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Sunday, 14 June 2015

41 Of My Favourite Sports Teams Logo Designs

Determination, skill, effort, passion and the will to win, not to mention a bit of luck on your side as well.... these are some of the criteria that is needed for any respected sports team to be successful on the pitch, arena or anywhere. 

And whilst not all sports generate as many scores, goals, touchdowns and what-have-nots, what they do have in common is that teams have other ways of generating publicity and interest for fans and taking the brand forward, besides the play. One of these is in the form of the logo: from something that looks simple - yet captures and conveys the feel of and epitomizes what the team and the city/country it represents is about, to designs that really make you go 'wow, that is impressive', in terms of their visual appeal, their concept and how that concept transcends what it may say about the people or area it represents. 

Most sports logos encompass at least one of the following elements: an image of an animal or cultural landmark, a type of sports ball, in addition to a font type for the logo and text and bright, bold and contrasting colours. The popular sports teams, particularly those hailing from North America have a recognizable and unique approach for this. 

Here I have chosen my favourite sports teams logos in no particular order; I have included the official ones, as well as the fan-made ones, and selected 21 official logos and 20 fan-made logos. Just because the fan-made ones are usually better than the official logos. Well, most of them, anyway. 

For me, these designs are clean, simple, with bold and bright colours as well as imaginative, creative and original.  

Atlanta Dream - Women's NBA team 


New York Liberty - Women's NBA team

Cleveland Rockers - Women's NBA team 

Minnesota Lynx - Women's NBA team 

Houston Rockets - Men's NBA team

Cleveland Cavaliers - Men's NBA team 

Dallas Mavericks - Men's NBA team 

New Orleans Pelicans - Men's NBA team

Toronto Bluejays - Major League Baseball 

Miami Dolphins - NFL 

Houston Texans - NFL 

Jacksonville Jaguars - NFL 

Carolina Panthers - NFL 

Brisbane Roar - Australian soccer team 

Philadelphia Eagles - NFL 

  St Louis Rams - NFL 

 FC Dallas - Major League Soccer 

Fort Worth Vaqueros FC - National Premier Soccer League

Sydney FC - Australian A- League 

Washington Capitals - National Hockey League 

Boston Brawlers - American football team 

And here are my favourite fan logo design concepts.....

Cleveland Cavaliers by Yu Masuda 

New Orleans Pelicans by TinBacicDesign 

Charlotte Hornets by Eren G. 

Minnesota Timberwolves by Yu Matsuda 

Washington Wizards by Michael Weinstein 

Brooklyn Nets by Michael Weinstein 

New York Knicks by Yu Masuda 

Houston Rockets by Funkatron101 

Dallas Mavericks by Yu Masuda 

Atlanta Hawks by Stephen Vereen 

Chicago Bulls by Mon Carnet 

St Louis Rams by OSPREYDAWN aka Max O'Brien 

New England Patriots by Max O'Brien

Atlanta Falcons by Max O'Brien 

L.A Dodgers by Derschwigg 

Buffalo Bills by That Guy 

Miami Dolphins X Miami Marlins MLB mash-up logo

Chicago Bears by TinBacicDesign 

Tennessee Smokies by Studio Simon 

Toronto Raptors by Project Thirty Four 

Friday, 5 June 2015

Backlash Over Bi-Racial Miss Japan 2015 Ariana Miyamoto Highlights How Racial Attitudes Must Change In Asia

(Right: Lou Jing and Ariana Miyamoto) Image sources: Hindustan Times and Crunchyroll

Do the names Ariana Miyamoto and Lou Jing ring a bell? For most people, probably not. 

Lou Jing made heads turn in China after appearing on a reality TV show; she is a Blasian- as in half- black, half Asian. Her father is African American and her mother is Chinese; Ariana's parents are similar; she has an African American father and Japanese mother. She was the winner of the recent Miss Japan 2015 beauty pageant and her win prompted verbal abuse and criticism from critics and some Japanese people because of her Afro-Asian identity, going as far as accusing her of not being Japanese enough. 

