On DetroitHockey.Net’s April Fools Joke

Yesterday I went through with the fairly-uninspired April Fools Day joke of having DetroitHockey.Net become “ColoradoHockey.Net” for a few hours, with the site and its Twitter account apparently having been hacked by fans of the Red Wings’ formerly-bitter rivals, the Colorado Avalanche.

The site’s logo changed, as did the name, avatar, and background of the Twitter account.  For a few hours, Tweets seemingly from a (moronic) Avalanche fan went out sporadically.  Then I “got control” back and it was all over.

It’s hardly a new idea but one part of it that was fun was converting the DetroitHockey.Net identity to the fictional ColoradoHockey.Net.

logo-comparison

The first change was to swap DH.N’s red for the maroon of the Colorado Avalanche, then the black and gray for the Avalanche’s blue.  The text was a simple switch, though I debated what year to use as a founding date for ColoradoHockey.Net (I went with 2014 because the persona I’d be using was that of an idiot who didn’t have any historical context).  I couldn’t just switch an Old English D for an Old English C as the reason for using that particular letter is its history with Detroit.  For a suitable replacement, I turned to the stylized C of the Colorado state flag, recolored to match the existing elements.

It was a silly little project but I think this comparison is fun.