Over the past few weeks, Manchester City has been conducting a consultation with all of its Cityzens members to establish whether the Club badge should evolve, and if so, how.

The consultation period has closed with thousands of Cityzens members having given their views via the online Cityzens’ questionnaire and the dedicated consultation space at the Etihad Stadium.  Hundreds of fans also attended a series of free lectures on the history of the badge, provided by Football Historian Gary James with many others giving their opinions via City voice.

We sincerely, genuinely, hope you're enjoying the Rugby World Cup. Now at the semi-final stage, the 2015 version gives off the impression, perversely, that it's been going on since time began, when, in fact, it's only been a few decades years months weeks.

Regardless of our sport watching preferences, we should appreciate rugby while it's still around, as, if medical science has any grounding of integrity, it won't be legal for much longer. Why should we appreciate it? The kits of course!

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, seriously, where have you been? The 50 Greatest Football Shirts Ever countdown over at our good friends The Football Attic was a project which covered most of the European off-season and instigated a whole load of debate, and I was honoured to be involved with it.

Now it's over, with the adidas West Germany 1988-91 Home shirt coming out on top, all that's left for us to do is absolutely implore you to check out the entire countdown and have a read of each entry's article - certainly prior to condemning each respective shirt's inclusion - and also pay tribute to our partners in, if you believe the haterz, fashion crime.

In terms of social media presence if nothing else, DF has been away for quite a while. After technical issues several months ago, we halted the sharing of members' fantastic designs and have given the site time to find its feet again - post repairs - before publicising content. That convalescence period is now over.

I, personally, have been busy working on The 50 Greatest Football Shirts Ever with True Colours author John Devlin and Chris Oakley and Rich Johnson over at The Football Attic. You may have seen that countdown being shared if you follow us on Facebook and Twitter, but now it's time to get back to the proper business of focussing on the goings on at HQ.

Cardiff City Football Club unveiled their new Club crest, which will be used in full from the start of the 2015/16 season. The new crest will be displayed on the 2015/16 kits and across all Club communications and a number of new product ranges.

Outlined below are the reasons behind the planning and design process, with all decisions made with a view to producing a crest that all associated with the Cardiff City could identify with and embrace.

It was with ironic contrast that news - however reliable - reached us around this time last year, that Umbro had entered a bidding war to snare the prized Manchester United contract, then held by Umbro's former owners, Nike.  It didn't happen in the end - adidas will take over in the summer - but reports seemed to give Iconix's British-based brand a fighting chance, which flew in the face of generally accepted progress.

Because Umbro were no longer the benchmark.  This isn't simply about their loss of major contracts to Nike - Manchester City, England - though that played a part, more that their stylings, or eschewing of stylings, were no longer as revered by the rest of the kit design industry.

Puma have football kit design's equivalent of the difficult second album coming up. Of course, the 2015-16 season Arsenal kits were finalised months ago - most likely mere weeks after this season's were signed off - but there's still pressure. The first lot were largely embraced, can they repeat the trick?

So we had a competition, as we tend to, and there were a few entries. Not as many as in other contests but it was worth the undertaking in order to see what our members would consider the right direction for Puma to take, a year in.

You'll know - we have faith - that FC Barcelona are heavily "rumoured" to be turning their famous blue and red stripes 90 degrees next season. Yes, the Blaugrana will take to the field in 2015-16 wearing hoops, or at the very least, horizontal stripes.

So, naturally enough, what would other teams look like if a similar change was effected? Cue a competition.

My limited knowledge of castellano - despite my Spanish background - and Google Translate tell me the intention of this competition was to "engage Latino or Hispanic designers". Hmmm. Seems a little racist. Never mind, at least we don't have any sexism on the site, right?

The goal was probably slightly more innocent than all of that. This comp was geared towards a rapidly growing and significant proportion of the membership, who may feel under consistent pressure to design kits for club and international sides they feel little affinity with, conversing and describing their creations in a language foreign to them. In addition, when non-"Latino" and "Hispanic" members asked to join, they were welcomed with open arms, as were non-Spanish speakers. There you go, I'm now a discrimination sympathiser.

Ah, Bolivia. They of the matches at altitude and the resultant banana skin for traditional football giants. When the Bolivians are at home.

That may be a little harsh. Bolivia have had their successes in their own right, and should be commended on their occasional notable scalpings. We'd even go as far as saying the South American country/association fully deserves the DF treatment. And not even, in the case of this competition, just the kit. Nope, we gave them a load of crests/federation logos to choose from too. Lucky Bolivia. Not the first time that's been said.

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