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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4 months ago

it's better now

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#2

Warner Bros.

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Charlie Jamieson
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4 months ago

now this does put a frown on my face

Vic
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4 months ago

It went from a grand logo to a cheap printout looking thing.

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Piper McLean
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4 months ago

I prefer the original

Althea Webb
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4 months ago

Where's the grandeur? It looks like a logo for a medical company.

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Nope. The new logo looks like a cartoon badge. The first one, although gilded in gold, looked as if it had some sort of authority and direction.

Boredzzz
Community Member
4 months ago

Nooo!! They did that? Hate the new one ..looks like some cheap rip-off comic hero's badge

Phoenix
Community Member
4 months ago

This one does suck, I mean, why would you do this purposely

Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
4 months ago

wait this is the logo now?? why would they do that

Forty-Two
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4 months ago

why have i never seen this

Furry_Danger
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4 months ago

You probably only watch the old movies of theirs.

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Demon Child
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4 months ago

You don't have to be modern to be loved. There will always be a special place in my heart for you Warner Bros...

Deal _Anneal
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4 months ago

This just shows how lazy warner bro's got

Nikki Sevven
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4 months ago

They took away all the character.

𝔹𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕒
Community Member
4 months ago

Why did they change it?? The old one was so good!!

Nerdy_Tomboy
Community Member
4 months ago

Wait, that happened?!?! The second looks HORRIBLE!!!

trans_ylvania
Community Member
4 months ago

Before they fired Johnny Depp vs. after.

The Chosen One
Community Member
4 months ago

what the actual junk is this

Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
4 months ago

It lost a lot of CLASS... There is something more classy about the gold trim. Almost as if the more time spent in creating the logo, the more value of the company it represents. I don't know... That is really just what came to mind almost immediately.

Nana Ama Bedua Mensah
Community Member
4 months ago

I love the original one

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
4 months ago

Old logo is eye-catching. New logo looks like a cheap knock-off bought from a stranger on the street.

Antonio Gregovich
Community Member
4 months ago

The first one is WAAAY better

Linda HS
Community Member
4 months ago

Better then

Sivi
Community Member
4 months ago

Original is too classic, you cant just remove the gold.

Sam Chen
Community Member
4 months ago

Wait they changed the logo!!??

Laila Hernandez
Community Member
4 months ago

blech

Firefoxgaming YT
Community Member
4 months ago

It's just not the same, literally

Steve
Community Member
4 months ago

Like Kim Kardashian getting full liposuction on her ass

VolkswagenPanda
Community Member
4 months ago

bleh

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
4 months ago

eww really?

C.S. E.
Community Member
4 months ago

Booooooooo!

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
2 weeks ago

I like the old one better. Just prettier.

Joey Sanchez
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1 month ago

i miss the original one

a Minecraft girl
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1 month ago

I miss the old one

Screeching Cryptid
Community Member
1 month ago

oh f**k that

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1 month ago

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Anne Mitchell
Community Member
2 months ago

Prefer the "then".

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
3 months ago

Since they fired Johnny Depp they lost a lot of their former glory...even the logo has no shine left!

Faith Nicole
Community Member
4 months ago

Older is better

Sam Cook
Community Member
4 months ago

While I prefer the previous one, I love both.

Thomas Turnbull
Community Member
4 months ago

Much much worse

Mary Jaye
Community Member
4 months ago

like the simpler one better. more modern.

sam thecat
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4 months ago

Now just sucks. Too simple,no depth.

nala simba
Community Member
4 months ago

Then!

Kit Kat
Community Member
4 months ago

I like the old one better

Jill Tremblay
Community Member
4 months ago

Much better then - now is just lazy

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
4 months ago

Better "then"...

Florence Hastings
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4 months ago

It’s an abomination.

Happy Happy Gay Guy
Community Member
4 months ago

The one on the right looks like the shield used forWb cartoons.

Daniel Callaway
Community Member
4 months ago

Old Logo is much better. New one only uses 1 color of ink and is cheaper, which costs less , which is good!!!! NOT!!!!!

Theo Nightingale
Community Member
4 months ago

Talk about turning a classic into trash

Allison Woodfill
Community Member
4 months ago

Then

Laura Stenger
Community Member
4 months ago

One

mcmp
Community Member
4 months ago

major failure!

Maddie
Community Member
4 months ago

Really?

Trond Hermansen
Community Member
4 months ago

Graphic designer here. The WB-logo has been altered many times. This is true for many companies but most visible for the film industry. Towards the nineties the WB logo got wider and more airbrushed-looking. The new logo actually resembles the really old first logos of the company.

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
4 months ago

It used to be quite elegant!

Gregory Hewitt
Community Member
4 months ago

the old one looks garish, i prefer the new one.

Gina Babe
Community Member
4 months ago

I didn't even know they did this. Ew.

Dan Stiver
Community Member
4 months ago

They got rid of their bold, art deco look and replaced it with this cold, boring label that looks like it belongs to an industrial conglomerate.

Kate Priestley
Community Member
4 months ago

The new one probably works better on social media, but it's quite boring.

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
4 months ago

Why? The old one is better. Did they regress or something?

Panda-riffic
Community Member
4 months ago

Cartoon.

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
4 months ago

Very magnetic before. Now blah.

Daniel Marsh
Community Member
4 months ago

I know they're famous for Bugs Bunny, but two-bit meant 25 cents, not 2 bits of data.

