Band logo design

Bands need talent, luck, and perseverance to get noticed and make it big. They also need a logo that communicates their style and genre—a logo that fans would be proud to wear on a T-shirt or stick onto a guitar case.

If you're looking for band logo inspiration, you've come to the right place! Browse logo designs from artists big and small, and see what colors, fonts, and symbols resonate with fans. Then, read through Looka's band logo design best practices, and learn how to transform your logo from opening act to headliner. When you're ready to take the next step in creating a brand for your band, try our AI-powered logo maker for free!

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Band logo best practices

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Color

Choose a color that reflects your music genre and resonates with your band's fans. For indie bands, this might mean a neutral palette of muted colors. For rock, energetic reds and blues can echo the intensity of your songs. For jazz, deep jewel tones add a sense of luxury to the look of your band logo. Like music, color is all about balance. So, consider the rest of your logo when selecting a color palette. If you're using a complex symbol or typeface, you might want to stick with one color or keep things black and white with a bright accent color.

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Layout

As you begin designing your band logo, ask yourself, 'Where will I use my logo most?' Depending on how you distribute your band's music and where you typically perform, this answer will vary. Bands with a large online presence will need logos sized for Spotify, Soundcloud, and social media. Bands that are all about in-person performance might want to plan their logo's layout around posters and band merch. Keep the scale and size of your mediums in mind as you design. If you're unsure what will look best, you can't go wrong with a simple, clean layout.

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Typography

Many professional band logos feature a custom typeface to stand out and add personality. But you don't need to commission a new font to have the same effect. As you look through fonts for your logo, consider your band's sound. The right font will reflect your style of music, giving listeners a sense of what you have in store. Sharp, modern sounds will pair well with Sans Serif or Futuristic fonts. Classical music tends to favor the smooth, swooping curves of Cursive fonts. As for the metalheads out there, a bold and jagged font will speak (or scream) volumes about your style. Whatever your genre, pick a typeface that reflects the style of your audience and music, and ensure it's legible across mediums.

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Symbol

Symbols can serve as a quick shorthand for bands. Some of the most famous band logos are identifiable by symbol alone. If you want to join the ranks of standout band symbols like Greenday, The Rolling Stones, and Nirvana, you need an icon that matches your music. Look for symbols that truly capture what sets your band apart from others. Whether it's a sound or a story, the inspiration behind your symbol needs to belong to your band alone. Abstract and metaphorical symbols tend to work best for this task. Finally, ensure a well-composed logo by aligning your symbol's style with the rest of your logo's design elements.

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Special Features

What separates opening acts from headliners? When it comes to band logos, the difference is in the details. Elevate your logo to star status with Looka’s special features. Put your band’s name center stage with a container. Choose from dozens of shapes available in both outline and filled formats, to find the perfect frame for your band. To show off the full spectrum of your band’s creativity, give gradients a go. Seamlessly blend between different colors to create rainbow, metallic, and tie-dye effects. Add variety with a bit more subtlety, using font pairs. By varying the fonts with your band’s name, you can display the different sides of your musical taste. Once you’ve created a pitch-perfect band logo, you’ll be ready to take the stage by storm.

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