The 7 Most Ridiculous Rough Drafts of Famous Brand Logos


Most successful brands have instantly recognizable logos. However, early drafts of some of the most famous logos in the world apparently confused "recognition" with "bitter insanity."

Steve Jobs and friends decided that an 18th century woodcut of Isaac Newton was perhaps too pretentious, even for Apple, and they switched to the now-famous multi-colored apple the very next year.

Canon Cameras

Today, Canon cameras are known worldwide, with an elegantly simple logo designed by someone who was clearly in a hurry to go to lunch.

The 7 Most Ridiculous Rough Drafts of Famous Brand Logos

"Shouldn't we put 'cameras' in there somewhere?"
"... fuck you ."

However, the company was originally called Kwanon, and back in 1934 they decided a flaming Buddhist statue was the best way to sell cameras without a trace of terror and confusion.

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"Free ritual sacrifice with every purchase!"

When this turned out not to be the case, they changed both the logo and the name.

However, when attendance started dropping, they changed the logo again and immediately began playing better, because the Prospector was apparently terrible enough to affect both enjoyment and athleticism.

By 1967, Pizza Hut decided on the familiar Red Hut logo, which is marginally less creepy and unsettling.

Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew's logo has been slowly growing more and more stupid over the years to appeal to a very specific group of people that has absolutely no time for vowels:

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"Fck ltrcy."

But the original logo had almost the exact same contempt for written English, and for decency in general:

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Christopher A. Weide

Within a specific context, "It'll tickle your innards" is the most horrifying threat a person could make.


Even if you don't have a Facebook, chances are you know the logo:

The 7 Most Ridiculous Rough Drafts of Famous Brand Logos

But the very first logo of "The Facebook," as it was known at the time, was a mysterious face that looked like a haunted underwear ad. So every time you signed in, you were welcomed by the vacant stare of a handsome ghost.

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Which sadly means there was never a point at which a woman could be a member without a creepy stranger eying them.

So who is that? Is it even a real person, or just a computer-generated image?

Actually, it's a picture of Al Pacino. So technically both are correct.


Most of us grew up watching Nickelodeon. Their delightful orange and white logo was the closest thing some of us had to a babysitter (or parents):


When Nickelodeon unveiled its first logo back in 1979, however, they inexplicably decided on a lifeless charcoal rubbing of a steampunk enthusiast railing lines of cocaine.


Although this would explain how Ren and Stimpy got past their censors.

We understand he's supposed to be looking into a nickelodeon machine, but no little kid on the face of the planet is going to know what the hell that is. Nickelodeon figured this out and switched to a more eye-catching, kid-friendly logo, because they wanted to keep their jobs.

Evan V. Symon is a Moderator in the Cracked Workshop. When he isn't being awed by mascots from the 1960s , he can be found on Facebook with a new book serial out at JukePop Serials. Kier has a Twitter and a blog that he updates. Sometimes.

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