Etched on high school notebooks or inked onto a bicep, band logos achieve a kind of alchemy, transforming an aural experience into a visual shorthand. We collected a handful of logos by Finnish metalheads HIM, hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics, punk legends Black Flag, and the Rolling Stones and asked two accomplished graphic designers to chime in. So, Vaughan Oliver of pioneering U.K. label 4AD (Pixies) and David Carson of the ground-breaking '90s music magazine Ray Gun, do these logos rock?
It's just too comical it has nothing to do with the grit and dirt I associate with them. It stops me from listening to the Stones. They should change it.
It has attitude, an obvious sexiness, and it's certainly identifiable. I like that it's fun and a little off-the-wall, though there's a disconnect with their music.
The logo is coming from somewhere it might be Celtic or occult but there's no real imagination, there's no wit. It seems naive, like it's the first stage.
It would make a very good T-shirt or sticker, which is one of the criteria of a good logo. I can see kids wanting this on their shirts. I'm curious to hear the music, but I wouldn't be surprised if I didn't like it.
It looks like where I'd start, but it needs developing. But maybe that's where I go wrong over-sophisticating things.
I'd give it a B+ real recognizable, real simple, and easy to reproduce. Though it's a little too polite; it might be a tiny bit too perfect. Is it more representative of the era than of the music?
There's always been something nihillstic about Black Flag, and what they've done looks like a local construction company. I love Black Flag.... It's the anti-logo; it's a no-logo logo.
DC I think it's wonderful. It was almost revolutionary at the time, back in the precomputer era. Talk about identifiable and simple. I'd say it's the most effective one.