The current Met logo launched on Feb 2016, designed by Wolff Olins. The new logo no longer relies on symbols and, instead, is based on their commonly used name “The Met”.
The logo mark is a bespoke design created as a concept by Wolff Olins and crafted by experienced type designer Gareth Hague. It is inspired by the strategic need to draw connections throughout the Museum, across time and culture, between people and art. The mark connects letters, deliberately combining serif and sans serif letterforms, to acknowledge The Met’s unique ability to embrace both classical and modern art and ideas as part of a united whole.
Founded in 1870 by a group of American citizens, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States and located in New York City, is also one of the ten largest Art Museum in the world.
The current logo design features the Museum’s distinctive letter M logo, adapted from the 1509 book De divina proportione by Luca Pacioli (Italian, d. ca. 1514), the first known publication to treat the construction of the alphabet and to discuss the shapes and proportions of classical Roman letters.