Patrick McDarby, a graphic designer who designed numerous sports logos, including the New Jersey Nets logo used by the team prior to their move to Brooklyn, passed away at the age of 57 this past weekend, according to the New York Times.
McDarby was the designer of many popular sports logos, including the New York Rangers and New York Islanders. From the obituary:
Over the years, Mr. McDarby designed more than 200 logos. For each, he received a flat fee, no royalties and, by the nature of his craft, little public recognition. His work also included the logos of many college teams, among them the Villanova Wildcats, the Iowa State Cyclones and the Pittsburgh Panthers.
The Nets, of course, left McDarby’s logo in the past upon their move to Brooklyn. But the logo was the defining image of the franchise for over 15 years, including the most successful years in the team’s NBA history.
New York Times — Patrick McDarby, Sport Logo Designer, Is Dead at 57