Drafted: From Hail State to the Tennessee Titans 

If you have been following us for awhile, you should know the name Ashley Strauss. A female designer respected by many in and out of the trenches for her beautiful work for Hail State. Strauss has an elegant style that helped her work stand out among the rest. Known to take chances and conquer new projects that others may struggle with.It seemed like the Bulldogs stepped into the national spotlight right as this designer found her way to to be one of the top designers in college sports. Take a spin down memory lane and check out some of our favorites from Strauss! Goodluck on the next level! We won’t forget you in the trenches! 

Design Recap: Collegiate Signing Day

 Signing day always seems to bring out the best designs in college sports. A lot of designers have been working overtime to produce a mass amount of high quality designs to welcime their new student-athletes. Check out some of our favorites designs below! 




Trenches Sports Design Daily Recap: 11/10/2015

Good morning! For those of us who have better things to do than check Twitter all day, I decided do a recap of all the design that were posted on the Twitter account yesterday. Hope you enjoy and are inspired to create! 

Internship Opportunities•The Indianapolis Colts are looking to hire a design intern. Link Here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/31095431/Indianapolis-Colts-Graphic-Design-Internship 
Veterans Day Design Highlights•In honor of Veterans Day, lots of teams posted graphics thanking and supporting those who are committed to keeping us safe. Here are a few of our favorites:

NBA Highlights:


College Football Highlights:



•College Hoops•It’s that time of year again and lots of designers are starting to put out some exciting work! Here’s a few teams to watch out for!

1.@DukeBluePlanet•I’ve been checking out Duke’s graphics for a long time now and am constantly impressed. Stay on the lookout for some great things from this designer! 

2.@RutgersMBB•If Rutgers’ countdown graphics are any indication of what’s to come in the near future then I’m super excited to see what’s next. Keep up the good work guys! 

3.@StJohnsBBall•I can always count on St.Johns to bring some excitement to the college basketball world. Stay on the lookout for some electrifying graphics.

Font of the Day: American Forkball

Finding a new font is like getting new Gameday gear. It keeps us excited and helps us develop our skills. New fonts to help switch up the look of your designs and add flavor. Download Here: http://crtv.mk/g0OUt

Daily Designs•Sports design has become a very popular thing with the increase use of social media by collegiate and professional sports teams. Sometimes we gravitate towards simple design while other times we love the flashy, heavily photoshopped graphics. Regardless of which styles you prefer, there are always things to be learned from others. Check out our favorites of the day! 



Offsides🏀: Panini America’s Revolution

Trading cards are a designers dream because their work will be treasured forever. Constantly being looked at, but from a protective screen or in a locked case. So each week we will highlight some of our favorite card sets. This week we picked Panini America’s Revolution. A collection of vintage inspired retro cards incorporating some of the best NBA players. Designed by Tre Hattier. Check out the entire set here:  https://paniniamerica.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/panini-america-provides-detailed-first-look-at-2015-16-revolution-basketball-gallery/  

Top 5 CFB Designs: Week 10

The college football season is slowly coming to an end and with that brings the biggest games and the Trench Bowl! For those who do not know, the Trench Bowl is the playoffs for college football design. Taking the top 30 teams and letting the fans vote decide who wins. Teams must be voted onto the Top 5 to have a chance to participate. Goodluck! The competition is tougher than ever before. Check out the teams that made it on top for week 10!  
1. Clemson








4. Illinois 



The Creative Team Behind The Team: Clemson

If you know anything about #smsports, you have heard about Clemson’s creative team. They are ranked number one on our design list for several weeks as well as being the top college football team in the country. At Clemson, it is all about team work. There’s really no other way to produced some of the best content in the entire nation. Check out the team behind the team and some of their amazing work! Congratulations guys and gals, you deserve it! 

Preparing for the College Football Playoffs takes preparation and dedication. All week this creative team has been preparing to bring the best of their creative material to all 1 million plus followers. 

Creative Staff: Football Gameday Structure


  • Jonathan GanttDirector of New & Creative Media -Full-time
    • Role: content team coordination, mobile field-level content, in-game & postgame web/social publishing
  • Jeff KallinAssociate Director of Creative Media -Full-time
    • Role: graphic design — pre-built GIFs, score updates, attendance, reactions, final score, quotes, notes, etc.
  • Brian HennessySenior Associate Director of Athletic Communications -Full-time
    • Role: photography coordination, mobile field-level content, post-game web publishing
  • Nik ConklinCoordinator of Digital Video -Full-time
    • Role: videographer — filming and editing (main editor)
  • DJ GordonManager of Football Equipment / Coordinator of Creative Media -Full-time
    • Role: mobile locker room and field-level content
  • Phil SikesAssociate Director of Athletic Communications -Full-time
    • Role: statistics, in-game social posts (score/play updates paired with GIF/graphic/photo); media relations
  • Carl Ackerman & David PlattPhotographers -Freelance
    • Role: Shooters
  • Allen Randall & Bradley MoorePhotographers -Students
    • Role: One shoot photos and the other serves as desk photo editor— touching up, adding watermarks and sending to publishing team
  • Matt RhinesmithAthletic Communications Graduate Assistant -Student
    • Role: in-game social publishing (color commentary)
  • Stephen PucketteAthletic Communications Student Assistant -Student
    • Role: social monitoring/publishing (monitors conversation and shares Twitter posts to other SM outlets)
  • Austin KoonAthletic Communications Videography Assistant -Student
    • Role: filming and editing (secondary editor)
  • Max HugginsAthletic Communications Videography Assistant -Student
    • Role: filming and editing (secondary editor)
  • Alexa RickardAthletic Communications Design Assistant -Student
    • Role: graphic design — pre-built GIFs, score updates, attendance, reactions, final score, quotes, notes, etc.


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Week 10: College Football Gameday Design Recap

 In case you missed out on our Twitter feed for week 10 College Football Designs.Here’s a collection of all the great graphics that we posted! Enjoy!



Halloween in the Trenches.

 Halloween is a fun time of year for designers in the trenches. It’s the one day of the year for designer to be completely creative. Here’s some of our favorites from this year.