#1
we need a logo or a graphic or something to put as a banner on our myspace page that we could also use on merch or cd covers. maybe tattoos lol

i dont think it should have a photo as the background though it might look a but unprofessional, and if it was jsut a logo we could put it on more stuff, but my band cant agree on what it should look like

were just a straight forward rock band tbh in the vain of guns and roses and black stone cherry but the bass player wants a death metal hardcore kind of thing and the drummer wants something punk because they cant see that our band isnt necessarily the same style as what they normally listen to


what kind of thing would make a good logo?
#2
Well, you need to make sure the name of the band is nice and clear, and then you need something that catches peoples attention. Have a few, some with pictures (for merch and whatnot) and some without (for other stuff like artwork and stuff). Other than that, it's really up to you and what you feel is good and appropriate.
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#3
The "easiest" solution is searching for a good typeface (font) that you think represents your bands image. There are tons of free font websites but most of them arent great. You could probably find a good reasonably priced font if you wanted it to look really good. Designing a logo depends on your artistic ability. That can be hit or miss. Otherwise keeping it to 1 or 2 solid colors is best for being able to print on shirts, paper, etc...
#4
A professional artist or professional graphic designer ususally make the best logos. Second would be commissioned work from a tatoo artist.

Grabbing a font off of the internet is lazy route.
#5
Good Logo < A Giant Drawing of a Dick
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not the pit.


i just did a logo for my side project last night, it took a while to come up with how i was going to design it. once you get on a roll drawing it out though, the rest will flow naturally.

or at least that's what i thought.
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#9
I think something simple is the best way to go.

You want people to be able to draw it on their notebook.
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#10
band name is a must
choose a font or style that suits the tone of yuour music
and maybe take an idea from the lyrics and display it graphically
#11
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A professional artist or professional graphic designer ususally make the best logos. Second would be commissioned work from a tatoo artist.



yeah this is the way to do it, this way its professionally done and is (hopefully) an original.
Dont know the pricing, if anyone has averages id be interested in knowing that
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#12
Keep it very ****ing simple, like a square for example, work it out a bit, just improvise around with easy stuff, like making up a solo over a Pentatonic scale
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#13
Don't make a logo for the sake of having a logo. If you do that you'll probably end up with something crappy, just keep on until something hits you. Let the idea come to you rather than the other way round.

Also keep it simple but still in reflection of the group. I.E. the Who's bullseye, Nirvanas dead smiley face, the Rolling stones tongue.

Playing around with text can be a way of making a good logo quick though if you fit it to the group. Think of the hellraising AC/DC logo or the ghostly [NIN] one
#14
It should work in BW the size of a stamp from 10 feet away and be instantly recognizable. Simple and bold.
#15
words of advice.
DO NOT USE LETTERING THAT NO ONE CAN READ.


that is an awesome example
if they didn't write the name in letters I can read I wouldn't know what the band was called
I'm not going to waste my time spending 5 hours trying to decipher bad font.
I'll just move on to the next band with a name I can actually read
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#16
I've been a pro graphic designer for a few years now, and I'll just tell you that if a band has a crappy logo, I usually wont even listen to them. Neither will anyone else that is looking for a band that is serious. If you are serious about your music and your band's future, invest in a professionally designed logo. If you aren't serious, then you don't even need a logo. Unless you just want one for fun then go for it, but your logo may often be the first thing anyone sees about your band. If they never get to listen to your music and only see your logo, what do you want them to think about you?
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Which is a better logo?

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#20
Most bands just find a good font and write their name. It's important that the font be unique and eyecatching, but also fitting and legible. Whitechapel and My Chemical Romance pulled this off beautifully, but now there are hundreds of screamo bands copying Whitechapel's logo, if they were even the first to use that font. There are plenty of websites devoted to fonts, Google it.

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#21
I think the best band logo is the Dead Kennedys symbols. Jello Biafra's idea for a logo was something that kids can easily spray paint, and look now, I go around spray painting big red DKs all the time. If you don't know the Dead Kennedys logo then look it up online. Simple, interesting, and memorable.
#22
yup. ill agree with everyone else.

screw the logo idea. just find a nice font and have your band name written in it.

its pretty much what ALL bands are doing now, and its cause its more effective than a logo (most of the time)
#23
I say lots and lots of female breasts....yeah....
Or design something that could fit on a patch.
#24
Simple and effective ideas

If you trying anything too flashy it'll most likely fail and end up not being looked at
#25
I've been a pro graphic designer for a few years now, and I'll just tell you that if a band has a crappy logo, I usually wont even listen to them. Neither will anyone else that is looking for a band that is serious.

read: "neither will anyone else who is a closed minded dickhead"
you can't be much of a MUSIC fan with that kind of attitude

just go with something with a pentagram in it, no colours other than red and barely legible writing, then any kvlt mvth@fvckaz out there will assume you guys are pretty extreme and wear your t shirts even if they've never heard your music, free advertising
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read: "neither will anyone else who is a closed minded dickhead"
you can't be much of a MUSIC fan with that kind of attitude

just go with something with a pentagram in it, no colours other than red and barely legible writing, then any kvlt mvth@fvckaz out there will assume you guys are pretty extreme and wear your t shirts even if they've never heard your music, free advertising


No, believe me, unfortunately he's right. This is how it is now.

If you're just playing fo fun and to make a little money locally, who cares! But if you want to make it in the industry (good luck!), you need to be a fully marketable product. To an industry pro bands are a commodity which are bought and sold; if you don't look like you'll make a profit they won't be intrerested. And image is on a par with the music, since it's the first thing people say.

Don't fall into the trap of imagining every A&R man to be a cigar-smoking 'suit' with no interest in real talent - they may well love a band's music, but if it's too big a financial risk they won't be able to do anything about it. Having a good 'image' (the band's 'look', a good logo, a decent website etc) can considerably tip the scales in your favour.

What Roxor_Mc0wnage probably meant is that if a band hasn't put much time/attention into presenting themselves, they're probably still at a lower level - and that usually means they'll be average at best.
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