Band Logo Critique

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by P-Worm, May 20, 2010.

  1. P-Worm macrumors 68020

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    I've always valued the advice I have gotten hear for my amateur logo designs. The funk/soul band that I'm in needed a band logo, so I decided to give it a go. After days of tweaking, I have finally settled on something I like, but I could always use your comments. :)

    One thing I would like to hear is your opinion on the "C" at the end. That letter has consumed probably half of my design time because I was worried it was going to end up looking like an "e" Have I finally succeeded?

    Thanks for your help.

    P-Worm
     

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  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Neat style. I thought it said turbophonie though.
     
  3. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    I like it!

    I opened the link before I'd read your post and it read as "Turbophonic" to me.

    But since you asked about the 'c', I'd look at making it less squarish... give it some rounder curves.

    That's what I'd look at if I were you... just over all looking to smooth out some of the curves a little more... bottom of the 'T' for instance.

    But dude, those are details. You made one cool band logo.

    Where can I get a t-shirt?
     
  4. bluetooth macrumors 6502a

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    I like it, but it looks like an "e" at then end to me, at first glance anyways...
     
  5. kernkraft macrumors 68020

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    You really have to make sure that it's instantly readable, without any difficulties. Currently, it's not. Even if it's a bit sacrificing the design/visual value, you have to simplify.
     
  6. P-Worm thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Do you mean the whole logo, or just the "C"? If you mean the whole logo, where would you suggest I begin?

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  7. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    Normally I'd agree with you.

    But I'm not sure that's as true for band logos.

    I would give a little more leeway for readability... or lack thereof.
     
  8. kernkraft macrumors 68020

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  9. design-is macrumors 65816

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    Agreed - I think it works "as is". I saw it as a C.

    If the audience / fans / anyone who sees it is primed by telling the the name of the band, they will see it as a C. If they aren't there's a chance they will see an E, but then that's easily corrected. So it's not a huge issue if you ask me.

    Could even be a good talking point... "Hi" "Hi, I really like Turbophonie. Is it your band?" "Ah, that's great... yes it is! And actually, it's Turbophonic :)" "Oh, *giggle* sorry! How can I ever make it up to you?!"

    lol - great for groupies ;)

    /Doug
     
  10. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    In any other circumstance I would agree about legibility and simplification but when it comes to a band logo I don't think its of major importance. The piece as a whole will be the identifier. Its more about 'art' than trying to sell a brand. The music sells the brand, the logo just identifies it. Whether its immediately legible is not important. Immediately recognisable it does need to be however and because of the strong stylisation I think it works well.

    One thing I will say to the OP is make sure the logo works using just black. Then add the colour.
     
  11. P-Worm thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for the heads up. I always figured that if I ever needed a plain black version that I would strip the retro bordering and just have the letters. You're right though, I should play with just black for a while just to be sure.

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  12. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    You could keep the border. Just make the text and the outer border black. Everything else white. If you got rid of the border it would look quite different to the original.
     
  13. ILikeTurtles macrumors 6502

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    Personally, I could not read that at all. Professionally, I'd suggest you tone it down a bit. The odd shaped letters in the middle of the word are inhibiting legibility.

    As for those who say, legibility does not matter in this instance; you couldn't be more wrong.
     
  14. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    Sorry, but that's not a logo. It would work better as a subset of something larger - like maybe a poster. But as a "logo" it doesn't work.
     
  15. Peace macrumors Core

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    It's the light brown background and dark brown letters. Change the colors and it will look better. imho :)
     
  16. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    ILikeTurtles's comment could have used a few of these.
     
  17. P-Worm thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Could you elaborate?

    P-Worm
     
  18. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a

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    Had to look for my bellbottom pants and play a few retro songs.....

    I generally liked most of what you did, but i think there isn't enough contrast in the colors between the background, the orange and the lettering in the middle. The band names tends to get a little lost or blends too much with the background.
     
  19. P-Worm thread starter macrumors 68020

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    We're a 70's style funk soul band, so I'm glad it portrayed the right thing.

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  20. bluetooth macrumors 6502a

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    It sort of reminds me a bit of WEFUNK, not sure if you are familiar with them (they are an underground radio station) but check the site, great mixes if you are into funk, old skool hip-hop etc. I'm into all that myself, great era for music.

    http://www.wefunkradio.com/

    I would just suggest to try and simplify the "hooks" a bit on the "T" "h" "p" and also the "c" - making it more legible etc.
     
  21. cyberdesignz macrumors newbie

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    Perfect logo man...just the color of background is not attractive...I would be awesome with transparent background...
     
  22. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Its a logotype. Essentially an icon created by glyphs. It doesnt need to be immediately legible as the icon as a whole is identifiable. The music reinforces the identity.

    Apple, Shell and Nike simply use symbols in certain instances. We all know which brand their symbols identify without the need for type.
     

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