Friday, September 19, 2014

UC Irvine's Logo Overkill

Via Uni-Watch and Matt Rachmiel, the University of California, Irvine, has a new court design that, as Matt puts it, features "both a large & extra large center court logo."

Readers of this blog will know that I'm generally not a fan of the outsized center-court graphics that have become popular in recent years. This Irvine design is probably one of the worst, in my view. Either of the logos alone -- the blue-and-gold interlocked UCI in the center-circle area or the shellac-based UCI cutting diagonally across the middle portion of the floor -- might have been OK. But, to me, having both is overkill.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Webster Bank Arena (Bridgeport, Connecticut)

The Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut, hosted an exhibition game tonight between the U.S. women's basketball national team and Canada. As shown in the highlights video on ESPN.com, the floor featured a large logo in each key area. The logo looks like a tower outside the arena. Anybody know anything more about the arena, tower, or logo?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Grantland Ranks All 30 NBA Courts

Grantland writer Zach Lowe ranks all 30 NBA court designs, with artistic renderings of all the floors.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Texas Tech Revamps Court Again; Iowa State Too

Right here in my figurative backyard, Texas Tech has redesigned its basketball floor after only four years since the previous update. You can see a nine-photo sequence of day-to-day progress in putting down the new design, at Viva The Matadors. It's neat how the huge stencils and other masking processes are used.

(Not all browsers may be able to display the full set of nine photos; Google Chrome couldn't on my computer, but Internet Explorer could. I was, however, able to view the day-9 photo on Chrome.)

As one of the Viva The Matadors commenters points out, Texas Tech now joins the University of Texas, Austin, and Texas A&M in using the state outline at midcourt. I guess Tech doesn't score high on originality points. Another writes that, "When you have a logo with such precision and detail as the TT, it is better to be left to stand alone." I've never formally studied graphic design, but this last comment rings true to me.

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Elsewhere in the Big 12, Iowa State has a modest revision to its court. Even though the Hilton Coliseum floor was stripped completely and repainted, as shown in this time-lapse video, the only major difference entailed a shift from keys that were solid red to empty keys.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tulane Spruces Up Center Court

Via Uni Watch and Matt Rachmiel, Tulane has augmented its big-T/Green Wave midcourt logo with a ring around it saying "Devlin Fieldhouse" (link).

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Floor for Northern Illinois

Via the usual sources, Northern Illinois has a new floor design. As the writer in the linked document notes, the NIU court prominently features the playground blacktop aspect used previously by Central Florida. Another trend that Northern Illinois is following, of course, is the use of a huge logo and initials at midcourt.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Contest to Design Xavier (Ohio) Court

Back in May, the athletic department at Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) gave fans a basketball-court template and invited them to submit their proposals for a new court design for the Musketeers. Those designing new courts were also encouraged to share their renderings on Twitter at #myxaviercourt. As shown here, numerous designs have been published on Twitter, some more serious than others.

Now, via Matt Rachmiel and Uni-Watch, we know the winning design for Xavier (shown here). Like several other courts containing images of local landmarks (herehere, and here), Xavier's will include a depiction of its home-city skyline.

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Also, Uni-Watch features an interview with basketball-court designer Jordi Kodrinsky.