"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
I'll do a full write up in a diary later, but I wanted to drop these so people could have two days with a wallpaper for this week. Sorry for the week off guys, my computer was giving me all sorts of fits that I narrowed down to a driver incompatibility in Win 10. ANYWAY, enjoy, more tomorrow.
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Today marks the official first day of the college football season. I can't remember an offseason more fun than the one we just expirienced, but I think we are all ready for some football games.
The last few seasons have been very depressing. Last year most of us were ready to move on to basketball before the season was halfway over (I even celebrated an open practice with a wallpaper). This year has to be different, right?
Here's a wallpaper to celebrate the return of football, complete with the official shades of Maize and Blue.
Jim Harbaugh is back. Football is back. Go Blue! (click to embiggen)
Photo via Bryan Fuller
Greetings again, my fellow Wolverines! Last week, I was able to drop the first official wallpaper of the season in my vintage schedule wallpaper based on a schedule card from 1969. This week, I’m happy to bring you the wallpaper for our first opponent of the season, the Utah Utes.
In preparing to do this wallpaper, I did a good amount of research on the Ute people, for whom the team is named. The Ute people are also the namesake of the state of Utah, itself. The word “Ute,” in the native tongue of the Ute people, Shoshonean, means “land of the sun” or “ the high place.” The Ute people were a highly-artistic people, making all sorts of beaded jewelry for use in battle and for trade. The Ute were also some of the earliest adopters of the horse in America (reports state as early as 1580). They were fierce warriors and with the addition of horses, became excellent big game hunters, as well. They were also highly spiritual, and are credited as being the first documented (by approx. 200 years) peoples to make use of a process called “mechanoluminescence” in their ceremonies. It’s said that they would use clear quartz crystals inside of translucent buffalo hide rattles. When rattled, the friction and mechanical stress of the crystals impacting each other would create a light that would be visible through the hide rattles. They believed this was evidence that the spirits were being called to their ceremonies.
I had a lot of fun researching the Ute people and it reminded me of the excellent time I had when doing research for the CMU wallpaper. I loved learning about the Chippewa and the Ute were the same experience. That being said, I hope that we stomp them on the football field. Respect gained for their history or not, I want them crying in defeat.
The image I used for the wallpaper below is of an actual Ute Tipi (or Teepee) on file at the Library of Congress. I hope I did a job that is both respectful and artistically-sound. Let me know! As always, I appreciate constructive criticism and/or suggestions for future works. Have a wonderful day and GO BLUE!
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Greetings fellow MGoBloggers!
This is my first diary - yay! I've been meaning to make some Michigan wallpapers and graphics for a while, but only recently have I worked up the courage to actually share them. I've been lurking on MGoBlog for many years now. I love this site and am happy to finally be contributing, even if it's just graphics.
Here's my first attempt at a general UM Football graphic featuring Harbaugh. Nothing specific - just lots of in-your-face Harbaughness. This image was from his days in SF, so I had to remove the SF logo and apply the Bo Block M - not perfect but it gets the job done. The "Welcome Home" theme has a couple different veins, the most obvious being to welcome Jim home. Additionally, it serves the purpose of welcoming our program's detractors back into the fold. No excuses from here on out. You're either in (Welcome Home), or never come back as far as I'm concerned. I was going to include "2015" or "team136" in there somewhere, but I wanted this to be more of a general graphic that can be reused year after year if desired.
I want to send a big shout-out to MGoDesign trailblazers like JonValk, monuMental and all the others who share their art and designs - thank you! Also big thank you to the MGoBlog staff and Brian for spinning the hamster wheels!
Sorry in advance if the image links don't work properly - I tried my best! Let me know if anyone has any advice as to how to post this kind of thing. I'm a quick learner and will get better at it.
If you all dig my work, let me know and I'll try to create/post more of it!
Here's a link to the full versions if the images above don't work:
UPDATED WITH MOBILE VERSION
I hope you enjoy! If anyone wants a different size/format, just leave a comment and I'll do my best to make it for you/everyone.
Thanks, and Go Blue!
Semi-personal background for anyone interested: I was born in Ann Arbor in '84, but have been living in FL for the past 20+ years. I didn't go to UM (terrible student in high school), but bleed Maize and Blue just like the rest of you (I do have former UM students and faculty in my family, if that counts for anything). I currently work as an Art Director, graphic designer and freelance multimedia artist. I'm all about simple designs, so you won't find anything too over-the-top from me. No crappy HDR filters, etc. Shameless portfolio plug: www.sebaballe.com (this link is my freelance design portfolio and not sports related. I'm working on an Instagram page for sports-specific graphics - stay tuned if you're interested in following me there.)
Well, it's that time again, ladies and gentlemen - it's wallpaper season. For this season's schedule wallpaper, I went with a design based on (ok, copied from) a vintage schedule card from 1969.
I like how it turned out, but I do wish I could find an image of Harbaugh in the exact same profile as Bo from the '69 card. If you know of one (I looked around to no avail), I would be very grateful to the person who pointed me to it. I ended up choosing a picture that embodies how I hope to see Jim on the sidelines during our games - enjoying some Michigan domination. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this wallpaper. As always, I welcome constructive criticism and/or suggestions for new wallpapers. Let me know what you think. GO BLUE!
EDIT: Fixed the font with a font more like what is in the original per numerous suggestions. Thanks for the input, it looks a lot better, guys.
EDIT 2: Added mobile (iPhone 5) variation.
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Ok, so this was more an exercise in creating a magazine spread than me designing a wallpaper, but it occurred to me that many of you are just as crazy obsessed with Harbaugh's presence at Michigan and may enjoy it. This was a concept piece I did this week for a fictional magazine article about Jim. I did it because I'm working on building up a portfolio of various graphic design templates in order to possibly land some freelance stuff. I hope you all enjoy it. It has been sized to fit a standard HD 16:9 screen because that's what I run. As always, constructive criticism and suggestions are welcome.