How to join the new IceHL Design Council!

Starting this season, the IceHL will experiment with a new judging format for design contests. Winners will no longer be decided by a simple popular vote. Instead, that vote will be only a part of the process.

Winners will be determined by the IceHL Design Council, comprised of six members:

  • the Icethetics community, who will continue to vote in public polls;
  • the IceHL Commissioner;
  • and 4 independent judges, including at least one current IceHL GM and one person with design credentials who has no previous connection to the league.

Each member of the Design Council will cast one vote. To avoid ties, the community will get a second vote (for a grand total of seven votes on the council). Should the winner of the public poll receive less than 55%, the community's two votes will be split between the opponents.

Two of the independent judges will be selected by a popular vote. The other two will be selected by the commissioner. A judge will relinquish his vote to the community if his work is included in a given poll — which will give the community three votes. (In such a case, a design must exceed 70% of the public poll to earn all three votes, otherwise the will be split 2-1.)

Judges will be asked to publicly defend their decisions with a brief explanation of why they voted the way they did in each poll.

Want to be a judge on the IceHL Design Council?

To apply for one of the four judge positions, email icethetics@gmail.com by Sat., Oct. 25 with "IceHL Design Council" in the subject line and containing the following:

  • Your first and last name
  • In under 60 words, explain why you should be a judge
  • An avatar (a photo of yourself or another image to represent you, 400x400 pixels)
  • Optional: A campaign graphic (960x480 pixels or 2:1 aspect ratio) that demonstrates either your own design work or your favorite design styles so the community can get a feel for your personal preferences

The community will be given the information you provide and will then select two judges in a popular vote. The other two judges will be selected by the IceHL Commissioner.

IceHL announces ABC Cup logo and jersey design contest!

A month ago, the IceHL announced its 2014-15 season special events — including a unique Cup Series and Ice Classic Series. Now it's time to start designing!

The first event takes place in Week 6 (Nov. 10) — the 2014 IceHL ABC Cup benefiting Ronald McDonald House between the Philadelphia Aces and Baltimore Blue Crabs. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the charity, which was founded in Philadelphia.

To celebrate the occasion, the IceHL will be encouraging fans and teams to donate to their favorite charity during the month of November. For the game, the Aces will wear special fan-designed uniforms and both teams will sport ABC Cup jersey patches.

And that's where the contest begins!


ABC Cup Design Contest

There are two parts to this contest. You may submit artwork for one or both:

  • Design an ABC Cup logo (using Aces and Blue Crabs or neutral colors)
  • Design a red Ronald McDonald House theme jersey for the Aces (the Blue Crabs will wear their standard white jersey for the game)

THE LOGO

The official name of this event is 2014 IceHL ABC Cup benefiting Ronald McDonald House. It can be shortened to 2014 IceHL ABC Cup, but the RMH logo should be included.

The IceHL roundel must be included. The Aces and Blue Crabs logos may be included but are optional.

Ideally, the ABC Cup logo will be set on a base/shield that could be replicated and revised for our other two Cup games during the season — the Evergreen Cup and the Pacific Cup. This would be similar to the recent NHL Draft logos which are distinct but still share elements and styles from year to year that make them part of a set.

THE JERSEY

As for the Aces jersey, just have fun with it. Ronald McDonald is a clown, after all. We've seen some interesting McDonald's style hockey jerseys over the years. Try to make your design really stand out!

Keep in mind that while the design kit allows for the creation of socks and other equipment, only the sweater itself will be seen in the official graphics related to the event.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 29

You have two weeks to design and submit your ABC Cup logo and/or Aces jersey. Any questions? Ask in the comments or by email.

Voting will be held from Oct. 30 thru Nov. 7 with the winning designs revealed on the first day of Week 6 (Nov. 10).


IceHL Design Council

For this season's design contests, we will try out a new judging format. Winners will no longer be decided by a simple popular vote. Instead, that vote will be only a part of the process.

Winners will be determined by the IceHL Design Council, comprised of six members:

  • the Icethetics community, who will continue to vote in public polls;
  • the IceHL Commissioner;
  • and 4 independent judges, including at least one current IceHL GM and one person with design credentials who has no previous connection to the league.

Each member of the Design Council will cast one vote. To avoid ties, the community will get a second vote (for a grand total of seven votes on the council). Should the winner of the public poll receive less than 55%, the community's two votes will be split between the opponents.

Two of the independent judges will be selected by a popular vote. The other two will be selected by the commissioner. A judge will relinquish his vote to the community if his work is included in a given poll — which will give the community three votes. (In such a case, a design must exceed 70% of the public poll to earn all three votes, otherwise the will be split 2-1.)

