Sorry for missing last week’s blog – unfortunately my 9-5 working life is taking up far too much of my time and energy at the moment – I hope to get a better work/True Colours/life balance shortly!
Thanks for the responses to the Wales kits article – I love producing this mini-features that take a concentrated look at a specific kit topic and hope to produce plenty more with a mixture of already published illustrations and new ones. I’m also working on a few more 08-09 kits with Nottingham Forest and Newcastle’s kits almost ready to go.
True Colours illustrations can also now currently be seen in Derby County and Oldham matchday magazines on a regular basis. Plus I’ve produced a couple of illustrations for the Swansea v Fulham FA Cup tie programme (I’ve just finished watching the match).
Its thrilling to see a handful of 09-10 kits already sneaking out. I’m not one to stick my neck out too much with opinions on designs (being a designer myself I realise that design is subjective and know only too well what its like when someone criticises a piece of work you think is great!) but I have to say I LOVE what I see of adidas’ new templates. They seem to be a cross between cycling jerseys and rugby tops. A real innovation that brings a breath of fresh, contemporary air to the football shirt world. They really reinvent what a football shirt can be. I hope the leaked previews that are knocking about are accurate. I’ll try to bring some illustrations soon.
On the flip side, if what has been revealed of the new England shirt is genuine, then…well…I am appalled. It is one of the worst football shirts I have ever seen. Umbro, who I have to say are probably one of my favourite kit designers (and that fact doesn’t change!) seem to have lost the plot with this. Far too much red, clumsy design, too many fiddly devices (although I am interested by the new 3D barcode ‘thingy’) and just generally a lack of ‘Englishness’. I really hope this is a red (literally) herring thrown out to confuse kit counterfeiters…we will have to wait and see. Personally, I think the time has come to return to a much plainer, whiter shirt with less of the red elements that have been used for the last few kits.