MTV Logo

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For most of its history, the MTV logo remained unchanged. It was only in 2009 that minor alterations were introduced.

Meaning and history

MTV Logo history

Before MTV was actually launched, it was called The Music Channel and used another emblem. The insignia could be recognized by the characteristic “M” letter, “holding” a note. It was made by Manhattan Design in spring 1980.

1981 — 2011

MTV Logo 1981The very first MTV logo was introduced on August 1, 1981. It looked very much like the one that is used now. The visual center of the emblem was the characteristic 3-dimensional letter “M”. Over it, there were characters “TV” given in a creative typeface resembling handwriting. Also, in many cases the “Music Television” caption could be seen below the wordmark.

2009 — 2021

MTV Logo 2009

In 2009 the MTV logo was given a facelift. The modifications were quite subtle, so much of the audience probably have not even noticed them. However, if you take a closer look, you will definitely see that the letter “M” in the 2009 version is wider, so there is much more space inside.

This was made with the purpose of placing different images inside the logo. In this way, the channel can create as many custom logos as it wishes, modifying the emblem according to its visual context. This design trend, which can be described as a part of the “flexible identity” concept, is gaining more and more traction over recent years. This version of the emblem was designed in-house.

2021 — Today

MTV logo
The redesign of 2021 introduced a simplified and strengthened version of the iconic MTV logo. The cubic letter “M” is now drawn flat, using the same monochrome color palette. As for the “TV” part of the logo, it is still set on the right vertical bar of the “M”, written in smooth and thick white lines.


Color MTV Logo

In addition to the standard black-and-white color scheme, the wordmark is often given inside a yellow box. The choice of the color palette depends on the visual context.