Send this article by email What is your name? Please indicate below the emails to which you want to send this article: Alumnus designs motion graphics for World Cup broadcast Enter one email per line. No more than 5 emails. Send Close As a student at UNC Greensboro in the early 2000s, DJ Summitt rarely missed a women’s or men’s soccer game. He has fond memories of cheering on the Spartans against Furman’s Clint Dempsey – now an American soccer legend – and traveling across the state and beyond to support the women.
So when the avid soccer fan walked into a bar a few weeks ago and saw his motion graphic work for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on the TV screen, it was a special moment.
Summitt has built an impressive resume since graduating in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in media studies. He’s worked on feature films and has produced promotion and in-show graphics for a number of TV shows, including “CSI” and “Survivor.” He also spent seven years as a creative director at HP.
About a year ago, Summitt decided to build his own motion design business. A few months later, he landed the kind of project that all designers (and diehard soccer fans) dream about: the World Cup.
Throughout the winter and spring, Summitt worked with a team of designers on the final production of motion graphics for FOX’s broadcast of the World Cup. The graphics you see in the lower third of the screen, the flags of each country, the different transitions – much of this work has been touched by Summitt.
“It’s been an honor. I learned so much on this project,” he said. “The way those graphics are created is different than anything I’ve done before. It gives you confidence, working on a project of that scale and caliber.”