When You Love Fantasy Football a Little Too Much (the NCFA Yearbooks)
I grew up building my own sports leagues from scratch. Not just pretend teams: they all had brands, uniforms, and fake rosters. And I kept them neatly organized in a 3-ring binder. Each team had its own page with all the necessary visual assets. And when a new idea hit me? The league expanded. Unfortunately, my childhood creations were a casualty of all the moving around I did throughout college, otherwise, I'd be working on my own version of CJ Zilligen's UFL project.
It wasn't until many years later that I had the opportunity to do something similar. Let me introduce you to the NCFA: a college fantasy football league run on Chris Creamer’s Sports Logo Community.
When I joined the league in 2012, I had the idea to make this fantasy league the premier college fantasy league on the internet. Couple this with my passion for sports and publication design, and we have a super-fun, extensive side project that occupied my free time for about 6 months out of the two years we produced these books.
I started the 'media guide’ craze in 2013 with the NCFA's first-ever official media guide, and after seeing the tremendous support from both the design and fantasy sports community, I decided to head up our small moonlight design team of 3 and take the 2014 edition to the next level.
These books contain painstaking amounts of detail. Over 400 hours went into recreating league member-submitted uniforms and logo sets for their teams. Once those were input into our standardized vector templates, I jersey-swapped (read, Photoshopped) all of the players into their respective “new” jerseys. Here's a time lapse video of what that looks like: