As the Research Library prepares to launch its new website, we’d like to reflect on where we’ve been.
The Library’s logos have played a prominent role in our web presence, setting the design tone and reflecting the era in which they emerged. Early Research Library newsletters (also in Los Alamos Authors) from the late 90’s and early 2000’s contain a glimpse of the early internet days; text-heavy webpages with hyperlinks and if you were lucky, a few small pixelated images.
As you can see in the timeline, the Library’s early logos were all variations on the “swoosh” design. Check out this momento of our website that features remnants of this logo from the late 90’s and this momento from the early 2000’s.
Next the letter “E” became all the rage (“E” standing for E-resources, E-science, and so on). See the following momento of our website featuring the retro “E” logo as well as scanned promotional materials.
LANL’s Communication Arts and Services department has provided us with a sleek new logo to match that of the larger Lab, but you may still see our old atom style logo floating around while we complete the transition.
As LANL and the Research Library nears it’s 80th anniversary, it begs the question: what will researchers eighty years from now see when they look back at the artifacts of our present-day Library?
Find more information on the Research Library and Laboratory’s history on our History of Los Alamos National Laboratory guide.