New Nokia logo reminds people of another controversial rebrand

Nokia logo
(Image credit: Nokia)

Remember Nokia? Once the king of mobile phones, the brand was overtaken by the likes of Apple and Samsung after the advent of the smartphone. And now, to signal a shift away from mobile phones, Nokia has unveiled a radically new logo.

Revealed before the official start of Mobile World Congress Barcelona this week, the new logo does away with Nokia's iconic typeface and navy blue colourway, replaced with a much lighter series of disembodied shapes. And the whole thing is reminding the internet of another recent (and much derided) rebrand. Looking for design inspiration? Check out the best logos of all time.

Old Nokia logo vs new Nokia logo

Old (left) vs new (right) (Image credit: Nokia)

"We are updating our strategy, and, as a key enabler, we are also refreshing our brand to reflect who we are today: a B2B technology innovation leader pioneering the future where networks meet cloud," Nokia has announced. "In most people’s minds, we are still a successful mobile phone brand, but this is not what Nokia is about. We want to launch a new brand that is focusing very much on the networks and industrial digitalisation, which is a completely different thing from the legacy mobile phones." 

The new logo, designed by creative consultancy Lippincott, features a series of lightweight lines and circles, which loosely spell out the word Nokia. As seems to be the trend with various recent rebrands, several of the letters have chunks missing, which some are arguing negatively impacts legibility. And, yep, a lot of people are comparing it with the recent Kia rebrand.

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But if you're devastated about the loss of the old Nokia logo, don't despair – it might not be gone yet. The actual mobile phones division of Nokia has belonged to HMD Global since 2016, and that company owns the rights to use the Nokia branding for its own phones. Whether HMD will keep the old logo alive remains to be seen, but if it decides to make a change, rather than opting straight for the new Nokia wordmark, it might want to check out our guide on how to design a logo.

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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).