Cirrus Logo

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Cirrus is a banking software, developed by MasterCard in 1982. The purpose of the program is linking the MasterCard credit and debit cards to ATMs across the globe.

Meaning and history

Cirrus Logo history

1982 – 1986

Cirrus Logo 1982
The original Cirrus logo already featured the circle theme and the blue palette characteristic of the current design. And yet, here, it wasn’t as minimalist and easy to grasp as it is now.
To begin with, there was only a semi-circle, and it had multiple sharp details. While this added some dynamism, it also cluttered the emblem. Also, there was a dark blue rectangle in the background. The type was bolder. It had serifs and strokes of varying thickness, which created even more noise.

1986 – 1992

Cirrus Logo 1986
The only notable difference was the shift to a lighter palette. The semi-circle grew white, while the rectangle grew light blue. Even this simple move made the design cleaner.

1992 – 1996

Cirrus Logo 1992
An emblem featuring two overlapping circles appeared. The wordmark was placed over them, which made the image more compact. The type grew cleaner.
However, there were still multiple sharp thorns in the area shared by the two circles.

1996 – 2016

Cirrus Logo 1996
The number of sharp thorns grew smaller resulting in a sleeker emblem. The word “Cirrus” became smaller, too. It adopted subtle dark shades.

2016 – Today

Cirrus logo

Being a subdivision of MasterCard, Cirrus’ visual identity is fully based on the mother company’s emblem. And every time the MasterCard visual identity was redesigned, the Cirrus logo followed it.

The Cirrus logo is composed of a wordmark with an emblem above it. The wordmark in all the lower-case lettering is executed in a bold sans-serif typeface, which is similar to Frutiger Next Com Bold. MasterCard uses the same typeface for its logo.

The Cirrus emblem features two overlapping circles drawn in two different shades of blue. The darker circle is on the left, while the light blue one is on the right.

The Cirrus logo looks less bright and happy than the MasterCard one, but it doesn’t have to — as it is an interbank network and has to represent the professionalism and trustworthiness of the company, as well as its authority and expertise. And it successfully does.

The black color of the nameplate adds classic and timeless elegance to the logo, showing the stable and strong brand, which is confident today, and curious in tomorrow.