Placebo Logo

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Placebo Logo
Placebo is a British London based rock band playing Indie rock and its American version, Alternative rock.  The two musicians who founded the group in 1994 were Stefan Olsdal and Brian Molko. And they continue to remain the backbone of the band, while other musicians often change.  Initially, the band had the name “Ashtray Heart” until they released their debut album “Placebo” in 1996. During their twenty-year history, the band has released 7 studio-recorded albums and 33 single records.

The logo meaning and history

Placebo Logo


The Placebo logotype is concise and straightforward with no hidden meaning under it. The logo consists of the band’s name, “PLACEBO” written in block letters. The wordmark has a strict upright font very close to the commercial Zurich Std Bold Condensed. The official version is made in easily recognizable punch rose colour tone, although there also variants of the wordmark both in white and black colours.
Placebo emblem
The logo stays unchanged from 1996. It appeared with the first self-titled album and to a great extent is associated with the message carried by its songs. The album itself was saturated with the themes of sex and drugs. Brian created the image of an androgynous sex symbol, demonstrating a certain kind of freedom and tolerance. The tender colour tone of the official logo version is related to the romantic and soft tones of the band’s music. In an interview in 2015 Molko mentioned, that after 20 years, the band still does not consider itself belonging to any particular musical style, preserving a kind of freedom of choice and particular vision, which the musicians are eager to promote.