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After six years, Instapaper finally gets a logo

Instapaper logo

The new logo is the app's "first real logo"

Founded in 2008, Instapaper (opens in new tab) is a popular tool for saving web pages to read later on one's smartphone, e-reader, tablet or desktop computer. The appeal of the service is that it strips out all the visual clutter of the web and leaves you with just the text, in a pure and simple style reminiscent of a quality newspaper.

Given this bare-bones approach, it's perhaps not surprising that they've never really gone to town on a fancy logo design (opens in new tab). In fact, they describe the new wordmark they've released today as "Instapaper’s first 'real logo'", admitting that "earlier versions were just our name typed in a serif font".

Instapaper highlights

You can now highlight your favourite quotes to refer back to later

The new logo was commissioned by New Zealander Kris Sowersby (opens in new tab) under the direction of Justin Van Slembrouck (opens in new tab). It launches as the app reached version 3.0, with new features include drag and drop, multiselect editing for easier article management, and text highlighting - with highlights synced across all your devices.

Instapaper has also radically overhauled its website (opens in new tab) based on user feedback, and the new design is much simpler and cleaner than before.

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Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.