Meet the Team: Collin Herko
Meet The Team: Collin Herko
Title: Graphic Designer
Roles: Small format specialist. 3-D sign whiz. Sports graphics genius. Placard pro. Window graphic guru.
A Big Visual Employee Since: 2013
Collin was born and raised in upstate New York, but made the move south to Nashville in 2013 when he was offered a position as a graphic designer at Big Visual Group. Collin attended SUNY Oswego, a small liberal arts college, and had just received his degree in graphic design. He credits his father, an architect, for first turning him onto design. “I remember flipping through my dad’s architecture books as a kid and always taking an interest in art,” said Collin.
At Big Visual, Collin designs products for a variety of clients, but the Nashville Predators have always been the closest to his heart. He’s been a huge hockey fan his entire life, and even plays in an adult league in his spare time. Beyond the Predators, he’s also enjoyed working on NHL All-Star Winter Park materials, including the outdoor ice rink graphics and dasher boards.
When he’s not working in sports, he can often be found working with one of his other passions — music. Since joining the Big Visual team, he’s worked closely with the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum on everything from small instrument placards to larger dimensional signs. He even designed the prominent window graphics for the museum’s entrance.
“That was one of my first large projects here, and it featured photographs of Peter Frampton and Billy Gibbons, among other greats,” Collin said. “It’s an honor to be able to design around such incredible subject matter for the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum — Hendrix’s guitars and Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics, to name a couple.”
Collin works within Big Visual’s in-house design team. He credits his team members for making work such a wonderfully creative space for him. “We have an extremely well-rounded set of designers here,” said Collin. “We all collaborated on our holiday donut promotion for about 4 months, and it was fun and inspiring to see the creativity and technical skill that we each brought to the table.”
What Collin loves most about working at Big Visual is that it’s hands-on. “I appreciate the handmade, craftsman quality of every product that leaves our shop. Everyone who works here really is an artisan in some way or another,” said Collin.
Collin currently lives in East Nashville, near the up-and-coming Five Points neighborhood. He loves being in a thriving city, enjoying life with his roommates and so many other creative folks nearby. At night, he can often be found attending his friends’ gallery shows or concerts. And if not seen there, he’s likely on the rink at the Centennial Sportsplex, playing in his adult hockey league or coaching little league.