The evolution of the Apple logo has been an interesting one. The company was founded in 1976, and incorporated in 1977. 30 Years later, the iconic logo for this company is only slightly modified from one of it’s earliest versions. Let’s take a look at how the logo for Apple has changed from 1976 to 2007…
This original logo was designed by Ron Wayne, who started Apple with Jobs and Woz in 1976. In 1977 White sold his portion of Apple back to Jobs and Woz when they incorporated. The image is a pen and ink illustration of Sir Issac Newton leaning against an apple tree with a portion of a William Wordsworth poem running around the border: “Newton…A mind forever voyaging through strange seas of thought…alone” (Prelude, Book III, Residence at Cambridge)
Steve Jobs decided to scrap this image because he felt that Wayne’s logo was too cerebral and not easily reproduced at small sizes.
The Rainbow Logo
In 1977, with Wayne gone from the company, Jobs turned to the Regis McKenna Advertising Agency to produce a new, more iconic logo. After several attempts and variatons (and a ton of money spent), the result was the most iconic of all Apple logos. The Rainbow Apple logo.
This logo will forever be one that pops into my mind when I think of Apple…and I don’t think I’m alone on that. This iconic logo helped make Apple a world wide brand, and continues to be used by fans on Apple products to this day.Â This logo was “retired” in 1999.
The Logo. Reinvented.
The “official” design is chrome looking, but we have seen the logo in a variety of colors on Apple’s official site, and within OS X itself.Â The current logo in Tiger is blue.
The Apple logo has become one of the most iconic and recgonizable logos in the world, so it is doubtful that it will ever change too drastically from it’s current look, but it’s interesting to see how it has changed over the years, and I’m curious to see how it will evolve in time.
Apple has also maintained a solid typography over the years. Check out the The Typography of Apple: Typeface Design from 1984 to today infographic.