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This article was published on August 11, 2011


Here’s how the Reddit logo was created

Here’s how the Reddit logo was created
Courtney Boyd Myers
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Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

This morning, one of my favorite guys in the tech world, Alexis Ohanian of Reddit and Hipmunk fame, posted a little ditty on how he made the Reddit logo. “Remember,” he writes, “This was from back in April 2005 using PaintshopPro5 (cracked). I wasn’t a very experienced artist back then. Be gentle.”

For everyone who sucks in Reddit like crack, here’s a bit of the back story: Ohanian says he had also considered calling “reditt” and registered both reddit.com and reditt.com at the same time. Ohanian also took special care to make sure that the antenna pointed toward the brandname. “It was just a matter of time until I realized the alien should be on the left so it’s the first thing someone would see on the page,” he says.

And there you have it, the creation of the lovable logo known as Reddit.

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