“Writers, editors, and layout designers at magazines and newspapers wouldn’t be able to type the actual name of The Artist Formerly Known As Prince. So Prince did the only thing you could do in that situation: He had a custom-designed font distributed to news outlets on a floppy disk.”
In 1993 Prince changed his name to what became known as “The Love Symbol.”
Read more on nymag.com: The Story Behind Prince’s Legendary Floppy.
Photo from the collection of Anil Dash.
According to Slate, the symbol was later copyrighted as “Love Symbol #2.”