Keith Good designs logos at his Web site: keithisgood.com, and tweets from @keithisgood. He sent in this Roughnecks design, and we appreciate his work.
Here's what Mr. Good had to say about his design:
"I tried to keep the design intentionally simple. It wouldn't make much sense, to me, for a team called the Roughnecks to wear a uniform filled with bright colors, chrome and gradients. I aimed for a classic design which would be as much at home in the 50's as it is today.
I like the concept of the logo. The Roughneck looks a little cartoony though. I think Good could move forward with this idea and create a good logo with a more abstract image of a roughneck working a big wrench. Now, to the colors:
"The color scheme came last. I knew the Roughnecks colors had to echo manual labor. I'd originally tried using black (oil), brown (dirt) and yellow (hard hats), but this ended up looking like Pittsburgh. As a Browns fan, this made me want to vomit. I landed on he final green/brown/grey color scheme by thinking of football playing roughneck; after 4 quarters in the trenches, they'd be covered in mud (brown) and grass stains (green). The addition of grey is meant to make one think of the machines roughnecks work with every day.
I am not a fan of the green, but I like the idea behind it. The hue of green doesn't look right, though. Although I hate the Eagles' "midnight green," a darker green may be appropriate for a team in Oklahoma. I love the Eagles in kelly green, but I don't like it here. Personally, I like the brown, black, and yellow idea, but I understand the hesitation if you're a poor Browns fan. Thanks again for your contribution. I love the photo you used as inspiration.
If you want to help create this hypothetical potential NFL team in Oklahoma City, send logo/uniform designs to OklahomIraqis@gmail.com. The winner may get something from our league store.