Times change, opinions evolve (or devolve), and businesses need to adapt. Whether they want it or not, modernity creeps up on everyone—and there are plenty of successful examples of such adaptations. Companies change their policies to fit the times, ensure their values match society's, and in general, receive praise for their efforts to pull their business practices into modernity.

However, in some cases, the desire to renew oneself with the times comes with a few steps backwards. A good example would be a change in a company's logo—those are usually easier to redesign than inner workings or policy, but they also display some movement forward, so plenty of businesses jump at the chance to showcase their newfound modern outlook.

However, sometimes eagerness to appear more in with the times and attempts to modernize the look of well-established brands end up creating something that feels flat and without any of the original flair. In some cases, it can be a change of color scheme, going from a bright and vibrant design to a black-and-white and muted logo that doesn't look anything like its source. And sometimes it's the overall simplification of the logo's design that turns it unrecognizable—older companies tended to have detailed logos, which were great to look at, but with the times and automatization, the logo ends becoming more flat (a good example would be Warner Bros' logo).

While the conversation about logos and their usability is nothing new, a comment from a Twitter user Liz Franczak sparked a now-viral discussion if the simplified logos had gone too far. An in this article, we compiled some of these redesign mishaps. Clearly the companies were aiming for the modern feel, but the end result often left the customers disappointed.

#1

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Tiredpossum
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2 months ago

it's better now

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#2

Warner Bros.

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Charlie Jamieson
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2 months ago

now this does put a frown on my face

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#3

Gmail

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Tiredpossum
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2 months ago

How is this flat?They added more color,their official colors.

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#4

Burger King

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Charlie Jamieson
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2 months ago

mint is pretty much the same company

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#5

Pringles

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Tiredpossum
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2 months ago

No!Absolutely not!

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#6

Nickelodeon

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Tiredpossum
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2 months ago

This isn't that bad

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#7

J.m. Smucker

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kjorn
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2 months ago

they can't keep it classic?

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#8

Petco

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Average Grizzlies Fan
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2 months ago

Why would you get rid of the iconic cute little animals???

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#9

Holiday Inn

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birdie asf
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2 months ago

Didn't this happen a long time ago? I remember back in like 2010 I became familiar with the "now" icon.

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#10

Bmw

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kjorn
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2 months ago

less color when you print it so cheaper i guess

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#11

General Motors

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Tenley Samson
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2 months ago

ooooh i kinda like it

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#12

Staples

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white_shadow
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2 months ago

Anyone notice the paperclip in the L?

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#13

Starbucks

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Tiredpossum
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2 months ago

new one definitely. We don't need to see the lower half

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#14

Google

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Requiem
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2 months ago

its just a different font style

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#15

Mountain Dew

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white_shadow
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2 months ago

Not much of a difference here, except in the word mountain.

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#16

Wendy's

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pansexualandproud
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2 months ago

i like the new one

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#17

Pepsi

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Tiredpossum
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2 months ago

I like the new one better

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#18

Best Western

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Grace Avalanche
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2 months ago

The second ones just easier on the eyes

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#19

International House Of Pancakes

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Tiredpossum
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2 months ago

it was frowning before. Way better now

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#20

Olive Garden

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Tiredpossum
Community Member
2 months ago

some times simple is better

Forty-Two
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2 months ago

*most of the time

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C.S. E.
Community Member
2 months ago

The right one better reflects the banality of the food.

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Meh. The old one evoked Italy. The new one looks like it should join the other doodles on the blue denim-covered three ring notebook of a 1970s high school cheerleader.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
2 months ago

Both are good I guess? Food's still expensive as hell XP

TexasWoman
Community Member
2 months ago

Old one

Fan-tastic panda
Community Member
2 months ago

I like both but the older one looks really realistic and fun, it looks ancient I like it

Piglet
Community Member
2 months ago

Why also change 'restaurant' to 'kitchen'?

Diane Phillips-Herman
Community Member
2 months ago

Also using "Italian" is an insult. Their food is awful.

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Autumn
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2 months ago

I mean the new one's still nice but I would have stuck with the old one. It just seems mor... olive ... garden.. ish..? I don't know how to describe it.

