Last night, my "Best of Both Worlds" campaign picked up a fantastic endorsement, from none other than Rafael Esquer, the designer of the two proposed badges.
@NYisBLUE agree 100%! Great, great badge design you are proposing. Glad not to make final pick! Up to u guys— Rafael Esquer (@rafaelesquer) March 13, 2014
It means a great deal to hear that from him. I was a great admirer of the "Made in NY" before I had any idea who had designed it. I hope the club is listening.
@NYisBLUE I mean it. I usually don't care for combining two ideas, but this works— Rafael Esquer (@rafaelesquer) March 13, 2014
Esquer also tweeted this photo:
There are two variations of the "Best of Both Worlds" crest, one with pentagons signifying the five boroughs and one without. I know Esquer prefers the one without, as I believe he feels the shield shape already symbolizes the city coming together.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with NYCFC saying "We listened to the fans, we heard they like elements of both crests, and our new team badge incorporates that feedback." It would be perfectly consistent with their established (and admirable) pattern of outreach.
UPDATED 5:30PM: Well, it's all over but the counting. We'll see how it comes out.