There is consistent proximity throughout the logotype. The negative space forming the "N" makes sense with the name because looking at the logotype engages the audience when locating the "N". I also think the logotype font works well bold.
Trying to fill in someone else's shoes is futile. The person will at best be a shadow of the one who shoes they are trying to fill. It is best to have new shoes (their own) rather than live in the shadow of another