Tinder Logo

tinder logo

The fact that Tinder replaced its wordmark with an icon conveyed an important message. The dating app was trying to make it clear: people recognize it instantly and don’t even need the text for it. In other words, the Tinder logo has reached Nike Swoosh status.

Meaning and history Tinder Logo

Tinder Logo history

Tinder was incubated inside Hatch Labs. It started work in 2012 and quickly gained success among users. Only two years later, there were around one billion user registrations per day.

Old symbol

tinder symbol

The original Tinder logo was a text-based one. Here, the word “Tinder” was given in a sleek contemporary typeface with round curves. The centerpiece of the logo was arguably the flame symbol, which replaced the dot over the “i.”

The 2017 logo

tinder logo old

In the summer of 2017, the application got rid of its text logo replacing it with a minimalistic icon. In fact, the icon itself was already familiar to the app users: it was the flame symbol that had been used instead of the dot over the letter “i” on the old logo.

Now, the flame icon has acquired a gradient texture. While the old emblem was flat and orange, the new one has some dimension and fades from orange to pink. Also, the shape of the flame has been slightly modified. The icon has grown a bit rounder, while its tips became sharper.

There’s also another, inverted version of the emblem. Here, the flame is white, while the background has a gradient texture of orange and pink shades.

The logo modification took place shortly after the app itself was updated, too. As part of the app overhaul, a cleaner design was introduced, as well as simplified navigation and a new way of displaying photos.

Emblem symbolism

tinder emblem

The meaning behind the flame symbol seems pretty transparent: Tinder is all about the flame inside a human body. Also, “hot” is the word we call someone who looks good. As a dating app, Tinder promises us to light up the fire of relationship. The name of the project itself fits the concept perfectly as it means “material used for lighting fire.“

The choice of colors on both the old and new Tinder logo seems perfectly natural, for the flame symbol, as orange and magenta (or red) are the colors of fire. In other words, the palette is another way of promising you “burning hot” relationships.

tinder logo

Those familiar with the concept of chakras, which came to us from ancient meditation practices, may notice one more symbolic meaning behind the color choice. Orange is the color of the second chakra, which is associated with creativity and sexuality.

Font

The old logo featured a minimalistic, modern typeface. Apart from the flame above the “i,” the wordmark was recognizable due to such distinctive elements as the top bar on the “t” (which lacked a half of its length) and the sloped bar on the “e.”

Colors

tinder app logo

While the old logo was orange on the white background, the new one is more complex, in terms of the color palette, due to the gradient effect. Now, there’re several shades of orange, which are complemented by a variety of light magenta tones. In spite of the color shift, the Tinder logo has stayed consistent in its flame symbolism. Moreover, the “fiery” effect has become even more pronounced on the new logo.