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Designers react to the Just Eat rebrand

Hot on the heels of DesignStudio’s rebrand of rival Deliveroo, the Just Eat rebrand by Venture Three adds a splash of colour to the online delivery service. We discuss whether the new logo design (opens in new tab) and identity tickles the tastebuds.

Shifting perceptions

The rebrand reflects the new ways people order food

The rebrand reflects the new ways people order food

“The new brand signals Just Eat’s focus on shifting perceptions of the global food delivery industry; changing behaviours around how and when we get the food we love each day," says Graham Jones, the partner and creative director for the Just Eat rebrand at Venture Three (opens in new tab).

"Based on our creative idea of ‘find your flavour’, we developed an expressive new identity, complete with a burst of colour and animation style that adds flexibility and opportunities to delight in the brand experience. All of our work is based on humanising what is essentially a technology platform, now with a vision of ‘creating the world’s greatest food community’.”

Clean and flexible

The vibrant colours have won over professionals

The vibrant colours have won over professionals

“This is a fantastic rebrand that has much more flexibility and vibrance than the previous design," explains Christopher Colouryum (opens in new tab), a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. "The cursor in the logo has been dropped, which – although a nice concept – was previously poorly executed. It’s eye opening to realise that the cursor is a rather dated object now, and as Just Eat’s users predominantly use mobile devices, its relevance has passed.

"The typeface now looks much cleaner, and the use of italics makes it feel like this is a brand that moves. The palette has shifted to a full spectrum of colour, which looks great in application and represents the brand’s diversity of cuisine.”

Mass appeal

Some have criticised the 'generic' typography

Some have criticised the 'generic' typography

“The Just Eat rebrand is designed to appeal to the masses," says Rohan Nanavati, founder and art director at Roar Studios (opens in new tab). "Bright colours, tacky design and below-average typography combine to refrain the consumer from thinking anything else about the brand apart from to just eat!"

"This is one of the most mediocre rebrands we’ve seen this year, one that clearly believes distribution and network trumps a well designed identity. While this holds true for many brands, it makes success dependent solely on the service. What would have been better is a brand that feels responsible about the quality of food it delivers – rather than a brand that will deliver just anything.”

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Nick is a content strategist and copywriter. He has worked with world-class agencies including Superunion, Wolff Olins and Vault49 on brand storytelling, tone of voice and verbal strategy for global brands such as Virgin, Pepsi and TikTok. Nick launched the Brand Impact Awards (opens in new tab) in 2013 while editor of Computer Arts, and remains chair of judges. He's written for Creative Bloq on design and branding matters since the site's launch.