Gumtree reveals new logo design

Online classifieds site Gumtree has rebranded for 2016 – with help from Koto design studio.

Koto new Gumtree logo

The new branding clarifies Gumtree's message

With one in four people in the UK using Gumtree at least once a month, it's important for the giant classifieds site to have a clear, simple brand image that cultivates an online community. Thanks to help from Koto, that's exactly what they've now got.

Revealed today, its new site design and branding is based on three core principles: modern, simple and digital. "I think it had been very clear the previous logo had divided a lot of opinion," explains head of Koto James Greenfield.

"They’d done a lot of consumer research and I think it’s fair to say that it wasn’t liked that much," he adds. "No one knew the reason Gumtree had started so the meaning had become quite lost.”

Old Gumtree logo

The previous Gumtree logo was unpopular with users

After working through various designs, a clear winner was settled upon. With a vibrant, simplified tree icon logo that pops off the screen and page, Gumtree now have a brand design they own.

Paired with a darker colour scheme, inspired by Rainbow Eucalyptus trees, James says that the rebrand keeps "all the positive natural connotations of growth, stability and diversity whilst making [Gumtree] an instantly recognisable icon."

Want to learn more? See how Gumtree and Koto worked on this distinctive rebrand in the video below.

Koto Gumtree rebrand

The tree is integral to Gumtree's brand

Koto Gumtree rebrand

The new logo had to scale to different screen sizes

Koto Gumtree rebrand

Gumtree is now a digital friendly brand

Koto Gumtree rebrand

Koto worked inhouse with Gumtree to perfect the rebrand

[Via It's Nice That]

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Dom Carter is staff writer at Creative Bloq. Coming from an SEO and web copywriting background, Dom first came to Future for a week of work experience at SFX magazine. Away from the office, Dom likes to write scripts and short stories, and watch an unhealthy amount of Doctor Who.