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Review of the 2016 NBA All Star Logo

With every All-Star Game, there comes a new logo and the NBA's All Star Game logo for 2016 is outstanding. Hosted by Toronto this year, the game's logo features all the two characteristics that make up a great logo: city, state, or regional relevancy; and simple detail. 


Let's start with the iconic CN Tower as the logo's centerpiece. That particular building is the most known structure in Toronto--and maybe even the entire country of Canada. It's a big part of Toronto's identity and being that the Raptors are the country's only team, it does a great job of representing Canada too. 
 
I think having such an icon is so important, in general, but specifically for an event like this because it is a truly a showcase for a specific city while opening doors to an entire NBA community. You want to show off what you're about and the CN Tower does that. And how about the simple detail? It's magnificent. Let's start with the glass floor at the base of the actual tower: it's lined like the black indented seams of an actual basketball. Beneath than, consider how the tower's shaft is colored and decorated. To me, it looks like paint or the key of a basketball court. 
 
These are simple examples, but these examples, tastefully injected and not obnoxious at all, are part of what makes this logo so special. 
 
Beyond those two important elements, I think the logo has a strong supporting cast of characteristics starting with the placement of the necessary information. This logo specifically places four key things: the “All-Star” lettering, the NBA logo, the host city, and the year. They all blend in so well. It’s seamless, quite frankly. Part of what allows this is the geometrics of the logo itself. The vertical nature of it makes the vertical NBA logo fit perfectly. Pair that with the horizontal shape of the CN Tower’s observation deck and, boom, you’ve got a perfect landing spot for “All-Star” and “Toronto.” I like that the former is placed above the latter because that’s how they rank in terms of importance to the logo relative to the event. Finally, the year is fit nicely on the vertical shaft.
 
In addition to the shaping and the placing of elements, the coloring makes sense. Grey is the dominant color, but after initially being disappointed that red wasn’t featured more, it would be unfit to color the CN Tower red. Instead, red is featured nicely within the logo and outlining the CN Tower, making it the more dominant of the actual colors.
 
Overall, this is a perfect example of a job extremely well done. Toronto is an awesome city and we can’t wait to see it featured in full display this upcoming All Star Weekend.
 
If you like hoops, we think you will dig our basketball t-shirts. Let’s begin in Louisiana with the New Orleans Curse.
 
 
 
Mess with this basketball team and you are in some serious trouble. Love this logo of a voodoo doll going up for the two handed slam.
 
How about the El Paso Luchadores?
 
 
 
This basketball themed masked celebrates the Luchador tradition in one of America’s border towns.
 
We also feature several real Panamanian Basketball League logos. One of our personal favorites is the Caimanes de Rio Abajo. No Caimanes have ever been caught in this region but the locals have sworn that they are in these Panamanian waters. Real or not, the Caimanes have an awesome logo.
 
 
 
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Thanks as always for reading,
 
Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist 

The New NHL All Star Logo is Awesome

I don't know how many people will watch the NHL All-Star Game. Whatever the number is, I'm sure there will be more people who see the game's logo, but less people who actually appreciate it for what it is. 

 

 

Columbus isn't exactly hockey heaven, but the home of the Blue Jackets was supposed to host the game in 2013 before a lockout eliminated the festivities from the schedule. With the Olympics banging the game in 2014, the Blue Jackets, re-awarded the event, will host the NHL's first all-star game since 2012. 

For the All-Star Game, a star in this logo is fitting as well as incorporating the elements of the team's logo. Planted at the base of the logo with similarly colored silver hockey sticks diagonally crossing in the background, the star shines in this setup. 

The Ohio state flag is a great piece of the team's logo but an even greater piece for an All-Star Game. The game is a melting pot of hockey elite from all over so that the logo shows off its location really makes a difference. The Columbus Blue Jackets are identified as such The All-Star Game is not the Columbus NHL All-Star Game. Sure, Columbus gets mentioned plenty, but it's a qualifier and that's for those who consume the live media coverage of it. Fifteen years from now, if you took the Columbus text out of the logo, you could identify the host city because of the flag. Plus, hailing from Texas, a state that waves its flag more proudly and more often than any other state (I think), I approve of flag demonstration to show state pride. 

I think the flag smoothly blends in through artistic license and creates a backdrop that allows the NHL logo and 'All-Star Game' text to feel like it is apart of the logo and not a part of the logo. 

Take a second and look at the logo. Look at it as a whole. What do you notice? Anything? 

Look again...

Do you notice a "C"? While the circular area within a "C" is filled in, the overall shape of the logo's bulk creates a "C", which, yet again, represents Columbus. I like and appreciate that.

Bonus points for substituting the hyphen in All-Star with a star. 

Bonus points because you can never go wrong with featuring red, white, and blue. Sure, they are the Blue Jackets colors but the game also takes place in the states. 

What a great logo. I'm a big fan of it for several reasons and appropriately bang my stick against the boards for the folks who drummed this baby up. 

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Thanks as always for reading.

Jared Sandler

Awesome Sports Logos Columnist

Does the MLB All Star Logo Get Our Vote

This year's MLB All-Star Game is at Minnesota's Target Field which is one of baseball's newest venues. The Metrodome's successor is beautiful and a terrific site to display baseball’s best. A beautiful site doesn't always inspire a beautiful logo for the All-Star Game, though. Where does this year's artwork stand?

 For event-specific logos hosted by a city, my top priority is to gauge unique characteristics that represent the city and the venue. Most ASG logos feature the host team's emblem (just as this one does above the "All Star Game" lettering) so that's more of a requirement than a job well done. But the background and the coloring are what stand out to me.

I enjoy the skyline, outlined with detail but filled in with simplicity. The clouds and blue sky adds a nice touch, too. What's really neat is that it isn't just the skyline, but the skyline as it is seen from inside the ballpark. I love that these shapes are simple because it doesn't act as a distraction, like a mansion on a street of more modest sized houses, but it remains an important part of the whole, which is much greater than the sum of its parts like how the Spurs are with its players. 

The MVP of this logo, though, is the coloring. The obvious choices are the blue and red of the Twins that color the stadium and the background of the lettering, respectively. But, the "star" of the logo is the sand-like coloring of the lettering and skyline. One of Target Field's most unique features is its use of limestone throughout much of the park. The limestone isn't just a part of the park's identity, but the state's identity, too, as the variety used for the structure comes from nearby Mankato. It is only fitting that one of the logo's most present colors is a part of the fabric of both the venue and the region.

The shape that is home the logo's messaging is another subtle key to what makes this logo unique. As you can see below, it is the same shape upon which 'TARGET FIELD' rests in front of the stadium's main entrance. Subtleties like this help separate a logo from the pack.

If we were to judge this logo on a scale of single to home run, I easily give this one a Harmon Killebrew 500-home run club seal of approval. While Target Field is ironically a pitcher's park, this logo is a no doubter with rich coloring and unique features that represent Minnesota, Minneapolis, and Target Field.

Speaking of All Stars, we have some awesome baseball t-shirts to choose from.

The Idaho Taters was the very first sports logo we produced and it’s still one of our favorites. Here's former MLB pitcher Mike Bacsik showing off his Taters awesome t-shirt

 
 

Savannah is the 4th largest seaport in America. Therefore there are plenty of Sea Men passing through. Makes sense right? The Savannah Seamen sports logo t-shirt.

 

Don’t mess with these power hitters. The Boca Raton Cougars are on the prowl, especially at night time establishments.

 

 

Thanks as always for reading. Enjoy All Star Week!

Jared Sandler 

Awesome Sports Logos Columnist

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