VK Logo

VK Logo
The logo of the social network VK has gone the way from a longer emblem in Russian to a monogram in the Latin alphabet.

Meaning and History logo

VK Logo history


The history of the VKontakte logo started in 2006. It was developed by the company founder Pavel Durov. He later claimed it took him as little as ten minutes to create the emblem from scratch. He opted for a simple sans serif type and unobtrusive colors, white and blue. The combination already proved to work well as the Facebook colors.
The initial letter was placed in a blue box with rounded corners. While it wasn’t a unique approach, the result was perfectly descent – a simple and legible logo that didn’t irritate you even if you spent a lot of time on the website (something many users did).

Evolution

VK Logo
In the course of time, more and more users became familiar with the social network. Now, it wasn’t necessary to include the whole name of the service in its primary logo – just the initial letter was well enough.
So, the company got rid of the blue lettering leaving only the “В” (stands for the “V” in the Cyrillic script). Like in the previous version, the bold white letter was placed inside a blue box with rounded corners. The corners mirrored the curves of the “B” creating a pleasant and soft mood.

Current symbol

VK symbol
Around early 2013, the company went through a significant brand identity update. The website was moved to the dot com zone. Instead of the old address “VKontakte.ru,” it now used a simpler two-letter equivalent “Vk.com.” According to the official commentary of the founder, this step was necessary to make the service name more understandable for users outside Russia.
The new name required a new emblem. The author of the VK logo decided to build upon the brand heritage, so the blue box with rounded corners remained the basic element in the structure of the logo. The letters “v” and “k” were proudly placed inside. The glyphs partly overlapped and due to this looked like a single monogram. In comparison with the old emblem, the new one had a more unique and recognizable look.

Criticism of the emblem

VK emblem
On the downside, we can say it’s just a tiny bit too intricate for a top logo. You can’t think of a simple object or shape with which it could create an association, a link in your mind. Compare the “M” from the MacDonald’s logo, the Mazda logo or the Nike Swoosh with their minimalistic and easy to remember shape, the Apple or Twitter emblems with their clear symbolic meaning.
Arguably, if the little serif-like detail on the top of the “v” had been removed, this could have helped to enhance the overall impact. While the visual rhyme between the “V” and the similar shape on the top of the “K” is perceptible, it could have been more pronounced and become one of the ways to make the logo more minimalistic and easy to remember.
Also, if you compare the VK logo to other popular social networking services, you may discover similarities in the palette with such projects as Linkedin, MySpace, Behance, Skype, Twitter, Tumblr, Discus, and of course Facebook. So, while blue is very comfortable for the eye, which makes it a smart choice for a social networking project, it is also somewhat generic. Also, the shape of the logo is slightly reminiscent of the Vimeo icon (especially when it comes to the serif element).

Colors

VKontakte
Starting from the very beginning of the website, it has always been built on the combination of blue and white. The muted shade of blue creates a soft, unobtrusive contrast with the white background, which is quite beneficial for this type of website. In comparison with the Facebook design model, the VK logo features a greyer tone of blue.