Uber's rebrand tries to be 'substantial,' ends up closer to 'confusing'

By dkpope
Feb 2, 2016
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  1. Update your Uber app and you’ll notice the icon looks...different. The well-known “U” logo is gone, and it’s replaced with something that’s harder to describe. It’s a shape with a “bit” in the center (as Uber calls it) – and there are separate designs of the logo for the Rider (green) and Driver (red) apps.

    The “bit” will be something that now appears through the company’s site and app design. As Uber introduces new products, they say you’ll always see the bit in the center and know that it’s part of Uber. The company has recently been expanding into services like food delivery, so the one bit to rule them all explanation is (mostly) understandable.

    In addition to changing the logo, there’s a new "substantial" typeface and different color schemes depending on region (gone is the harsh black and white look.) The typeface is most notable when it comes to the “U” where the stylized curls on the top are gone. So the typeface is pretty much a basic sans serif font. Kalanick says the typeface change "will help you see Uber from afar."

    The press release that announced the changes, written by CEO Travis Kalanick, is filled with branding hoopla that is easy to giggle at: “The first thing you’ll notice is that our logotype is at once more grounded and elevated.” Grounded and elevated? Maybe I’m not elevated enough to understand that.

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  2. Squuiid

    Squuiid TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +13

    Wow, this is almost as bad as what Foursquare did to their app several years ago. Where's Foursquare now?
  3. umbala

    umbala TS Addict Posts: 160   +132

    Sounds like the top brass at Uber sat together in a circle jerk to come up with this *****ic idea.
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,161

    Some of the worst rebranding I've seen. Can't tell if I'm launching the Uber app or Implosion: Never Lose Hope

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