Metal, Wrestling + Video Games
I can’t help it. I love to research. I spend most of free time jumping from one link to another, categorizing, bookmarking, saving for future reference. As I find myself allowing myself to take on design jobs, after fighting it for 3 years now, this research method feels like it has found its purpose.
As I mentioned, I am making some flyers (maybe posters??) for the Hoodslam Band. My friend is one of the bandmates and, after I mentioned that I was interested in doing a flyer for the show a bit ago, he decided to take me up on the offer.‡ YAY!
Soooo. To get in the mood I started surfing. Here’s what I found:
Googled ‘Metal Band Flyer’ and found what you might expect. Black + White (low budget). Lots of type (comes with the ‘flyer’ territory). Aggressive, occult, and horror inspired type: angular/spiked/pointed, blackletter (which is also angular/spiked/pointed), symmetricallity, dense, dark, illegible. Agressive, occult and horror inspired imagery: demons, lightning bolts, skulls, etc. — A good start.
I remembered this article I stumbled upon a bit ago (while I’m at it I should mention this Metal Band Name taxonomy chart via BoingBoing) about Christophe Szpajdel who has created more than 7,000 logos for death-metal bands around the world. Here are some of them:
The symmetricallity and calligraphic nature of the logos really stand out. Reminiscent of Rorschach, kinda.
Then I jumped to wrestling flyers and posters:
ᔥ GameGrin (Hmmm… again with the symmetry!!)
Finally, while browsing, these interesting 70s band posters popped up. Might not be applicable to this project, but I’ll keep them mind:
‡ This footnote is to indicate a future idea for a post revolving around the idea of free work/unpaid internships/and pricing ethics. To be continued…