21 Early Logos That Were Taken Out Back And Retired

A recognizable, impactful logo is a central part of any successful business. It's the reason those same businesses pay enough money to lift multiple families out of poverty for a team of graphic designers to make them a really cool shape. However, logos weren't always so slick and shiny. In fact, logos specifically seem to have a propensity to age like milk in the cushions of a baby's car seat. Check out these 21 logos that are the “awkward braces photos” of some of the world's most successful corporations.

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Nokia OSAKEYHTIO NOKIA H A AKTIEBOLN CRACKEDCONT If this one had stuck around, playgrounds would echo with, Nice fish phone, loser.

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Nickelodeon Nickelodeon' TM THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S SATELLITE NETWORK CRACKEDOON This early logo comes from a literal nickelodeon, which originally referred to a movie theater that cost a nickel. Unfortunately, this just looks like a horny old-timey man getting his rocks off to a loop of a lady dancing with her

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Mountain Dew Mountain DRINK Dew It'll tickle innards! yore Before it was most strongly associated with video games where you napalm villages and then mourn your decision through a QTE, Mountain Dew was named for moonshine. Tickle yore innards... to victory, gamers!

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Microsoft MICRO SOFT Before a sleeker typeface and the ubiquitous windows logo emerged, this was Microsoft's logo. Guess they wanted to switch it up from mildly headache-inducing optical illusion.

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McDonald's McDonald's FAMOUS BARBECUE CRACKEDOON Now, the golden arches are recognized worldwide, but the original logo touted Mickey D's barbecue. Which I guess you can't legally say when everything gets microwaved.

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Kodak Es CRACKED.CON Before Kodak's simple red text logo, they started with this one, which looks like the cool signature you cook up for yourself in 8th grade.

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Instagram INST CRACKEDCONT I certainly do not remember this logo, as I am a fresh and cool young person and not 30. How about that new Dua Lipa EP, mi amigos?

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Google Google We stared at this pile of WordArt dog crap for years because what else where we gonna do, Ask Jeeves? I hate that guy!

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Facebook 0010 110 601 01 1010 thefacebook 1 CRACKEDOON Early users might recognize this logo from the invite-only days of Facebook. If you didn't know, at first you had to be invited in by another user, perfectly encapsulated by this judgmental cyberchad staring you down.

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Canon camer XWANON CRACKEDOON Remember that thing where people thought pictures stole your soul? I blame this logo.

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Burger King Even cooler: His eyes used to follow you around the restaurant and watch you while you ate!

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Apple Appl COMpitpn CRACKEDOON This logo shows a scene of Isaac Newton & the apple, which is very cool! It also looks like something drawn by someone who considers computers devilry and self-flagellates if he walks by a Best Buy.

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Amazon amazon.com CRACKEDOONT Sir, the second draft of that logo is ready. Second........ draft?

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Volkswagen Hi! I'm a guy with zero knowledge of world history, and I'm wondering why German auto company Volkswagen changed their logo?

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Twitter OIA CRACKEDCONT I've never seen a logo and thought: Nice. Wish it was wetter, though.

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Star Wars THE STAR WARS CRACKEDOON Honestly, this is a way cooler t-shirt. Also notice the early name: The Star Wars. Your grandma could have been saying it right this whole time!

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Starbucks STARBUCKS Cos SPICES TEA Sir, the teenagers are loitering again. Yes, they're staring at the mermaid titties.

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RCA RCAVICTOR CRACKEDCONT Show me the focus testing that said people want less adorable dogs. SHOW IT TO ME.

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Pizza Hut PIZZA HUT Who wouldn't want to buy their pizza from a... barefoot cowboy with an apron that... also does puppetry? I guess?

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Pepsi Bo* CRACKEDOON This logo comes from those couple years where Pepsi Cola was really into black metal.

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Denver Nuggets Denvernuggets Bring this mother#& $er back ASAP. Look at him. He's got feet like chicken drumsticks and he doesn't care. He's just here to &*#ing ball, my man.

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