Deportivo Rose City is a grassroots, working-class soccer team based in Portland, Oregon that plays in the fourth-tier United Premier Soccer League (UPSL). 
In January 2023, I was approached by the team to explore a crest redesign that represented Portland's Mexican-American community to an audience that struggled to associate the word deportivo with sports. The team also wanted a more sponsor-friendly crest that was in-line with traditional soccer branding.
To represent both Portland and the Mexican-American community, I combined elements of Portland's famous roses with Mexican folk art associated with celebrations such as Dia de los Muertos. During the second round of concepts, I was asked to include a reference to Portland's famous (but heavily copyrighted) White Stag sign. After the rebrand was put on hiatus for a few months, the team decided to drop the reference to the White Stag sign and to go forward with a crest inspired by papel picado decorations.
During the creation of the crests, I collaborated with Aaron Flynn of TimberFlynn Concepts to create kits that aligned with the Mexican folk art references of my crests.
Deportivo Rose City
Soccer crest concepts
Kit design consultation
Adobe Illustrator
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