TikTok logo: history and inspiration

The TikTok logo may seem pretty simple, but there’s actually more to it than you might think. And while TikTok is the smallest of the social media giants, the TikTok logo has already gone through a few tweaks to arrive at a robust design that looks perfectly suited to the mood of TikTok.

So what does the TikTok logo mean and why does it work so well? Below, we take a closer look at the evolution of the TikTok logo since its creation in 2016, as well as the meaning behind the design. For more logo inspiration, don’t miss our YouTube logo history piece. If you want to make your own designs, check out our tips on designing a logo.

TikTok logo history

(Image credit: TikTok)

TikTok was a pretty unique social media platform when it hit the scene in 2017. A younger generation who wanted to do more than just share images of the dinner on social media, that is, a generation who wanted to perform, clicked on the micro video format. As a result, the app quickly gained followers. But the TikTok logo actually predates TikTok’s existence as a brand.

It all started in 2016 when Chinese ByteDance launched an app called A.me. The app’s name was soon changed to Douyin, meaning something like ‘shaking sound’. What we know as the TikTok logo was originally created for this Chinese app hence why it consists of a musical note that appears to vibrate and also resembles a letter D.

TikTok logo

TikTok logo looks like a ‘D’ for Douyin (Image credit: TikTok)

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