On July 30, 2007, Michael Stevens launched the main Vsauce channel but laid dormant until 2010. Initially, the channel’s programming focused on video games and featured a number of hosts. However, certain segments such as IMG! slowly took over, and Stevens became the sole host. The channel then became a mix of information and online activities, and solely educational segments popped up. The educational segments became more popular, and since September 9, 2012, only the educational segment (known as DOT.) has been presented. According to episode #18 of LÜT on the original Vsauce channel, the name “Vsauce” was generated using the fake website generator portion of a site called Fake Name Generator. After Stevens generated the fake website Vsauce.com, he registered it and began uploading videos.
In December 2010, the Vsauce2 (on December 7) and Vsauce3 (on December 24) channels were created. On July 25, 2012, the WeSauce channel was opened.
Vsauce was one of the fastest growing channels during September 2012. During that month, the main Vsauce channel reached 1 million subscribers.[ In the same month, Bill Nye appeared in one of the main channel’s videos, which focused on the joke, “Why did the chicken cross the road?”
Stevens details in the video “A Defense of Comic Sans” that the text font Alsina was used by the Vsauce channels because of its close resemblance to the handwriting of Nik Guinta, the creator of the original Vsauce logo. A new branding scheme designed by Natasha Jen was adopted in December 2014 to bring a “grown-up” feel to the channels. It utilizes the DIN Next Rounded font and fluid designs to convey the idea of sauce that the name “Vsauce” implies.