I realized this morning that NACMA is less than three weeks away...and started to get a tiny bit stressed.
We still have lots to do! NACMA is a team effort around here, and nearly everyone in the office is contributing in some way. There's been hotel reservations, party invitations...trailer rentals and graphics environmental. A photo shoot and ordering loot. Booth construction and office obstruction. And I don't have enough brain power to think of more rhyming phrases. Instead, I'll turn my attention to checking more off our list.
Old Hat Clients - make sure to watch your mail and email for more information soon!
One of the best parts of life is getting to celebrate special occasions. Last week I celebrated my fifth anniversary of working at Old Hat. I actually used to live in Norman, OK and started my Old Hat career as the Web Production Manager. When my husband got a job offer in North Carolina, I was excited about the move, but super sad about leaving Old Hat. Fortunately for me, a short time after I moved to NC, Zac offered me a chance to rejoin the Old Hat team as an account executive. I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to work with so many of our awesome clients on a daily basis and am excited to be a part of Old Hat's continued growth for many years to come.
Speaking of special occasions, I should probably mention that today is my 9th wedding anniversary. It's been an adventurous nine years filled with new jobs, new states, new homes, two kids, a dog and lots of fun. I wouldn't trade it for anything and am thankful for every day we get to spend together!
Old Hat knows a thing or two about celebrating big events as well. Often times, we are asked to design pieces to celebrate a milestone in a sports' history. You can check out some of our commemorative branding projects here:
This past week has been pretty exciting! Last Monday, our client, Duke, won the Men's Basketball National Championship. On Saturday, our client, Providence College, won the Men's Hockey National Championship and our client, OU, won the Men's Gymnastics National Championship! Not a bad few days! I was fortunate to work with Duke on a lot of their regular and post season Men's Basketball print and video pieces. Additionally, I worked with Providence on their Men's Hockey intro video this year. Dustin went over to OU and did a photo shoot for the Men's Gymnastics team this fall for them to use in their marketing efforts throughout the season. Seems like if you want to win a National Championship, maybe you should consider letting Old Hat help with some of your marketing pieces ;)
You can check out some of the work for these champion clients here:
Providence Men's Hockey Intro Video:
Duke Men's Basketball Season Ticket Book (click thru to video the entire publication):
Men's Basketball Poster, Schedule Card and Magnet:
I’m a planner. I love to plan things, so it makes me happy inside when we are starting football projects before the basketball tournament has even started, because that means people are planning ahead! We have already started on football posters for next year!
My job is all about planning. Everyday I plan out the schedules for our print designers. I make sure we have enough time to get projects done, thinking about everything else that might come up during the day.
I love a good spreadsheet, and thinking about what could happen in the future. If you give yourself enough time, you can really get anything done. It’s when you wait until the last minute that things become rushed and all out of sorts! As I grow up, I start planning in my head the rest of my life. If it all works out how I have planned, let me tell you, my life is going to look pretty good!
(don't worry, i know things don't always happen like you plan)
Here is a good scheduling material for you to use!
Great staff photo, huh? Only, that's not us. And that will never be us. We don't wear power suits or ties. We wear jeans, t-shirts, ballcaps, athletic shorts... pretty much whatever we want.
I was looking at our "About Us" page the other day and I couldn't believe how corporate looking I had allowed it to become. All our staff photos looked like we belonged in a photo like the one above. But that's not us. So I decided to spend my morning getting US back into our about us page. There are no major changes here but it's a much better representation of who we are than it was before. This page doesn't include our entire staff, by the way. Just the people you're likely to come into contact with when you deal with us. Though after spending some time working on this page, I think we probably need to get our entire staff on here.
