We like to think that those who work for major design companies like Nike are just more talented than us. They know more than we do. They are more artistic. But Nike's latest NFL redesign shows how random it all is.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled their new uniform design Monday morning, and the collective response was less than thrilled. The redesign was the first since 1997, when the Bucs completed the single greatest redesign in sports history. We at the OIL have been sponsoring a uniform design contest for the hypothetical Oklahoma City Roughnecks NFL team. And what we've received from random Internet users with access to graphic design programs is superior to what took Nike two years to develop for Tampa Bay. Take a look at what our readers designed and then look at the new Buccaneers uniforms and tell me franchises couldn't save time and money by crowdsourcing their redesigns and bypassing Nike's expensive design department. For reference, here is the evolution of Tampa's uniforms:
And here is the latest chapter in the Buccaneers' sad history:
Just awful. The numbers look like old LCD calculators or alarm clocks. Here are typical reactions on the Buccaneers' official team site:
In contrast, I think many Tampa fans would be happier with the talents of designers who sent in random submissions to our site, like:
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
If you want to help create this hypothetical potential NFL team in Oklahoma City, send logo/uniform designs to OklahomIraqis@gmail.com. The deadline is March 15. The winner may get something from our league store.