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Football T-Shirt Designs up for Vote

I just got an e-mail from the athletic department with the link to the potential designs for the new Football shirt. There are two designs for the front and two for the back:









I feel like I put way to much thought into this decision (especially since I may not be able to get one as I'm graduating and all). One thing that is kind of weird is that "they" seem to be pushing "The Tradition Continues" as the motto for the team. I really don't get that. Why not something like "It's Morning in America Again?" I get it. Martin definitely reached outside the Bo coaching tree, but I don't think it's necessary to force Coach Rod into the Michigan Tradition; they'll come together eventually.

Another thing, I'm not a huge fan of is cursive script in football. It just looks casual and flippant. Imagine if Barwis' words were captured in a speech-bubble. That's the font I want for my football t-shirt.

Finalhttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifly, I'm a big fan of simplicity and empty space in graphic design. A lot of shirts get exceptionally busy and have way too much stuff going on (like the tiny "THE TEAM THE TEAM THE TEAM" in last year's shirt).

I won't vote yet (I think I have until March 11th to vote), but I'm leaning toward Front 2 and Back 1. It's simple, bold, strong and doesn't try to be anything more than a cool looking t-shirt.

Update: The contest is on!

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“Football T-Shirt Designs up for Vote”

  1. Blogger Tim Says:

    I like both #1s. Front #2 is too simple, and back #2 just looks like complete shit.

  2. Blogger Jeremy Says:

    Shitty all around. Front 1 is too ornate, script fonts have no place on a college football shirt, and the actual helmet image (instead of the completely awesome wing abstraction from the 2003 design) reeks of retail clearance rack merchandising. The people who'd like this probably also have a "Go Wolverines" magnet in swoopy font on the back of their truck.

    Front 2, that football doesn't look like anything. Nice of them to use solid block lettering but that's nothing I haven't been able to buy from Steve & Barry's.

    Back 1 is fine. That's all you need. I liked the boastworthy data they've had on other shirts (bowl streaks, win %, etc) but that's not only jinxing but it's obsolete almost immediately.

    Back 2 alternates colors arbitrarily and it looks like an index card hovering above a toilet bowl in a foggy bathroom. And again with the Junior Adult Novel font.

    "Why don't you design better ones?" you ask? I did, for the 2005 contest, back when it was a contest, and not a Nike-sponsored Alumni Association promotion. But they picked the previous winner again and used her smeary oil painting shirt, and made it blue, against the will of the students.

    The 2003 shirt was fantastic; the rest have been either bastardizations of good designs, or poorly contrived Michigan taglines shit out by the lowest bidder.

    Yeah, I'm bitter about this. But at least it's maize.

  3. Blogger Paul Says:

    In all fairness, the shirt is now an Addidas-sponsored Alumni Association.

    I'd much rather go too simple than too complicated and designed.

  4. Anonymous Anonymous Says:

    Front 2, Back 1.

  5. Blogger fred Says:

    Both are fucking awful. Yikes.

  6. Anonymous BenAA Says:

    Front 2, Back 1...if I was forced to pick one out.

    Give me 1 hour in photoshop and I kick out a far better design.

    Might be an interesting competition Paul?

  7. Anonymous Anonymous Says:

    My first thought on #1 was "Whoa is the message that we can draw a particularly egregious facemask penalty?"
    Second thought was "Wait, is he holding his head in dismay?"
    Only the third thought was "Ohh he's holding his helmet aloft."

  8. Anonymous Fred Says:

    "The Tradition Continues..." is about the lamest shit this side of South Bend and ND's "Return to Glory".

  9. Anonymous Anonymous Says:

    Front 1
    Back 2

  10. Blogger James Says:

    If these are the only choices, I'll take front2 and back 1

  11. Anonymous T-Shirt Designs ::CS Says:

    I Think the second one is the best one