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Logos are an important aspect of a car brand’s identity. They can convey many different things, such as history, ambitions, image, and company philosophy. Some car logos are straightforward, while others are more intricate and have a deeper meaning. In the case of the yellow Rivian compass logo, it follows the latter, with a meaning that runs deep. 

Rivian compass logo: ‘Mechanism of possibility’

Rivian compass logo with four arrows
Rivian compass logo | Rivian

The compass, which was invented in China sometime between the 2nd century BC and 1st century AD, revolutionized the world. It completely changed the way that people traveled. Using a magnet that always points north, a compass enables you to navigate and locate a geographical position — even in unfamiliar areas, such as the depths of the wilderness. The result is the compass opened up an entirely new world of possibilities.

According to Rivian, the meaning of the yellow compass logo is that — like a real compass, it is a “mechanism of possibility, and for accompanying so many on their journeys north, south, east, west, and everywhere in between.” The compass logo is very fitting, for Rivian is an adventure-minded company that targets outdoor enthusiasts as the primary buyers of the R1T electric truck and R1S electric SUV. 

Green Rivian R1T driving on mountainous terrain
Rivian R1T | Rivian

Also, Rivian aims to preserve the natural environment for the explorers of today. This is accomplished through conservation projects, as well as the Forever Fund, in which 1% of the EV automaker’s equity is donated to initiatives that address the climate crisis and protect critical biodiversity. Additionally, with its membership program, Rivian facilitates and supports outdoor adventures. Notable benefits include Rivian off-Roadside Assistance, Adventure Extraction, and Rivian-led outdoor experiences. 

What do the four arrows of the Rivian compass logo mean?

If you delve deeper into the yellow Rivian compass logo, you’ll notice that there are four arrows. Rivian states that the arrows “symbolize the values and behaviors that inform every decision” that the company makes. Digging even deeper, each one of the arrows has a distinct meaning. 

The two outer arrows on the Rivian compass logo represent “innovation” and “adventure,” which the company utilizes to “make the world a better place.” At the center of the compass logo, there are two inner arrows, which represent the company’s aim “to be inspiring and inviting to all.” Rivian ties all of the aspects of the compass logo together by stating, “This is more than a logo — it’s our promise to always point you in the right direction.”

What are Rivian’s values and mission?

Rivian’s values are all tied together in its yellow compass logo. Values include innovation, adventure, making the world a better place, and inspiring and inviting to all. As far as Rivian’s mission, the EV automaker has an official mission statement:

“Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. We believe there is a more responsible way to explore the world and are determined to make the transition to sustainable transportation an exciting one. We designed our emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles to challenge what’s possible.

– Rivian mission statement

The “keep the world adventurous forever” sums up the company the best. It also describes the Rivian compass logo very well. Around 2,000 years ago, the invention of the compass was a catalyst for an era of exploration. Now, Rivian aims to keep that adventurous spirit alive.


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