King of Heart logo – Random 55. Chicago Punk Band.
Client: Random 55 Punk Rock.
Design Category: Entertainment, Music
About: Logo design for Random 55 – a punk rock band hailing from Chicago.
Logo Brief: This completely linear B/W design for a Chicago punk rock band is a classic example of a bold, simple king of heart logo that works for everything the client wanted. Random 55 already had a do it yourself logo, but were in the market for a more professional image. While incorporating the original “Suicide King” heart image from their current website, we roughed it up a little, using a vintage tattoo motif. The Black and White theme is apropos, considering the musical genre, and looks great on black T-shirts, a staple for the fans of punk.
About the band – Chicago is probably best known for being hometown to such legends as The Effigies, Naked Raygun, Pegboy and Hugh Hefner. But it was also here that, in the fall of 1995, a group of overindulgent lads converged to publicly voice their hatred for “popular” boring music. More importantly, however, was their sincere love for the fast and exciting music that they had grown up with: Naked Raygun, Joan Jett, The Ramones, Stray Cats, The Clash, Bad Religion and Social Distortion, to name a few.
Alongside a few other noteworthy bands and friends, primarily Mest, The Arrivals, and The Matics, Random55 were the standard bearers of a newer, leaner, tougher breed of suburban street punk inspired by London and L.A. punks. The band soon forged their own distinctive sound — a souped-up hot rod with a Clash body, Social D frame, and running on hi-octane rock with a noticeable Naked Raygun additive. Early singles and tracks like Dear Near, I Don’t Care and Bulletproof, introduced the band to a crowd outside Chicago and kicked the door open for the influential tour with long-time friends and mentors, Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna.
Interesting note – Random 55 records on the Sinister Muse Records, a record label for whom The Logo Factory also designed a corporate logo.
A sampling of design work from The Logo Factory®. 2 1/2 minute video features samples of logos and Flash animations. TLF produced soundtrack is also available as an MP3 download.