If you haven’t noticed by now, the Faceoff-Factor header is sporting a festive set of blinking Christmas lights.

It’s a small change, but it serves as a mini-preview of what is to come.

Several weeks back, Jesse Marshall and I came upon graphic and web designer Doug Graham, through our close friend RJ Ackerman over at Let’s Go Pens.

Graham has agreed to take over the design duties at FF after former designer Josh Townson was forced to step back due to increased work through his business, Kurios Design and Consulting.

Josh was instrumental in developing the current FF platform, which was our first and only venture outside Blogger. Without his hard work and dedication to FF, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

So, to Josh, we say “thank you” a million times over. We truly appreciate everything you have done and will continue to do for FF in ways that frequently go unnoticed by our readers.

To Doug, we say “welcome aboard!”

The Dirt on Doug

Doug, 30, currently a Web Producer at Right Ascension in Warrendale, has been in the business since 2001. Some of his more prominent projects include, but are not limited to building and designing sites and web applications for the University of Pittsburgh, CMU, Leed’s, and DVD Empire.

In 2010 Doug and colleague Chris Umbel founded 31st & Penn, a computer solutions company specializing in mobile apps.

As a die-hard hockey fan, Doug considers himself a “logo and uniform geek.” If there’s a leak or rumor about a team’s logo or uniform, he’s seen it and heard it.

What’s to Come

Originally contacted to do a few simple seasonal headers, Doug has agreed to go above and beyond, essentially re-designing FF.

Doug plans to have themes that will come and go depending on holidays and special events.

And I can assure you, based on previews I have seen, we’re all in for a big treat when the first one debuts in the very near future.

Additionally, Doug, Jesse and I are working to incorporate new features into FF, including social networking, countdowns to events, and possibly new interactive elements to get you, the reader, more involved.

Lastly, stemming from Doug’s strong passion for hockey aesthetics, we continue to brainstorm ideas to add some archival material, which could include desktop wallpaper, uniform/logo/goalie helmet histories, etc.

If you, the reader, have anything you would like to see, let us know. While we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to incorporate it, we’ll certainly consider!