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This was the original logo for the channel when it launched in December 1, 1977; at the time of its original debut, Nickelodeon was named The Pinwheel Network. The pinwheel is on the left side on the text.
The network's first logo showed a man in a bowler hat looking into a nickelodeon machine. New York based creative director/designer, Joseph Iozzi, designed the first Nickelodeon logo. He also named the channel and created all the advertising. The first model ever used in a Nickelodeon advertisement was the designer's son, Joseph Iozzi II. The font used in the logo was designed by Lubalin, Smith, Carnase, Inc. The intent of Iozzi was to replace the graphic of the line illustration of the man peering into the nickelodeon with a period illustration of a boy in nickers, British flat cap, big suspenders, tip toed on a stylish iron train step looking into the Nickelodeon font. Available time and new management never permitted the planned redesign.
This logo was introduced in 1981. The logo was designed by Lou Dorfsman and consists of rainbow letters set in Frankfurter font; a pinball was added by Bob Klein and placed behind the letters. The pinball theme was used in the network's IDs during the period including one that used early '80s-era computer-generated graphics. This logo was used in tandem with the 1984 Balloon font version, from October 8, 1984 until it was phased out entirely in March 1985. The logo shown above has no black lines for the print version.
Text variant, most widely paired with the silver ball
Proposed variant of logo from 1981
Another version of the Nick logo from 1981
With silver ball. This version was most used on television.
From October 8, 1984 to September 28, 2009 Nickelodeon has used lots of different logos, with a common theme. They were all orange silhouettes with the Nickelodeon wordmark written on them in white Balloon font. Eventually, the "splat" design would be the most used; the orange splat represents the slime that Nickelodeon has been known for ever since the network began broadcasting the Canadian series You Can't Do That on Television in 1981, a trademark which Nickelodeon would later adopt as part of its own programming. Designed by Fred/Alan Inc. originally with just a star in mind, it has grown to be known as the most well-known and recognizable Nickelodeon logo. The wordmark was applied to a smorgasbord of objects over the years, and was very rarely seen standing alone.
Beginning in April, 2002, Nickelodeon would discontinue their older logos in place of splat themed logos for the next eight years before the rebrand on September 28, 2009.
Nickelodeon Latin America's first bug, used from the channel's launch to September 1998.
As seen on Mr. Wizard's World
A special bug used for Nickelodeon's NoggleVision event in 1997.
The logo in the shape of a ball with the word "More" above the logo and with Larisa Oleynik (as Alex Mack) in front of the logo, as seen in a promo from 1996.
Nickelodeon's bug used from March 10, 1998 to December 31, 1999.
Nickelodeon Australia's bug used in the mid-2000s.
Used during The Big Help-a-Thon 5
Used for Nickelodeon 20th Birthday during the summer of 1999
Used during The Big Help-a-thon 1999
In January 2000, Nickelodeon's bug was shaded, & the "nick.com" suffix was added. The bug was covered with snow until March 2000.
A special version of the oval bug, shaped as a pencil, was used in the first week of the 2000 rebrand.
Used during Nick Flicks as part of Snick House in 2000
Another version of the oval bug with the nick.com caption. Resembles a suction-cup ball.
Used during The Top 10 Rugrats Episodes as voted on Nick.com in 2001 as part Rugrats 10th anniversary celebration and aired right before the 2001 Kids Choice Awards
This was the first morphing bug. (2000-2003)
This was used from 2003-2006.
Screen bug used 2003-2006.
The splat bug was used 2003-2006.
The splat extreme bug used 2003-2006.
The final onscreen logo used from 2006 to 2009. This logo is the second most popular onscreen logo as deemed by fans, with the first being the one that could morph.
Used in various shows sometime during the early 2000s, usually seen during Spongebob.
This screen bug is mostly found in Spongebob episodes.
This was a special bug only used for Spongebob's Nicktoon Summer Splash in 2001.
This logo was only used during Spongebob's House Party. (2002)
A special bug used during the Friday Night Nicktoons block. (2002-2004)
used during non-stop Nicktoons weekend 2002
A special Morphing bug that was used for Christmas. (2001-2002)
Used during the 1999 Kids Choice Awards
Used during the 2002 Kids Choice Awards
This was an exclusive bug that was only used promote the 2002 Kids' Choice Awards.This was only seen on regular Nick programming
This logo was used during the 2005 Kids' Choice Awards and in an episode of "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" called "Sheen's Brain".
Kids' Choice Awards 2009 "NICK"
This tv bug was only used during the Summer PickNick in 2002.
An upright version of the 2003 to 2009 version of the "splat" logo.
An early version of the splat logo.
This is the most commonly used version of the "splat" logo, and one of sevel "splat" logos used betweenra 1984 and 2009.
The production logo for both Nicktoons and live-action series used 2006-2008.
The splat logo that would become the channel's main logo 2007-2008.
An alternate version of the 2003 to 2009 logo.
This logo was only used in split screen credits. (2000-2002)
Nickelodeon Foot Logo.
Nickelodeon logo in a form of a shrub.
This logo was only used in Nick.com games, and Nickelodeon wallpaper. (1999-2002)
Logo bug used 200?-0?
Used from 2000-03 As seen on Kenan & Kel: Two Heads Are Better than One
Another logo variant that was only used on April Fools' Day in 2001.
Nickelodeon light bulb logo.
This logo was usually seen during "The Wild Thornberrys" (2001-2002)
Logo variant used from early 2006 to fall 2008.
One of the many variations of the morphing logo. This special bug is seen for Nicktoons Summer Beach House.
Used during Halloween 1998-99
One of the many variations of the morphing logo. This one can be seen during Halloween. Used 1999-2003 (this specific variation was used 2000-2003).
One of the many variations of the morphing logo. This one can be seen during Halloween. Used 2000-2003 (this specific variation was used 2000-2003).
Used during Thanksgiving
One of the many variations of the morphing logo. This logo was first seen on other shows and eventually began being used more frequently on My Life as a Teenage Robot. Used 2000-2003 (this specific variation was used 1998-2005).
This is a second logo that was only used during the split screen credits. (2001-2003)
Logo bug used from 2007-09 before the September 28, 2009 rebrand
A new logo and look for Nickelodeon was unveiled in Feburary 2009. It made its debut on the United States flagship channel on September 28, 2009. When Nickelodeon changed their logo, The N, Noggin, and Nicktoons Network were also rebranded as TeenNick, Nick Jr. and Nicktoons, with their logos in this style, respectively. In April 2011, Nickelodeon unveiled new variations of the background that also interact with the logo's color. The current font used on this logo is a custom font which resembles Bauhaus 93, a mock-up of which is available for free download here. This logo was placed 3rd in Part 2 (the best) of the 2009 Brand New Awards.
The alternative "Nick" version of the logo is used more often in the United States than the other logo.
The new Nickelodeon logo was rolled out internationally during 2009 accordingly: