Courtesy of PollDaddy, each team page now has a rating widget beneath its team logo. Rate each logo between one and five stars as you peruse the franchises.
New Uniforms Page
Taking a cue from The D League, all OIL logos and uniforms are now available in one place on the OIL website.
Aaron Gray's Great Plains Drifters finally have a logo and uniforms. They're based on the old High Plains Drifter movie. Gray chose number eight because his son was born in 2008.
10-Year Anniversary Logo Unveiled
The OIL is proud to announce updated logos across the league. First is a special 10-year anniversary logo for the league. It is based on Breakfast Supply Co.'s streamlined version of the original OIL logo. Hector of Breakfast Supply Co. also designed the Liberty Bowl logo and streamlined the logos for the OIL's three conferences.
2015 OIL Uniforms Tournament
As promised, now begins the 2015 tournament to decide which OIL franchise has the best logo and uniform set. The seeds were determined by a survey conducted over several months. The first round will last two weeks. For a complete look at every franchise's logo in one place, click here (or the image below). Click on any logo on that page to view that franchise's uniforms.
The Polls (Click on the logo above the poll to see that team's uniforms)
As the regular season ends and the hunt for the Killman Memorial Trophy begins, the franchises that make up the American Conference are catching up to the original OIL. Logos and uniforms are being developed at a rapid pace. Below are the brands for the franchises owned by: Joshua D Lynn; James Peacock; Nick Green; Thomas Hillier; Charles Neely; Walt Musselman; Adam Schuster; new OIL manager Don Roe; Lance Zerger; Commissioner Nick Reed; Mark Fitzgerald; Stephen Brosh; Bryan Nye; and Jimmy Venable.
DominationStation owner Zachary Jessen unveiled a new logo today after discovering his previous logo had been copied from a minor league hockey franchise in Cincinnati. The new logo was designed by Andrew Krause Design.
The 14 franchises in the OIL1 recently unveiled new uniform sets. In some cases, teams released new logos or completely re-branded their franchise. But, whether it was a refresh or a re-brand, one man was behind all the work: Andrew Krause of AndrewKrauseDesign.com. Commissioner Cliburn did a Q&A with Krause so his work could be showcased and the OIL could know him better.
How long have you done graphic design?
KRAUSE: I’ve been a graphic artist full-time coming up on two years, previously I was an educator in the Boston Public Schools system. While I’ve only been full-time for a short period, I was always drawing logos and the like in notebooks at school or at home with those weirdly scented markers in the early 90’s.
Where do you live?
KRAUSE: I’m originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts but moved to Boston about 8 years ago when I turned 20. I’ve bounced around from neighborhood to neighborhood but have settled in the Allston section of the city, sandwiched between Boston College and Boston University. Neither of which I attended, but I hold BU hockey close to my heart.
What type of clients do you typically serve?
KRAUSE: Hard question to answer, I serve a wide variety of clients. Anywhere from you guys to the NYC Food Bank. My expertise is in sports branding but I have no trouble straying from the course if the job is interesting.
How many designs do you typically do in a month?
KRAUSE: It can vary, summer months are usually the quiet ones – mostly by choice. The work really kicks up between October-May.
What are you favorite types of projects?
KRAUSE: I don’t necessarily have a favorite type of project per se, just ones where the client allows the designer to trust in their vision.
What are your favorite logo/uniform designs?
KRAUSE: My favorite design as of late has to be Joe Boscak’s work with the Hershey Bears. They did a great job capturing the feel of Hershey while also maintaining a classic brand for the Bears. Stunning work. The Dallas Stars come in a close second. They weren’t in need of a brand overhaul, but they sure knocked it out of the park.
Do you play fantasy football?
KRAUSE: Who doesn’t? I’m in a rather hotly contested league and another with a ragtag group of hometown friends. I’m not the best fantasy player out there, but I did win a championship with Tebow at the helm three years ago – I’m oddly proud of that.
As you should be. Does your team have a logo/uniforms?
KRAUSE: They do, but I won’t share. It’s essentially Tim Tebow and Mr. Hankey combined. I’ll let your imagination take over from here.
Which OIL franchise did you enjoy designing the most? Why?
KRAUSE: I’m keen on the look of the DARC NARCS. The basis of the design was an 8-bit video game with the not-so-blended gradients. That red uniform is probably my favorite in the OIL. The Roughnecks, of course, get an honorable mention as that being the sole franchise I designed from the ground up.
How can fantasy football owners contact you about designing their franchise?
KRAUSE: A simple e-mail to Andrew@AndrewKrauseDesign.com will suffice. We can continue the discussion there.
What would you recommend owners provide when they request franchise design or re-brand?
KRAUSE: I usually like to have them fill out a four or five question card which includes mostly their thought process on how their name came about. Fantasy football names are pretty egregious and/or have an inside joke connection. It helps to get the owner's viewpoint on the name before beginning work. Colors are pretty helpful, as well.
What work are you most proud of?
KRAUSE: My work with The Basketball Tournament (TBT) is easily the staple of my portfolio. We started from the ground up with them. When I signed on all that was certain was Frasier Davidson was going to make some killer team logos, which he did. Outside of that work, they left it up to me to design each of the 32 entrant’s uniforms, signage, gear, programs. A lot of work, but it was satisfying to see such a big project come to fruition.
Thanks for all the work you've done for the OIL, Andrew. We'll keep in touch.
If you want your franchise to look as good as those in the OIL, send Andrew an email and discuss your ideas with him. It will be worth it.
While the OIL was born in Baghdad, the Hangovers/Arrogant Americans rivalry evolved slowly over multiple locations. The franchises were rivals long before the league permanently matched them up for Rivalry Week. And it came naturally. They prepare the entire season for their annual matchup.
The first of many images depicting OIL franchise jerseys on real players came in today. This one depicts Peyton Manning playing for the 2012 OIL Bowl champion Arrogant Americans. The images were created by a user at Fiverr.com. The uniforms are based on the New England Patriots throwback unis.