In the wake of the fiasco surrounding Miss Japan winner, Ariana Miyamoto, people have gone on record to say how Japan is a very homogeneous society. Well, the same applies to many Asian and most African countries that have homogeneous populations; when you live in a country where everyone is of the same race, it is assumed that there is very little chance of racism happening. But when you are part of a tiny racial minority compared to one group that is larger than the other groups, the chances of experiencing racism in a country, is huge. 

The controversy over Ariana Miyamoto's win just goes to show that racism doesn't just occur in places like the UK and US: countries with multicultural populations. Homogeneous countries are and can also fall foul to racial discrimination, prejudice and intolerance. Asian and African countries - for the exception of say South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya - do not deal with or experience multiculturalism, because such a thing rarely exists in those regions, due to the lack of immigration. Sure they are used to foreigners and visitors from overseas on holiday, but when it comes to individuals born and bred in those countries and being of a different race to themselves, some understand - & many do not understand and sadly choose not to be understanding about the concept and importance of diversity. Being born, raised and lived in London as a British born Chinese, I had experienced my fair share of racism in my daily life, whereas native Chinese in China and Hong Kong, they don't really know what it is like for people like myself, who are born with 2 identities. Until they come and live in the UK and see that racism does exist and is real. 

Identities are so complex - just when you thought you know it all, by being White/Black/Asian/Latino or whatever, there are other elements that come into play as well. Such as your nationality. Race is just one part. Black/Latino, Afro-Asian, mixed race, biracial. With Ariana Miyamoto, it is downright sad and horrendous the way she was treated by some anonymous posters online, whose ideal image of being Japanese is being light-skinned with slanted eyes etc. They don't consider half-casts, mixed race or biracial people, who were born in and are from Japan as being Japanese enough. 

I don't care what race you are, or what colour your skin is - if you are born in that country, or have lived in that country for most of your life, you are technically British, American, Japanese, Chinese, Australian, Canadian etc regardless. 

In the U.S in particular, there is a considerable number of Blasians living in the country; their identities is half African- American and half Chinese/Korean/Japanese in terms of physical appearance. 

It really tells you something when certain homogeneous countries go out of their way to bash the likes of America and UK and calling them out on their racism towards Africans and Asians (which happens still unfortunately & I find it appalling), - when these same homogeneous countries single out and target bi-racial and multi-racial individuals such as Ariana Miyamoto & spewing their racist, anti-Black/White venom, all because they don't look 110% Asian, just like the rest of the country. The hypocrisy is startling, racism and bigotry can not be tolerated under any circumstances; Japan, China, Hong Kong and the others need to wake up & face up to the realization that in the next 5, 10, even 50 years time, more and more bi-racial and mixed race babies will be born in those respective countries. 

The Eastern perception that Blacks and having dark skin is seen as 'dirty' or whatever, is unfortunately deeply rooted throughout history that dates back centuries ago. It is deeply offensive and beyond ridiculous. Beauty comes in all colours, as well as shapes and sizes; although the real beauty lies in inner beauty that goes beyond the physical -ness of it all. 

Japan is a country that prides itself as a society being 'pure' and unique that is not so similar to other countries. By this, I am referring to the fair skin, the slanted eyes, dark hair, you name it. It is the framing of an homogenous 'myth' of looking 110% Japanese by appearance against the multicultural Japan of not resembling being Japanese, because they are of say, mixed-race, biracial origin. 

As much as countries such as Japan excel in areas such as technology, from a social and racial standpoint, a lot of the people have very narrow-minded views when it comes to ethnicity. If you don't look like them, according to them, then you are not Japanese enough. Elsewhere in countries with large ethnic populations and diverse communities, identity these days is much more less to do with the colour of your skin. It's about who you are as a person, the type of person you want to be and other things. The African and Asian continents needs to understand this. 

