Lord of the Logos, Christophe Szpajdel

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  1. I love the style… but I have no idea what most of them say.
    From an artistic point of view I think they are great. From a “branding” point of view they more or less pointless – they are way too complex.

  2. It should also be noted that bands in this genre of music (death metal, black metal, etc) often reject the typical notions of branding, or even rebel against it. Having logos created that are often unreadable by most can almost be seen as code within the genre. It works for them, and enforces their stand. However you are absolutely right, they are very complex from a standard branding point of view. :)

  3. A good metal logo can be summed up in three words: pointy, inverted and symmetrical. This book is bulging with all three. Great stuff. Also, those Wolves in the Throne Room logos rule.

  4. I spent ages looking at this guys work for research in my graphics class. The assignment is to create the brand and packaging for a band. I’ve made something… Simpler :) still heavily inspired by this guy though!

  5. DavidCom, it was for another company and I’ll let them release it. But you can bet I’ll be posting about it.

    Ryan, yeah those Wolves logos are killer. I never saw the second one used anywhere. Would make an awesome t-shirt.

    Timmac, Christophe would be a great guy to study for type understanding, even if he is on the extreme end of things.

  6. LOVE Christophe’s work. Seriously talented. The way he can visualize a word or title and put it to paper is brilliant. While his Death/Black/Heavy Metal logos are iconic, his art deco work is not to be underestimated… Beautiful. One of the hardest working guys in the business.

  7. Love that guy’s work. I wrote about him on my music blog and tried my hand at making one of these logos myself.

    I hear he’s a character too.

  8. It’s amazing to see how one person basically defined the look of an entire genre of music.
    I remember when i was a kid and listened to a lot of death/black bands i used to stare for hours at their album covers: sometimes trying to decipher the logo, sometimes simply being amazed by all the hidden messages withing the artwork itself.

  9. Yap its an amazing book, and a very slick production as well, givin the black metal design scene some respect!

  10. There’s something about being a metal head that allows you to accept all sorts of weird/crazy shit. After I started getting into bands like Opeth, Agalloch, Nile, etc., a new world opened up to me. All of a sudden, there was some epic beauty in all of the darkness surrounding metal.

    If you like these logos, you should check out the art by the Converge singer, Jacob Bannon. He has made a massive contribution to the metal scene’s aesthetics.

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