Rose alumnus Nick Loy pursues interest in sports graphic design
TUES. | 10-13-20 | SPORTS
Former Rampant Lines Editor-in-Chief Nick Loy, is currently a senior at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where he is majoring in motion media design. In his sophomore year, Loy’s interest in sports design led him to reach out to Atlanta Braves creative director, In Sung Kim.
“[Kim] was giving me advice on how to get into sports,” Loy said. “We just stayed connected over the years.”
Through Kim’s connections with the sports world, Loy was able to gain an internship opportunity at Sports Trust Advisors, which is a NFL football agency that represents many current NFL stars such as Calvin Ridley and Andrew Whitworth.
Recently, the president of Sports Trust Advisors, Pat Dye Jr., lost his father to kidney complications on Monday, June 1. His father Pat Dye Sr., was a legendary football coach for Auburn University. Over his twelve year tenure as head coach for the tigers, Pat Dye Sr., won four conference championships and 99 games.
Auburn University decided to honor coach Dye with a commemorative logo at their September 26th game against Kentucky, but Dye Jr. was unhappy with the logo
designs they sent, so he reached out to Loy on short notice.
“I had a day,” Loy said. “I had 24 hours to come up with something.”
Though the turnaround was tight, Loy got to work and came up with his design. He was inspired by Dye Sr.’s first interview after being hired as the Auburn head football coach. In this interview, Dye Sr. was asked how long it would take him to beat Alabama, whom they hadn’t beaten in eight years. He responded by saying “sixty minutes.”
“I ran with it and they loved it,” Loy said.
The logo Loy designed includes his famed line, “sixty minutes” as well as Dye Sr. 's initials, “PD” in bold blue lettering. The logo was chosen by Auburn and was painted on the Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare stadium as well as pasted to the side of the players’ helmets.
“It was a really cool opportunity for me,” Loy said. “It really doesn't get old seeing [my] design on television.”
Loy feels that his experience at SCAD helped him with this specific task given the small amount of time he had to complete the design.
“College teaches you to work under pressure,” Loy said. “It’s tough just being on your own and trying to figure out how to do things, but it taught me time management and how to learn on [my] own, to go beyond what the professors are telling [me], to go beyond what the class requires.”
Loy’s interest in graphic design began in journalism at Rose when he was working on spreads for the features section. After college, Loy plans on becoming a full time employee at Sports Trust Advisors. This career path will allow Loy to combine his love for sports with his graphic design skills.