When Predators fans got their first glimpse of the back of the brand new road jerseys they immediately noticed the 6 parrallel lines running across the 1s. Like a sudden cloud burst several fans realized that the lines were actually guitar strings. Some people loved then, some people hated them, but today we really don't care about that. The question that I wanted to start answering was how were these strings going to look on numbers that are not quite as straight as an 11.
I decided to sit down and create a quick demo of what we could expect the strings to look like on the other numbers. Unfortunately we've only see a single digit of the new font that the Preds will be using next season so I used the team's current font. Due to this change I made a new 11 with strings so that comparisons could be made more easily. The major difference between the new and old font is that in the new font this is space between the blue body and the gold outline. The actual shape of the new numbers could be notably different, but it is currently an unknown.
Anyways, on to the image:
There isn't much to address on the 2 and the 7 since the only real change are the diagonals.
The 3 and 5 are were we first hit a bump. If the strings run across the middle of the numbers as in the 1s, 2s, and 7s you would end up with certain strings being different lengths as they run across the jersey. The simplest solution is to bump the strings down a little bit so that you get the same effect as in the less complex numbers. It also creates an interesting effect as you can see in the 6 example. With the strings running across the fat part of the 6 it passes through that rectangular white area, which just happens to be in scale with the strings. The effect created is that of guitar strings passing over an electric guitar's pick up. As some that really got annoyed by what I think is a terrible design choice, the string/pick up look is actually pretty cool.
By now you may have seen the problem with the above model. You can't have the strings at different heights because players like O'Reilly and Spaling would have some odd looking numbers on their backs. I anticipate that moving the strings downward makes the most sense. The new 2 may not have tail that cuts back up and therefore would not be as problematic.
What do you guys think? What else could the Preds do with the string design to really make the effect work well on every number? I'll take what time I have and make a few more demos if there are some solid suggestions.