Kit Design Tutorial for BeginnersHere

DF is 13 years old this year, and I thought it about time I outlined some of the occasions I’ve noticed an “IRL” release sharing traits with a design we’d earlier seen on the site.

The following representations of both DF designs (cover versions, if you will) and notable releases of the last decade or so are the work of the brilliant Kitbliss's Chris Oakley. Each separate graphic draws a comparison between design ideas which made it to the real world, and similar thoughts that had appeared on DF (with one exception) at a previous point - the latter on the left, the former on the right.

The results are in and democracy has spoken. We now know what the best Premier League Home kit of the 1992-93 season is.

And, in what will be a shock for some, it’s not Umbro’s Manchester United release. In fact, the lace-up collared effort doesn’t even make the podium.

After collating leaked information, member Corinth has provided a prediction of what the 2021-22 FC Barcelona Home shirt will look like.

Incorporating the weave - or VaporKnit - of the new Nike ranges, the shirt also features the classic “Blaugrana” stripes of the iconic kit being adapted to include a dual-tone version of the crest.

Our AS Roma X New Balance New Kit Deal Challenge is coming along nicely, with a wardrobe provided by member Warrigal exemplifying the high standard of entries.

The Home provides amber embellishment to the deep red base via not only the neat neck and the twist on a familiar NB cuff detail, but also some asymmetric panelling to the shoulder area. The naughties revival regarding excessive trim is in full swing, but this quasi-patchwork effect is more palatable than some recent submissions to that cause.

As many members are aware, it has been announced that New Balance are to be AS Roma’s new kit supplier/technical partner from 2021-22 onwards.

So, like we’ve seen with the Southampton Hummel deal, it’d be great to have an idea from DF members what the new Giallorossi kits should look like. No fixed closing date - the challenge will be replaced with another deal in due course - no winners and no prizes; we’d just like to see how the Serie A giants could turn out with the NB on their chests.