Sammy Silverman Gets Much-Deserved Hometown Paper Treatment

By DJ Byrnes on September 4, 2013 at 11:58a

Sammy Silverman is probably the best graphics designer in college football today. (Works can be found HERE, HERE AND HERE.) Don't just take our word for it, however, let someone whose sterling track-record of talent evaluation speaks for itself:

The Youngstown native has been killing it since his arrival to campus, and Ohio State's secret recruiting weapon is getting some well-deserved recognition:

From his sketch book and office iMac in the football fortress that is the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, he creates promotional graphics bound for mailboxes and email accounts of Buckeyes’ recruits.

His work is new to the OSU athletic department, an innovative way to reach out to prospective student-athletes.

“People have realized that these players get a lot of letters and it’s nice to provide them with visuals,” Silverman said by phone recently. “It’s definitely a new aspect of college football and it’s something I’ve never really seen. A lot of people have come up to me and said that it’s something new and really interesting and it’s engaging.”

For comparison's sake, here's what Rutgers is working with.



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Dougger's picture

I refuse to believe Rutgers' artwork to be real: dear lord that's terrible!!!!!

I like football

jeremytwoface's picture

No way it's real.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

boojtastic's picture

It's not opening on my janky work computer. IT, if you're monitoring my online activity, get on this, plz.

daytonbuckeye's picture

Have you tried turning it off and on again? 

3 85 yards and a cloud of dust.

AMSS's picture

Hahahahahahaha! I love it. That is out IdioT's answer for everything too.

daytonbuckeye's picture

Have you ever watched "The IT Crowd"? Hilarious show that I stole that line from. 

3 85 yards and a cloud of dust.

idontsmellgood's picture

Okay, I was going to say that I'm not real keen on the overly sharpened images but after seeing what Rutgers has I will say "Keep it coming!"
Definitely is an interesting method to show you are putting in effort and make the kids feel like a movie star.
I wonder what kind of rules are in place that limit what "services" OSU can provide a recruit on an Official or Unofficial visit (i.e. - professional photography, trainers if they workout while visiting, etc)

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Unky Buck's picture

Reppin' my hometown! His stuff has been awesome as well. I hope he continues doing some great work!

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OurHonorDefend09's picture

Boardman, eh? Poland man myself.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

Unky Buck's picture

Nice. Yeah, was raised here, lived in Columbus for 8 years, and then moved back here about 5.5 years ago. Would love to get back to Columbus though. I like the big city life.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

Bucks Forever's picture

Nice to see another Bulldog repping the Bucks.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

beautiful work. hadn't seen those last 2.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

droessl's picture

Love the man's work.  That Rutgers one jumped to the top of the list for worst recruiting picture, just inching out this gem from Florida:

+1 HS
thatlillefty's picture

Hold up... is that for real?

Unky Buck's picture

Still makes me cringe every time I see this image. Ugh, the horror of this...

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

What standard? Being overrated, then getting smashed by a Big East team?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

acBuckeye's picture

Worse than Mississippi State's "can-o-swag"?

DWright's picture

Definitely a talented dude! Glad he's a Buckeye.

jeremytwoface's picture

Glad he's getting some recognition...
Pretty sure the "missing piece" that was sent to Mike Gesicki got some national attention.
Helps to have someone like that on our side.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Sammy's from Youngstown?! Man, I love him even more now! Unfortunately, for those of you who have never read the Vindicator, it kind of blows... unlike Sammy's work. Keep it up and go Bucks.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

holtzy's picture

Love his work.  He is a phenomenal talent!

pjtobin's picture

I couldn't get the Rutgers one to open up. The Florida one with Harry potter?? Wth could they have been thinking? What recruit would want a pretend wizard riding a broom as a "tool" to get them to go to that school. If anything I would think these young men would be thrown off and think it was creepy. IMO. 

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bukyze's picture

That Rutgers piece of art just might help us land Noah.

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

Couldn't get it to open at the link but here is the image:

The Ohio State University Class of 2001

BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

MN Buckeye's picture

That is embarrassing!

ODEEZ330's picture

Wow never knew how terrible other schools recruiting images were. We are spoiled with sammy silv amazing artist.

stark county football

southbymidwest's picture

The "Fall is Coming" posters with Jeff Heuerman and Jack Mewhort are downright scary. But fabulous.

CowCat's picture

I'm a graphic designer myself (computer UI), but I love great poster / promo art.
There are plenty of design wannabe's making terrible stuff.
Sammy is one of the best that I've seen.  11W's own Walt Keys is terrific as well.

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-- Urban Meyer

unholy bucknut's picture

Sammy be putting in work. Keep it up brother.

Haybucks's picture

Anyone can get access to the same graphic tools, but vision and application are unique.  I like the way Pantoni and Silverman brainstorm to get the vision formed.  This kid sees it and applies it.  He is special.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


surfertx's picture

Does anyone know what happened to the other OSU graphic designers? Michael Bower and Cam Reagan produced some amazing posters but they've stopped (dating back to last season).
Don't get me wrong, Sammy Silverman's stuff is incredible, but I actually liked Michael Bower's style a little bit more (less HDR-ish, less contrast etc.) Just personal preference!

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Hey, Sammy is reading our "In The Huddle" magazine there as well, super double-awesome picture!


(My article, too. Swag.)

bucksfan92's picture

Great work!  This type of artistic talent always amazes me.  I can't even imagine how far this guy can go, the possibilities are endless.