The biggest new logo designs of July 2013

We take a look back at this month's biggest logo designs, including Hooters, Penguin, and MailChimp.

As creatives we constantly strive to reinterpret the world in new and visually exciting ways. Yet we can also be conservative and often have a knee-jerk reaction to something new.

So on the day a new logo design is launched for a familiar brand, the first reactions are usually negative. Once some time has passed and the new design has been seen in action, though, it can be a different story. Here we take a look back at the month's biggest redesigns: with a bit of fresh perspective, what do you think of them now?

01. Penguin

Newly created books giant Penguin Random House describes itself as "the world’s first truly global trade book publisher", employing more than 10,000 people across almost 250 imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. And here's its new logo, which is already in use on its website and press releases.

It's a tricky task to combine two classic logo designs into something that keeps the essence of both while presenting something new. Whether or not you feel this does the job, bear in mind it's not a long-term solution - the company tweeted: "Logo is temporary so stay tuned" from its @PenguinRH_News account.

The logo sits in the header of the website at www.penguinrandomhouse.com

02. MailChimp

mailchimp logo

The revamped logo gives MailChimp a refreshed look

Jessica Hische has many fans amongst lovers of typography and the leading designer was recently asked to tackle a logo redesign for popular email newsletter platform MailChimp.

"They didn’t want to do a massive overhaul," Hische explains, "they just wanted to give their current mark a facelift."

Hische lightened the weight of the logo overall and improved the vector drawing, with the letterforms revised for legibility, especially at small sizes. The end result is a more refined, refreshed look whilst still portraying MailChimp's playful ethos.

Whilst the changes may not be so obvious to those who aren't typography junkies, the annotated images below show exactly how things have been tightened up and improved.

03. Glasgow Airport

Designline agency created a thistle-themed logo for Glasgow Airport

The largest city in Scotland, and the third largest in the UK, Glasgow will have the eyes of the world on it next July and August when it hosts the 2014 Commonwealth Games. And in anticipation of a rush of visitors to the city, Glasgow Airport has undergone a rebranding exercise as part of a £17 million investment including a new logo.

The typographic logo is said to resemble a thistle, the national flower of Scotland, and is set against a blue background, bringing to mind the colour of the Scottish flag. It will be teamed with a tagline: "Proud to serve Scotland".

The new branding, by Paisley-based agency Designline, will implemented across a wide variety of material including the website, a branded app, digital communications, corporate stationery, ambient media, promotional material and a Glasgow Airport mascot.

04. YouSendIt/Hightail

YouSendIt is one of the most widely used file sending services but with more and more competition rolling out every month, the company needs to be at the top of its game. That's why they've decided to do a complete branding overhaul - giving themselves a new name and logo.

Hightail will be offering exactly the same services, with the change aiming to excel over "a landscape of Boxes, Syncs and Shares alongside an audaciously elegant look that contrasts with the endless dreary blues of the cloud space", according to a blog post written by CEO Brad Garlinghouse.

With Carlinghouse teasing that there's more to come, we look forward to see what Hightail have to offer in the next few months.

05. Hooters

NEW LOGO: The revamped design was based on consumer research

Hooters is one of the US's top brands and is an American institution. Much like the concept itself, the company's logo (below) served for 30 years as an example of a design that shouldn't work, but does. In July, though, Hooters decided the time had come to update it.

Atlanta design firm Sky Design has given the logo a more modern streamlined look (above), although the essential details remain, including the cartoon typography, the owl and the double-entendre use of the bird's eyes. Over the next few months the logo will be rolled out across the brand, appearing on waitress uniforms, menus and, eventually signage.

OLD LOGO: previously, the owl was less cartoony and more illustrative

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