Autocad Logo

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The AutoCAD application for design automation has received a modern visualization, symbolizing its continuous development and improvement. The new AutoCAD logo reflects the accessibility of the latest additions and the clarity and simplicity of the recent releases.

Autocad: Brand overview

Founded:December 1982
Founder:Autodesk
Website:autodesk.com
AutoCAD is one of the most successful and in-demand automated design systems created by Autodesk. It is intended for creating architectural projects, structural, construction, engineering drawings, and transportation infrastructure and is also used in mechanical engineering.

Meaning and History

Autocad Logo History

It all started with its homegrown development, an architectural design program bought in 1977 by programmer Mike Riddle for a whopping $15,000 at the time. Its first name was INTERACT; MicroCAD changed it, and in 1982, it was renamed AutoCAD version 1. Initially, it could only develop 12 primitives, and the command menu included just 41 items. Today, the AutoCAD 2018 version counts 14 million lines of code, is released in 18 languages, hundreds of thousands of licenses sold, and the number of pirated copies reaches a million.

Autodesk employee Chuck Weickshn created the first logo for the AutoCAD version. The logo was a word made of letters of the same size; the part AUTO was blue, and the letters CAD were white in a black frame. The background consisted of seven blue stripes resembling a staff. In the top right corner was a subscript TM mark.

Subsequently, the emblem changed the size and color of the letters several times.

What is Autocad?

Autocad is an abbreviation formed from the phrase “Automatic Computer Aided Design.” It refers to software that allows the creation of three-dimensional and two-dimensional drawings, modeling objects with high precision, and performing project analysis. The American company Autodesk created the commercial application for use in various fields, including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering design, and architecture.

the 1990s

Autocad Logo 1990s

The debut emblem looked like a single inscription against a background of thin blue and wide white stripes. And it was blue and white. The first word – “Auto” – was done in bold letters in a blue palette. The second – “CAD” – is written in white letters, outlined with a thin contour. The name consists of two parts and is used as is, without breaking into separate fragments. Thanks to such contrast, the inscription is well-readable, as each part is visible. At the same time, such a connection demonstrates the common goal of the program.

2000 – 2002

Autocad Logo 2000-2002

Developers decided to replace the program’s full name with a single letter A. It was executed in red, around a white orbit in a slanted ellipse to the right – a yellow star stylized as a drawing. Such an emblem turned out to be recognizable and attracted additional attention to the product.

2002 – 2007

Autocad Logo 2002-2007

The logo design changed radically: the letter “a” was made lowercase, voluminous, and light blue with a gray contour. The square background was also blue, and the frame was light gray. A stylized white cursor completed the design.

2007 – 2009

Autocad Logo 2007-2009

And again, there was a change of image: the square became blue-green with a tilt towards green, the letter “A” again uppercase, in thin white lines, the inner perimeter of the frame outlined with a white stripe.

2009 – 2014

Autocad Logo 2009-2014

A new logo returning to red color: a 3D image of the letter “A,” tilted to the left. Thanks to the dark background, it appears three-dimensional.

2014 – 2018

Autocad Logo 2014-2018

The letter “A” was widened and stylized as a voluminous pyramid. It successfully reflected the functionality of the design program.

2018 – today

Autocad Logo 2018-present

The final version, still relevant today, was adopted in 2018. The voluminous letter “A” is executed in an original design, with a color stretch from dark brown through red to pink. The program’s official name is the word AutoCAD (in this case, uppercase), which is written in bright red letters on a white background.

Font and Colors

Autocad Emblem

The changes in the logo of this brand are related to the additions made to the software. In addition, the authors have always strived for visual clarity and simplicity, which they achieved in the latest version. The current emblem is a 3D object with wide lines, well-distributed shadows, and clear edges. Therefore, the letter “A” looks perfectly balanced despite the uneven stripes. The legs are slightly twisted at the bottom, so the inner part is somewhat turned outward. The crossbar is wide on the right and narrows to the left, which also emphasizes the volume well.

Autocad Symbol

Although there is a letter in the modern emblem, there is no text to speak of – it’s absent. The designers made a bet on a symbiosis of verbal and graphic symbols. At the same time, the inscription is used separately from the icon or on the label. Usually, it’s the TrueType format with a TTF or SHX extension from Windows. The rest are special AutoCAD fonts. But the very first logo had a text. It was a chopped font – smooth and without serifs. The brand palette evolved from a combination of blue and white to red and burgundy, occasionally interspersed with pink.

Autocad color codes

Fire Engine RedHex color:#c42328
RGB:196 35 40
CMYK:0 82 80 23
Pantone:PMS 711 C
ContessaHex color:#cc6d67
RGB:204 109 103
CMYK:0 47 50 20
Pantone:PMS 7607 C
BlackHex color:#000000
RGB:0 0 0
CMYK:0 0 0 100
Pantone:PMS Process Black C

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