Since my husband and I both work in athletics, our girls have been to a lot of sporting events in their short lives. They've watched collegiate football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, golf and more. Regardless of what the sport is, they always want to know who they are supposed to cheer for. Since the majority of events we go to are to watch UNCG, that's become their team. Being in North Carolina, and right in the middle of the Duke / North Carolina rivalry, my girls have already picked sides on that as well. My oldest daughter has a close friend whose parents went to Carolina and are super fans. So she likes to cheer for them too because her friend likes them. Her friend has made quite the impact, so much so, that she has randomly told me that God is a Carolina fan because he painted the sky Carolina blue. Funny stuff. Meanwhile, my youngest daughter likes to cheer for Duke because they had glow sticks at one of the basketball events we went to for them. Clearly allegiances start young!
That got me thinking about all of the cool projects Old Hat has done for various schools' kids clubs. From logos, to brochures, to membership cards and shirts, there's a lot schools can do to get kids invested in their program from a young age. Here's a few of the kids club projects we've been fortunate to be a part of:
It's not every day that a coach reaches the 1,000 career victories milestone. That's why it was exciting to get to work with Duke on some projects to commemorate Coach K's 1000th career win.
Commemorative Ticket: This was given away to fans at the first home game after Coach K's 1000th win. A larger version was also framed and signed by the Duke Athletic department and presented to Coach K as a gift.
Photo Gift: This sentimental piece highlighted Coach K's early years and was framed and presented to Coach K as a gift.
Newspaper Ads: These ran in multiple newspapers in North Carolina as well as in a digital magazine.
Billboard: A billboard to congratulate Coach K
We've been fortunate to work on some other Coach K projects in the past.
Coach K's 900th Win Newspaper Ad
America's Best Coach Video
Coach K Team USA Video
We're looking forward to helping celebrate Coach K's milestones in the years to come!
Yesterday at our mid-year Staff Infection, Zac asked us to pick a project from 2014 we worked on or worked with that we really liked. This list could really go on and on as there are hundreds to pick from. A few projects mentioned yesterday are still being finalized and are almost ready for release - stay tuned as more great stuff is always coming out of this place! And like a parent with their children, it's hard to pick a favorite. But here are some of the highlights…
A lot of our readers or followers out there recently got a gift from Old Hat, Limited Edition Gold Pack Select Old Hat Playing Cards. For me, it is a bit weird to be on a playing card, but it turns out they are pretty popular, well at least with my nephew. Last week, I got a video of my nephew asking if his father had any more Uncle Kevins. Weird at first, but then it made me laugh.
So in effort to help Zac learn more card games and to teach our readers out there a valuable lesson, I present, Old Hat Go Fish…
Rules (guidelines or things that most people try to break when playing cards):
Five Old Hatters are dealt from the Limited Edition Gold Pack Select Old Hat Playing Cards. You can choose to deal seven Old Hatters if you choose, but usually having that many Old Hatters in one hand can get a little awkward. The rest of the neglected Old Hatters are placed in a pile in the center. In Old Hat Go Fish you refer to this as the “Puddle."
The person who goes first (Duey), looks at another player (Gnorman), stares at them a bit, and then asks for a specific Old Hatter. The person (Duey) asking must have at least one Old Hatter in their hand to ask for that specific Old Hatter. If Gnorman does not control any Old Hatters at the moment, he tells Duey to “go jump in a lake”, signifying that Duey can now steal an Old Hatter from the puddle or choose to jump in a lake. At this point, everyone must stand up and turn around twice. If the Old Hatter that Duey stole from the puddle is the same Old Hatter that he requested from Gnorman, only Gnorman has to turn around twice and Duey gets another turn.
Once the turning has been completed, the next person repeats the process. If at any time, one player has managed to kidnap four of the same Old Hatters, then that Old Hatter is laid on the table in front of the kidnapper.
The game ends when Robert gets frustrated and starts throwing cards or all of the Old Hatters have been kidnapped.
I hope you enjoy playing Old Hat Go Fish but don’t worry the fun doesn’t stop there. Check out the other games you can play with the Limited Edition Gold Pack Select Old Hat Playing Cards like “Try, try, to Slice My Eye” or the always classic “Lick Your Cards.”