Ariana's tale and triumph is pretty remarkable - she has turned a couple of heads - for all the right reasons, as well as evoking some hostile and nasty reactions around Japan (which were totally undeserved and uncalled for) - her victory will hopefully be a sign that having a more multicultural Japan is no bad thing, whatsoever. 

If it means changing Japanese people's attitudes, then for the sake of the country & making them less close- minded, then definitely. 

Yabba Dabba.... Don't! The Perennial Rise and Downfall of The Boomerang Channel

After my post on the demise on the Boomerang Channel from Cartoon Network, I thought I would touch upon this a little bit more and dig a little more deeper into its origins, history, as well as to give my thoughts on Turner's rebranding.

About Boomerang: 

The Boomerang Channel is a digital Cable and satellite broadcasting television channel that is owned by Turner Broadcasting System, a subsidiary of Time Warner. Turner Broadcasting, which was owned by media mogul Ted Turner as well as Cartoon Network, merged with (the now defunct) Time Warner.  

Originating as a spin-off of Cartoon Network (Which originated as a programming block in 1992), much of the programming that made up of the core of their programming line-up was part of TBS's Disaster Area, a block of children's programming that aired on their network from 1997-1999. 

In 1994, Cartoon Network studios was born; a year later 'What a Cartoon!' debuted with pilot episodes of Dexter's Lab, Johnny Bravo and Cow and Chicken, which later paved the way for their own makeshift title shows. 

It originated as a commercial-free Cable channel in America that made money through subscription fees and product tie-ins. These product tie-ins consist of occasional advertising promoting Cartoon Network and/or Boomerang programming, DVD products. Boomerang's promotional slogan was originally titled, 'It's All Coming Back To You'. This slogan connoted the theme of nostalgia and retrospection. As Boomerang was a classic cartoons channel, it accurately reflected its programming line-up at the time. 

Boomerang had its own original programming block airing on Cartoon Network, debuting on December 8 1992. The block was aimed at baby boomers and was originally airing for 4 hours every weekend. On April 1st 2000, Turner Broadcasting spun off Boomerang as a standalone cable channel. 4 years later, all of the older cartoons on Cartoon Network migrated to Boomerang. The channel consisted of an everyday line of reruns and repeats of classic Hanna Barbera, Looney Tunes, MGM and Terrytoon cartoons. Boomerang Europe was born 5 years later. 

I want to touch a little bit on the Hanna Barbera cartoons from the 1960s and 1970s; it appears a lot of people loathed them and thought they were horrible: for me anyway, I enjoyed Hanna Barbera's output. I totally got it and understand what they were trying to set out to do and I liked their characters. Some of them had comedic elements to them. They had a very sitcom - like approach to them, which I totally get, because a) I am a fan of traditional American sitcoms and b) the set up, their approach resonated with me a great deal. Examples of these shows included The Flintstones, earlier Scooby Doo, Top Cat and Dynomutt and Blue Falcon. Which is why I enjoyed them. 

Source: Toonzone

Whist the 2000s was the start of the eventual decline of Cartoon Network and its rapid slide to mediocrity with many of its classic shows migrating to Boomerang, fans of Yogi Bear, Popeye, Tom and Jerry, Flintstones and Looney Tunes were at least happy to see their favourites back on screen again. Unfortunately however, this didn't last long and sadly, we dreaded the day Boomerang would become a shadow of itself and being past its prime as a children's television network. 

Never did I envisage that after the downfall of Cartoon Network, would I see Boomerang suffering the same exact fate as its counterpart. But its problems and downfall is still sad to see. 

