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Hosted by Don Lehman, Core77's podcast series is designed for all those times you're sketching, working in the shop, or just looking for inspiration from inspiring people. We'll have conversations with interesting creatives and regular guests. The viewpoint of Afterschool will come from industrial design, but the focus will be on all types of creativity: graphic design, storytelling, architecture, cooking, illustration, branding, materials, business, research... anything that could enrich your thought process, we'll talk about.
We're entering a news window where most of the major stories will revolve around sports. Last night we had the Super Bowl and this Thursday is the start of the Winter Olympics in Russia. Designers are notoriously uninterested in sports. I know this because I'm generally the only one of my design friends intently watching a game.
But today, I'm going to try to help anyone who carries only a passing or even nonexistent interest in sports by finding something else to focus on: the aesthetics. Specifically, the design of uniforms.
To help me with this we have, and this is not an exaggeration, the world's leading expert on sports uniform design, Paul Lukas. Paul is a journalist who has been following the nuances of sports aesthetics probably since he was a kid, and started actively documenting them in 1999 for NY's indie newspaper, The Village Voice. Today, he is the editor of one of my absolute favorite websites, Uni Watch, as well as a contributor to espn.com.
Get the Afterschool Podcast, Episode #16 - Sports Journalist Paul Lukas: Available at the iTunes store or direct download via Soundcloud below.
Seattle Seahawks uniform history
Denver Broncos uniform history
Nike and the NFL uniform contract
Jacksonville Jaguars' recently updated uniforms, designed by Nike
The Super Bowl logo, designed by Landor
The NFL's Lombardi Trophy
The NHL's Stanley Cup
Wes Welker's larger helmet
Germany's Olympic Opening Ceremony uniform
Under Armour's US speedskating uniform