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A Hypothetical Redskins Helmet Redesign

Posted by Matt Terl on November 12, 2009 – 9:29 am

One of the questions we receive most on Redskins Nation — not as often as the ones about Marko Mitchell, I don’t think, but still pretty often — are about potential changes to the Redskins uniform. Whether people just want to discuss burgundy jerseys over burgundy pants (I’m opposed), white jerseys over white pants (indifferent), or going full throwback (I’m in favor), it’s something that folks really like to discuss.

Well, Ken Carbone, a graphic designer who writes for Fast Company magazine decided to take a stab at redesigning what are, in his opinion, some of the worst helmets in the NFL. And the Redskins were on the list.

Among the weakest designs are the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers , whose visually complicated logos become a graphic mess when televised and, I imagine, even if you’re sitting on the fifty-yard line.

So here’s what Carbone came up with, along with professional illustrator and retoucher Mike Racz:

And I have to admit, I think it’s kinda awesome.
Here’s the reasoning:

For the Washington Redskins I tried a design direction that might be considered more politically correct in most circles by removing the Native American portrait, emphasizing the feather motif from the headdress and using it more dynamically on the helmet.

The one thing I wonder is if there wasn’t a way to incorporate the center stripe into the feather motif, but still, this would be a pretty interesting, bold change — and I’m just a sucker for new unis in general. Be sure to check out the article for more helmet thoughts, a nice Tampa Bay redesign, and an absolutely HIDEOUS Evel Knievel helmet for the Patriots.

This fantastic link comes (again) via @Unsilent.

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