Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ah (Fantasy) Football Season...

Yes it is that time of year, time for real football players to suit up and hit the field while millions of non-athletes select them in fantasy leagues, rooting for receptions, touchdowns, and yards gained galore. While I do not participate in fantasy football, I did hop on the wagon of creating a couple custom logos for my brothers' teams this year (Let be know that out of the three of us, my older and younger brothers are the athletic ones. They just never got the attention of the NFL scouts. Oh well...)

Anyway, below is the fun I had with both of my brothers' teams. It was a great project for me to just play around with different techniques and see what I could come up with. I liked the final output on both and here's hoping they're hooked up to some winning teams.

For my older brother's team...

And for the younger brother...

Monday, June 16, 2014

2014 UTC Football Poster

For the fourth year in a row, I've had the pleasure of creating the schedule poster for UTC football. This project was just finished up this week, and I am definitely pleased with the result.

One of things I enjoyed about this project was challenging myself to get away from the dark blue backgrounds that have dominated my designs on this for the past few years. I wanted to do a 180 and try a lighter background, and it definitely worked to help the mini-collage show forth in the background more than a dark background would have.

The trophy in the middle was a last minute addition, but one that I think I was able to work in pretty well and not take away from the overall look of the design. As with all schedule posters, at least in my opinion, I want the focus to be on the players first and the schedule second. I think this poster accomplishes that, and it was a blast to create.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Little Fun with Our NFL Rooting Interests

I'm a sports nerd and a graphic design nerd, so a sports infographic is always begging to come out of my mind. This particular one is an idea that I had come to me while watching some the "Dynasty Week" coverage the NFL Network had a little while back. As I got to thinking of just how much tradition existed with the teams me and my brothers root for, I thought it would be cool to showcase it in this way. To keep the postseason statistics a little more level, I only counted championships and such from the Super Bowl era, seeing as my favorite team had a 40+ year head start on my brothers' favorites.

For me, it was a lot of fun to delve into just how many championships, playoff appearances, and hall of famers have come from our favorite teams. It's absolutely crazy to think if you randomly pick any 3 Super Bowls that have been played, chances are one of our teams was in at least one of them. It's stuff like that that the nerd me is, well, most nerdy about. This was a lot of fun to create, and I hope my brothers get a kick out of it as well.

Friday, May 30, 2014

CoSIDA Award Recognition for My Work

I received some very awesome news this past Thursday that I was a part of two award winning media guides from the 2013-14 CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Publications Contest. The UTC football media guide for which I created the covers came in second place among FCS schools for Best Football Media Guide. This is actually the second time the football guide has come in 2nd place with my work on the covers, with the other time being in 2011.

On an even more rewarding note, my cover for the 2013-14 UTC Wresting Media guide won Best Cover in Winter At-Large Guides for Universities. It beat out work done by such schools as the University of Kansas and the University of Oklahoma. You can read UTC's write up on the awards here, and you can check out the full list of winners in all categories from CoSIDA here.

I am extremely honored by both recognitions and am very proud to have been a part of both projects. I thank the CoSIDA Publications Committee for both honors and look forward to continuing to create more great work down the road.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Denver Athletics Thank You Card


It has been a while since I have updated the old blog, so I figured it was about time to do so. Above are a few images of a thank you card I had the pleasure of creating for the University of Denver Athletics Department a couple months back. It was great to work with the school for the first time on this little project and I think the final product came out looking really sharp.

They were wanting to highlight the terrain of the region as well as the iconic tower of the Ritchie Center, as it is one of, if not the most recognized building on their campus. I created a unique blend by stylizing the tower while doing a little photo tweaking to keep the mountains in the background looking much more realistic. Overall it was fun project with a great result. I hope to work with them again in the future.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Showdown in Tyndalltown Graphics

 Hattiesburg American Newspaper Ad
 Digital Billboard
Email Graphic #1/TV Graphic
 Facebook Cover
 Email Graphic #2
Southern Miss Website Graphic

This past Saturday the Southern Miss men's basketball team played its biggest game of the season (coming out on top!) and there were plenty of graphics created to make sure every fan knew the game was happening. As you can see from above, we covered just about all marketing bases from print to video to web. It was definitely a challenge to create something that both fit the style we had been using on our graphics throughout the season and yet stand out a little bit because of this game's importance. All the while, I had to make sure the design worked across the wide variety of size requirements.

In the end, I think it all turned out great, and it definitely helped that the team won to cap everything off!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Southern Miss 2014 Baseball Poster

It has been a while since I have posted on the old blog here. I think I'll blame it on all the snow I'm not used to getting now that I live in New Hampshire.

Anyway, I recently wrapped a bunch of items for Southern Miss' upcoming baseball and softball seasons. I wanted to highlight the baseball poster here as it is probably my favorite piece from all of that. I had actually never done a calendar layout on a poster before so that was fun to incorporate for the first time.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

From Where I've Been to Where I Am: A New Year in a New State

I ended 2013 with quite a major shift in my life, moving from Knoxville, TN to Concord, NH. Seeing as this is such a large change in terms of area of the country, weather, language, and well, just about everything, I thought I'd do a little infographic to compare where I've been to where I am. You can see the results above.

Here's to a Happy New Year to all!