Toronto Mike

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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