# (La)TeX Logo - Where does it come from? [duplicate]

Being a big fan of "logo design" I was wondering where the (La)TeX logo comes from.

I found Custom LaTeX logo explaining how to make my own (La)TeX like logo.

Since everything within (La)TeX seems to follow the rules of typography, I'm pretty sure there is something about how this logo is created.

• Rico, is this a duplicate of What is the meaning of moved letters on LaTeX logo?? Jun 7, 2013 at 10:25
• oh right its a duplicate. Sorry I did not found this one!
– Rico
Jun 7, 2013 at 10:28
• No problem, I just remembered reading a question like this, but also had trouble finding it. I eventually found it by searching for kilter (a word from the answer here), which I didn’t expect to turn up in too many places but answers to this kind of question `:)`. Jun 7, 2013 at 11:08

On the other hand, it's important to notice another thing about TeX's name: The 'E' is out of kilter. This logo displaced 'E' is a reminder that TeX is about typesetting, and it distinguishes TeX from other system names. In fact, TEX (pronounced tecks) is the admirable Text EXecutive processor developed by Honeywell Information Systems. Since these two system names are pronounced quite differently, they should also be spelled differently. The correct way to refer to TeX in a computer file, or when using some other medium that doesn't allow lowering of the 'E', is to type `TeX`. Then there will be no confusion with similar names, and people will be primed to pronounce everything properly.
• Do you suppose the `La` is for `Lamport`? Jun 7, 2013 at 9:09