The logo was drawn by freelance graphic designer Jacob Morris Strongin
On a tight deadline, East Meadow advertising executive John Alogna hired freelance designer Jacob Morris Strongin from Syosset, L.I. who created the original version in his basement studio.
"When you look at the logo, it wasn’t something that was thrown together. A fair amount of thought and design ability went into creating it—choosing how to design the “Islanders” word, the hockey stick and how to configure it so it all worked together. It wasn’t something that was haphazardly thrown together over the course of a weekend. It was done with great care and patience."- - Barry Strongin, son of Jacob Strongin
The original "NY" logo was drawn and then hand painted. If you look closely at it on this Facebook Page dedicated to Jacob Morris Strongin, you can see brush strokes throughout.