolina Hurricanes Concept (By: Christian L.)


+ Cincinnati Cyclones did warning stripe right, and the 'Cane could pull off a less extreme version of that with the Hurricane flag
+ The lack of white really helps the striping and makes it pop more than white would
+ Great logo choices, it is tempting to put the flag as a primary, but the toilet bowl has grown on me recently

- Not sure how I feel about double red, it looks good on the logo but weird on the striping
- Never a fan of the old Hurricanes font, the current one is much better
- The tv numbers look like they say 5353
- Grey in the logo would help it stand out more, even a little bit in the centre

Rating (8.75/10)

Grand Rapids Owls IHL Concepts (By: Ryan C.)


+ Love this team's logo! I mean Owl as a hockey glove how creative
+ Striping really goes well with the logo
+ Yoke stripes look excellent
+ Excellent execution

- The font on the logo is unique and would connect the whole concept together
- Having black on the numbers would match the logo more

Rating (9/10) COTW Nom from me!

Philadelphia Flyers Concept (By: Ben B.)


+ I think Ben made a concept like this earlier, and has improved on it
+ That bell logo looks amazing
+ Striping looks excellent and the square yoke looks amazing

- The yokes on the home & road set should be white and black to match the set cuffs & hem
- The bell logo would make a better shoulder patch
- Remember to stop the hem stitching at the hem stripes
- The stitching should match the square yoke, and not go around like an elliptical one
- Numbers are too small & too far down on the back

Rating (6.5/10)

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That's the post!
Remember to vote for the video game contest & COTW
Go Jets Go!
Have an awesome weekend!!!

March 26, 2015

Thursday: I am...

See y’all don’t understand me. My plan B is to win your hearts before I win a COTW.....hopefully at least someone gets that reference. Anyways hello fellow jersey conceptualizers and enthusiasts! It's Bpoe96, and I’m of course the new Thursday writer for the blog, otherwise I’m not really sure why I would be writing this. I’m not going to bore you with my life story or anything but here are a few things about myself:

Location: Pittsburgh
Favorite team: Penguins, 2nd Oilers
Favorite Players: Olli Maatta and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Favorite current NHL jerseys: This is most likely biased but the Oilers' set and the Pens’ new alternate
Besides concepts I also like to do “edits” of hockey players which is basically just editing photos of the player. My most recent one is below, and all of the ones I have made before were on my phone, as I am just starting to learn how to make them on my computer. Outside of hockey my only other interest really is music, and my favorite artist is Kendrick Lamar.
Original photo from russianmachineneverbreaks.com
Anyways, I’ve said enough about myself at this point so let’s get on with the rest of the post.
The 2015 pairs competition is coming up soon, and if you have a partner one of you should probably email Ryan about it so he can see how many pairs there are. I will be entering with my friend Connor, and I remember we entered last year but we never ended up submitting anything because we were both beginners at the time, and I guess we didn't have the motivation to do it. Also don't forget to place your votes for COTW and for the Video Game competition! As far as I'm aware neither of the artists in the vote this week have won COTW yet so it will be cool to see someone new win.

COTW Mar 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Video Game Comp vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)


Caleb F. - Buffalo Sabres
Our first concept for the day puts the Sabres in yellow. I think the Sabres could look good in a yellow alternate jersey...well one that can't (or at least shouldn't) be confused as a blue jersey. I like the overall design of this concept, it is a simple concept that's unique to the Sabres and it works well. The colors are balanced nicely too, and I like the use of the Buffalo inside their logo as the main logo. The TV number and number on the back both look a tad small however, and a few areas on the jersey are pixelated and rough, namely the IceBorn wordmark on the back and the "A" patch. The hem striping also looks a bit low. It would also be nice to see the equipment to complete the look.

Overall: Simple yet effective design that gets the job done (7.5/10)


Christian L. - Arizona Coyotes

Our next concept of the day is for the Coyotes, who definitely could use a redesign. The striping looks great, as does the Kachina pattern on the yoke. I also really like the sublimated pattern on the front, it's subtle yet stands out, if that makes sense like it did in my head. The TV numbers look just a little too small, and while this doesn't affect the concept, Ekman-Larsson's name has a hyphen in it.

Overall: Great looking and unique design for the Coyotes that I would love to see on the ice (9/10)


Daniel L. - Team USA
I like the inspiration for this concept and the uniqueness of it. I don't think this would look good for a main set but it would look great as an alternate. Like I mentioned I like the uniqueness of the sash design however along with numerous other concepts that use this design the sash ends awkwardly on the back, but I really don't know what else to do for it either. I think it's just one of those things that you have to deal with. I would also separate the red and blue on the number a little with white, the colors start to blend with each other.
Overall: Unique and pretty solid design overall (8/10)


Mike S. - Chicago Blackhawks
This set is not much different than what the Hawks currently wear, and I don't think the changes are beneficial to the look. The main difference is moving down the shoulder patch to the arms like the Winter Classic jerseys did, and while it isn't a bad design feature it leaves the shoulders empty. There are also reverse laces on the jersey, which don't really fit in on a more traditional design. The helmets also need logos on them, and I'm pretty sure this is just a mistake but the box where your ID usually is is just empty, so make sure you have ID so they aren't stolen.

Overall: While it is a good looking design it just isn't creative enough nor are the changes beneficial enough for me to give this a higher rating as a concept (5/10)


Phil B. - Team USA
Phil gives us a patriotic set for team USA for the 2016 World Cup. The jerseys definitely give off an American vibe, and I'm not sure if this was intentional or not but there are 13 stripes on each jersey, including both the red and white ones, and I like it. I also like how you put the World Cup logo in the collar insert. The logo doesn't look all that great though the way it is though, I would go with either one or the other (the star or USA wordmark) or even have one of them on one jersey and the other one on the other jersey. 

