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Contents

Master Charge logo MasterCard 1979 MasterCard 1990 MasterCard 1997 MasterCard 2016 Mastercard Symbol 2018
1966–1979 1979–1990 1990–1996 1996–2016 2016–2020 2019–present

Master Charge

1966–1979

Master Charge logo

The brand was launched as Master Charge in 1966 as a sub-brand of the Interbank Card Association (now Mastercard Incorporated), and its now-iconic Venn diagram-style logo with red and orange circle logo was introduced for the first time. Although the first "MasterCard" logo debuted in 1979, this logo still saw use in some places until 1982.

MasterCard

1979–1990

MasterCard 1979

In December 1979, Master Charge was renamed as MasterCard, retaining the Venn diagram design from the previous logo but with a new wordmark added.

1990–1996

MasterCard 1990

In April 1990, the 1979 logo was redone, with the wordmark changed and italicized, the orange circle on the right recolored yellow, and the intersecting circles design changed to show horizontal stripes instead of a darker shade of red, making it less like a Venn diagram. Although a new logo below was introduced in 1996, this logo is remains in use on newer infomercials.

1996–2016

MasterCard 1997

In September 1996, a drop shadow was added to the wordmark, and the number of intersecting lines between the circles were reduced.

Mastercard

2016–present

2016–2020

MasterCard 2016


DESIGNER
Michael Bierut, Luke Hayman (from Pentagram)
TYPOGRAPHY
FF Mark
USAGE
Official

On July 14, 2016, the company, with its name now spelled as Mastercard (with a lowercase "c")[1], changed its logo for the first time in 20 years. The text was moved off of the circles, and the circles were changed back to the original interlocking Venn diagram design, while using the same colors as the 1990 and 1996 logos. This change makes it look slightly similar to the original 1979 logo design, albeit with orange in the center instead of a darker shade of red. It was later universally adopted by all of Mastercard's sub-brands in October 2016. The "mastercard" text was no longer used as of July 1, 2020.

2019–present

Mastercard Symbol 2018


DESIGNER
Michael Bierut, Luke Hayman (from Pentagram)
TYPOGRAPHY
none
USAGE
Official

On January 7, 2019, the "Mastercard" text was removed, as most people could recognize the red/yellow circles as Mastercard. This version of the logo, called the "Mastercard Symbol", is used on payment methods (such as physical cards and digital wallets), decal stickers (used as acceptance marks) and some marketing materials. All other uses remained using the 2016 logo until 2020.

References

  1. https://brand.mastercard.com/brandcenter/mastercard-brand-mark.html

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