Gorgeous piece by graphic designer Ken Carbone at FastCompany.com as he tries to one-up helmet logo designs of three NFL teams: the New England Patriots, Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Excerpt:
Among the weakest designs are the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers , whose visually complicated logos become a graphic mess when televised and, I imagine, even if you’re sitting on the fifty-yard line.
Carbone’s effort? Mixed.
His stunning success was this amazing re-design of the Redskins’ helmet, which he partly attributes to visiting the Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
After the jump, his attempts at improving the Pats’ and Bucs’ hard candy shells.
Love Carbone’s descript of the Patriots’ hard hat:
The Patriots’ helmet is plastered with their logo, which comes dangerously close to looking like a wind-swept John Kerry dressed up like a Minute Man. If there was ever a time to go with the obvious this is it. Why not really play the patriotic card and star and stripe the helmet?
I actually love the look of that helmet, if Big Daddy Don Garlits was hunkered down in a Top Fuel dragster in it.
Carbone on the Bucs: “I amplified the “Jolly Roger” feature of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers helmet to make it more telegenic while retaining the overall team color scheme.“
The last one is a toss-up for me. I like making the skull and crossbones more prominent, but the flag is a nice touch. The football though in the original logo needs to go. It’s forced. Carbone’s ‘Jolly Roger’ look would indeed look better on TV, so I lean to his design.
I would love to see the teams wear these helmets at least once. Especially the Redskins. That shell would be the best looker this side of Chris Cooley’s wifey.