Mae Mosse
Community Member
2 months ago

New one looks classier and cleaner

Diane Phillips-Herman
Community Member
2 months ago

Still serve fake Italian food

Laila Hernandez
Community Member
2 months ago

i like the new one

rabbitsrabbit
Community Member
2 months ago

its cleaner but maybe just a tad generic. Look similar to many a 'natural' skincare brand.

Jim Ellington
Community Member
2 months ago

They were right to change the grapes to olives.

Madison Feehan
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2 months ago

Anybody know what font this is on the new logo?

Emi A.
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2 months ago

I guess new one is way more cost effective for printing logo thus marketing and production cost reduction.

Tenley Samson
Community Member
2 months ago

ooh

Screeching Cryptid
Community Member
1 day ago

Actually an improvement. It's good to have a complex-ish logo, but not too complex. I mean, between the shading, the texture, all of it.

The Super Bumblebee
Community Member
1 month ago

no.

Thomas Turnbull
Community Member
2 months ago

Thousand time worse

Marvin HeartofGold
Community Member
2 months ago

My husband wanted a tuscan looking kitchen for the longest. I wasn't impressed. Too dark.

Mary Jaye
Community Member
2 months ago

new one

Kit Kat
Community Member
2 months ago

Both

Jill Tremblay
Community Member
2 months ago

They still use both don't they - for different things. As far as this goes, I don't care what the logo is as long as I get to eat the awesome food !! Love the Olive Garden....

Happy Happy Gay Guy
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2 months ago

Lousy food, but the new logo looks cleaner.

Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
2 months ago

Why call itself a kitchen? It's a restaurant.

Marissa Sulser
Community Member
2 months ago

the grapes left us too soon

Theo Nightingale
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2 months ago

The new logo is growing on me - seems fresher, which is one of the hallmarks of the selling of the restaurant's fresh food

Johan Plane
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2 months ago

Seems the live gaarden has one sterile!

Allison Woodfill
Community Member
2 months ago

Now

Maddie
Community Member
2 months ago

I like the old one.

Bradley Alan
Community Member
2 months ago

At least with the old one you knew you were getting fake Italian

Boopie Dew
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2 months ago

It was prettier before

Mustn’t eat the mango 🥭
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2 months ago

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Isabella
Community Member
2 months ago

An idiot designed this logo. The kitchen is a place in house. The cuisine is food. It should be Italian cuisine.

Earl Grey
Community Member
2 months ago

I like the new logo a lot better, but one critic really hated it when it first came out: https://slate.com/culture/2014/03/olive-gardens-new-logo-looks-like-a-second-graders-cursive-practice.html

Imposmate
Community Member
2 months ago

Rtx on and off

CORLEONE
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I have ate many times in Italy and the food at Olive Garden it is not even close to the italian food.

Mz Phit
Community Member
2 months ago

Olive Garden, Che schiffo

Cat
Community Member
2 months ago

They are both actually. When they print it out its the 'now' onne and on the restaruant building its the 'before'

Kinslee Hager
Community Member
2 months ago

The then one looks like a rug lol

Avery S Alberico
Community Member
2 months ago

So glad I grew up with this.... But DANG this is better

Nana Ama Bedua Mensah
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2 months ago

I love the new one. It is simple

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#21

Los Angeles Rams

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Todoroki
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2 months ago

Yea I hated this change

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#22

Wawa

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Aj Grimes (them/they)🦄
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2 months ago (edited)

I like the old one better.

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#23

Taco Bell

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Tenley Samson
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2 months ago

ba-BING

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#24

Hellofresh

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white_shadow
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2 months ago

I like the before picture here

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#25

Yves Saint Laurent

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sbj
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2 months ago

Where has Yves gone? Did people search for him when he disappeared

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#26

Syfy

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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2 months ago

It's like they misspelled the new one.

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#27

Blue Point Brewing Company

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The Super Bumblebee
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2 months ago

old better.

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#28

Procter & Gamble

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Shelp
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2 months ago

I get that the idea was to look more modern. But it doesn't.

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#29

Yahoo!

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white_shadow
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2 months ago

tbh I don't liek the letters with lines at the edges. Just like google's old logo

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Airbnb

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Shelp
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2 months ago

The new one is better imo

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