New York Knicks flag subway token

Brian Comments

The Knicks’ current home and road uniforms were introduced in 2012. The update removed the black side panels and trim from the previous uniform set and returned the team to an older style nearly identical to that worn throughout most of the 80’s and 90’s. The major changes are a less-arced team name and partial armhole trim which starts at the shoulders but ends halfway down. The uniform also returned to a more traditional crewneck. The white home uniform has ‘New York’ with the player number centered below it in orange with a blue outline and blue, orange and gray trim. The blue road uniform has ‘New York’ and the player number in orange with a white outline and orange, white and gray trim. The orange alternate uniform, which was introduced in 2013, has ‘New York’ in blue with a white outline and blue, white and gray trim. The alternate has been considered unlucky since the team has yet to win a game while wearing them. While the design is clean and generally well-balanced in terms of color and layout, the uniform set loses points for its dated, retro look which has eschewed the modern features of its predecessor and is a downgrade from the team’s previous, more modern design. Rather than pushing the brand forward, the design returns it to the past. relevance The term ‘Knickerbocker’ derives from a Dutch-American surname and refers to the early Dutch residents of New York—and by extension all New Yorkers (similar to Yankees). The team’s blue-and-orange color scheme, which was later adopted by other New York professional sports teams—the Mets (1962) and the Islanders (1972)—is derived from the flag of the City of New York. As mentioned above, the Knicks’ secondary ‘subway token’ logo pays homage to the subway system’s old tokens, adopting the typeface from the logo wordmark to match the layout of the ‘NYC’ design. The team’s other alternate logo also pays homage to an alternate logo used by the team 1968-76.