ralph hogaboom

design. esports. cybersecurity. also, cats.

design for web

noahmalone1.com

Noah Malone is a Team USA paralympic athlete competing in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Noah had fantastic photos already available, and I was able to put those to good use – always a head start for a great site.

The primary goals were to tell Noah’s story, connect fans with his upcoming Olympic competitions, and provide a platform for his book sales.

He was also interested in connecting a newletter system for direct, recurring contact with fans and potential customers. Combined with a finely tuned mobile site, I was thrilled with how this project turned out – and I quickly nd easily became another fan of Noah Malone!

deeshaphilyaw.com

Deesha Philyaw is a celebrated writer who’s recent release The Secret Lives of Church Ladies won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The book is being adapted for HBO Max with Tessa Thompson producing.

Deesha’s site was designed to support the author’s many events and virtual book tour, connecting her audience with opportunities to interact and go deeper with her stories.

The site also supports Amazon’s Author Pages via RSS integration. A few subtle motion effects on the site help it breath, and showcase her sharp pen and keen wit.

yonaharvey.com

Yona Harvey is a Harvard professor and poet. She is the recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

Her works include the recently released You Don’t Have to go to Mars For Love, and has collaborated with Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther and Wakanda graphic novels for Marvel Entertainment.

tamarawinfreyharris.com

Tamara Winfrey Harris is an author of several books, and the founder of the Letters to Black Girls project, featured on Oprah’s television show.

Her writing tackles cultural views on black women and girls with strong insight and empathy.

The website was designed to connect readers with her books, including integrations with Amazon Author Pages, and downloadable book kits and study guides for book clubs. A newsletter pop up form further connects viewers with her work.

indydistricttheatre.org

The Indy District Theatre needed a snappy site that worked best on mobile, quickly allowing potential visitors to find and buy tickets to their many and diverse offerings. They also wanted the site to be bright and friendly, carrying the Theatre’s colorful character to the website.

print design

movie / event posters

2010-2016

I was honored to be asked to design several posters for the 7th Street Theatre, one of only remaining atmospheric theater’s in the United States.

This historic building is fully run by a well-oiled volunteer team that works with sponsors and grants to rebuild and rehabilitate this historic theater.

These are just a handful of the posters I designed for the 7th Street – at last count, I’d come close to hitting two dozen!

Founder’s Day Parade logo

2020

The Aberdeen Founders Day Committee asked me to design a logo for their parade. They wanted something reflecting our natural beauty, but bright and cheerful to reflect the playful and enthusiastic nature of the parade.

Discover Hoquiam brochure

2010

The Hoquiam Business Association contracted me to produce several designs to support local businesses and boost tourism to the area. This large, 11×17 four-panel fold out map was the centerpiece of our campaign.

The campaign also included this rack card featuring the many local events planned the following year.

esports logos

2019

These were a lot of fun. Just a personal project to design a few esports team logos. These are the ones left available for purchase, email for pricing / licensing options.

esports

Ralph Hogaboom

Broadcast Manager
OFRL Recreation League
2021-present

Esports Manager
Grays Harbor College
2020-2021

Certificate of Esports Management
University of California, Berkely
April 2019

Sponsorship Coordinator
Minor League Esports
2018-2019

Starting roster for the Dinos (RSC)
2018

Starting roster for The Hive (MLE), Dodgers (MLE), and The Comets (MLE) teams
2017-2018

Grays Harbor College Esports

’20-’21

In February of 2020, Grays Harbor College tapped me to build a varsity esports program. With funding from the student body, I set out to build a world-class collegiate esports program in the rural trees of western Washington.

Spring 2020

The Beginning

Launched our Discord, Twitch channel, and started doing weekly all-ages community gaming nights - Thursday Night Gaming. We had 12 followers on Twitch, and 16 members in our Discord server.

Summer 2020

Recruiting

Covid-19 is a rough adversary for recruiting. Still, we hit Twitch Affiliate in June, and within a month averaged 10 subscriptions. Recruitment forms started coming in off the strength of our broadcast production.

Fall 2020

Fall Season Begins

We launched our varsity program with 11 students and three titles - Smash, Rocket League, and Valorant. We placed bottom in the league for Valorant, but were able to send one Smash player to playoffs.

Oct 2020

Intramurals

Our community building didn't stop. We hosted an Overwatch tournament for WA state high school students called Reapers Harvest - I still get emails regularly about it. But the intramurals - having faculty, staff, and students playing Words with Friends via smartphone was a fantastic way to let people share they were "playing esports" in a way that was very approachable for our older faculty.

Dec 2020

Fall Playoffs

One of our Smash players made playoffs. Our local rivals Centralia handily beat us in Valorant, and we finished second from the bottom in nationals. We were also asked by the national league if we would design and host the stream for the national championships. We accepted, under the condition we could involve as many students from other colleges as possible. As a result, we started an affiliate program to train college students in broadcast production - casting, commentary, analysis, motion video, still graphic, audio production, and scene design. It was a smashing success.

January 2021

Merch Shop, Collaborations

We launched a merch shop, using mostly logos designed by our students. Within three months, it would bring in over $500 in fundraising for our program. We also started collaborating with other colleges across the country to help them kick start their own streams. Mount St Mary's and Jacksonville were two of the earliest collaborators. I released our spring schedule design as open source; it was used by 20+ colleges. I also released our master vision plan, budget sheets, run of show, and vMix assets to help other schools bootstrap faster. These were well received.

Feb 2021

Pipeline Tournament

GHC was again asked to host a national tournament - this time for the College Sports Management Group's Pipeline tournament. I was able to get 16-year old Abby T. to cast the games, giving her national exposure on an event that was later rebroadcast on ESTV. I also began hosting regular Q&A webinar panels for high schools in WA state looking to kick start their programs, and career pathways sessions as well.

January 2021

Spring Season Begins

Spring season begins - with 21 students across 6 titles, GHC adds Fortnite, Overwatch, and League of Legends teams to the roster.

February 2021

High School Partnerships

GHC officially partners with Ilwaco High School and Hoquiam High School to support their esports programs. Hoquiam would later go on to fund their program with $25k, a landmark for such a small school. One stipulation was continued partnership with GHC. Meanwhile, colleges in WA state such as Peninsula, Bates, and South Puget Sound reached out to ask for guidance on developing their programs based on the successful model at GHC.

March 2021

Centralia Part 2

GHC's Valorant team handily beats local rivals Centralia 13-5. Much celebration ensues.

March 2021

Spring Playoffs

Playoffs - this time, GHC's Valorant team places 6th in the nation. Two-thirds of our Smash team go to playoffs, with one placing top 12 nationally. Our Rocket League team places 6th as well. We launch the Super Spring Break Ultimate tournament with the Washington State Scholastic Esports Association, giving away HyperX sponsored keyboards and mice, and providing over 5 hours of live streamed tournament to high school students across the state. We break 25 concurrent Twitch subs for the first time.

June 2021

Twitch Partner

Twitch awards GHC Esports the coveted Partner Status on Twitch.

July 2021

Hiring Full Time Esports Manager

I successfully lobby for a fully funded full time esports manager position, and hire to take over my spot in the program. With a solid template and community culture, along with widespread campus support, the future for our program seems bright indeed.

Aug 2021

Building Bridges Conference

I speak at the Building Bridges virtual conference with the topic: Collegiate Esports - How and Why Gaming Belongs On Your Campus. It is one of the most well-attended panels that week.