Skype Logo

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The concise style of the free text, voice, and video communication software matches the style of its owner – vivid and memorable. The Skype logo reflects the essence of the brand and the services provided – virtual proximity of communication.

Skype: Brand overview

Founded:2003
Founder:Skype Technologies
Headquarters:
Luxembourg
Website:skype.com
Skype is a voice communication program in the form of a video chat and an instant messaging service. It was previously owned by Skype Limited, which emerged in 2003. In the second half of 2005, it was acquired by eBay, and in 2011, all rights to the program were transferred to Microsoft.

Meaning and History

Skype Logo History

To compete with traditional telecommunication networks, the Skype platform had to attract attention. For this, it needed a bright and memorable logo, which the developers took care of in the year the program was released.

What is Skype?

Skype is a telecommunication application designed for voice calls and instant messaging. Released in 2003, it is based on the VoIP protocol. It was developed by Swiss entrepreneur Niklas Zennström, Dane Janus Friis, and Estonians Toivo Annus, Jaan Tallinn, Priit Kasesalu, and Ahti Heinla. The software is now owned by a Microsoft subsidiary – Skype Technologies.

2003 – 2004

Skype Logo 2003-2004

When the new service combining video chat and messenger appeared, it had an unusual emblem with the word “skype” in merged circles. The designers used dark red for the graphic part and white for the word. To arouse interest, they added a gradient to the palette.

2004 – 2005

Skype Logo 2004-2005

In 2004, artists outlined the logo with a clear contour, shifted the gradient, and reduced the intensity of the red color, replacing it with a scarlet shade.

2005 – 2006

Skype Logo 2005-2006

Another redesign led to a change in the palette. The background became light blue, and the inscription – blue.

2006 – 2012

Skype Logo 2006-2012

In 2006, Skype got an emblem similar to the 2003-2004 version. The only difference was that instead of red, the designers used blue.

2012 – 2017

Skype Logo 2012-2017

Microsoft, which bought Skype in 2011, ordered a change in the logo. A year later, a version without a gradient and a thin contour line was presented.

2017 – 2019

Skype Logo 2017-2019

In 2017, the program received a new logo to better match Microsoft’s branding. It consisted of two elements: a round geometric shape with the letter “S” (left) and the inscription “Skype” (right).

2019 – today

Skype Logo 2019-present

The modern icon was introduced on August 16, 2019. It does not include the program’s name – only the letter “S” inside merged blue circles.

Font and Colors

Skype Emblem

Becoming the new owner of Skype, Microsoft tried to preserve the brand’s original image. However, it made several changes so that the new logo harmoniously looked against the backdrop of other Microsoft corporate symbols. It had to change the proportions and remove the inscription. At the same time, it kept the blue and white palette and the cloud shape.

Skype Symbol

In the old Skype emblems, the Arial Rounded MT Bold font was used. After the extensive redesign conducted under Microsoft’s guidance, the letters looked different. The developers focused on thin lines and got rid of the rounded ends.

Until 2005, the main color was red. Then, the program became associated only with shades of blue, diluted with light blue and white.

Skype color codes

Spanish Sky BlueHex color:#009edc
RGB:0 158 220
CMYK:100 28 0 14
Pantone:PMS 801 C