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This page only shows print and stationary logos.
For other related logos and images, see PBS/Other, and PBS/Idents

Contents

PBS logo 1970 PBS 1971 PBS 1984 PBS 1998 PBS 2002
1970–1971 1971–1984 1984–1998 1998–2002 2002–present


1970–1971

PBS logo 1970

On October 5, 1970, National Educational Television was replaced by the Public Broadcasting Service.

1971–1984

PBS 1971

This logo was designed by Herb Lubalin, who also designed the accompanying typeface ITC Avant Garde Gothic. The "P" resembles a human head (nicknamed the "P-Head" by many fans) while the "B" and "S" are more overtly geometric. The nickname for this is the "Tri-Colored Everyman P-Heads". The logo was still used on new episodes of PBS shows until 1985. The colors were changed as well. PBS Digital Studios brought back this logo (sans the company name underneath) in 2014 with the introduction of its new logo which includes the Tri-Colored letters.

1984–present

1984–1998

PBS 1984

Chermayeff & Geismar designed a modified version of the "P-Head" from the previous logo and placed it in a forward-facing position and added two additional facial outlines on the edge of the logo, one in negative space and one in positive space. The font used for the "PBS" identification was designed specifically for the network. The logo is also used with PBS Home Video. The logo aired in September 30, 1984 as the channel was shortened to PBS.

1998–present

1998–2002

PBS 1998

In 1998, the "P-Head" logo was placed in a black circle, with the "P-Head" now being colored white. The first ident package used people covering their faces with the "P-Head" and with acrobats jumping from all directions of the "P-Head".

2002–present

PBS 2002

In 2002, the logo redesigned the P-Head circle bigger than the text. This wordmark uses the font Caecilia 75 Heavy instead of Lubalin Graph Demi. This logo is still used as a 2D version of the logo.

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