The Facebook logo: a history

Facebook logo
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Today is Facebook's 20th birthday, which means the social media platform is probably at college right now. Ironic, since that's where it all started – famously initially a 'campus' app, Facebook has arguably, for better or worse, since changed the entire concept of online relationships. But one thing that hasn't changed a huge amount is Facebook's logo.

Since 2004, Facebook's colour has been blue, and that's still the case here and now in 2024. But in the last twenty years, we've seen the company change its name and wordmark a few times, most recently in 2021 (although you might have to squint to see the difference with that one.) Here's how the logo has changed over the years – and if you're looking for more design inspiration, check out the best logos of all time.

Facebook logo: 2004

Facebook logo

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If you've seen The Social Network, you'll probably remember Justin Timberlake telling Jessie Eisenberg to "Drop the 'the'". Before Facebook, there was thefacebook, and its all lowercase wordmark probably wouldn't look out of place today (although those parenthesis are pretty dated). 

While the blue-on-blue might seem an odd choice, according to 1000logos, it has a basis in Mark Zuckerberg's colourblindness. Apparently the founder "suffered deuteranopia – red-green color blindness. However, he could (and can) distinguish between shades of blue most of us normally cannot detect."

Facebook logo: 2005

Facebook logo

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This one lasted a whole decade. When thefacebook become Facebook, a new wordmark arrived, offering a bespoke take on Eric Olson's Klavika font. It's a fairly simple logo, although the angled descenders are still recognisable today.

Facebook logo: 2015

Facebook logo

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10 years later, Facebook unveiled subtle changes to its typography, with notably rounded 'a' and 'b' characters. At this point, the navy blue and white colour scheme remained unchanged.

Facebook logo: 2019

Facebook logo

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Facebook inverted its colour palette in 2019, switching from white-on-blue to blue-on-white. The blue, meanwhile, took on a notably lighter shade. 

Facebook logo: 2023

Facebook logo

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Last year, Facebook unveiled a subtle update to its monogram icon. The company called it "a bolder expression of Facebook's core blue", and that just about sums it up – it's more blue. Gone is the subtle gradient, replaced instead with a single, flat shade. 

If you're looking for more social media logo histories, take a look at the history of the Instagram logo, and the history of the YouTube logo.

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.