Judges will be asked to publicly defend their decisions with a brief explanation of why they voted the way they did in each poll.

Want to be a judge on the IceHL Design Council?

To apply for one of the four judge positions, email icethetics@gmail.com with "IceHL Design Council" in the subject line and containing the following:

  • Your first and last name
  • In under 60 words, explain why you should be a judge
  • An avatar (a photo of yourself or another image to represent you, 400x400 pixels)
  • Optional: A campaign graphic (960x480 pixels or 2:1 aspect ratio) that demonstrates either your own design work or your favorite design styles so the community can get a feel for your personal preferences

The community will be given the information you provide and will then select two judges in a popular vote. The other two judges will be selected by the IceHL Commissioner.

IceHL World: Div. B Name Selection, Round 1

Thanks to everyone who contributed names in the IceHL World Division B nomination process this past week! Now it's time to make some decisions.

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As before, each team starts with a bracket comprised of eight names suggested by Icethetics readers — and narrowed down by your friendly IceHL commissioner. Over the next nine days, a series of votes will determine the winners!

Results are hidden until polls close. This round ends on Saturday night. Happy voting!



IceHL Hawaii: Logo Selection, Round 3

The Hawaii Honu logo design bracket continues!

We had some surprises in Round 2 and more tough decisions ahead. So many talented artists have contributed time and energy into making this the best pool of logo designs for any IceHL team yet. Regardless of who wins, I have to send out a huge thanks to everyone participating!

Our bracket consists of 20 logo packages submitted by 18 designers. Through a series of polls we're eliminating all but one — which will go on to represent the Honu as the team's official branding.

Scroll down past the polls to see a mini gallery featuring the 8 remaining sets.

Results are hidden until polls close. This round ends Friday night. Happy voting!



Take a closer look at the remaining logo sets here.

IceHL Hawaii: Logo Selection, Round 2

The Hawaii Honu logo design bracket continues!

We have lots of difficult decisions ahead. So many talented artists have contributed time and energy into making this the best pool of logo designs for any IceHL team yet. Regardless of who wins, I have to send out a huge thanks to everyone participating!

Our bracket consists of 20 logo packages submitted by 18 designers. Over the next two weeks, a series of polls will eliminate all but one, which will go on to represent the Honu as the team's official branding.

Scroll down past the polls to see a mini gallery featuring all 20 entries.

Results are hidden until polls close. This round ends Tuesday night. Happy voting!



Below are all the logo packages still in the competition. Click to enlarge. All logos are the legal property of their respective designers. Do not use without permission.

IceHL World: Name Nominations, Division B

Right now, some excellent logo designs are being submitted for the IceHL World's Division A teams. So while those keep rolling in, let's move on to selecting names for our Division B teams.

The following list should remind you of the four nations being represented and how you may consider to designate their locations when submitting your name ideas.

  • United Kingdom: England, Scotland, London, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast
  • Australia: Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
  • Switzerland: Zurich, Geneva, Berne
  • Greece: Athens, Crete

Name Submission Rules

The following guidelines will help this process go smoothly:

  • Name nominations will be accepted in the comments area of this post.
  • Suggest names for the 4 teams in Div. B (United Kingdom, Australia, Switzerland, Greece).
  • Include a CITY and NICKNAME (ex.: Montreal Canadiens or New York Rangers). Stick to the larger cities in each country.
  • Team names should be in English. Names in local languages may be considered but an English translation must be provided.
  • Please enter only ONE team name per comment and a maximum of 3 nominations per user. (You may elaborate on your name idea within that comment.) Other users may then "vote up" your suggestion if they like it.
  • Vote up names you like by clicking the "heart" button that appears in the upper right corner of the comment when your cursor hovers over it.
  • AVOID DUPLICATES. Please read through what's been suggested before you post.
  • If you wish to comment on someone else's suggestion, please do it only by replying to their original comment. (Use the "reply" button that appears when your cursor hovers over it.)

The reason for the comment restrictions is to keep this page manageable. Comments will get out of control during the week if we don't have a few limitations. I will be monitoring the page and deleting extraneous comments as needed to keep things organized.

Voting Process

Just as before, we will use brackets to determine the each team's name. We will have a bracket of 8 names for each team. It's important you use the "heart" button on the names you like so I know which ones you guys most want to see included in the brackets.

Restrictions

You may NOT nominate a nickname if it is or has been used by:

  • any current or past IceHL team;
  • any current or past NHL team or any WHA team;
  • any current AHL, ECHL, NFL, MLB or NBA team;
  • or any European hockey or KHL team.

