The Bitcoin logo is instantly recognizable and is one of the most iconic logos of our modern times. But who designed the logo? And how has it changed over the years?
Bitcoin first appeared in 2008 and has always had a logo ever since. If you know or follow Bitcoin, you’ll instantly recognize the current Bitcoin logo when you see it – it’s orange with a stylized B in front and in the middle.
Like any good logo, the Bitcoin logo is simple and means feeling and understanding. You see it and you immediately think: Bitcoin. Just like when you see McDonald’s famous golden arches.
A good logo doesn’t even have to use the brand name of a product like McDonald’s, Apple, and of course Bitcoin. However, the Bitcoin logo started life very differently. It didn’t look like it used to be. In fact, it went through a couple of big design changes …
Who designed the Bitcoin logo?
The original Bitcoin logo was designed by the alleged creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, although the Bitcoin logo used today is very different from the one used for the first time in 2008 when Bitcoin first became something.
The original Bitcoin logo designed by Satoshi Nakamoto
The OG Bitcoin logo used a stylized coin with a B in the middle, but was later omitted because, according to legend, it caused confusion about the new digital currency. You cannot get physical bitcoin coins, so the OG design has been dropped.
That was around 2008. In 2009, Satoshi Nakamoto updated the design, adding a stylized B that looks like this ₿ – this particular stylization was inspired by the US dollar. At that point, however, the Bitcoin logo still contained a coin, much to the chagrin of many crypto users.
Bitboy Bitcoin Logo Design
The Bitboy Bitcoin logo design first appeared around 2010. Inspired by the Mastercard logo, the Bitcoin logo developed by Bitboy ultimately removed the coin from the logo and replaced it with a simple, orange background. Bitboy’s design has kept the style ₿ but written in italics.
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Initially, the crypto community was divided over Bitboy’s Bitcoin logo design. But after some back and forth, about 12 months later, Bitboy’s design became the de facto Bitcoin logo design – the one we all know and love.
The key design elements of Bitboy’s Bitcoin logo were based on the design philosophies of major banks and Payment portals such as PayPal. According to the designer, this was done to instill trust and trust in Bitcoin and, on behalf of it, cryptocurrencies.
Bitboy’s current Bitcoin logo
The original Bitcoin logo lacked the finesse and “brand appeal” of mainstream logos like that of Mastercard and Visa’s simple but confident logo designs. Bitboy used elements of the VISA and Mastercard logos to create a “more trustworthy” logo for Bitcoin. And I think it worked.
The current Bitcoin logo looks more professional and modern. It has the same appeal as logo designs from Forbes 100 companies and / or software companies with a focus on minimalist design elements and contrasting colors (orange and white).
The new Bitboy Bitcoin logo has also been made more flexible so that it can be scaled to fit both large and small screens. Because of its simple nature, the logo looks great on both billboards and phone app icons and in images on the web.
And while it may look simple, it’s impossible to create great-looking, iconic logos. For example, Apple’s iconic logo is the definition of simplicity, but it took several design iterations to get to what it is today.
Good design is difficult. Great, simple design is almost impossible. You need a clear, clear vision to create something that is simple, instantly recognizable, and conveys information without reading anything.
That is what the McDonald’s arches do, the Apple logo and, thanks to BitBoy, now also the Bitcoin logo.
Q: Who created the Bitcoin logo?
The original Bitcoin logo was created in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto, the alleged creator of Bitcoin. It was used for a few years before it was replaced by Bitboy’s newer, fresher logo design, which is now the de facto Bitcoin logo used online and in all marketing campaigns.
Q: What is the Bitcoin stock symbol?
The stock symbol used for Bitcoin is BTC. Bitcoin is sometimes also stylized with a. designated ₿ also symbolically.
Q: Is there a fee for the Bitcoin logo?
The Bitcoin logo is 100% royalty free and can be used by anyone for both commercial and non-commercial applications. The official logo was released under the public domain license, which is widely considered to be the most open of the Creative Commons licenses.
Richard Goodwin has been a tech journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.