01 July 2012

History of the Firefox Logo

As Leo Burnett quoted: Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people. Being curiosity is good sometimes and it stimulates our mind over things that surround us. With this, i asked myself: where does Mozilla get the idea of using Firefox Icon? And i guess, you probably asking to yourselves with the same question in mind. So i posted information about Firefox logo.

History of the Logo


The original logo was the Phoenix Icon for the Mozilla Phoenix Browser. Mozilla Phoenix Browser is a replacement browser for the bloated Mozilla Suite. Mozilla Suite is a market name for Mozilla and its code named SeaMonkey. Mozilla Suite was a cross-platform integrated Internet suite. Its development was initiated by Netscape Communications Corporation, before their acquisition by AOL. In relation with that Mozilla browser was then rebirth to name Phoenix. Phoenix represents state of Burning.

Later sometime in 2003, the name Phoenix was changed into Firebird - fiery bird. Firebird logo was all the same as Phoenix. But there was an issue of copyright issues relating to the name. In 2004, Firebird was changed to Firefox.

According to Jon Hicks, Firefox is actually a CUTE Red Panda but it didnt bring to mind the right imagery of the browser.

The final design was sketched by the designer Stephen Descroches  which Daniel Burka made the concept and rendered by Jon Hicks.  

Inspiration of Firefox Logo
Firefox Logo was inspired by a Bible Story about Samson. When Samson had revenged against Philistines, Samson tied the foxes with flaming ropes to the cornfields of the Philistines. The cornfields were burnt. See the illustration below by the painting the scene in a storybook.
Firefox Elements and Meaning
The primary elements of the logo were:

1. Fox with tail on fire ( actually it is Red Panda with the tail of fire )
The red panda (Ailurus fulgens, or shining-cat), is a small arboreal mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China.

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Meaning: Fox represents the viewing the internet.

2. Earth Globe ( actually it is Planet Mozilla)
Meaning: It represents world and internet


About Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Firefox is one most popular internet Browsers in the world. Mozilla Firefox is an Open Source and Free web browser developed for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux coordinated by Mozilla Corporation and Mozilla Foundation. Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine to render web pages, which implements current and anticipated web standards.

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