A quick Google search goes a long way. Make sure your idea is not already in use elsewhere.

In addition, names that are vulgar, make any direct pop culture references or serve only to be silly will be removed. Repetitive distractions may get you blocked from posting future comments anywhere on the website. If you're not here to help improve the league, your participation is not necessary.

I will also remove any other name nominations that are deemed to be unacceptable.

Submissions end June 25

One last note to bear in mind. Don't try so hard to find a name that "means something." In the past, some people have tried so hard to do that, they lose perspective on the fact that we're branding a hockey team. It should be something fans would want to scream at a game.

And most important... BE CREATIVE!

IceHL Hawaii: Logo Selection, Round 1

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After a brief delay, I'm pleased to open the voting for the new Hawaii Honu logo!

I don't envy those of you voting. You have some extremely difficult decisions ahead. So many talented artists have contributed time and energy into making this the best pool of logo designs for any IceHL team yet.

Our bracket consists of 20 logo packages submitted by 18 designers. Over the next two weeks, a series of polls will eliminate all but one, which will go on to represent the Honu as the team's official branding.

Scroll down past the first round of polls to see a mini gallery featuring all 20 entries.

Results are hidden until polls close. This round ends Saturday night. Happy voting!



Below are all 20 logo packages. Click to enlarge. All logos are the legal property of their respective designers. Do not use without permission.

Submit your Division A logo designs!

After a short delay, we are beginning the logo design process for the IceHL World!

To help get you started, I've put together some concept artwork that should serve as nothing more than a bit of inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

With these billboards I'm not attempting to suggest any particular color palettes or design elements at all. Just wanted a flashy way of announcing the team names.

The final design decisions will be up to you!

The Moscow Cosmonauts join us as the IceHL's first Russian franchise.

Next we have the Osaka Samurai hailing from Japan.

And finally from Sweden come the Stockholm Hammers.

Now let's get this show on the road. Artists of all experience levels are welcome to submit their creations to represent these three IceHL franchises.

The Rules

There are a few ground rules in IceHL design contests, but they must be followed: 

  • DO NOT STEAL ARTWORK. No copying or tracing. No clipart. No adapting existing designs. No "borrowing." Create something original and distinctive!
  • Entries must be submitted via email to icethetics@gmail.com.
  • Valid entries will include at least a PRIMARY LOGO and a WORDMARK. Secondary logos are at the designer's discretion.
  • Please submit vector artwork (PDF/AI/SVG) if at all possible as this will be helpful in creating graphics for the website as well as the IceHL yearbook. (I will also accept high-resolution JPG and PNG formats.)
  • Include your FIRST AND LAST NAME as well as your EMAIL ADDRESS on the actual artwork. 
  • Finally, by submitting artwork, you agree to grant Icethetics rights to use it in conjunction with all IceHL-related projects and publications.

DEADLINE: Thursday, June 26

You have three full weeks to design and submit your work. Have fun and good luck! We'll begin voting on June 30 so if you end up needing a little extra time, please let me know as soon as possible.

Not a Designer? You can still help!

Maybe you lack the skills and talents needed to create a logo, but you have a great idea for a design. Try putting it into words. Describe your idea in the comments and maybe it'll help one of our designers who's struggling to come up with an idea. You may not get a design credit, but you can still be part of the process!

Good luck to everyone!

IceHL World: Div. A Name Selection, Final Round

We're down to the last set of nickname polls. This set will determine what we'll call three of our new IceHL World franchises. At the end of this batch, we'll determine the full names.

Results: Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3

Results are hidden until polls close. This round ends on Sunday night. Happy voting!


Canada

No polls necessary. Team will adopt existing Quebec Armada branding.


My apologies for the lack of predictable updates on Icethetics lately. My life and work away from this community have kept me incredibly busy of late. So please bear with me as I do my best to stick to the schedule I, myself, laid out for this summer's IceHL-related projects.

For the next few weeks, I'll be mostly away from my computer though this break was built into the schedule. (Hence the extended window for Hawaii Honu logo submissions!) I anticipate things once again running normally around here by the end of June. Thanks for understanding!

IceHL World: Div. A Name Selection, Round 3

We're down to the last set of nickname polls. This set will determine what we'll call three of our new IceHL World franchises. At the end of this batch, we'll determine the full names.

Results: Round 1 | Round 2

Results are hidden until polls close. This round ends on Wednesday night. Happy voting!


Canada

No polls necessary. Team will adopt existing Quebec Armada branding.