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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 designers 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, and the rainbow letters were designed by Lou Dorfsman. Bob Klein added a pinball behind it. 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.
Proposed variant of logo from 1981
Another version of the Nick logo from 1981
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. Many Nickelodeon fans recognize this logo because of its unique design that allowed it to become anything.
Beginning in April 2003, Nickelodeon would discontinue their older logos in place of splat themed logos for the next six years before the rebrand in 2009.
Nickelodeon's first bug, used from May 1996 to March 1998. The bug would appear a few times each day for a short amount of time, like Nick Jr.'s bug and YTV's bug in Canada.
A special bug used for Nickelodeon's NoggleVision event in 1997.
Nickelodeon's bug used from April 1998 to January 2000.
In January 2000, Nickelodeon's bug was shaded, & the "nick.com" suffix was added.
A special version of the oval bug, shaped as a pencil, was used in the first week of the 2000 rebrand.
This was the first morphing bug. (2000-2003)
This was used from 2003-2006.
Screen bug used from 2003-2006.
The splat bug was used from 2003-2006.
The splat extreme bug used from 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.
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)
A special Morphing bug that was used for Christmas. (2001-2002)
This was an exclusive bug that was only used during the 2002 Kids' Choice Awards.
This tv bug was only used during the Summer PickNick.
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 from 2006-2008.
The splat logo that would become the channel's main logo from 2007-2008.
Nickelodeon Movies Logo.
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.
Another Split Screen credits logo. (2001-2002)
This logo was only used in Nick.com games, and Nickelodeon wallpaper. (1999-2002)
This logo was usually seen during "The Wild Thornberrys" (2001-2002)
Another logo variant that was only used on April Fools' Day in 2001.
Nickelodeon light bulb logo.
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.
One of the many variations of the morphing logo. This one can be seen during Halloween. Used from 1999-2003 (this specific variation was used from 2000-2003).
One of the many variations of the morphing logo. This one can be seen during Halloween. Used from 2000-2003 (this specific variation was used from 2000-2003).
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 from 2000-2003 (this specific variation was used from 1998-2005).
This is a second logo that was only used during the split screen credits. (2001-2003)
This logo was used during the 2005 Kids' Choice Awards and in an episode of "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" called "Sheen's Brain".
A new logo and a new look for Nickelodeon was unveiled in July 2009. It made its debut on screen 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. In April 2011, Nickelodeon unveiled new variations of the background that also interact with the logo's color. The current font used is a custom font which resembles Bauhaus 93, a mock-up of which is available for free download here. This logo placed 3rd in Part 2 (the best) of the 2009 Brand New Awards.
The alternative "Nick" version, used more often in the United States than the other logo.
The new Nickelodeon logo was rolled out internationally during 2009 accordingly: