Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Interview With "Dodger Design Guy"

I was able to track down the person that designed the Dodgers '55 Patch. Ross Yoshida was the one who made this beauty. He was nice enough to answer a few questions.

Since you designed this Patch, what did you want to accomplish?

The idea behind the design of the patch was to pay homage to our Brooklyn roots and celebrate one of the most important accomplishments in Dodger history. Not only was it the franchise's first World Championship, but it was also a culmination for the "Boys of Summer" who had made it to the World Series four times before and lost each time to the Yankees. And, as we all know now, it would be the only World Championship won in Brooklyn.

I believe the bridge is to honor the Brooklyn Bridge, correct? And did you have thoughts on adding "Brooklyn" into the Patch?

You're correct, the bridge depicted on the patch is a rendering of the Brooklyn Bridge. I thought we could give subtle 'shout-outs' to Brooklyn without actually plastering the word "Brooklyn" on the patch. One is the bridge image... another is the typeface of the "1955" portion of the patch, which is a font we custom-designed to mimic the old "B" on the Brooklyn Dodgers' caps. Yet another subtle link to the past is the usage of the old "Dodgers" jersey script... if you look closely, you can see that the letterforms and underflourish are a bit different than the current, modern Dodgers jersey script. This was the script that was in use in 1955.

Roberto, hope this answers your questions about the patch. Thanks for the work you do on the blog.

Thank you for your time Ross!


Michael K. Smith said...

Great interview Roberto. Looking forward in seeing those Patches on the jerseys.

Roberto said...

Thanks Michael :)