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.”
Anyone seen those features on ESPN that gives you an inside look at a coaches office?
I thought I’d give the internet a little inside peak at what goes on at my desk. Ya, at first glance you probably get stressed out because it is so messy, but there are things on my desk for a reason. And everything has its place! So leave me alone! But here you go, world, for what goes on at my desk.
1. Wooden Emoji’s crafted by Old Hat’s very own Robert Smith.
I sent Robert this video one day and it gave him the idea to try to make some himself. His plan was to give them away in our dirty santa gift exchange, but he got super sick and didn’t make it to the holiday party, so he brought them into the office for everyone to enjoy. These two are the standard happy and sad faces, and when I don’t want to be bugged, the “sad face” faces outwards. Currently it is facing outwards so I can finish this blog.
2. Trophy from Holiday Party
This is a trophy from our holiday party where every Old Hatter received an award. This one is Geoff’s which he put on my desk after the party. He got “Most baseball teams supported” because he likes to wear hoodies from baseball teams. I received the award “Most likely to participate in a video she had no clue she was participating in”. You can view those videos here.
3. Pack of Oatmeal
Maple and Brown Sugar is the kind of oatmeal I enjoy, and sometimes I get hungry, so I keep food randomly around my desk. This is where I keep my oatmeal.
4. Coffee Mug
This is what I ended up from our dirty santa gift exchange. It is a very quality travel mug. It holds my coffee, which I spend too much money on, but need to get through some mornings on account of my living situation. In the summer, I have a different travel cup because thats when I drink iced coffee.
5. Water Cup
This is my water cup. I take it EVERYWHERE with me. It is really important to stay hydrated and drink a lot of water. When I travel and don’t have this cup glued to my hand, I notice I get more headaches and not enough water. This is a tervis tumblr and it is the greatest cup I have ever owned. I recommend them to everyone.
Jared saw this elephant somewhere one weekend and got it for me. I LOVE elephants and this one keeps watch over my desk. I also have another little one on top of my computer, (photo above blog post in the header thingie) next to my Mike Wazowski spoon that Justin gave me from a cereal box. I enjoy that my designers think of me and my random quirks and bring stuff to me like elephants and cartoon spoons. There is also a light up snowman next to the elephant to keep him company during the cold winter months.
7. “Don’t Worry Be Yonce”
A friend of mine gave me this print for christmas. I love Beyonce and when I am having a hard day, it reminds me to chill out, and listen to a Beyonce song. And she is a diva and a goddess and incredible.
8. 30 for 30 DVD Box Set
I haven’t watched all these yet, but Kevin borrowed them like 2 years ago, and then like 6 months ago he brought them back to me. I just have been too lazy to take them home so they are sitting on my desk.
9. Pad of Paper
This is where I write notes about what is going on, if I get a phone call, or need to remember things. Isn’t that what everyone does with a pad of paper? I also doodle on it. A lot. I’m like, really good at stick figures.
10. Doodles from Geoff
Geoff doodles from time to time. This is a series of doodles featuring “Tubby the Tupperware Dinosaur”. They make me happy.
11. Reese’s Cups
This is a bag of candy. It changes depending on what mood I’m in when I’m at the grocery store. Right now it is Reese’s cups, but next it will probably be Heath Bars.
12. Picture of my nephew
I also have a picture of my sisters, but it has made its way to behind my computer screen..so maybe one day when I clean my desk, it will get moved too. For now, I look at my cute little nephew. He is the cutest human on this earth and I will tell anyone that to their face. No one is cuter then him. I PROMISE.
13. Jar of pens
This is where a lot of pens and pencils and other random skinny things are kept. I don’t use pens a lot. I have one that I use and the others sit there until that one runs out.
14. Granola Bar
This is for when I’m not feeling the oatmeal. But recently our grocery store has been out of my favorite granola bars..so this is one that I’m not too wild about but still make myself eat for breakfast because breakfast is important or something.
15. Brides of Oklahoma Magazine
Am I getting married? SURPRISE MOM, I’M ENGAGED!!! Just kidding. I don’t think my mom reads this blog-and no, I am not engaged. BUT do we get a box of these magazines to our office? Yes. Am I a girl? Yes. Do girls love looking at wedding stuff, no matter what life stage they are in? Yes. SO-thats why its here. Its the new spring one and they did a little bit of a redesign, which also I enjoy looking at.
So there you have it, my desk. Wanna know what the rest of our office looks like? Check out this blog from a while ago.
Back in June, we started a puzzle. Did you know that puzzles are only like 5 bucks at Target? You can get hours and hours of entertainment for just 5 bucks! Anyways, we picked out a 1000 piece “Dinosaur Land” puzzle and started working on it that night. We kept working on it as the weeks went on, but at some time got tired of it. So, we slid it under the couch and didn’t think about it for a while.
As the months went on, we kept talking about how we should get back to working on the puzzle…and one night, we did. It’s winter, once you’re inside, you don’t want to go back out, so this was a perfect time to finally complete a project we had started long ago.
So, after a couple nights of working on our puzzle, we noticed that something was going wrong. There were no more sky pieces left, but we still were missing part of our sky..we were, as you might say, puzzled.
I kept saying—“let me count the pieces, maybe they forgot to put some in the box.” We had to have been missing pieces, but we were so stumped on where they could have gone, but we kept trying with what we had. We were determined to finish this thing.
Then, one afternoon, I said “Hey, didn’t we have some of the pieces on another poster board somewhere? (We were doing our puzzle on the back of a framed poster-and had placed many of the pieces on the back of another one. We also had pieces in the box still and on the board with the put together puzzle.) So we looked under the couch and BOOM! There were all the other pieces! We finished that puzzle in an hour! We were missing like 300 pieces that whole time!
Ok, so why am I telling the internet this story!? Because I think it says something about not giving up. We were determined to finish the puzzle without all the pieces, we are not quitters and we are problem solvers. We were going to figure out what had happened with the puzzle instead of just deciding that it wasn’t working out and giving up.
Thats the same way with how you have to be in life, you have to problem solve, you have to think and try to figure out a solution instead of giving up or making someone else figure it out. More and more I see kids (you know, college graduates) that don’t know how to think, how to problem solve, and if they don’t get an answer in 2 minutes, they give up. Thats how the world is now, everyone is so “NOW NOW NOW”—and to be honest, it kind of worries me. Life isn’t just about the perfect selfie, kids!
So, next time you have a problem, don’t give up, think about solutions—and you’ll figure it all out and have a great result at the end!
2014 has been a busy year for me at Old Hat. I have been fortunate to work on close to 300 projects this past year. One of my favorite parts about working for Old Hat is the variety of clients I get to work with. It is always fun and interesting to collaborate with the clients and our designers to bring their vision to life. In 2014 I was able to work with many great people across 29 different organizations. Here's a small sampling of the many great projects I got to work on in 2014.
Bethune-Cookman Football Poster
Charlotte Poster Template
Duke Cameron Indoor Stadium Commemorative Logo
ECU Undaunted Campaign Videos
Florida State Men's Basketball Poster
Marist ESPN3 Broadcast Animation
Minor League Baseball Cap Poster
Yale Kids Club Logo
I'm already excited about projects planned for 2015 and can't wait for another great year!