Sun Microsystems Logo

Sun Microsystems Logo
Sun Microsystems is an American brand of computers and software design and distribution company. It was founded in 1982 in California and acquired by Oracle in 2010. The brand is one of the worlds leaders in innovative technologies research.

Meaning and history

Sun Microsystems Logo history


The Sun Microsystems logo is one of the most outstanding designs in the history. It is composed of a wordmark and an ambigram emblem.
The emblem was created in 1982 by Vaughan Pratt, professor of computer science. The icon is a rhombus formed of eight U-shaped figures, that make four mirror copies of the word ‘sun’ with the letter “S” broken into two parts. It is a celebration of symmetry and clever design.
The Sun Microsystems logo is unique and is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the brand visual identity design. It is simple and inspiring.
The Sun Microsystems logo was changed twice, and it was only color and wordmark replacement, not the emblem.
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Color and font

The first version of the logo was executed in red and black, reflecting the brand’s passion and power. In 1983 the color scheme became purple, evoking a sense of creativity and sophistication. The wordmark was in all lowercase classic serif sans font, using the same color as the emblem.
The last version of the logo was created in 1996. The calm blue color palette is showing the brand as confident and reliable. The wordmark is italicized, which adds elegance and timelessness to the logo.