Creative in the Trenches: Melina Vastola

Melina Vastola

Our creative of the week is sports photographer, Melina Vastola. She’s been on the sidelines capturing beautiful photographs of football stars such as Jameis Winston and Kelvin Benjamin just to name a few. We were able to ask her a few questions related to her career and football, check it out.

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Website: melinasphotography.com


ITT: How did you get your start as a sports photographer?

MV: I got started in sports photography by interning at a local smaller city paper shooting high school sports. From there, I joined the FSView (FSU school newspaper) and worked my way up to being photo editor — since, I’ve worked for the Tallahassee Democrat (local paper), USA Today, and am now doing work with Panini America (Trading card company). All of this happened over the last 8 years. Gotta work your way up the chain, both gaining experience, and pro equipment.

ITT: What is your favorite memory from your career so far?

MV: Favorite memory has to be seeing my photos full page in Sports Illustrated, and on trading cards with Panini America and Upper Deck.

ITT: Who is your favorite player?

MV: I have too many favorite players to choose one! One I enjoyed photographing was Kelvin Benjamin, others included Jameis Winston, Chris Thompson, and Lonnie Pryor. But again, that’s just a few of my favorites. I have a ton! My favorite teams are FSU, and the Buffalo Bills.

The Battle In The Trenches

The Battle In The Trenches

Recruiting and graphic design go hand and hand these days. If we were speaking in terms of football, the designers are offensive linemen, while the coaches are the quarterbacks. One can not work without the other. Especially in a society where social media has provided direct contact and extra competition in the recruiting game. If your graphics is not of a high quality and extremely creative, you might find your school at the bottom of a recruits list. We’ve compiled a list of the best creative recruiting design in college football.

1.Alabama:

There’s a reason Alabama continues to have a top class of recruits every year.

The main goal of most college football recruits is to play in the NFL. Seeing a number as big as $51,810,000 and a dozen checks from former Alabama players playing in the NFL can make any recruit or person eager to jump on the Bama bandwagon. Money talks.

2.TCU:

Name a football player who doesn’t want to be featured on the cover of a video game. This is a great way to show a recruit that your team


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3.Ohio State

4.Oklahoma

5.Michigan

6.Oregon State:

7.Texas:

8.Rutgers:

9.Auburn:

10.Boston College:

11.Northwestern:

12.Texas A&M:

13.Florida

14.Michigan State:

15. North Carolina:

16. Ole Miss:

17. Wisconsin:

18. Mississippi State:

19.Arizona:20.Wake Forest:ima

Throwback Thursday: 30 of Our Favorite ESPN Magazine Covers

Our Favorite ESPN Magazine Covers

In honor of #ThrowbackThursday, we have compiled a list of our all-time favorite covers from our friends over at ESPN. The key to a good cover is the combination of beautiful photography and clean typography. We hope that this brings inspiration and a little laughter to your day.

-Voice of the Trenches


List of current creatives at ESPN Magazine

•Creative Director: Chin Wang @ChinWangESPN

http://chinwangdesign.com/

“Interview on Makers of Sport Podcast”

http://makersofsport.com/episodes/24/chin-wang

•Associate Art Director: Munehito Sawada

 http://munehitosawada.com/

•Contributing Associate Designer: Dale Darden

https://www.behance.net/daledarden

•Senior Director Photography: Karen Frank

@Karenevafrank

•VP, Editorial Digital & Print Media: Patrick Stiegman

@pstiegman

•Executive CP, Digital & Print Media: John Kosner

@JKosner

Behind The Scenes

http://espn.go.com/espn/photos/gallery/_/id/13142580/image/1/scenes

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2015 CFB Poster Rankings in the Trenches


 Rankings in the Trenches

Every day there is a new list of rankings for college football schedule posters, but we are not sure if anyone has gotten it exactly correct. Undeniably, it a difficult task for any person or company to determine without it becoming a subjective matter. Some brands allow trendy techniques while others stick to tradition and highlight the traits that set their program apart from others. The schedule poster sets the stage for the brand throughout the entire season, it is critical in the success of the brand. Though, we believe that there are three vital attributes that heavily weigh in the success of a poster. We have assembled a list of the top 25 schedule posters that demonstrates these traits. Let’s hope that we got it right.



Three simple things that we believe make a poster successful.

1.Brand:

The poster sets the tone for the rest of the graphics throughout the season. Develop a brand and stick to it, there should be no question about what school the poster belongs to.

2. Creativity:

It is a poster, it should be fun and exciting regardless of how many players you have been forced to throw on it. Use your creative juices and produce a piece that fans will be thrilled to get their hands on!

3. Legible:

There is no point in having a schedule poster if the schedule is not legible. It may seem boring, but that is literally the entire purpose of the poster. People may not care if it is ugly, they just need to know when and where the next game is. Never forget that design is practical, not subjective in relation to distrubiting information.



Remember, brands win championships. Never let aesthics come before the idea.

-Voice of the Trenches

1.TCU

2.Alabama

3.Louisville

4.Nebraska

5.Rutgers:

6.UCLA

7.Ohio State:

8.Maryland:

9.Mississippi State:

10.Oregon:

11.Baylor:

12.Eastern Kentucky:

 13.Auburn:

14.Brigham Young:

15.Florida A&M:

16.Colorado:

17.Georgia Tech: 18.Northwestern:

19.Oklahoma:

20.Oklahoma State:

21.Purdue:

22.UCF:

23.Washington State:

24.Jackson State:

25.Texas Tech:

Not all posters are gooD.

One may wonder what makes a good poster and who really has the right to judge? We agree, but there are some posters that everyone should be able to agree that are just plain terrible.

Three simple things that we believe make a poster successful.

1.Brand: The poster sets the tone for the rest of the graphics throughout the season. Develop a brand and stick to it, there should be no question about what school the poster belongs to.

2. Creativity: It is a poster, it should be fun and exciting regardless of how many players you have been forced to throw on it. Use your creative juices and produce a piece that fans will be thrilled to get their hands on!

3. Legible: There is no point in having a schedule poster if the schedule is not legible. It may seem boring, but that is literally the entire purpose of the poster. People may not care if it is ugly, they just need to know when and where the next game is. Never forget that design is practical, not subjective in relation to distrubiting information.

Here are a few posters that we think got it right.

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