Thursday, July 7, 2011

Flavorpill Presents a Field Guide to Musical Typography

We love all of Flavorpill’s ingenious slideshows but the graphic designer and visual effects maven that live inside of us were drawn to their latest offering — “A Field Guide to Musical Typography.” 

Marking The Beatles’ dropped T as the year-zero, mother of all band name logos, they take the theme through jam bands to ‘70s pop and punk to black metal to rap.

We’ve never been fans of The Grateful Dead’s tunes but there’s no denying their instantly identifiable logo is sheer genius. Thanks to Flavorpill we now also know that the band name as it appears on the cover of the album Aoxomoxoa also reads as “We Ate the Acid” if you squint really, really hard.

There are totally incomprehensible examples like the metal band Averse Sefira, the backwards letter phenomenon as seen in ABBA’s lettering. And, of course, the ransom note-esque handmade flair of The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bullocks.

But words cannot describe the splendor of this text laden presentation. So go check it out for yourself and then let us know what your favorite band logo is.

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