Posts Tagged ‘sports’

Fiesta Bowl Color Combinations

January 6th, 2010 | 4 Comments

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Texas Christian University and Boise State University showing off a Fiesta Bowl color combination extravaganza. Photo title: gd13, originally uploaded by tcuphotos via flickr.

On Monday night, not far from where I live, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl happened. If you don’t know much about — or have an appreciation for — American football, I shall describe the event to you like this: A team of men — who wore super-bright orange pants, white shirts, and blue helmets — converged around a green rectangle with another team of men — who wore purple-black-and-gray pants, purple-and-black shirts, and gray-and black-helmets with red trim — to battle for possession of a dark brown ovoid.

Fans of each team wore the aforementioned color schemes as they sat, stood, and jumped around while all of this happened for about three and a half hours.

I did not watch this game. (I seldomly watch college sports; no real reason why.) Apparently, though, it was an entertaining game to watch.

Regardless, there was something in this game that reminded me of an idea that has rolled around in my mind for a long time: When two teams — with two very different mascots and geographic constituencies — match up against each other, their respective color schemes are destined to collide and create an equally horrible and beautiful overarching color scheme.

In the case of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the big, overarching color combination can be extrapolated — more or less — into this eye-twisting set of stripes. (Thanks to

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Consider the clash of colors that was witnessed in Super Bowl VII, when the Washington Redskins played the Miami Dolphins: burgundy, yellow, aqua, coral orange, and white. And when the Green Bay Packers play the Arizona Cardinals this weekend in the NFL playoffs, there’s going to be plenty of dark green, athletic gold, cardinal red, black, and white on display. (Egad.)

Do you have a favorite sports color combination? I invite you to share your story below.

Vintage soccer jerseys

December 26th, 2009 | No Comments

From an art and design perspective, I find soccer jerseys are a tremendous source of inspiration. For new and recent jerseys, is a great place to scan the latest looks of the world’s clubs. And for vintage shirts, I fancy; you’ll find hours of eye-popping color combinations and patterns there.

I don’t know where else you’d find the wigged-out, op-art splendor of the 1995 Yokohama Flugels shirt and Manchester City’s 1998 away shirt. Brilliant stuff!

Football and art

October 18th, 2009 | No Comments

Until this morning, I long had forgotten how watching football — particularly Italian football, or calcio, to be precise — has provided me with a profound source of visual inspiration for my art.

It’s not the game, itself, mind you. It’s the stuff going around the game: the uniforms — the sponsorships on the uniforms — the corporate advertising on the flashy, pitch-enveloping electronic billboards, which at once adorn and distract from the game.

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Juve’s Felipe Melo advances past players from Fiorentina, his former club.

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The fabulous crest that Fiorentina sported in the 1980s.

This is where I find logos of corporations I’ve never heard of — corporations whose role in the industrial ecosystem are a complete mystery to me. I like this; I can appreciate these logos for their graphical properties, without understanding the purpose or cultural baggage behind them. I don’t know what they mean. They are like alien symbols to me.

This morning, Juventus hosted Fiorentina. The frenetic, scrappy match, in which both sides counteracted their opponent’s nearly every move, resulted in a 1-1 draw. But I came away with some great ideas for color combinations, shapes and stripes, all gleaned from momentary glimpses.

I think I should watch football more often!