Customizing a scorecard for the 2016 World Series

This is post #3 of 13 daily blog posts covering my World Series scorecards. Every day a new blog post in the series will be posted.

Creating custom scorecards for Chicago magazine required a custom scorecard template, which included the Chicago magazine logo and the World Series logo.

Using official logos makes it all official

Chicago magazine logo

The logo for Chicago magazine was sent to me from their digital editor. He kindly asked me if I wanted to include it. Heck yeah! That would be awesome to have their logo authorizing my scorecard. He even gave me the official logo for the MLB World Series.

As a graphic designer who loves creating identity programs, I love seeing how others organize their branding guidelines.

World Series 2016 Style Guide

In case you were wondering, the official colors for the World Series are:

MLB postseason navy color Postseason Navy
Pantone 2767
CMYK: C 99, M 87, Y 42, K 41
RGB: R 019, G 039, B 074
MLB postseason red color Postseason Red
Pantone 199
CMYK: C 07, M 100, Y 85 K 01
RGB: R 220, G 000, B 049
MLB postseason gray color Postseason Gray
Pantone Warm Gray 10
CMYK: C 50, M 50, Y 54, K 17
RGB: R 123, G 109, B 101
MLB postseason light gray color Postseason Light Gray
Pantone Warm Gray 1
CMYK: C 14, M 14 Y 17, K 00
RGB: R 216, G 209, B 201

With logos in hand for the Chicago magazine and World Series, I needed to add them to my scorecard. I wasn’t going to put that extra work onto my brother. He already did a fantastic job designing the scorecard. Incorporating the logos is on me. Erik kindly passed along the original design files for the scorecards, so I could slightly edit them to make a Chicago magazine version with the World Series logo.

Making ’em big

With hundreds of thousands of people seeing these scorecards, I wanted to include as much information as I could in a clean format. The smaller size of the 8.5×11 scorecard is a bit challenging to get small details written with a pencil. Even with a perfectly sharpened Blackwing 602 special edition no. 56 pencil. I want to be able to include more detail with more fidelity. I would find my solution through how comic strips are produced.

In the comic strip syndication business, comic strip artists create their strips at 250% the original size. This allows them plenty of room to drawing and add dialogue. I know this first-hand, because I’ve been working as a designer at Tribune Content Agency in the comic strip syndication business for over 16 years. (Yeah, i’m bragging a little bit, but I think it’s pretty cool).

original comic strip artwork from 1979
Original artwork for comic strips, produced 2.5 larger than final published size

Since comic strip artists make their comic strips at a larger size, I’ll make my scorecards at a larger size too! We have a fantastic laser printer at work that can print up to 11×17 inches. I’d like to keep to the true origins of the baseball scorecard size of 8.5×11. If you shrunk an 11×17 down, it wouldn’t be the same shape as an 8.5×11. The one side would be shorter than the other. So to keep to the same aspect ratio of 8.5×11, I made mine 11×14.

Paper stock

With the size determined, now we need to figure out the paper stock.

Certainly, I’m not going to fill out my scorecards on regular office paper. With the amount of erasing needed, that paper would rip right through like a rock-filled wet sack. Where do you buy such heavier paper stock at a larger size? And at a place that is local? Paper Source first came to mine. But guess what? They don’t sell any white cover stock larger than 8.5×11. Whut. You’d think a place called “Paper Source” would be your first source for paper. Not in this case.

Instead I walked across the street to the flagship Walgreens in the Wrigley Building. They carry regular posterboard in packs. Perfect! I love that I’m buying the paper for my Chicago Cubs scorecards at a place across the street from the Tribune Tower…in the historic Wrigley Building. Very Chicago-esque!

Posterboard at the Wrigley Building Walgreens

The posterboard is perfect because it’s very durable. One side is uncoated, the other side is coated. The uncoated side works great with pencil. And I think the coated side makes the paper more durable. I’m just guessing on that, but it sounds good.

Crazy math proportions

Standing in the Walgreens aisle with the posterboard in hand, I did my math wrong on how to cut up the board. I thought I’d be able to cut the board in half to get two 11×17 sheets with some strips left over. But when I got to work and cut the 22×14 in half, the two sheets were exactly 11×14. I was like, Uhhhh. Oops.

I figured to make the best of what I had, and so I took Erik’s 8.5×11 layout and scaled it to 11×14. Guess what? It fits perfectly! 8.5×11 scales up just about perfectly to 11×14 size—the size of my poster-board paper!

The original poster-board size is a perfect: 22×14. Cut those babies in half, and you have two 11×14 sheets! Yaaaah!

With my 11×14 sheets in hand, I was ready to edit the scorecards.

Editing the scorecard template

That night my daughter was about to eat real food for the first time. I worked under a tight time crunch after work to knock out these alterations to the card:

  1. Add Chicago magazine logo
  2. Add World Series logo
  3. Change rosters of card for Cubs and Indians
  4. Print it on larger paper

Except the Cubs hadn’t released their World Series roster yet! They were waiting to see how Kyle Schwarber was going to perform in the Arizona Fall League. This key Cubs player had been out since the fifth game of the season. And now he was prepped to make a dramatic comeback. But the Cubs needed to see if he was fully healed and ready to play.

Arizona Fall League @kschwarb12 @Cubs #Schwarber #FlyTheW #WorldSeries #Cubs

I anxiously kept searching Google for news of the Schwarber’s addition. He had completed is his game that afternoon getting a double, and scoring on a single. But when 5pm came, the rosters were still not announced, so I just included him in the roster. Why not? Even if he’s not included on the team, it would still be part of the story of this postseason.

Sprinting home

Matt carrying scorecards to the trainEditing and printing the scorecards took about an hour to do, and then with the scorecards under my arm, I literally sprinted to the train in Chicago’s loop. The type of sprint where you raise your knees up to your chest to pump your legs super fast.

Ends up I got home a bit too late. My daughter was being too fussy to have her first real food. So we delayed her first real food until the next day—which is the first Cubs World Series game!!!

Tomorrow’s blog post starts the background of the scorecard behind every game in the 2016 World Series. Uncover the original photos that I used as reference for the drawings. Find out how I made my middle finger go numb. All in the next blog posts!

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2 thoughts on “Customizing a scorecard for the 2016 World Series”

  1. I was blown away when I saw the official 2016 World Series style guide. It even says on there that it can be used only by authorized MLBP users. By Chicago Magazine

    1. Ah yes, that is true. We did back and forth for the header of the scorecard to make the World Series logo fit. And where to place the Chicago magazine logo. I didn’t want to get mired down into those details in this blog post. I think people might fall asleep about those options! But it’s good that you called that out. Maybe at some point that might be an extra blog post that shows the different options for the header. It’s a minutiae detail, but that’s what these scorecards are about.

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