Project logos are trademarks that serve as the identifying mark for that project and its components. They serve to unify work on those projects, and help contributors identify with that project, across subprojects and language versions; online and offline, in banners and on sweet gear (stickers, ear tunnels, &c.) Logos of major Wikimedia projects are registered by the WMF to protect the projects and communities from clones or impostor sites that might deceive or harm users, or might otherwise cause confusion about the shared identity and goals of the Project.

Current logosEdit

See wmf:Wikimedia official marks for details about the logos.

  • Project: Wikiquote
  • Author: User:Neolux
  • Legal status: CC BY-SA 3.0
  • Remarks: variant A is on the English Wikipedia, Variant B is used on Wikiquote itself. Which is now the official logo? (The logo shown to the right is intended to be the official logo, A was just a quick draft - Neolux)

If you propose a new logo for a project please add the copyright tag {{CopyrightByWikimedia}} to the image description page. If you are the creator of one of the logos, please change the copyright on the image description page accordingly.

Logo guidelinesEdit

Proposing new logosEdit

Don't change the logo on a project without a discussion with (at a minimum) the affected communities and the board. The logo identity of our websites is important for professionalism and consistency, to help end users be familiar with us, and we should be thoughtful about changes. Logos are global: All languages have to use the same logo, logo changes are possible on a project level only, but not for one language.

Since the Wikimedia logos are used in many different circumstances, a logo must scale well from great versions on flags to small favicons on the website. It must be substantially different from the other project logos but still harmonize with the others.

If you propose a new logo for a Wikimedia project it must not be licensed under GFDL. Copyright should be transferred to the Wikimedia Foundation instead. It may be useful to review the Mozilla trademark policies to gain an initial understanding of the problems of trademarks licensed under the GFDL. It is our intention to license the logos in a manner consistent with our values, and a free-using license on a logo is legally a very baffling thing.

Logo checklistEdit

  • Assign the copyright to the Wikimedia Foundation (Contact the General Counsel)
  • Submit all necessary formats
    • Wiki.png for the website
    • Vectorized version with text (SVG and EPS if possible, text should be embedded as graphic)
    • Vectorized version without text
    • Favicon
  • Submit a specification
    • Color specification in CMYK and RGB
    • Used fonts

Temporary logo variantsEdit

There have been a few instances of logos temporarily changed for holidays on some wikis. This practice is discouraged. The problem is: it is tough to do it well, in a way that doesn't conflict with our neutrality policies. To illustrate what this means: is a Christmas logo neutral towards religion? If the en.wikipedians voted for a US Flag logo on the 4th of July, would this be neutral? Obviously not. But this sort of consideration will come into play for almost every holiday, and for now, unless and until we find a way to come to consensus about it, this sort of temporary change should be avoided.

On the other hand, projects sometimes change their logo to celebrate significant milestones (for example, five/ten year anniversary, 100,000 or 1 million etc. articles). This practice is welcome, and even encouraged, to help projects celebrate.

Setting a temporary logo as an interface administratorEdit

To override the logo in your configuration with a different one (in the example [1]), simply add to the MediaWiki:Common.css of your wiki:

.mw-wiki-logo {
	background-image: url( );

You might also try the process at Requesting wiki configuration changes if you don't mind waiting (due to T98640).

Wikimedia movement affiliates logosEdit

Best practices for Wikimedia movement affiliate logo creation are provided by the Affiliations Committee based on the Wikimedia Foundation's visual identity guidelines (specifically in regards to the Wikimedia Foundation mark), the Wikimedia Foundation's trademark policy, input from Wikimedia Foundation's Legal and Community Advocacy and Communications teams, and input from the community.

Every movement affiliate is able to pick from three basic options:

  1. Custom logo – may or may not include any Wikimedia logo component as permitted by the Wikimedia Foundation's trademark policy.
  2. Wikimedia community logo variant – based on the Wikimedia community logo.
  3. Wikimedia Foundation logo variant – below best practices provide information on how different types of movement affiliates logos may be based on the Wikimedia Foundation logo.

Big version suitable for use in printed publicationsEdit

These great versions are suitable for use in printed publications. Please refer to commons:Category:High-resolution or SVG official Wikimedia logos and commons:Category:High-resolution localized Wikimedia logos.

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How can I get a version of the Logo for my Wikipedia?
See wmf:Wikimedia official marks/Word mark creation and Requesting wiki configuration changes.

See also Wikipedia in other languages, User:Cbrown1023/Logos and a somewhat more detailed description regarding setting up a new logo for Wikibooks.

See alsoEdit

You can read the Logo history in prose or follow the links:

  1. The OldWikiPediaLogo
  2. The International logo contest
  3. The International logo contest/Final logo variants
  4. International logo contest/Final logo variants/Nohat

Logo discussions & votes

  • Logo (current logos, guidelines, localisation)