Skinsuit by Design Vol. 4

4 Oct

We’ve seen our fair share of poorly designed, hideous and horrible looking skinsuits. Now, we’re not going to showcase them here but rather we’re going to feature skinsuit designs which still contain some unique ideas and creative design elements but which ultimately fail due to poor implementation of the original idea. Some still look quite good, while others will look downright horrible. On another note, some skinsuit designs will look good depending on the physique of the cyclist wearer.

We have nothing against pink colored skinsuits, in fact there are some good looking pink themed skinsuits, but the photo above shows that some pink-themed skinsuits should never be worn by male cyclists. If you take a look closely at the design, there are tons of geometries that don’t really complement each other: curved squares layered on top of each other, flower shapes randomly scattered across the design, there seems to be no harmony in the chaotic elements involved. It could have been a nice design idea but the horrible design choices make this fail on so many levels (even if a female cyclist were to wear this one).

This skinsuit design for Fidea team isn’t all that bad. The color choices are quite good  and there’s minimal geometries involved. The thing that kills it? Text overkill. Observe the design closely and you’ll see text splattered haphazardly and there’s even text scrolled over the shorts area which is kind of redundant and pointless. It can’t be helped, some skinsuits will always bear the name of their sponsors but some skinsuits handle it pretty well, this one doesn’t. Make no mistake though, there are some good ideas here, and that scrolling text could have been done better, but overall, this skinsuit looks barely passable.

White skinsuits. They can be very tricky to design with if you have white as the base color. Moreover, few cyclists brave wearing an all white skinsuit. The Photos above showcase the Bicycle Repair Man white skinsuit which is on a lot of aspects, total fail. We admire cyclists who dare accept the challenge of wearing a white skinsuit. As you may have noticed, white skinsuits when wet become semi-transparent with embarassing results. They also tend to enhance your junk again especially when wet, which if you’re a cyclist happens to be very often. With that caveat, it seems then that a white skinsuit design must be good, and here this skinsuit design falls apart. It is just too plain, and while being plain isn’t necessarily bad, the remaining design elements are quite horrible and do not complement the base white color which is a shame since we rarely see a predominantly white skinsuit. There’s a single circle there, then an obtrusive text which is again written on the shorts part which is yet another example of text redundancy in design. Maybe perhaps the next iteration of this skinsuit will address these concerns.

The skinsuit design above shares the same dilemma as the previous two designs. We rarely see a predominantly green skinsuit and those we have happen to be poorly designed such as the one above. So what kills the design? Again, it’s text and logo overkill. It suffers from inconsistency in the logo size and placement such that some logos look bigger than the other and while this is common among jersey designs, it just looks horrible here. If you notice, there’s also text redundancy. They could have gotten rid of the text in the arms and forearm part and it would look ok with just plain white. The design idea isn’t all bad, especially if you remove all the text and logos, this skinsuit would look good. Still, probably the best looking skinsuit with a green base color will have to be the Australian Olympic and Commonwealth team kit a few years back.

This skinsuit from a Kiwi track cycling team should have looked good. There’s a clean color palette, minimal text and generally few geometries. The killer though is that milky pattern which just looks plain awkward. It’s admirable and actually good to have a design that doesn’t involve rectangles or squares but this one was done poorly, as if the artist used a random brush in photoshop and applied it to the canvas, which is a shame since this would have looked good with a gentler more wave like curved pattern.

Again, just like white skinsuits, yellow skinsuits can be challenging to design. A previously featured skinsuit design got all the yellow elements right, but this one doesn’t. There’s text overkill, and somehow the design is very inconsistent, it’s quite painful to the eyes.

We really have nothing against guys wearing pink skinsuits, and Craig Maclean (photo above) looks very manly and sexy in that pink skinsuit from Team Plowman Craven-Evans. The problem is, this skinsuit just looks dull. This could have been an exciting skinsuit design if you factor in the good choice of colors which include light pink, blue and light green. It’s simple, minimalist and complements each other well, but somehow the design here looks boring coupled with the fact that there’s quite a lot of text in this design which further dulls it.

We really don’t know the origins of this British track cycling team (Team Terminator) as to whether this is an endorsement of the Terminator franchise, or a tie-up to the Terminator movies or just plain rip-off of the franchise but they somehow produce good cyclists such as the young cyclist on the far left (John Paul). The thing is, this design doesn’t really look bad at first sight, the black skinsuit base looks good and the shorts part contain shades of gray which is actually a good design choice. Our qualms with this design is the ‘terminator’ branding and that logo from the terminator movies. It looks just off since a movie tie up with a track cycling team? Seems to us like a bad design choice.

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