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Intern Chronicles: “It was really exciting and kind of surreal to see my work on the air!”

University of Florida student, ESPN Summer Intern Sarah Cantor talks about her MLB All-Star Game studio graphics

EDITOR’S NOTE: Once again this summer, Front Row’s Intern Chronicles series showcases some of ESPN’s summer interns. For more information on ESPN Internships, visit the ESPN Careers site.

Sarah Cantor is one of the 48 interns making the most of their time here at ESPN. She is thriving in her role on the motion graphics team at the network’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn. Earlier this month, her design appeared on SportsCenter as part of its MLB All-Star Game studio coverage.

Cantor is from New Orleans, La., and is currently studying graphic design at the University of Florida. She spoke with Front Row about her recent project and her experience thus far.

Can you describe the process that went into creating the design?
I started the design process by drawing some quick sketches for different monitor dimensions, just to get my ideas on paper. After deciding on a concept, I started building out a few of the screens in After Effects. My goal for the monitor suite was to keep it clean, simple, and focused on the All-Star logo and color palette. The finished product was 18 unique graphics for use in the SportsCenter studio during coverage of the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. The whole process took about a week from start to finish.

How did it feel seeing your work on ESPN?
It was really exciting and kind of surreal to see my work on the air! It’s crazy to think that something I made was on national television for everyone to see. It’s definitely super rewarding.

What do you love about graphic design?
Something I’ve always loved about graphic design is that it can serve so many purposes. It can be used for self-expression, enacting change, providing information, creating awareness, etc … It’s up to the designer to decide how they want viewers to interact with the work.

What is your next project so that we can look forward to seeing more of your work?

I mostly create graphics for the 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter, so be sure to tune in.

How can this internship help you achieve your long-term goals?
My internship at ESPN has already taught me so much about designing for show production and given me valuable real-world experience in a corporate design setting. The knowledge I’ve gained from working in the Creative Services department will hopefully help me achieve my long-term goal of being a professional graphic designer and eventually a creative director.

Here is a panoramic view of Cantor’s work. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Cantor/ESPN)
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