Overall: A patriotic look for the Americans (8/10)


Ryan C. - Denver Cutthroats
Ryan has been improving a lot lately and I've been really liking his concepts, this one included. Based on a quick Google search the Cutthroats wore very templatey looking jerseys when they last played, and this set is an immense improvement. The striping pattern and yokes look great, and the colors are balanced well. The only thing I would really change is to add some white to the yoke stripes on the green jersey. Also the TV numbers look slightly too large.

Overall: Great looking set and an improvement on what they last wore (8.5/10)


Ryan C. - Kalamazoo Wings
With our last concept for the day Ryan again impresses me with this set for the KWings. The striping pattern is simple yet works really well. I also normally don't like diagonal wordmarks like that but it works here because of the unique striping. There are a few issues though. The main one is that the red and blue in the stripes on the the white jersey should switch, or they should switch on the dark jersey, in order to balance out the colors better. There is also no need to have the same logo on the shoulders that you already have on the front in the case of the white jersey. The TV number also looks slightly large again.

Overall- Another solid set (8.5/10)

Well that's all I have for today. I'm going to give my COTW nomination to Christian's Coyotes concept, but there were a few others I think are COTW worthy so if you like them comment and nominate them! I hope you guys enjoyed the post, thanks for reading, and I'll see you guys next Thursday.




March 25, 2015

Wednesday: PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS?

WATCHU TALKIN' BOUT PLAYOFFS? Hey everyone, I'm really excited as the team i've endured all season long (sens) is in a playoff spot! Hopefully they can keep it. *Knock on wood*. It seems like everyone took out their sens jersey yesterday, which in a way bothers me. I wore mine all year but people are only starting to wear theirs now... hmm. It's not really a pet peeve just an observation. For the past few years Calgary was also one of my favourite teams, and it was really tough to see them struggle so I'm really glad they're playing some good hockey as well. The Hudler-Monohan-Gaudreau line is Fire!

Are you HJC playoffs?... in which I mean voting for COTY. It's technically the playoffs since your chasing the holy grail. Well Vote! Also don't forget to announce your HJC pairs team! I'll be pairing up with Scott Garland in the logo division!

*** Edit by Ryan ***

HJC PAIRS COMPETITION

If you already have a team, please email me with your team members and what division you will be entering. This does not obligate you to finish the project, but I am trying to get an idea of how many teams there will be so I can create a presentation schedule.

If you don't have a teammate yet, but you would like to join the competition then please email me and let me know. Also let me know what division you would like to compete in. I'll then pair you up with someone that has also expressed interest in competing. By emailing me for this purpose you are granting me permission to share said email address with other people.

If you check out the HJC Design Blog you should be able to find the rules posted there.

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COTW Mar 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Video Game Comp vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Now for some concepts! 

Brandon C - LA Kings


Brandon takes blasts to the past with these Purple and Gold uniforms. I really like these, they're unique in terms of colour. No one in the NHL is using something close to this. The jerseys themselves are very similar to the ones the Kings wore so I would've liked to see more creativity. Overall: I prefer the kings using something like the purple jersey as a throwback alternate. Its the ideal jersey for them. (7.8/10)


 Chase C - University of New Hampshire
I love the Bold grey stripes, the logo is heavy with grey so it's only right. The blue cuffs are magnificent, it balances out the uniform. I only see one issue here, the logo is huge making the hem stripe to low. Reduce the logo and move the hem stripe up and you're set! Also a minor nitpick but move the shoulder patch up a bit. I wouldn't mind seeing the dark coloured jersey to complete the set. Overall Very Clean: (8.1/10)


Phil B - Team Finland
Phil gets creative and goes all out for Finland. I actually really like the arms striping, I know it's a cliché to have the team flag but Phil pulled it off right. In my opinion the Yoke is an overkill. You already have it 4 times on the jersey. Another personal critique would be the the dark uniform, for some reason I prefer baby blue as the base colour of the dark jersey, It just goes better with the flag. I also don't mind the diagonal text with the lion logo, but its not my favourite. Overall: (7.6/10)


Christian L - New Jersey Devils


I decided to start an alternate series, so you'll be seeing more alternate jerseys to come. This was the most hated one, I wanted to try a "no white jersey" I thought it looked cool but people seemed to disagree. What are your thoughts? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW. 


Scott G - Montreal Vs. Boston



Scott designs jerseys for two original six teams, and let me tell you these look like they belong to original six teams. He also shows us his inspiration with the two jerseys. A few things I like: Montreal's arms.. I love how the red arms go with the darker blue, very clean. I also Like the Boston Jersey, yes the vintage white is overused, but Scott used enough stripes to make it look nice. If I'm not sure about something it would be the logos, its not my favourite, but they do look old so I'll give him that.
Although I don't think you need the "B" logo under the bruins script, it makes it look busy and you already have it on the shoulders. Overall: I'd be happy with these being used in the WC. (8.6/10)



Well thats the post folks... NOT! lets keep it rolling!




Vaughn R - BC CHiefs 
Vaughn continues to educate me on minor teams in BC! This time the chiefs are featured. I quite like the logo, very minor-league-ish. I don't mind the absence of a hem stripe, but these jersey look bland, give me something exciting, it's a minor league team so don't be afraid of creativity. For the Black jersey the bottom inside should be coloured black. The numbers and crest could be a tad bigger.  Overall:  Keep working' at it! You've got the basics down, now let your imagination flow. (6.1/10)



Ok now it's actually the end of the post, I hope you enjoyed it as much as i enjoyed typing it. If you disagree with my comments please don't threaten to kill me, just leave a comment it's easier. Don't forget to got, announce your teams, maybe trash talk a little and have a good week.