Chuck D Designed Public Enemy's Logo

The band I listened to the most in high school was Public Enemy. When grunge broke, Nirvana and Pearl Jam made a run at the title, but PE had a head start and finished first.

I had a Public Enemy poster on my wall and wore Public Enemy tee-shirts with that iconic logo on it. To this day, that logo hangs on the wall of my podcast studio. Somehow, I only learned yesterday that Chuck D himself designed Public Enemy's logo. I learned it here.

Public Enemy

People say I studied art. I didn’t just study; I graduated with an art degree. There’s a big difference. When it came to be around that potential time of making logos, I wanted to make something that understood what a logo could do, you know? Look at the Rolling Stones. The tongue and the lips say it all without you looking at the font. I wanted to be able to make something that detaches. I don’t think there’s too many logos out there that don’t deal with a font, that you can detach and know what it is. Wu-Tang is still the W, but that kinda comes close. But Public Enemy… no font whatsoever. Circle with a man, you know what it is.

You know what it is.


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I find it odd that you would have and still support a band/group of individuals who are known to be racist, homophobic, anti-semetic, and pro-Black supremacist. They also supported the Nation of Islam and their wonderful leader Louis Farrakhan.

Oh and their logo - isn't that a policeman within the crosshairs of a gun?

July 29, 2015 @ 3:34 PM


New album was released monday.

July 29, 2015 @ 5:46 PM


Argie, don't forget the left-wing credo. "Do as I say, not as I do."

July 30, 2015 @ 10:28 AM


Shhh! Don't call them "left-wing". They get really upset when you do that.

July 30, 2015 @ 10:33 AM


The logo is not a policeman in crosshairs....see the original, making-of design from Chuck D himself:

July 30, 2015 @ 1:39 PM

this guest

@ Sven,
Thank you for the accurate information.

July 30, 2015 @ 10:30 PM

this guest

Two hours ago Chuck D tweeted a link to his high school architecture teacher Mr. Marseille's Letter to the Editor in 1982 concerning Education Week.

July 30, 2015 @ 10:35 PM

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