My flatmate showed me an apparently leaked picture of the new Swans 2011/12 away kit, officially set to be unveiled this Wednesday. This is the picture:
This is not the new away kit, however. We subsequently tracked the image down to a Swans forum and found it out is exactly what it looks like; a mock-up done by a fan, based on rumours the away kit will be orange - the first time Swansea have had orange in their colour scheme since the sixties. The big fake clue is the sponsor - the logo has changed, as seen on the new home shirt.
This mock up uses the template Adidas used on Derby County amongst others - I actually think they might have done well by giving Swansea this template instead of the one they did use, which is obviously the plain-colour version of a template designed primarily to display stripes. It is only when you see a striped version that the seemingly over-fussy neck trim makes any sense.
The fact Adidas chose to give Swansea a stripes-based template makes me wonder if they intend to use stripes on the away shirt... and assuming the rumours of a return to orange are true, here's a poorly made mock-up of my own to show what it might look like :
I might be in the minority, but I actually like the idea of orange. My only concern was that an all-orange shirt would be too close to white (both fairly light colours), but such considerations originally came about because fans with black and white television sets needed a lot of contrast. Since no-one's used black and white sets since about 1,000,000 BC I suppose it doesn't matter anymore. Besides, my mock-up has tasty black stripes anyway. The sponsors logo clashes something dreadful with that colour, but nevermind.
Trying a different approach, here's another mock up I made which assumes the shirt will be exactly the same as the home jersey, only orange :
Once again, that sponsor logo is pukatronic with those colours, so let's imagine this instead :
That's better, but as I point out every time I make a post about kits, designers are all too often scared of sexy simplicity and opt instead for explosions of geometric confusion or plain old unimaginable horror. So I wouldn't be at all surprised if the rumours of orange were just a (clashing) red herring thrown out to keep the fans off the scent of the real away kit, which could be purple, brown, grue, bleen, hooloovoo or squant. It's been half a dozen different colours in the past, and away kits are rapidly becoming the kit designer's chance to exercise their creative license... or sense of humour. I guess, as with everything else, we'll have to wait and see.