What is ElePHPant and Why PHP Uses Elephants in Some Logotypes?
ElePHPant is that adorable PHP mascot with an elephant in its design.
The ElePHPant logo was originally introduced and created in 1998 for the PHP community by Vincent Pontier - spiritual father of thousands of ElePHPants around the world. In 1998, there were mostly CGI scripts used for dynamic websites. Vincent’s friend, François Buffière, introduced him to the PHP language. Vincent came up with the ElePHPant by drawing PHP letters on a paper and playing with them a little. He noticed they were in shape of an elephant.
At that time in France only few sites were talking about PHP. One was Jean-Pierre Dezelus’ page and he was also a collector of elephants. He asked Vincent to make an elephant logo for PHP with same style as the original PHP logo - a blue oval with black outline gradient.
Then the original ElePHPant logo came to birth:
The plush animal toy - ElePHPant came to birth 10 years later.
ElePHPants are present at many PHP conferences and computers for inspiration and fun.
Other Reincarnations of ElePHPant
Many PHP projects have also made custom variations of the ElePHPant with their logo on it.
PHP Women’s Purple ElePHPant:
PHP Women successfully made a Kickstarter project in which they created purple officially dimensioned ElePHPant.
PHP Architect’s Orange ElePHPant - Archie:
PHP Architect followed and they made an orange ElePHPant on Kickstarter.
A red Laravel ElePHPant has been made by using Kickstarter.
AmsterdamPHP User Group Kickstarer campaign started with black ElePHPant
For the special occasion of 20 years of PHP, one of a kind golden ElePHPant was created.
PHP 7 ElePHPant
PHP 7 Elephpant has been created for PHP 7 and as a gift for visitors at ZendCon 2015.
For the 10 years of Symfony project black Symfony ElePHPant has been made.
TrueNorth PHP Woolly Mammoth
The great ancestor of the PHP Elephpant, the PHP Woolly Mammoth immortalized by the True North PHP conference.
PHP Classes ElePHPant
PHP Classes Elephpant given to the Innovation Award Winners each year.
There are many more to be listed here. Explore the PHP universe to find them :)
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