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…


Zac, Kevin and Ashley - Fangage quizzes

These were designed for Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M and Baylor plus one for Old Hat


Tanner - Varsity O Club website


Dustin and Stevie - Cincinnati video shoot 

Kelby - Exposure stories on our video shoots

Hannah - Various video shoots and visiting clients including traveling to some new places this year such as Wyoming or Central Arkansas

Deb and Robert - UNT Derby

A close second for Deb was the Wyoming football intro with time lapse of the Wyoming landscape

Jessica - Duke men's basketball floor projection

and here's a clip of the animation in action.

Huff -Texas Tech Fearless Fan campaign

Geoff - Georgetown men's basketball poster

Jared - Frisco College Baseball Classic logo

Tricia - Old Hat 10th Anniversary posters

Douglas - Utah Gymnastics campaign

Justin (me) - Florida State men's basketball media guide

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. 

6. Elephant

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 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 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!

Last week, @SportPosterSwag released their top 100 men's and women's basketball posters. Check out the 21 Old Hat designs chosen below:

Men's Basketball Posters 

96. Florida State 

95. Georgia State

74. Georgetown 

65. North Carolina 

64. Marist

55. College of Charleston 

52. Duquesne

47. Syracuse

43. North Carolina at Greensboro

41. Rice

40. Charlotte 

35. South Carolina 

29. Utah

22. Cleveland State 

Women's Basketball Posters

43. Duke


42. Syracuse

37. Charlotte

36. Duquesne

33. North Carolina at Greensboro 

18. Rice 

17. Georgetown


I LOVE fancy cards. I LOVE fancy paper. In fact, I have been known to spend way too much money at The Paper Source whenever I get the chance to go. (We don't have one in Oklahoma... which is probably a good thing). I get lost looking at all the letter press cards, the wrapping paper, just EVERYTHING. Now that its time to be sending out Christmas Cards, I wanted to share some of my fav's from some of the paper blogs I follow/ The Paper Source. 









Not Old Fashioned like me and enjoy something more digital?! You're in luck!! We create holiday cards! Check them out! 

When you go to a game, what do you pay attention to? Probably depends on your background and what you're interested in. Coaches and current or former players might watch the action differently than an average fan, maybe watching plays develop or the action away from the ball. An administrator might look at the atmosphere, the crowd reaction or how well the event is staffed. Kids might watch the mascot one moment and something completely random the next. A cheerleader might watch that game's cheerleaders or dance team. A musical person might concentrate on the music played over the speakers or the band. 

For me, having worked as a public address announcer for more than 20 years, I pay attention to the announcer. Are they speaking clearly and easy to understand? What type of style do they have? How is the sound in relation to the crowd noise, speakers and music? Having worked some as a photographer, I'm looking for a unique angle and the lighting. I also look at the presentation and how things flow - how smooth the timeouts and fan contests go. I'm also big on their graphics, on anything from the scoreboard to the programs and signage. My wife finds it funny that we as designers analyze the fonts and color choices in a TV commercial, but that's what we do. It is important to know what others are doing and what the trends are, to continue to grow.

That advice applies to anything. Pay attention to others in your field and see how they do things, good and bad. Use what you find to improve your skills. Never stop seeking to grow. If you want to get better, never stop learning.

Old Hat has been working hard on basketball projects for the past several months. Now that basketball season is upon us, we're getting to see a lot of those completed projects in action. From posters, to tickets to player features, intro videos and many other kinds of projects in between, we've been busy! One of my favorite parts about being located in Greensboro, NC, is that I'm in driving distance to a lot of our clients. One of those clients is Duke. We've been fortunate to have worked with Duke on a lot of their basketball print, branding, video and animation projects for this upcoming season. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to go over to Duke's Countdown to Craziness event with my family this past weekend and see a lot of those pieces in person.

Cameron Indoor Stadium is definitely one of the coolest sports venues I've been too. We arrived in time to watch some of the fun student entertainment prior to the team scrimmage and dunk contest, which also gave me some time to check out the schedule cards and roster cards that Old Hat designed.

The part of Countdown to Craziness that I was most excited about was getting to see the animation work we created for Duke's team intro video. We worked with Duke to create three unique animations to be projected onto the court. The first animation was a series of their 4 championship banners that dropped down while video clips of their national chamionship celebrations played. The second animation was two separate banners to help introduce the team before they took the court. The third and most involved animation was created to help bring the court to life. We created a series of 3D cubes and effects to make the the floor move and come alive. We built upon that design and created a series of cubes that rotated across the court to display many different images from Duke Basketball's storied history. Combining our animation work with the videos Duke created gave the crowd at Countdown to Craziness quite the show! You can check the projects out here as well as see how they were used at the event:

Keep an eye out for more exciting Duke work being released soon!



So last night I was talking to my best friend in Cali on a project I was doing for her.  Just a little graphic to go in the back of her truck, nothing fancy.  I sent her a proof of the image and she loved it and said how excited she was, which was really cool.  I like to think I have some photoshop & illustrator skills from time to time.

Then we started talking about Old Hat and I told her, "If you think that was good you should see some of the work that our designers do", since I spend all my time here coding the websites and not really designing.  Which got me to thinking about the coolest posters I've seen here, which is quite a few, but the first one that came to mind was the 2012 Florida State Football poster.

So just to admire it one more time, here is the timelapse:

Hope you enjoyed it all over again.  I know this is a really short blog, but I really want to work on my current project, which is going to be a super sweet website when I finish.  Hope you all have a great day!


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