The Most Famous Hard Rock Band Logo Design. Rock design and music never strayed far from one another. And for many bands around the world as well as bands with the flow of rock, the logo has become a very powerful branding tool, the logo will be imprinted on records & CDs, displayed on stage backgrounds, their musical instruments, printed on t-shirts and other merchandise which will be sold to their fans and followers around the world.
This article deviates a little from the main discussion of the blog verandalounge, but is still in one category of design and inspiration. I’m going to present an exploration and informative of some of the most iconic, bold, and eye-catching band logos in hard-rock band history.
Here are 20 of the most iconic and famous hard rock band logos:
I rewrite this article from the original author Alexander Eckstein who published this article on creativebloq which hopefully can be useful for readers in Indonesia who are looking for creative ideas about band logos that hopefully inspire new band candidates who want to design a logo for their band. And here is a list of 20 of the most iconic and famous hard rock band logos that hopefully inspire you as a music lover kid or a new band who is looking for logo inspiration for their band.
1. AC / DC
Inaugurated in June 1977, the AC / DC logo was designed by Atlantic Records art director Bob Defrin with the help of renowned graphic designer Gerard Huerta. The logo depicts a lightning bolt in the center which is incorporated into the band’s name. Huerta made this logo look sharp, crafted with its Gothic letters.
This classic winged logo was designed by the band’s former guitarist and founding member Raymond Tabano in 1974. It consists of the letter A joined with a star and a pair of wings. But the creator of this logo designer, Tabano, unfortunately left the band when the logo was inaugurated.
3. Black Flag
The black Flag logo was designed by guitarist and main songwriter brother Greg Ginn, New York-based artist Raymond Pettibon, who also suggested the band’s name. The logo consists of a stylish, wavy black flag that has four black bars.
4. Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer logos are styled like a skull. With the letters E and P surrounding the entire symbol, it was designed by Swiss surrealist artist HR Giger in 1973. Giger died at the age of 74 May 2014.
5. Grateful Dead
Launching a live double album, they caught the attention of the rock music scene in 1974, the Grateful Dead logo consisting of a grinning skull and lightning. Often referred to as the ‘stealie’ logo and originally used to mark band equipment, it was designed by sound engineer Owsley Stanley and provided by art director Bob Thomas.
6. Iron Maiden
Several logos have global appeal as Iron Maiden. Featuring a heavy metal typeface, the Iron Maiden Logo was designed in 1977 by singer Dennis Wilcock with the help of art director Ray Hollingsworth.
Consisting of a double thunderbolt, the Kiss logo was designed in 1974 by the band’s former lead guitarist Ace Frehley. Since this logo appeared it has caused a lot of controversy as it closely resembles the Nazi German ‘SS’ emblem.
8. Led Zeppelin
A legendary logo, this hand-drawn logo was designed in 1973 by Hurricane Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell of the British art design firm Hypgnosis, initially as part of the cover art for the band’s 1973 album, House the Holy.
Created in 1981 by vocalist James Hatfield, the Metallica logo features a hand-drawn, serrated typeface that perfectly conveys the attitude of a heavy metal band. The logo was made famous in 2008 by Turner Duckworth.
The motorhead logo consists of a devil skull with long horns and devil fangs. Also known as ‘War-Pig’ or ‘snaggletooth’ and featuring a gothic lettering style, it was designed in 1977 by American graphic artist Joe Petagno who also created album covers for Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Nazareth, and Roy Harper.
11. New York Dolls
The New York Dolls logo masterfully depicts the glam rock band’s appeal of freedom of play, captivating fonts such as scribbled lipstick. Known for their lively colors and strong appeal, logos predate punk and metal sage.
12. Nine Inch Nails
Created in 1989 by vocalist Trent Reznor and art director Gary Talpas, the Nine Inch Nails logo borrows heavily from Talking Heads’ 1980 album Remain in the Light designed by legendary graphic designer Tibor Kalman.
Originally inspired by frontman Kurt Cobain’s rework of the now defunct Seattle strip club Lusty Lady’s emblem, the Nirvana logo features a smiling face with writing based on the Onyx typeface.
14. Pink Floyd
Although the band has experimented with a number of logos, the most common of which the Pink Floyd logo (pictured above) consists of expressive, yet loose and casual, handwritten letters. This logo is simple and cute, usually based on a black-and-white theme.
Very few people know that Freddie Mercury is a former graphic design student artist from Ealing Art College, London. Queen’s logo, depicting the letter ‘Q’ and the zodiac signs of the four band members, is an original creation of Mercury. The logo looks stately, it bears a striking resemblance to British Coart arms.
16. Sex Pistols
Created in 1976 by South African actress Helen Wellington-Lloyd, the Sex Pistols logo consists of cut-up, see-through style letters. It first appeared in publication material for the band’s debut single ‘Anarchy in the UK’, which was designed by British artists and Jamie Reid.
The Slayer band logo consists of a pentagram formed by four swords and the fifth row is intentionally drawn. Set in a medieval background, this logo has caused a lot of controversy due to alleged anti-Christian and Nazi tendencies.
18. Van Halen
The winged design of the Van Halen logo icon was designed in 1978 by the band’s guitarist and co-founder Eddie Van Halen. First appearing on the cover art of their debut album, the logo has been changed several times over the years.
19. The Who
The The Who logo, created in 1964 by renowned British painter and graphic artist Brian Pike, consists of a roundel target object style symbol and a custom elongated typeface featuring an arrow. Closely related to mod iconography, it depicts masculinity and glorifies the English heritage of the band.
The logo of the British progressive rock band Yes ‘Bubbles’ was designed in 1978 by renowned artist and painter Roger Dean. Inaugurated on the band’s fifth studio album Close To The Edge, this iconic logo features interwoven letters, this logo has also had some changes.
Where to Look for a Good Logo Design Service?
If you don’t have design skills, then there are many alternatives you can use to have a good and beautiful logo. You can create a logo online for free using the free tools provided on several websites which you can see in the following articles:
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