2030 Future NFL helmet design for Gridiron Labs. A trailblazing concept exploring "what if?" future possibilities of what a more streamlined, versatile, and interactive game of football could look like.
Design is a process - before committing to final 3D CAD model, many iterations of mechanical helmet functions/engineering and styling details and brand placement are explored through quick pen & paper sketches, then through tighter sketches in Photoshop. Design is all in the details, so once a particular styling direction is chosen, subtle detail treatments such as front and rear ventilation patterns are then dialed-in. The brief placed strict guidelines towards readability of NFL team logo branding as #1 priority, meaning vent patterns had to be strategically placed in order to prevent logos from being distorted. The minimal venting, along with the unique facemask that integrates seamlessly into the helmet, front & rear player cameras, onboard visor HUD display, and noise-cancelling wireless communications are a radical departure from the clumsy NFL helmet designs of today.
Credit for all graphics/brand work, UI/UX design, team logo-ing, and presentation work go to the mega talented team at Gridiron Labs.