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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.

We've had MLS competitions before, but this one had a little bit of a twist. With Major League Soccer having already unveiled their new competition logo/patch, this comp acted as a right-to-reply. Apparently - this sounds familiar - DF members could do better.

In fairness to the capitalist behemoth (MLS, not us), they came up with a masterstroke in the logo being manipulatable into the colours of each team/franchise. Surprisingly enough, the competition generally aped that approach, with impressive results.

This is old news. But it needs saying. DesignFootball.com has a league.

You may have noticed the menu option on the front page leading to two league tables and a column of results. It may not make much sense, and it doesn't really have to, but we should clarify that since August last year a significant amount of DF members have been engaged in a season-long pursuit of glory. Y'know, like in football.

And some of the site's biggest hitters are in there. We won't name who we're thinking of, but needless to say your faves probably are. Hey, maybe you are. Maybe you're your fave. We don't judge.

You remember Roy of the Rovers, right? No, too young? Well don't go on about it! I remember it like it was yesterday, and this competition was a great idea, so go check it out.

For those who don't know, RotR was a periodical comic - weekly for a time, then monthly, if memory serves - that spanned decades and eventually featured in other publications. Following, primarily, the exploits of Melchester Rovers and their star player, Roy Race, the in-depth storylines of on-field and off-field ups and downs - including league and cup wins and losses, and personal tragedies - captured the adolescent readership's imaginations.