tata&friends illustrate rock band icons with literal graphics
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apr 16, 2014
tata&friends illustrate rock band icons with literal graphics


tata&friends illustrate rock band icons with literal graphics
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spanish graphic design studio tata&friends has illustrated ‘rock band icons’, a series of posters which delineate the names of renowned bands using straightforward and literal graphics. a hot yellow background describes each canvas, with black lines marking the pictographic representations. some motifs portray motion — like the two circumventing arrows wrapping around the image of a rock, indicating ‘the rolling stones’; others narrate the musician’s name with a stacked series of static graphics — like the open shell beside the jar of marmalade, representing the 90s rock group ‘pearl jam’. rebus puzzles, or allusional devices that use pictures to represent words, are a common thread throughout the series. take a look below at the collection of posters to see if you can name the band based on the pictograms, before you read the name.

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
two arrows and a rock delineate ‘the rolling stones’
tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
a boom box sits on top a set of shoulders describing ‘radiohead’

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
‘led zeppelin’ is made up of an LED light and a blimp

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
a leaf beside a calendar describes ‘green day’

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
a series of closed portals illustrates ‘the doors’

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
the character’s question mark face indicates ‘the who’

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
three stacked pictograms describe ‘stone temple pilots’

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
alice in wonderland beside a chain link becomes ‘alice in chains’

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
the ‘smashing pumpkins’ is represented by a hammer and the orange gourd

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
the sex pistols

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
guns & roses

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
red hot chilli peppers

 

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