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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1 year ago

it's better now

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Warner Bros.

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Charlie Jamieson
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1 year ago

now this does put a frown on my face

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Gmail

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birdie asf
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1 year 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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Burger King

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Average Grizzlies Fan
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1 year 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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1 year ago

No!Absolutely not!

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#6

Nickelodeon

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Tenley Samson
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1 year ago

this..this was my childhood

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J.m. Smucker

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Sofiia Melnikova
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1 year ago

Look how they massacared my boy!

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#8

Petco

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Average Grizzlies Fan
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

But why?

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#11

General Motors

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Shelp
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1 year 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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1 year ago

this ones clever

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#13

Starbucks

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Tiredpossum
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1 year 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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1 year ago

its just a different font style

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#15

Mountain Dew

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Ninja Kitty
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1 year 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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1 year ago

i like the new one

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#17

Pepsi

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Tiredpossum
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1 year ago

I like the new one better

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#18

Best Western

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Sasha Kuleshov
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1 year 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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1 year ago

some times simple is better

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#20

International House Of Pancakes

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Tiredpossum
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

*Bell Noise*

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#24

Hellofresh

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white_shadow
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1 year ago

I like the before picture here

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#25

Yves Saint Laurent

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Shelp
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

old better.

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Procter & Gamble

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Zoe's Mom
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

The new one is better imo

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