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YouTube is the world’s top video hosting service created by three former PayPal employees: Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim. The service has been around since 2005.

YouTube logo history

There are barely people on our planet, who do not know the YouTube logo, one of the most iconic emblems ever created. The visual identity of the world’s most famous online video portal has been pretty consistent throughout the years and fully based on the original version, created in 2005, until 2017, when the new symbol appeared.

2005 — 2011

YouTube Logo 2005

The very first logo for YouTube was introduced in 2005 and boasted a logotype, split into two parts: the simple black “You” with the first letter capitalized, and the “Tube”, written one white and placed on a gradient three-dimensional rectangle with rounded angles. Resembling the shape of the tv, or a computer screen, the red part of the YouTube logo became a brand’s signifier, known all over the globe.

2011 — 2013

YouTube Logo 2011

The color palette of the logo became darker in 2012, and the glossy texture of the red rectangle was replaced by a matte one. The logo started looking more serious and trendy, showing power, passion, and progress.

2013 — 2015

YouTube Logo 2013

In 2013 the color palette was switched to a lighter one again, though now the red part of the logo was flat and minimalist. In this version the “Tube” part has no outline and shadow, looking plain and simple, it became strong and elegant at the same time.

2015 — 2017

YouTube Logo 2015

The redesign of 2015 made the red element darker again, the composition and the typeface of the logotype remained untouched, but with the change of the color the mood also changed — now the emblem looked exquisite and serious.

2017 — Today

Youtube logo

A new YouTube logo concept was introduced in 2017, and this is when the emblem we all can see today appeared. The logotype with “Y” and “T” capitalized is still executed in the same sans-serif typeface, but now both parts are written in black and placed on a white background, on the right from a red emblem. The new emblem featured the same shape of a softened horizontal rectangle, but instead of the lettering, there is a white triangle, pointing to the right, and resembling the “Play” button.

Old logo

Old YouTube logo

The earliest YouTube logo version (2005-2011) consisted of two parts; the “You” part written in black letters, and the “Tube” part placed inside what looks like the screen of a vintage style TV, which has rounded corners. The “screen” is bright red, and the “Tube” part is written in white letters. The upper right-hand corner was lighter. Sometimes, slogan “Broadcast Yourself” was added below. The 2011-2013 variety is similar to the previous one, although the rectangle was darker and more solid. The slogan went away around the middle of this version’s existence. The next variety appeared in 2013, and it was in use until 2015. The rectangle turned a little lighter, and the “You” part was distinctly black. In both these versions, the TV screen had shadings that made it look somewhat curved.

New logo

New YouTube logo

The version introduced in 2015 is still in use. It is very similar to its predecessor, but the “TV screen” is lighter red and solid.

Shape

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Just like all previous versions, the current one consists of the black “You” and white “Tube” on the red “vintage TV screen”. The “curved” shadings were removed, and now the screen part looks completely flat.

The 2017 symbol

youtube symbolThe most notable redesign has taken place at the end of summer 2017. For the first time, the red play button with the white triangle was incorporated in the regular logotype. The button was colored pure red (#FF0000). To the right, there was the word “YouTube” in a slightly modified typeface. Unlike the previous wordmark, this version comprised only black letters (#282828).

Emblems “icon”

youtube emblemLike the regular YouTube logo, the icon has undergone several modifications. While the earliest versions included the name of the project given in two lines, since 2011 the icon has been featuring a play button. The proportions of the triangle and the rectangle were altered in 2013, while the shade of red had changed several times until the button was colored pure red in 2017.

Color

Color YouTube logo

The YouTube logo uses three colors: white, black and red – a combination, which creates an appealing mix. It emphasizes excellence, optimism, passion, purity, elegance, and perseverance. These are the qualities that have helped YouTube reach its current height.

Font

Font YouTube logo

The YouTube logo uses a distinctive and recognizable Hevletica font, which was widely used in TV shows in the 1950s.

Icons

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