In 2015, the global relaunch of Boomerang coincided with a re-branding of the channel. The re-branding and relaunch saw its classic shows being significantly reduced and with a much greater emphasis placed on promoting its most popular brands, most notably by presiding Hanna Barbera's Scooby Doo, Tom and Jerry and The Flintstones, as well as Warner Bros' Looney Tunes & newer original content, over its lesser known classic counterparts. From its focus on classic cartoons aimed at baby boomers and generation X-ers and Y-ers, the people at Boomerang decided to ditch the viewership that grew up with the classics, in order to cater to the younger demographic, of whom already have Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Disney Channel all to themselves. These days, any classic programming on Boomerang is relegated to post -watershed hours and graveyard slots -, when people are already fast asleep. This means contemporary and well known programming such as Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes are the only shows with a permanent fixture on the schedules. Plus, they are shown 3 times each day of the week, which is absurd. Thus, it has become an endless -yet tedious and repetitive line-up of Scooby Doo and Tom and Jerry shows, made- for- TV movies, day after day, week after week. As for Warner Bros, not all of Time Warner's cartoons are available to air on Boomerang: Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, classic Batman and Superman shows are all made available to other networks. 

For many fans of this once-great channel, Boomerang is best associated with classic cartoons. Today's Turner puts in minimal effort in promoting the older shows and they have completely disregarded the fan base of those shows. Today's Boomerang channel is a disservice to fans of retro cartoons and to those fans who grew up watching this channel, right from its inception. Also, it seems that Boomerang promotes Cartoon Network and its shows more-so than itself. Boomerang is now a clone of Cartoon Network. Boomerang is Cartoon Network 2. It is not that different to Cartoon Network, as just like that channel, it also carries contemporary shows. 

As for the revamped logo, like many people I am not impressed; I'm not keen on the juxtaposition of the Boomerang font and how the word looks as though it is split. I understand it is supposed to mimic a 'boomerang' so to say, but the font isn't good and the Black and white colours make it dreary. The layout is just poor, the overall logo design choice is unimaginative and just dull to the eyes.  

Also, how is a channel like Boomerang supposed to evolve when the line-up is virtually similar to Cartoon Network and pretty much diverts itself away from the original premise of this channel? The line-up is uninspired and leaves a lot to be desired. Variety is what this channel is lacking in so many departments. 

They are moving into a direction that is financially profitable by targeting children, as opposed to moving into a direction that targets people, especially the elder generation who grew up watching the old shows. Boomerang originally existed to satisfy those people; it existed as an alternative to the modern offerings aired on Cartoon Network. They say this new Boomerang is aimed at families; what makes them think these shows on Boomerang today are what adults had in mind for their children? Many of those adults and parents grew up on the classics, & they want to pass that onto their kids. Not stuff like Mr Bean, The Garfield Show, Amazing World of Gumball, Foster's Home of Imaginary Friends, - which in my eyes aren't old enough to qualify as classic cartoons. The cut-off point for classic cartoons for me, is anything from 1940s up until 2006. Boomerang was supposed to be a channel catering to adults, with CN catering to kids. How many children today care for the older cartoons? Do they think they actually care for the classic Yogi Bear, Bugs Bunny or care to know who they are? 

Also, by changing this channel in the hopes of it becoming as successful as Cartoon Network by making it 70% or so contemporary shows, 30% or so of classic shows, Turner Broadcasting and Boomerang execs only care about profit and ratings, more-so than their audience and viewers and in understanding what they want. 

I know I can't stay mad forever on this - I shouldn't be, but frankly, it despairs me to see a channel that I have once loved as a child and teenager become something that no longer represents what it should be about, as well as in celebrating the best of classic animation. 

Change is important, yes it is important in order to keep up with current times.... but you can't just eliminate or get rid of something that means a lot to a lot of people, such as classic cartoons. Oh well, it's another reason why we shouldn't ditch DVDs and YouTube to watch Hanna Barbera, Looney Tunes, Disney Channel and 60s-90s cartoons. 

'Boomerang, It's all coming back to you...' .... not any more it is.


Boomerang - It WAS All Coming Back To You, Boomerang Europe, January 31 2015

Boomerang (TV Channel), Wikipedia
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