Mozilla's new Thunderbird logo has given me surprisingly strong feels

So, Mozilla's Thunderbird has been around for a long time. Since 2003, in fact, but I'm not sure I know anyone who has ever used it. Anyway, last year Mozilla announced it would be trying to bring back its email client – and a new logo has just been revealed. 

I can't say I expected to have a strong feeling about this logo, but I have to say – I think it's brilliant. Clever, streamlined and perfectly aligned within the Mozilla brand (it's a witty variation on the Firefox design), there's also a delightful colour palette. In short, it serves as some spot on logo design inspiration, and it's an unexpected hit. 

Old Thunderbird logo

The previous Thunderbird logo (Image credit: Mozilla)

The Thunderbird used to sit atop an envelope with its textured wings drooping down around it (this was clearly before the minimalist trend took hold – see it above), but the bird is now tightly curled up around an envelope that takes the form of a witty speech bubble – take a look below. 

New Thunderbird logo

The Thunderbird means business (Image credit: Mozilla)

The bird itself, once passively staring off into the distance, has been given a harder edge with oval eyes that mean business (I really hope you know what I mean). The curved lines are sleek and professional but the whole thing gives off a "video game villain" vibe. I'm totally here for it – and for some reason now wish the Firefox fox also had such personality-defining eyes (see them both below).

Firefox and Thunderbird logos

The Thunderbird and Firefox logos sit beautifully beside each other (Image credit: Mozilla)

And Reddit users agree. "Fresh indeed. After all this flat design finally some soul and cool symbolism, says one user. "FireFox is obviously fire, Thunderbird is air because bird + mail icon. I need to see the the other elements, please," another theorises.

Whether or not it will tempt anyone to move over from Gmail is another thing, of course, but Mozilla has nailed this rebrand – and it sits beautifully next to the Firefox icon. 

Fancy a trip down memory lane? Check out how these iconic logos used to look.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Georgia Coggan

Georgia is lucky enough to be Creative Bloq's Editor. She has been working for Creative Bloq since 2018, starting out as a freelancer writing about all things branding, design, art, tech and creativity – as well as sniffing out genuinely good deals on creative technology. Since becoming Editor, she has been managing the site on a day-to-day basis, helping to shape the diverse content streams CB is known for and leading the team in their own creativity.