AXE Logo

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AXE Logo
The story of the AXE brand started in France in 1983. It was introduced in Europe and Latin America before being launched in the US in 2002. The brand of male grooming products is aimed at the younger target audience.
The original range included body sprays. In 2004, antiperspirant and deodorant sticks were added.

Meaning and history

AXE Logo history

1983

The original Axe logo hardly bore anything in common with the current one, except for the name of the brand. The design combined semi-circles (the top of the “A” and the “E”) with the angular elements and straight bars (the “X,” the middle bars of the “A” and “E”). The middle bar of the “A” looked unusual: it was shorter than usual and was separated from the left vertical bar by a white gap.

1999

The basic shape of the glyphs remained the same, and yet, there were a couple of alterations providing a fresh look. The black letters became gray and adopted shades. They grew bolder. The rounded ends were replaced by regular ones. The middle bar of the “E” was shortened.

2007

The semi-circles on the top of the “A” and the “E” were replaced by slightly rounded rectangles. The letters were now black with two outlines: a white one and a black one. The middle bar of the “E” grew almost as long as the top and the bottom one. It still had a unique asymmetric end.
Logo AXE
While the logo described above could be used on its own, there was also a version with the tagline “The Axe Effect.” The tagline featured a generic sans. All the letters were capitalized.

2016

While the alterations have been comparatively subtle, the design looks pretty different. The letters are now white with thick black trim. The shape of the “A” has remained the same. The “X” has adopted distinctive turns on the ends. The middle bar of the “E” has grown longer – now it is of the same length as the other two bars.

Lynx emblem

In the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and China, the product is sold under the name Lynx. The wordmark seen on the bottles looks pretty similar to the Axe logo in terms of the overall style. The “X,” which can be seen in both the versions of the name, looks exactly the same. The other glyphs in the wordmark also copy the style of the Axe insignia. For instance, the ends of the “Y” feature the same turn as the “X.” The connection between the two bars of the “L” in the Lynx logo looks the same as the rounded angles of the “A” in the Axe wordmark. Also, all the letters are white with black trim.