Your always-updated, one-stop free resource for the most current social media logos for the most popular social networks.
As social networks grow from bootstrapped tech start-ups to a thriving social platform, they’re bound to undergo some logo changes. I have a particular sensitivity to when these social media logos change because branding is one of the things I do for a living.
When I see someone use a social media logo that is out-dated, or worse— a cheap knock-off of an official logo, it bothers me. It not only hurts my eyes, but it also gives the impression that the individual using it either doesn’t know better (they’re not paying attention to what they’re talking about) or they don’t know the importance of using credible visuals.
So as a public service, I’ve decided to keep an updated list of the top social networks logos along with some visual assets that you can freely use to your heart’s content with no restrictions for personal or commercial use.
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Why Am I So Obsessed With Accurate Social Media Logos?
You may have already read my post on Icontastrophes or maybe even seen my Social Media Icon set that was created for this same purpose. But really it’s more than just an obsessive personal preference.
First, let’s talk about why it most benefits you to use the most up-to-date versions of social media logos.
Accuracy = Credibility
When people visit your website, they’re visually analyzing their experience whether they realize it or not. They’re looking for visual queues to tell them whether or not you’re trustworthy enough for them to stick around.
Having out-dated graphics can communicate that:
- You are out of touch with or not savvy enough to know what is current
- You don’t know what you’re talking about
These have negative effects on your credibility and act as a psychological repellant to your visitors. It might be an unconscious response as the viewer to not even realize why he/she thinks your site or whatever they see pertaining to you is not credible. We tend to make millisecond responses to things without even realizing why we don’t like something. Digging in deeper helps us to realize that these little things play a HUGE role in viewer response toward credibility.
I recently spoke at SMX East and West about this very topic of Visual Trust Indicators. And while this is but a small part of communicating trustworthiness, it’s also a very easy thing to fix.
These companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on branding. They pay a graphic designer (or team of designers) like myself to craft their visual identity so that it will be consistent and recognizable.
They also create brand guidelines that dictate what is allowed and what is not allowed in regards to their visual representation. It’s a lot of work building a brand identity. So out of respect (and legal compliance) for the brands themselves, I have resolved to represent the respective companies as they so desire.
This makes sure that I’m both in compliance with them (just in case they see what I do with their brand) and also gives the visuals that I create and share the look of authority and “know how” that has gotten me very far.
Most Misrepresented Social Media Logos
There are only three major networks that frequently fall victim to outdated or misrepresented social media logos.
The Official Google+ Logo
The current official Google+ logo is a capital ‘G+’ in bright red. Not an offset ‘g+’ on red. And definitely not a ‘g+’ on black with multi-colored stripes on top.
Anyone using the black Google+ logo, in my opinion, should be flogged. They clearly haven’t logged into Google+ since 2011 and can probably not be trusted in matters concerning the social network.
The Official Twitter Logo
The most frequent victim of visual confusion is the Twitter logo. It’s partially Twitter’s fault since they’ve undergone so many icon changes in the past five years and people just can’t seem to keep up.
Their current official logo is the bird with its head angled up. It’s a brilliantly crafted icon and deserves to be represented properly. So for the love of all things holy, stop using that ridiculous lower-case ‘t’ icon.
The Official Facebook Logo
The current Facebook logo is simply the trademark ‘f’ in white on a blue tile. There’s no gloss (web 2.0 is over people), and no little blue line at the bottom.
Facebook has stayed pretty consistent with their logo over the years, and all changes have been subtle enough as to not draw much attention.
The Other Networks
These other networks don’t suffer from the visual violations that the others do. Pinterest and LinkedIn haven’t changed their logo since they began (at least not noticeably). And all Instagram has done is make their official logo flat while still using the 3D version of the app icon when they feel necessary.
I’ve only included the minimal version of the YouTube logo because it’s my opinion that they will be shifting dramatically in this direction over the next year. They’ve already begun promoting this new logo but still incorporate the original logo heavily. It will take time to phase that one out, but it’s safe to say this logo/icon is the future.
Download All the Official Logos
Simply click the download button below to download all the high-resolution official logos for the following social networks:
- Instagram (updated)
The package includes a 1920px x 1080px image and a 500px x 500px image for each network. This should be more than enough for you to shrink and crop as needed.
Download the Logos
Simply add your email below and click Download! You will instantly get to download the logos and I’ll email you as soon as there is an update to this set so you’ll always be up-to-date.
Social Media Logo Set
Download the full set of official, current social media logos as listed above. Just enter your email address and a download link will be sent to you.
Save them, chop them up, insert them into a great visual you’re creating for your next blog post, and share freely knowing you have the most official version of the brand logo represented.
I’ve done the hard work in rooting through the brand guidelines of each network to make sure these are in compliance. If you’d like to double-check for yourself (which I highly encourage you to do) here are the links to each network’s publicly visible guidelines:
A Bonus for Reading All the Way to the End!
Oh, and as an added bonus for all you infographic lovers out there, I’ve created this infographic just for you. Just click for the full version. This would probably look great on Pinterest.
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