The controversial new BBC logo really isn't that controversial

Logo redesigns are rarely cheap, and they're not always guaranteed to look entirely different to their predecessor. As the saying goes, if a logo ain't broke, don't fix it (that's a saying, right?) – and it seems that's the brief the BBC was working to with its 'new' design.

Reports suggest that the broadcaster has splashed out thousands of pounds on an updated logo that looks virtually identically to the old one, consisting of three square blocks, each containing a letter spelling out BBC. Like all of the best logos, it's an instantly recognisable design, but the latest refresh has appears to have ruffled some feathers.

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Old (left) vs new (right) (Image credit: BBC logo)

The most obvious changes are the addition of extra space between the squares, while the typeface within them is now smaller and a touch more symmetrical. And that's it. It's hardly a rebrand on the scale of Burger King's new look – in fact, it's hardly a rebrand at all.

It seems people's chagrin with the inoffensive redesign is based on the alleged cost. According to an exclusive report in The Sun, "tens of thousands of pounds" of "taxpayer's money" was spent on the redesign, which was quietly revealed on the website of streaming service BBC Select this year and is expected to roll out more thoroughly in the Autumn.

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But it seems the controversy might be missing the point. Rather than a redesign, the "new' logo appears to be a re-rendering of the logo in the BBC's new in-house font, Reith (named after BBC founder John Reith). And as many have pointed out Twitter, using its own font means the BBC no longer needs to pay licensing costs for Gill Sans, the typeface used in the original logo. Which means the whole thing could actually end up being a cost saving exercise. Who knew?

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So there we have it. The furore over the new design is probably a load of fuss about nothing. The BBC likely didn't decide to spend a bunch of pounds on a rebrand that isn't a rebrand – it's probably just continuing to shift its brand assets over to the new in-house typeface. We can all calm down now. Speaking of typeface licensing costs, you won't encounter any such things in our roundup of the best free fonts

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).