(Est. 2011) “Udacity, a pioneer in online education, is building “University by Silicon Valley”, a new type of online university that teaches the actual programming skills that industry employers need today, delivers credentials endorsed by employers, because they built them, and provides education at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional schools. With industry giants - Google, AT&T, Facebook, Salesforce, Cloudera, etc. - we offer Nanodegree credentials, designed so professionals can become Web Developers, Data Analysts, or Mobile Developers. Supported by our communities of coaches and students, our students learn programming and data science through a series of online courses and hand-on projects that help them practice and build a convincing portfolio.”
Focus Lab (Savannah, GA)
The concept came from Udacity's ethos of looking at education from a new perspective. This translated into creating a mark that lives in two optical perspectives.
I wasn't familiar with Udacity before writing this post and I'm very glad that was the case because I would have hated for that old logo to be stored in the file system in my head. That "U" is terrible as in go-back-to-an-actual-university-and-learn-how-to-logo-first terrible. To boot they had a cringe-worthy "TY" in the name. Definitely a good idea to evolve from it. The new "U" is quite nice and simple; a better result of the same approach that Medium attempted. I also buy the rationalization and it does come across as a different kind and more transparent form of alternative education. The wordmark is also pretty decent, generously spaced to avoid another "TY" disaster, and with a slight tilt in the crossbar of the "A" for a dash of uniqueness. Maybe the angle could have matched with that of the "U"? Overall, major improvement, that goes away from the Loch Ness m-U-nster logo.
Thanks to Ryan Lee for the tip.