Since Bitcoin made its appearance, approximately 11 years ago, its logo has undergone changes in its presentation, since the one made by Satoshi Nakamoto himself, its creator, who did not reveal details about its creation. Its orange color in the currency has become a worldwide symbol of Bitcoin. Its visible face has undergone changes in its presentation over the years.
The Bitcoin Core initially featured its logo from the hands of its creator Satoshi Nakamoto, which consisted of a gold-colored coin with the initials BC inscribed on it. The color gold could not be ignored, some think that the comparison of bitcoin with digital gold is somewhat extreme, however it is evident that its creator thought of Bitcoin in this way from the beginning.
The design of the Bitcoin logo represents the philosophy of skeuomorphism, in which digital objects were designed to resemble their counterparts in real life (that philosophy was in vogue at the time). The Satoshi logo comes just two years after the launch of Apple’s iPhone. In February 2010, Bitcoin presented a new logo that was reminiscent of the initial gold coin, now the difference of having two vertical lines, unlike the Thai Bath, these lines did not cross the B, they only appeared at the edges (both above as below letter B). It is important to note that the dollar symbol in its beginnings also had two vertical lines instead of one (this logo lasted a decade).
The BitBoy modification
Then in November 2010, a forum user with the pseudonym BitBoy, offered some improvements to Nakamoto’s initial design, kept the B by rendering it white, and placed it in a bright orange flat circle with a slight slant to the right, the double strokes were adjusted, instead of cutting the letter B, they were placed peeking above and below the B.
The logo created by BitBoy became iconic, that even people who do not know about Bitcoin could recognize it as the universal symbol of Bitcoin. Each aspect of the logo has its mathematical elements, and each angle was designed taking into account concepts such as practicality, shape, symbolism, and aesthetics.
The Bitcoin logo that we know today is full of mathematical symbolism, for example, the number 8 appears several times in the geometry and in the logo design, the letter B rotates clockwise 13.88 degrees, according to the internet language 1377, an 8 looks like a letter B which is short for block. Also, the patterns that are in the creation of the logo, as well as the circles that form the letter B, have the number 8. Other dimensions, such as the rectangles in the design, have a measure of 12.5 or one-eighth of 100, appearing the 8th again. Its orange color has a practical and aesthetic purpose. That color should be easy to print and replicate, either on websites, as well as in print media, and it should be a color that stands out in contrast to other cryptocurrencies or other payment options.
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