Illinois Football Uniforms

#101      
I think Richard Simmons used to wear those as shorts.
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Pretty close. Looks like he's making a V for Victory Badge. Go Illini!
 
#102      
Chicago Suburbs
Oh it could, sure, and I'm sure we still have all the necessary copyright and whatnot. But it has been totally buried, you basically never see it anywhere in official places or merchandise anymore. It is still on the waistband of the basketball shorts actually, but most of our guys roll their shorts down these days, so it gets hidden.

The DIA and Main Campus have also since unified their branding under the Block I logo. The war is over.

It's probably more likely that the DIA adopts the main campus font than anything.



A little bit of a "this porridge is too hot, this porridge is too cold" thing going on with that font and the DIA 1LL1NO1S one.
I don't think the original intent was to pit the block I against the victory shield, nor should it be. The cleaned up, standardized block I is a primary logo, and the victory shield is a secondary logo. In a perfect world where nobody in DIA treated them like an either/or, they both serve functions and work better in different places. It gives more flexibility than a single logo, so you don't end up like Indiana, whose entire brand is the IU logo and candy-striped warmup pants.

I have mixed feelings on the campus rebranding with the block I. I liked the column I logo that was replaced, and unifying the academic and athletic brands behind a block letter looks like a Michigan ripoff (maybe that's just because they're always side-by-side in Coursera ads). On the other hand, I do see the value in a unified identity, especially in the digital age when a logo needs to be recognizable at any size.
 
#103      
I’m dumbfounded by the shield love here recently. The hard sharp corners could never look good on a football helmet. It’s the complete opposite of the Clemson logo with soft round edges. Plus, if you think the I placement on our current helmets is bad, wait until they can’t put the shield on straight. I’ve never considered myself a shield hater, but I’m so thankful it’s never made it on the helmet or at center court/field.
 
#105      
Coming up with distinctive, helmet-ready logo (The Shield) and then never attempting to put it on the helmet is such an Illinois outcome I feel silly for assuming it would ever be any different.
got 99% of the way there, just couldn't punch it accross the goal line
 
#107      
I mean if we can't do the absolute basics right, we're screwed no matter what.
Agreed, at that point just go plain orange helmet and be done with it.

Somehow, at plenty of other places they are able to competently apply stickers...perhaps we farm it out to a local Urbana elementary school.
 
#109      
The Transfer Portal
I’m dumbfounded by the shield love here recently. The hard sharp corners could never look good on a football helmet. It’s the complete opposite of the Clemson logo with soft round edges. Plus, if you think the I placement on our current helmets is bad, wait until they can’t put the shield on straight. I’ve never considered myself a shield hater, but I’m so thankful it’s never made it on the helmet or at center court/field.
Yeah when has something with hard edges ever worked on a helmet?













 
#115      
It looks like a t-shirt and bikini bottom. The fact that people ask what it is should be a good indication of a bad design.
I agree. The shield would need to be redone for people to buy in because the design just isn’t that great, the thick white dividing line between the I and the pillars connects to the I and makes it look like the bottom is larger than the top and like it’s constantly off center. I could be a little OCD though too.
 
#122      
Just looked up cool helmet designs, in general. Not Illinois specific. But right near the top was
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Not trying to get anyone on a Chief tangent, I just thought these were cool for what could have been. If anyone has not seen these in the past
I like all but the one with the Illinois script but this will never happen. I don't think Kingfishers have feathers.