NPR Logo

NPR Logo

Although the NPR logo has always been built around the three letters of the radio network’s name, each emblem has been different due to the choice of the key design theme, font, and color palette.

Meaning and history NPR Logo

history NPR Logo

The earliest NPR logotype was introduced in 1970. That was the year when National Public Radio replaced the National Educational Radio Network and NPR was actually born. The logo looked unique and stylish due to the combination of the unusual typeface and the image. It consisted of a stylized depiction of a microphone and the name of the company given in a sleek lowercase typeface.

The 1990s symbol NPR

symbol NPR

From 1983 to 1997 the radio network used a completely different symbol. Its main advantage was probably the fact that the idea of radio waves was now visualized creating a better link between the logo and the field where the company worked. However, the letters did not look clean and clear, so the name of the company was not easily legible.

As if to make the matters worse, the authors decided to “decipher” each of the letters, thus making the logotype unsuitable for smaller surfaces.

Current NPR emblem

NPR emblem

In 1997 the radio network adopted a completely new emblem, which has been in use ever since. The logo is comprised of three squares in a row, each housing a letter (“n”, “r”, and “p”).

Font of the NPR Logo

Simple and clean, the typeface featured in the National Public Radio logo is still visually appealing. Each letter of the sans-serif lowercase type reads perfectly. The similarity of the upper curves of the “n”, “r”, and “p” creates a visual link between the letters.

Color of the NPR Logo

Color NPR Logo

The palette combines the white letters with three background colors: black and rather discreet shades of orange and light blue. Alternatively, the NPR logo may be used in a slightly brighter version, where more vivid shades of blue and red are used instead of the regular colors. For instance, this version is used in the NPR Music logotype.