…I know, right? It’s supposed to be Amazing ALBUM COVER Friday! Well, just like a good song, I’ve gone and done something UNEXPECTED! BAM! How’s that feel in your coffee? Good? That’s right.
I’ve become more interested (in a hobby kind of way) in graphic design, how to make things pleasing to the eye, conveying an idea through simple imagery and type…you know, boring stuff like that. I’m no expert…but I can tell you one thing: if I immediately think of an artist’s music when glancing over their logo…even if it’s just their name in type…their logo has been successful. For instance…
So simple! Two red bands, with a very plain type (…makes me think it’s Helvetica, I’m no expert, but you know…I saw the movie…) but even if you never owned a Run DMC album I’m pretty sure the majority of you just flashed back. At the very least, to the Aerosmith collab. It’s just their name!! Who designed this logo? Did they realize that this simple simple design would become legedary? How about this:
This one is also pretty crazy…I remember when I first saw the ‘Radiohead Face Guy.’ In the early days of the net he overtook their website (which was pretty cool for the time) and I immediately associated the face with the band. If you took away the text (which, although plain, is a really cool font!) most people from the 90s, rock fans, and music fans alike would immediately think ‘Radiohead.’ Now…THAT’S a logo.
Here are some more logos, or more accurately, most of these are ‘logotypes,’ as they are just the name of the artist written in a recognizable font, or with a clever tweak…a logotype IS a logo, though I more associate ‘abstract marks’ with logos, like the Radiohead face. ENOUGH LEARNING! Logos!!!
And the last one! I’ve known this logo since I was a kid. Do you know who this is? If so (or if not) it says a lot about what kind of music you listened to. Not good or bad, just informative! It’s strange to think that the logos you know, and the ones you’re drawn to, can tell a person a whole story of your life. Or at least, give them an idea.
Or maybe I’m just crazy! What do you think of band logos? Have any favourites? Do you think too much about ‘what a logo means’ like I do? I’d love to hear your philosophy on the whole thing!
Anywhoo, that’s it this week. Follow me on the Tweet Tweet place @Potoroo if’n yer bored.
Oh, and for the stranger fans of the blog who are curious what I look like…check out the first part of a ‘Fake B-Movie’ I’m making with friends to promote a summer camp for geeks I help run! Can you guess who I am? Hint: Pink!