A Masterwork in Simplicity: The Story of the CC Logo

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Mar 25, 2015 · 12 min read
Creative Commons logo and installation view of “This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good” by Jim.Henderson
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A designer and a roomful of lawyers get to work

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Two very busy weeks

Creative Commons logo development, 2002. courtesy Ryan Junell

“the multiple meanings of (c) doubled was important. If you create a question, you create a reason for people to try to listen.”

CC Logo (Governed by CC’s TM Policy)

Akzidenz-Grotesk, a modern marvel

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Animating the logo

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From “Spectrum of Rights” by Neeru Paharia, Matt Haughey, and Ryan Junell / CC BY
The back of this man’s head has a Creative Commons license by George Kelly / CC BY-NC-ND

The logos grow and adapt

Additions to the logo family, by Alex Roberts (Icons governed by CC’s TM Policy)

The CC logos today and beyond


Celebrating the CC logo with a specially designed t-shirt


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