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Goldman Sachs logo loses its ligature

Investment bank Goldman Sachs has quietly replaced its logo, doing away with the most recognisable design touch: the GS ligature. As well as splitting the two capital letters, the new mark replaces the soft, round typeface with a much straighter choice. The kerning has also been slightly reduced.

According to Axios, the logo refresh was overseen by design agency Dalton Maag after the previous logo was deemed "insufficiently legible at small sizes". The previous typeface was based on Bodini, designed by Italian typographer Giambattista Bodoni in the eighteenth century. Check out our list of the best free fonts for some more typographical inspiration.  

Goldman Sachs logos

Old (left) vs new (right) (Image credit: Goldman Sachs/Future Owns)

While it's a shame to see the elegant Bodoni-based typeface go, the improvement in legibility is clear – and we're impressed that Dalton Maag (opens in new tab) has managed to maintain a remarkably similar aesthetic with a completely different typeface. That said, the logo does seem to have lost its flair with the removal of the GS ligature. We can't help but wonder if updating the typeface and keeping the ligature would have been a win-win.

The 'blue box' Goldman Sachs logo was designed in 1970 by Lippincott (opens in new tab), "to create a unifying and cohesive brand logo to help reflect the firm's shift from an investment bank to a broader financial services firm". (This information is listed as a "fun fact" on Goldman Sachs' website (opens in new tab)).

Along with the new logo, Axios (opens in new tab) says Dalton Maag has created a custom typeface, Goldman Sans, which will be rolled out later this year. As client-specific typeface names go, we like it – although it doesn't reach the heights of One Night Sans, created by Havas London for the recent Durex rebrand

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Daniel Piper
Daniel Piper

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).