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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.

Meaning and history

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.


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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.

Emblems “icon”

Like 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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The red and white icon has already become one of the most recognizable graphical emblems ever created. Though there is nothing new at all in the YouTube icon, all together, the elements of the emblem create a powerful and eye-catching image.

The whole logo was dramatically changed in 2017, and its icon, which previously consisted of white lettering on a red background, became geometric and cool. A red “Play” button appears to the left of the company name, reflecting the site’s specificity of watching and downloading videos. The figure is still in the form of a smoothed rectangle but is smaller than in previous versions of the logo.

A small white triangle on a solid red background — and that is it. A complete reflection of the service’s purpose, focus, and values. The color combination represents influence and power, while the triangle pointing to the right — movement and development. And, of course, the “play” button for all the video content YouTube has to offer to millions of users from all over the globe.