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That terrible new McDonald's logo, explained

McDonald's logo
(Image credit: McDonald's)

Over the past few weeks, you might have noticed various brands changing their logos to some frankly terrible designs on social media. It's all thanks to TikTok, with one user's comedy designs taking the internet by storm. The latest to jump on the brandwagon is none other than McDonald's. But is the joke already getting old?

Emily Zugay's design crimes include crude reimaginings of some of the best logos of all time, and the clip art-esque abominations have to be seen to be believed. From Adobe to Amazon, some of today's most recognisable brands have fallen victim to Zugay's, er, talents. And some, including McDonald's, have even embraced the new designs by changing their profile images. Because brands can have a sense of humour too! 

Screenshot of McDonald's' Twitter page

McDonald's Twitter page right now (Image credit: McDonald's)

The garish designs, complete with misspelled names (McDoalds, anyone?) and horrendous typography have clearly struck a chord, with Zugay's videos receiving millions of likes. And perhaps spotting a golden PR opportunity, several of the corporate victims have got in on the joke, with The Washington Post, Tinder, Nascar, Tampax, the Detroit Lions and even TikTok itself all changing their profile photos to Zugay's redesigns along with McDonald's.

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Of course, to call these design fails is somewhat missing the point – Zugay's delightfully dreadful designs are clearly a joke, and they're up there with last year's terrible logo project when it comes to comedy logos. Indeed, we're loving her hilarious videos and hope there are plenty more to come.

But the companies themselves are starting to look a little desperate. The rules of the internet state than when a brand joins in with a meme, the meme is dead – and this particular horse is being well and truly flogged. Like Microsoft's attempt to join in the lols about the Xbox Series X name, it all feels a little "How do you do, fellow kids?"

Tinder TikTok logo

Tinder's (sorry, Tiddner's) new profile photo (Image credit: Future)

Zugay's brilliantly awful logos are worlds apart from those supposedly 'premium' logo designs that went viral on TikTok in August. But one thing's for sure – TikTok is proving itself to be quite the destination for designers. It's great to see creativity being championed on new platforms, even for comedy purposes. If you're still not up to speed on how it all works, check out our guide to how to edit a video on TikTok.

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Daniel Piper

Daniel Piper is senior news editor at Creative Bloq, and an authority on all things art, design, branding and tech. He has a particular penchant for Apple products – some corners of the internet might call him an 'iSheep', but he's fine with this. It doesn't bother him at all. Why would it? They're just really nicely designed products, okay? Daniel is also a comedian and national poetry slam champion, and his favourite Bond is, obviously, Sean Connery.