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The origin of Twitter’s logo?

Don’t you feel sometimes that the ‘e’ in Twitter doesn’t quite fit the rest of the characters? let alone the weird difference between the first ‘t’ and the rest of the word. Well, Masayuki Sato states in this Flickr entry that the ‘twi’ and ‘r’ were type using his font, Pico-alphabet, which he released back in 2001.

twitter with Pico

Masayuki Sato has a lot of typefaces available for download at his site, mostly handwritten fonts, display fonts and even some dingbats.

“The origin of Twitter’s logo?” received 13 comments! Add yours.

  1. Alexis Brille August 26th, 2009

    Wow, I just noticed those differences.

    Never really noticed ’till you pointed them out!


  2. Elliot August 26th, 2009

    and what about the slopes on the bottom left of each t in “tt”?

  3. Brad August 30th, 2009

    Very interesting. I had wondered what they used for a while…

  4. Michelle August 31st, 2009

    Actually, I never noticed the difference in the words! Mainly because the word “Twitter” is quite nice and flows. :P


    P.S Your blog had been nicely designed!

  5. Elliot August 31st, 2009

    Despite the fact that I noticed the difference between the e and the rest of the word, it wasn’t until I found that image separating the two tt from the rest that I noticed the awkward slopes :)

  6. CMYK August 31st, 2009

    Nice Post and good Blog!!!

    thanks 4 this webs !!

  7. mein melon September 2nd, 2009

    wow.. you really paid a lot of attention to detail.. good job on finding out bout this!

  8. Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing September 3rd, 2009

    Wow, I never noticed that until you pointed them out! I wonder if anyone else has!! You must have paid a lot of attention.

    @ Elliot: Yes you are right about the slopes in the “tt” of Twitter. I’ve noticed them too.

  9. pippo February 4th, 2010

    The T looks like “hi” (the sound) in Japanese katakana. Maybe Sato was intending the double meaning, maybe just a coincidence…

  10. Elio February 4th, 2010

    humm but Masayuki Sato designed the typeface, not the logo, but yes, you’re right, the first t looks like Hi in katakana

  11. Resell Ebooks May 6th, 2010

    Very interesting. I had wondered what they used for a while…

  12. Natural Ebooks May 6th, 2010

    Great stuff!!

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