Zillyboy
Community Member
4 months ago

saves ink

Dash Blue
Community Member
4 months ago

Dang. The Then version is very dramatic. The Now version is probable much cheaper to print as a letterhead.

selene 6.23
Community Member
4 months ago

The gold part has gone just like the good old days

selene 6.23
Community Member
4 months ago

Disappointing

Sarcasm101
Community Member
4 months ago

Wait what the fu-

Alea Qian
Community Member
4 months ago

Why would you change that masterpiece

Aayse
Community Member
4 months ago

It was better before

heidi hunt
Community Member
4 months ago

Awful

Tequila4Two
Community Member
4 months ago

This is the 2019-version, the recently released an updated version of this logo. See: https://www.cbr.com/warner-bros-pictures-debuts-updated-animated-logo/ It now has a silver lining and is more 3D. It is better now, but still not great as the classic logo.

Albino
Community Member
4 months ago

The animaniacs would not want to live behind the new one.

Claire Sylvester
Community Member
4 months ago

This is just lazy!!

Fan-tastic panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Hate it now. Loved it then...

Jane
Community Member
4 months ago

Nope

Toni Ferchak
Community Member
4 months ago

Please keep the original .

TexasWoman
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4 months ago

The old version is better; more design

Marcin Barczyński
Community Member
4 months ago

Minimalism is not the awesome trend it sells itself as.

Furry_Danger
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4 months ago

I didn't see the new logo until now... I only watch the older movies.

•LeXi•
Community Member
4 months ago

I like the original better!

Demongrrrrl
Community Member
4 months ago

Do they just assume that everyone knows what WB stands for? I wouldn't, that's why having the name across the middle really works.

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
4 months ago

"Now" looks like something doodled in sixth grade study hall. (No offense sixth graders.)

Lorrie Rothstein
Community Member
4 months ago

Classic one is better

Yolande Labbé
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Why the change? I see no improvement, just going down grade.

Jessica Cifelli
Community Member
4 months ago

It has more of a "notice me" vibe in the before pic. Also it's more nostalgic.

embarrassed american
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4 months ago

They ruined this one

Nubis Knight
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4 months ago

I like the old one better, should have added at least a bit of the Gold.

Jon Scott
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4 months ago

SOMEONE CHANGED IT? DIRECT ME TO THIS A***HOLE!

Noah Gibson-fowlkes
Community Member
4 months ago

wtf

S. Tor Storm
Community Member
4 months ago

this is just about trends. they can always take it back later

marianne eliza
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4 months ago

You will never find Bugs Bunny stretched out on top of that!

Desiree McKinnon
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4 months ago

Impaled under it, more likely

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KellyO
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4 months ago

it's not like they've abandoned the old look.

Mangelo Il Fumatori
Community Member
4 months ago

This new one is very reminiscent of a version from the 1930s, but at least it's not as bad as their logo from the 1970s. (The following website has pics of the WB logo from the 1920s thru 2018. http://annyas.com/screenshots/warner-bros-logo/ )

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
4 months ago

And some gold here :D

Pauline bennett
Community Member
4 months ago

Then = One class act!

j
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm a graphic designer who worked at WB. I didn't work on this logo (A famous branding agency did that) but I agree with you guys, liked the previous one better. They simplified the new logo though because it's easier to use logos that are simplified that can be turned into a vector.

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#3

Gmail

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birdie asf
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4 months ago

Yea, I realized that. It's hard to differentiate the logos now that they all have the minimalist look and the same color scheme.

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#4

Burger King

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Average Grizzlies Fan
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4 months ago

Honestly I like the older Burger King logo, but then again that is just what I'm used to.

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#5

Pringles

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Tiredpossum
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4 months ago

No!Absolutely not!

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#6

Nickelodeon

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Tenley Samson
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4 months ago

this..this was my childhood

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#7

J.m. Smucker

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Sofiia Melnikova
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4 months ago

Look how they massacared my boy!

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#8

Petco

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Average Grizzlies Fan
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4 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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4 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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sbj
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4 months ago

But why?

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#11

General Motors

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Shelp
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4 months ago

Funnily enough the new one looks like its coming straight out of 1999

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#12

Staples

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Tenley Samson
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4 months ago

this ones clever

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#13

Starbucks

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Tiredpossum
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4 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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4 months ago

its just a different font style

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#15

Mountain Dew

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Ninja Kitty
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4 months ago

I'm going to be honest- I never realised they changed it-

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#16

Wendy's

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pansexualandproud
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4 months ago

i like the new one

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#17

Pepsi

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Tiredpossum
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4 months ago

I like the new one better

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#18

Best Western

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Sasha Kuleshov
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4 months ago

I don't know, the old one feels homier somehow? ._.

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#19

Olive Garden

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Tiredpossum
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4 months ago

some times simple is better

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#20

International House Of Pancakes

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Tiredpossum
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4 months ago

it was frowning before. Way better now

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#21

Los Angeles Rams

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A.M. Pierre
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4 months ago

You can argue the new logo is clever if you already know they are the Rams, but no one is going to look at that logo cold and think "Rams". Modern or not, the first one is clearly a ram.

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#22

Wawa

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Charlene Wilbur
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4 months ago

Wawa is in Florida now and it is literally THE BEST convenience store/deli.

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#23

Taco Bell

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Prep To Lose
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4 months ago

*Bell Noise*

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#24

Hellofresh

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white_shadow
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4 months ago

I like the before picture here

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#25

Yves Saint Laurent

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Shelp
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4 months ago

The new one looks so bland and indistinguishable!

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#26

Syfy

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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4 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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4 months ago

old better.

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Procter & Gamble

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Zoe's Mom
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

It was changed because back in the late 70's some sort of group thought the logo was Satanic because of the 13 stars causing decrease revenues. I remember this because as a kid I was so upset; thinking how stupid these people were because I love pretty much anything celestial.

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#29

Yahoo!

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white_shadow
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4 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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4 months ago

The new one is better imo

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