Er, the Twitter 'X' logo icon just changed again

Pity the poor art and design journalist tasked with seeking out new and exciting stories about branding over the last month. Since 24 July, a single chaotic rebrand has hogged the headlines – and here we are, writing about it again. Elon, if you could just leave the 'X' logo alone for a second, that would be great. Cheers.

So what's new? One word: grunge. The app icon on users' home screens has changed again, with the addition of 'distressed' white marks atop the black background. And if you're thinking it all looks a bit 'How do you do, fellow kids?' You're not alone. One of the best logos of all time, this ain't.

X logo

New (left) vs newer (right) (Image credit: Future/X)

The grunge effect has only been in place for a few days, but users are already taking to X (that's never going to feel natural to write) to mock what looks like a blatant attempt to inject some edginess into the design. Musk says "The cracks & scratches better represent this product that I love," but it seems most users aren't buying it.

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From tweaks to the boldness of the X to the hasty installation (then un-installation) of a massive X-shaped light in San Francisco, this rebrand has been nothing if not, er, dynamic – with new changes rolling out on a weekly – if not daily – basis. Still, if you're not a fan of the new (new) home screen icon, fear not – there is a way to reunite yourself with the bird

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.