The Beats logo has a secret meaning (and you won't believe you missed it)

Ah, Beats. The Dr. Dre-founded headphone brand has faded from the spotlight somewhat thanks to Apple's wildly ubiquitous AirPods range – but that's not to say they aren't still pretty popular. Also popular is the logo, which users to this day are only just spotting carries a clever visual Easter egg.

At first glance, it just looks like a rounded 'b' inside a circle, right? Look again. Like many of the best logos of all time, this one has more going on – and in this case, there's a delightfully appropriate hidden image. 

Beats logo

The famous Beats logo (Image credit: Beats)

A TikTok video (below) has pointed out that the logo also resembles a side profile of somebody wearing headphones. And just in case it isn't obvious, the video (by digital marketing agency Raising Sails (opens in new tab)) even adds an eye and smiling mouth to the face. It's impossible to unsee after that.

@raisingsails (opens in new tab)

Hidden logo meaning - I NEVER recognized this! 😂😱 ##fyp ##LetsFaceIt ##logo ##beatsbydre ##marketingdigital

♬ Stunnin' (feat. Harm Franklin) - Curtis Waters (opens in new tab)

RaisingSails is by no means the first to notice the hidden image – plenty of users have taken to Twitter to declare to the world that they too have spotted the little circular headphone-clad head. Because what's Twitter for if not sharing such life-changing realisations? 

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From Toyota's surprisingly communicative symbol to this video game logo that's stuffed with surprises, we've seen no shortage of hidden messages in logos big and small over the last few months. For 50 of them in one place, check out this mind-blowing infographic revealing the best logo design secrets. And if you fancy creating a logo of your own, take a look at the best Adobe Creative Cloud deals below.

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).