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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

From the very beginning, the YouTube team has stuck to a minimalist concept concerning the company’s identity. The YouTube logo has not changed much over the service’s history. Largely, it is the minimalist approach that has helped YouTube to evolve so rapidly. In fact, the YouTube logo is just another example of how well simplicity works in promoting projects. Although the logo has been much the same throughout its history, some minor modifications did take place.
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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.


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


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