Ryan Makowski

Graphic Design, BFA

Thesis Project

Inspired by his deep passion for hockey and branding, Ryan has created an NHL expansion franchise for his senior thesis project. The franchise is based in Kansas City, MO, and carries the name Fox Trotters, representing and embodying the city’s and state’s culture. The name Fox Trotters pays homage to the Missouri Fox Trotter, the official state horse of Missouri, and the franchise’s predecessors, the Kansas City Scouts. The franchise’s overall branding represents Kansas City through the team color scheme, which showcases the city’s flag and the hidden message of “KC” within the Fox Trotters head on the primary logo. As a result, this demonstrates and creates a strong identity for the franchise that will drop the puck in October 2024 in the Heartland of America.

Ryan has studied graphic design since 2018. He transferred to PCA&D from Bucks County Community College in the fall of 2022. Ryan resides in Philadelphia, PA, and is heavily involved in the PCA&D community. Ryan is an officer for AIGA and has participated in PCA&D’s 2023 and 2024 annual Designathon’s. After graduation, Ryan plans to kickstart his career in graphic design and hopes to land a job in the sports industry.

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