# MathWorks Logo, Part Five, Evolution of the Logo 5

Posted by **Cleve Moler**,

Our plots of the first eigenfunction of the L-shaped membrane have changed several times over the last fifty years.

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#### 1964, Stanford

Ph.D. thesis. Two dimensional contour plot. Calcomp plotter with ball-point pen drawing on paper mounted on a rotating drum.

#### 1968, University of Michigan

Calcomp plotter. Math department individual study student project. Original 3d perspective and hidden line algorithms. Unfortunately, I don't remember the student's name.

#### 1985, MATLAB 1.0

The first MathWorks documentation and the first `surf` plot. Apple Macintosh daisy wheel electric typewriter with perhaps 72 dots-per-inch resolution.

#### 1987, MATLAB 3.5

Laser printer with much better resolution.

#### 1992, MATLAB 4.0

Sun workstation with CRT display and color. Hot colormap, proportional to height.

#### 1994, MATLAB 4.2

A hand made lighting model. I have to admit this looks pretty phony today.

#### 1996, MATLAB 5.0

Good lighting and shading. But at the time this was just a nice graphics demonstration. It was a few more years before it became the official company logo.

#### 1990, Nantucket Beach

A prototype 3d printer. Pure granular silicon, a few dozen grains per inch. (Thanks to Robin Nelson and David Eells for curating photos.)

#### More reading

Cleve's Corner, "The Growth of MATLAB and The MathWorks over Two Decades", MathWorks News&Notes, Jan. 2006.

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