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Puma Logo

Puma Logo
Puma Logo PNG

Puma is one of the largest sporting goods manufacturers competing with Adidas. It appeared in 1948 when Rudolf Dassler founded his shoe factory. He became famous not only for innovative products but also for the memorable logo with the image of a puma.

Meaning and History

Puma Logo History
Puma Logo Evolution

The company had several names. First, RUDA (a combination of the first two letters of the creatorโ€™s first and last name), then PUMA AG Rudolf Dassler Sport. Now the company is simply called Puma, whose name and iconic emblem match.

1948 – 1951

Puma Logo 1948-1951

On the debut logo, a predatory cat jumps over the letter โ€œD.โ€ This is a direct reference to the name Dassler.

1951 – 1958

Puma Logo 1951-1958

In 1951, designers placed the drawing inside the hexagon. In the initial version, a simple black geometric figure was used. In 1957, a double black-and-white contour was added to it, and the word โ€œPumaโ€ appeared under a predatory cat. In 1958, the background turned white. A wide frame was decorated with the inscription โ€œRudolf Dassler Schuhfabrik.โ€

1958 – 1968

Puma Logo 1958-1968

In 1958, the manufacturer deviated from the classical concept. Over the next ten years, his emblem was a football boot, complemented by the phrase โ€œPuma form-strip.โ€ The thick, sans-serif font was chosen for the first word and elegant italics for the second. So the company noted the creation of an element of lateral support (Formstrip) in the form of three stripes on sports shoes.

1968 – 1970

Puma Logo 1968-1970

Rudolf Dassler felt that the boots did not fully reveal the character of Puma. After all, a predatory cat is the embodiment of dexterity, stamina, flexibility, speed, and strength. He wanted to change the existing logo and commissioned the cartoonist Lutz Backes, with whom his son Gerd Dassler studied, to do so.

The artist first drew the body of a black panther, and then added the legs and head of a cougar to it, so that the image as much as possible meets the requirements of the customer. The owner of the factory offered to pay a commission fee: 1 cent for each product sold with the Puma logo. But Lutz refused and asked for a one-time payment of 600 marks. Together with the money, he was presented with a gift: a sports bag and a pair of shoes.

1970 – 1974

Puma Logo 1970-1974

In 1970, the silhouette of the cougar changed slightly. Now it is white with a black outline. The figure has become more dynamic because the animal is depicted in a jump.

1974 – 1976

Puma Logo 1974-1976

On the emblem of 1974, the inscription โ€œPumaโ€ appeared again. The font resembles the 1958 version: bold, quadrangular letters with rounded edges. The predatory cat is repainted black and is located on the right. This trademark had several modifications, both with a rectangular frame and without it.

1976 – 1978

Puma Logo 1976-1978

In 1976, experiments on graphics continued. The developers got rid of the cougar, leaving only the name of the company. Moreover, the font was completely changed: now the letters are oblique, โ€œpโ€ seems to be lowercase due to the long vertical stroke. Below is a Formstrip.

1978 – 1980

Puma Logo 1978-1980

Two years after the unsuccessful image change, the company returned to the classic logo design. Now the cougar hangs over the inscription as if trying to jump over it.

1980 – 1988

Puma Logo 1980-1988

In 1980, the โ€œFormstripโ€ was again added to the word – this time translucent.

1988 – present

Puma Logo 1980-present

Puma Logo 1988-present

The developers returned the 1978 emblem without a curving strip. The main palette includes black and white. But there is an additional one – with a bright shade of red.

Puma Emblem