Band Logos and the Comic Sans Test

In a previous post, I talked about how important a well-crafted Broadway show logo is to the production. I shared some classic show logos and compared the originals to a version where I switched out the font with the lovable, goofy, Comic Sans.

For this post, I thought I’d expand upon that a bit and share some iconic band logos with you. There are some articles that share a lot of great logos, but here I’ll just break them down a bit, and then also share with you what they’d look like if they were to be made with Comic Sans.

 

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So the danceable, 70s band that led to the Broadway hit Mamma Mia has a simple, modern, somewhat refined, logo. It looks smart, sophisticated, and gets extra points for being reflective. Here, the comic sans font pretty much makes it feel the exact opposite.

 

AC/DC
Here’s another band logo that is strong, memorable, fierce, and the vibe it exudes is complete ACDC-logo-e1363265503430Rock & Roll. The use of red makes it feel a bit evil, too. Conversely, it’s pretty silly with the comic sans, right? I think we all can agree that it just doesn’t do AC/DC justice.

 

KISS
Sticking with the rock and roll theme, here’s KISS’s iconic logo. It’s slick, glamorous, big, and still has an edge. Just like the band. Now, take a look at the comic sans. It feels like it’s straight out of Kiss-logo-e1363265474249The Simpsons, and loses its appeal, doesn’t it?

 

I’ll share more down the road, but until then, what logos are iconic to you?

 

 

 

 

Mike RathfonMike Rathfon is a member of American Music Theatre’s Marketing department. He can be reached on Twitter @MikeRathfon.