Why the Pink Floyd logo drama is ridiculous

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(Image credit: Pink Floyd)

Pink Floyd has released a new version of its iconic pyramid logo to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic album The Dark Side of the Moon. And the irate folk on social media are cross about one 'change' that's actually been part of the logo all along. 

Yup, when Pink Floyd tweeted the new, temporary logo (which, frankly, could be on our best logos list), many voices chimed in complaining about the "addition" of a rainbow, claiming the band had become too 'woke'. Seriously. That's despite the fact it references the rainbow used in the original Dark Side of the Moon cover art way back in 1973.

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The Dark Side of the Moon emblem (left), the new logo (right) (Image credit: Pink Floyd)

While the rainbow has been used as a symbol for support for the LGBTQI+ community for decades, Pink Floyd used it on its Dark Side of the Moon cover art back in 1973 to to symbolise the band's dazzling live light shows. The design originally showed a beam of light refracted by a prism into six colours rather than the seven colour rainbow. The design was later modified and has been used under the band's name in a logo that has existed since 2011 (below).

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The Pink Floyd logo from 2011 to the present (Image credit: Pink Floyd)

As you can see above, the new logo has compressed the rainbow into the centre of the '0', a change that's making some disgruntled fans feel as if it had never been there before.

"Lose the rainbow, you're making yourself look stupid!", one commenter advised "Are you going woke with rainbows"? another asked, continuing "is there a straight flag, I want equal representation, don't get me wrong. We should all be true to who we are".

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Other Twitter dwellers have been remarkably quick to take down the confused fans, with some witty memes 'cancelling' other brands that use rainbows in their advertising, and even referencing Isaac Newton. We've popped a couple of our favourites below.

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All this confusion shows the multitude of impacts a single symbol can have. If a consumer believes a symbol has a certain meaning, they're likely to ascribe it to what they see in front of them, no matter the context – an important takeaway when considering branding and design. 

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Georgia Coggan

Georgia is lucky enough to be Creative Bloq's Editor. She has been working for Creative Bloq since 2018, starting out as a freelancer writing about all things branding, design, art, tech and creativity – as well as sniffing out genuinely good deals on creative technology. Since becoming Editor, she has been managing the site on a day-to-day basis, helping to shape the diverse content streams CB is known for and leading the team in their own creativity.