The Co-op started to roll out its new brand identity yesterday, which saw the return of its clover-leaf logo (opens in new tab). Despite falling back on a previous logo design (opens in new tab) instead of creating something new, the revival of the wordmark that first adorned shops in 1968 seems to have gone down well with designers.
With a deceptively basic yet distinctive typeface, the clover-leaf logo appears to be the perfect piece of design to represent the Co-op. Both shoppers and designers seem happy to see it return. And those not familiar with the design previously have also been struck by how simple and effective it looks.
By deciding to call themselves simply the 'Co-op' again, the company also reflects how shoppers actually talk about the brand. When was the last time someone said they were popping ot the Co-operative Food for milk and bread?
The return of the logo and this attention to how the brand is perceived is all part of an aim to bring back the Co-op programme and promote the company's core ethical values. It seems to be paying off, as even the logo's critics can't help being won over by the clover-leaf's nostalgic charm and nerve.
Well, nearly all the critics are happy.
For a company that has recently weathered bad publicity due to its finances getting put under the microscope, bringing back an old logo is a clever move to reassure shoppers of what the Co-op stands for. Perhaps we'll see other businesses bring back their iconic logos in the future?