Twenty-One Pilots is a US-based musical group founded in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. Today she is a duo consisting of songwriter, rapper lead singer Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dan.
Meaning and History
The musicians used their unique logo on the cover of three albums: in 2011 – Regional At Best, in 2013 – Vessel, and in 2015 – Blurryface. If you look closely, you can see many meanings in it:
- A reference to Norwegian motives (writing “O” with a diagonal slant).
- Binding to the number “encrypted” in the name of the collective.
- The laconic concept is reflected in the songs.
During the entire existence of the group, she had three types of logos.
2009 – 2010
2011 – 2015
Those years’ emblem looks like three-wide lines (almost rectangular), arranged in a certain order. The first one is blue, is placed vertically, and stands level. The second, orange, runs diagonally, crossing out space. The third is black, occupies a horizontal position, and is located in the middle, against the first two figures’ background. It is slightly offset, so a narrow white stripe is visible nearby, creating a 3D effect. In this version, the logo first appeared on the 2011 album.
2015 – 2018
In 2015, a revised version of the previous brand mark was proposed for the next cover. Now it is a combination of graphic and text symbols. The rectangles got thinner and got different lengths. For a better visual perception, the designers separated them and placed them short from each other. Also, they changed their color and took it into a circle, which they placed in a black square. This option graced the Blurryface album.
The text part consists of the phrase “twentyone” (written together) and “pilots.” They are arranged in tiered, in upper case without highlighting upper and lower case letters. The characters have a distinctive slash line that originally connects the two “O’s” in the upper and lower worlds.
2018 – 2019
The duo’s fifth album (Trench) is decorated with a different emblem, echoing the previous ones only in form. But her content is different. This time, the single lines are replaced by paired oblique lines that run in parallel. The middle element is slightly reduced in size. The edging ring is worn in some places, which gives rise to the effect of a damaged or aged surface.
2019 – 2021
The emblem of these years is almost an exact copy of the 2015-2018 logo. At the same time, it became a repetition of the previous version. The first gave her shape; the second gave her color. Therefore, the black square depicts a yellow circle with three lines inside: one straight line (left), the second diagonal (right), and the third short vertical (central). All stripes are distinct, even, smooth, without the effect of frayed or aged.
2021 – present
The current emblem has a stereo effect. It is formed by a secondary line (gray), which complements the main (black). It follows the contours of the figures: it goes to the left and below, and not to the right, as usual. This technique makes the sign three-dimensional and as if displaced in space – like a visual deception. At the same time, the designers used completely different elements: a vertical oval and a trident with curly lateral teeth.
Font and Color of the Emblem
The old logo has a hidden interpretation and is somehow connected with the song Kitchen Sink. Tyler Joseph himself defined it as “something that only I understand.” But in any case, the musicians’ branding always consisted of three lines in different positions and an outlining circle. Moreover, the graphics have evolved from strict geometry to a viciously narrowed emoticon.
The emblem’s basic emphasis is placed on the unique spelling “Ø” in the form of a Norwegian letter with a crossed-out oblique line. For this, a classic sans serif typeface is used – thin, with a wide array of characters.
The color palette is diverse. In the 2011 version, the logo features vibrant shades of orange and blue that contrast with the black element. Then the colors were changed to white and red. The latter uses only yellow.
Contrasting moods and a contradictory palette dominate the logos of the last two periods. If the logo of 2019 is alarming and disturbing in colors, then the current version, on the contrary, calms and dulls vigilance. In the first case, it is neon yellow on a black square; in the second – light gray and graphite with holes in the blue rectangle.