MSN Spaces and Ubuntu’s Logo

The MSN Spaces logo looks like a rip-off of Ubuntu’s logo. What amazes me is that the heads in the logos are at the same angle!

Check out this superimposition to see what I am talking about.

I should mention that the Scripps logo looks a look alike the other two, and probably came before, too.

Thanks to the investigators at the ubuntu-users mailing list!

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3 Responses to MSN Spaces and Ubuntu’s Logo

  1. Doc says:

    HA! yes it does look just like it, but I think Scripps came first 😉

  2. booger says:

    i don’t think the angle is that amazing. The rotational symmetry is so that you can rotate it three ways (by 120 degrees) and end up looking the same. The only other logical arrangement is to flip the thing upside down, which is the same as rotating by 60 degrees. So really, the “coincidence” of the angles is more or less a 1 in 2 chance.

  3. Joh says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought 120 different angles = 120 different angles. Just cause they made the angle symmetric doesn’t mean that the only possible way to make it is symmetric. They could’ve randomly rotated it and still made it look good.

    Also, the angle isn’t the only thing that’s so amazing. If you look at this page (, you’ll see them on top of each other. You’ll also see that the placement of all elements in the logos are exactly same. If that’s not a ripoff, then I don’t know what is. And to think Microsoft sued Lindows for their name, cause it was too easy to mistake them for windows. *rolls eyes*