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    Metal band logo, need pointers

    Been doing a few bits and pieces for bands my friends are in, since I go to local shows I know a lot of them, anyway I did a simple Tshirt design for them a few months ago and and they loved it, sold quite a lot online, today they asked me to design an all around logo for the band, which I said I'd try, but it's harder than I thought, The tshirt design was a play on a more famous logo http://enigmaticheart.bigcartel.com/product/heineken-t Kinda like this, a lot of bands are doing them recently.

    Anyway, yeah, I'm struggling a bit more with the concepts for this since I have nothing to go by, they want something simple, with the letters TCL kinda similair to the WSS logo (http://img.hottopic.com/is/image/HotTopic/980768_hi)
    I'm not here asking anyobdy to do the work for me haha, just for any pointers, anyone worked on anything similair to this, or just simple designs with few letters etc, any tips would be great since I'm struggling on finding a decent layout for it haha, the letters aren't symmetrical so it's kinda a pain
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    wait, so the want their logo to represent the Heinken logo?
    I've designed a few logos for my previous bands and mates bands, things i like to take into account are what genre they are, what they prefer to sing about and even the name of the band itself. if i knew those things i could give you a hand with ideas.
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    What kind of metal band?

    Black metal?

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    Death metal?

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    Heavy metal?

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    Doom metal?

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    Stoner doom metal?

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    Folk/viking metal?

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    Grindcore?

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    etc...

    There are a lot of different kinds of metal with individual aesthetics. You're not giving us much to go on.
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    Red face Messing Around

    Heres a quick, one colour design i came up with for one of my previous bands "The Cold Front"
    We played the Death/core style/genre of metal hence the spikey nature of the drawing.
    i couldnt get a hold of the finished product as it is on my hard drive at home so i drew up a quick sketch of what i can remember of it.
    simple designs like this are fairly effective for band logo's because it makes it easy for you to apply it to Stickers, shirts, cd's ect.

    Also, personally i like to keep my designs as symmetrical as possible.
    as you can see in the images Jacob posted so do most other designers, it makes reading the bands name inderesting.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Kobryn View Post
    What kind of metal band?

    Black metal?

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    Death metal?

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    Heavy metal?

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    Doom metal?

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    Stoner doom metal?

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    Folk/viking metal?

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    Grindcore?

    Metal band logo, need pointers

    etc...

    There are a lot of different kinds of metal with individual aesthetics. You're not giving us much to go on.
    Hahaha thank you for this thorough break down. Love the stoner metal one
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    Metal has so many subgenres now that it's almost an art form itself.
    Didn't know about NintendoCore, now I know what I'll be listening this month. Thanks!
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    This is of course a matter of taste, but imho readability is a big point if you are designing a logo with the band's name.

    To me it's real hard to distinguish the name from those sketches. They look Gothic though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eelis Kyttänen View Post
    This is of course a matter of taste, but imho readability is a big point if you are designing a logo with the band's name.

    To me it's real hard to distinguish the name from those sketches. They look Gothic though!
    That's the point. It's the most popular aesthetic in metal logo designs. The more obscure the band, the more desirable it is for their logo to be unreadable. It's an elitist sort of thing on one hand (only those who are in the know should know what it means) and on the other hand it's representing their music through a visual abstracted symbol rather than with words. It's also generally thought of that the more unreadable/obscure the logo design, the heavier/darker the band.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Kobryn View Post
    That's the point. It's the most popular aesthetic in metal logo designs. The more obscure the band, the more desirable it is for their logo to be unreadable. It's an elitist sort of thing on one hand (only those who are in the know should know what it means) and on the other hand it's representing their music through a visual abstracted symbol rather than with words. It's also generally thought of that the more unreadable/obscure the logo design, the heavier/darker the band.
    Oh? I had no idea, thanks for filling me up. Sounds weird, but all the styles got their knacks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Kobryn View Post
    That's the point. It's the most popular aesthetic in metal logo designs. The more obscure the band, the more desirable it is for their logo to be unreadable. It's an elitist sort of thing on one hand (only those who are in the know should know what it means) and on the other hand it's representing their music through a visual abstracted symbol rather than with words. It's also generally thought of that the more unreadable/obscure the logo design, the heavier/darker the band.
    The more obscure, the heavier darker point rings very true, but it's also a bit useless from a marketing point of view.

    Last Saturday my friends' band were playing a gig, and there were posters on the wall for an upcoming band. We wanted to get more info because the logo looked fantastic but we couldn't actually go and find their music was because none of us could actually figure out what the band was called. Maybe that's just part of the Elitism; only a very special few who could read it had the privilege of knowing their band. That could have cost them a few extra record sales in the long run, but if they're doing it just for the love of performing then it makes no difference really.

    It's a balance, I think. Of Aesthetic and practicality. It'd be great to know what your band is actually called so that people can go online and follow it


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    Agreed with Jacob, it almost seems as if the heavier the genre, the more spikes, gore and webbing appears. Most grindcore bands logo's are almost un-readable. its hard for an illustrator to create a logo to fit a band without knowing things like Genre, Lyrical Content, Band Name or even hearing them play.
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    The thing is that most metal bands aren't interested in selling to big crowds, and they'd rather gain a cult following. Obscurity is in favor. Again it's a sort of elitist thing. But that's the gig!
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    Heres a quick, one colour design i came up with for one of my previous bands "The Cold Front"
    We played the Death/core style/genre of metal hence the spikey nature of the drawing.
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