Nope, these are not the logos for Medium, Airbnb, Flipboard and Beats

Posted on by Guy Cookson

Medium Airbnb Flipboard Beats

Steve Jobs was fond of saying, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” – a line he (possibly incorrectly) ascribed to Picasso.

Some of Silicon Valley’s hottest brands have either taken that to heart, or have proven once again that there really is nothing new under the sun.

Spencer Chen, who works for the Chinese online retailing giant Alibaba, noted on Twitter that the now famous logos for Medium, Airbnb, Flipboard and Beats look awfully similar to ones produced many years earlier, and featured in the same 1989 design book, Trademarks & Symbols of the World: The Alphabet in Design.

 

Medium

Medium logo

Airbnb logo

Airbnb logo

Flipboard logo

Flipboard logo

Beats logo

Beats logo

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