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uTorrent Logo

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uTorrent: Brand overview

Founded: September 18, 2005
Founder: Rainberry, Inc.
Headquarters:
United States
Website: utorrent.com
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uTorrent first appeared in 2005 and was bought out by BitTorrent, Inc. in 2006. (now known as Rainberry, Inc.). The program is written in C++, translated into dozens of languages ​​, and adapted for three operating systems: Android, Microsoft Windows, and macOS. This client has always been popular but became especially famous after the scandal in 2015 when it turned out that during the installation process, it installs software for hidden cryptocurrency mining on the computer by default.

Meaning and History

uTorrent Logo History

What is uTorrent?

uTorrent is a closed-source program that makes it possible to exchange files using the BitTorrent protocol. Worldwide, except in China, it is the most popular customer owned by the American company Rainberry, Inc. But its original developer is Swedish programmer Ludvig “Ludde” Strigeus.

uTorrent is called µTorrent. “u” and “μ” have visual similarities, but other than that, they have nothing in common. In fact, “μ” is the lowercase grapheme of the twelfth letter of the Greek alphabet Mu (it looks like “M” in upper case). It is based on the Egyptian hieroglyph for water. And together with omega and alpha, this symbol represents the “beginning, middle, and end.”

In the metric system, “μ” is associated with the prefix micro because it comes from the Greek word “μικρός,” which translates as “small.” This is what prompted the creators of the program to call it μTorrent. The fact is that it differs from large BitTorrent clients in its small size. To work, it requires a minimum amount of computer memory, but the functionality does not suffer because of this.

Since the Greek letter “μ” is considered the most important symbol of uTorrent, it has become the basis of its visual identity. This sign has been used in all brand logos, of which there are only three as of 2022. They are united not only by a common graphic element but also by a color scheme: the traditional combination of white and green.

2005 – 2010

uTorrent Logo 2005

In 2005, Swedish IT specialist Ludvig Strigeus developed his own BitTorrent client and called it μTorrent (due to the complexity of writing, another version became popular – uTorrent). The first letter, which hinted at the program’s small size, served as the basis for the logo. It was inside a green square with a silver border. The quad was divided into two parts: a light top and a dark bottom, with the latter additionally using a linear gradient. Green stripes of different shades were drawn along the square’s edges, making it seem voluminous. The letter “μ” itself was white but unevenly: closer to the center of each stroke; the color turned into silver. Moreover, the contour of the Greek symbol was outlined by a thin dark green line.

The edging of the quadrangle consisted of several layers. On the inside, the designers depicted stripes of white and dark gray. In the middle was a wide white-and-silver border with a gradient, and the outer part was painted in two shades of gray and had a blurry shadow.

2010 – 2013

uTorrent Logo 2010

The uTorrent client became the property of BitTorrent, Inc. back in 2006, but it wasn’t until 2010 that the parent company decided to change its logo. Thus, in the new program version, there was no longer a square emblem but a round dark green icon with a white letter “μ” inside. This version, unlike the previous one, was asymmetrical: it contained a Greek character tilted to the left. It looked like it was “rolling” inside a spinning circle. Designers have simplified the palette a lot by getting rid of the gradient. They chose one dark shade of green and paired it with pure white. The two-dimensional design without shadows and highlights corresponded to fashionable minimalism.

2013 – today

uTorrent Logo

The modern logo was first introduced in the uTorrent 3.3 client, which was released in early 2013. The developers kept all the elements in place and left the circle green but changed its tint. The letter “μ,” as before, is white. The most important update touched on the gradient: a slight darkening has now appeared at the bottom of the graphic sign.

Font and Colors

uTorrent Symbol

Since the most recognizable element of uTorrent’s visual identity is the first letter of the program’s name, it served as the basis for the emblem. And so that the symbol does not turn out boring, the designers depicted “μ” in a reclining form – with a strong inclination to the left. This sign is related to the micro prefix used in the measurement system and hints at the small size of the BitTorrent client.

The uTorrent logo does not contain any other inscriptions except for the Greek letter “μ.” Its font is difficult to identify due to its atypical layout, but it is clear that it does not have serifs. The palette contains green with a dark gradient and white. These two colors (in different shades and combinations) have been used since the program’s first release.

uTorrent color codes

Kelly Green Hex color: #76b83f
RGB: 118 184 63
CMYK: 36 0 66 28
Pantone: PMS 361 C