Posted in Visual Language
Christophe Szpajdel (pronounced “shpydel”) is the world’s darkest light in logos for the Black Metal and Death Metal underground music scene. To date he has created close to 10,000 individual logos, all painstakingly designed by hand using little more than a pencil, pen, A4 paper, a bright and quite place to work, and little or no visual reference.
There is clearly a distinct visual language associated with these works. In black metal particularly, there is an unsaid aesthetic representative of the scene; spikiness, illegibility, intricacy, macabre. Christophe has clearly helped shaped this approach, but also draws personal inspiration from a vast range of periods and movements (Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Tribalism, Nature, Modernism to name a few). Where possible he incorporates these influences into his creations, bringing a new dynamic into the gothic visuality of his art.
Disturbing? maybe. Fascinating? most definitely.
The book Lord of the Logos — designing the metal underground by Gestalten can be viewed here