NBA x NFL Mashup Helmet Designs
El Paso Living Visual Designer
23 February 2017
As an avid sports fan who doesn’t love a good cross brand of your favorite teams.
This side project all started with the purchase of a sports template called Touchdown Football Uniform Mockup from sportstemplate.net. I originally wanted to use this awesome football mockup for my portfolio piece of El Paso Outlaws football concept. I think it turned out very well and pushed the case study to the next level. Then I had the idea to redesign the new LA Chargers helmets which led to redesigning my hometown college of UTEP football. I posted the designs on my Instagram, @crmfresh88, and got plenty of good feedback.
Then it struck a light bulb reflecting back on a blog post I did for NBA Logo Redesigns & App Icon Design that it would be cool to implement these to the helmet template. From there I hit the ground running and creating some new digital media for my Instagram. This is a project that allows me to keep the designs consistent yet unique to each team brand. Once I find a good niche I stick with it and find different ways to stand each design apart without steering away from the overall consistency of the project.
I love the idea of crossing sports brands specifically NBA branding as NFL equipment and finding ways to merge the two worlds. I was easily influenced by the Nike’s NFL Color Rush Series of jerseys for various NFL teams & wanted to head that art direction. I love bright colors with the accent of contrast with dark colors. So, it was fun studying each team brand and creating a different color palette for each design. The helmet design in general provoked me to be more creative with a different surface area as compared to a basketball jersey and shorts. Overall, it was a great project to work on combining digital media & social media interaction for me. Plus, it has gotten me a little bit more exposure in the sports business which is where I would like to eventually lead my career.
I, Christopher Muñoz, do not own any of the trademarks used for this case study. All rights to the National Basketball Association and their respective owners. All images are for presentational purposes only. I am just a long-time fan with a design ambition. For more information please visit NBA.com.