In November 2001, Wikipedia users began suggesting new logos for the site; a short list of twenty-four leading candidates was chosen for the first Wikipedia logo contest, which took place from November to December 2001. The winner of the contest was the last submission, made by the user The Cunctator.
In 2003, another logo contest for the site was held, and took place from 20 July to 27 August 2003. The winning submission was created by the user Paullusmagnus, and was adopted by Wikipedia on 26 September 2003. However, international pages continued to use the previous logo.
This logo was created by the user Nohat as a redesign of the winning submission of the 2003 contest, and was officially adopted by Wikipedia on 12 October 2003. Nohat made some minor changes to it (pictured above), and that version was officially adopted a few days later.
A new logo was introduced in May 13, 2010 that was designed by Philip Metschan, and was later amended to more closely resemble its predecessor. The word "WIKIPEDIA" was modified and the words "The Free Encyclopedia" were unitalicized (like the 2001 logo); the logo's typeface was also changed from Hoefler Text to Linux Libertine.