The new YouTube Studio logo is really grinding users' gears

If there's one requirement for any great logo, it's that it must not be easily confused for another. It's surprising how many software companies forget this – your homescreen or dock is probably filled with bafflingly similar icons. And the latest offender is none other than YouTube.

The company has quietly rolled out a new app icon for YouTube Studio, which creators can use to gain insights about their content. Gone is the distinctive gear design, replaced with a smooth red hexagon with a play button in the middle. As many have pointed out, it looks just like the YouTube Music icon. It seems someone didn't consult our logo design guide.

YouTube Studio logos

Old (left) vs new (right) (Image credit: YouTube/Future owns)

The update began rolling out to iOS users last week, and is already grinding users' gears. Creators have taken to Twitter in their droves to lament the loss of the gear icon, with many arguing that the original logo evoked the sense of a 'studio' much more strongly.

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And then there's the similarity with YouTube Music. Last year, Google got its users riled up by rolling out a series of confusingly similar Workspace logos, and it seems the company hasn't learned its lesson (Google owns YouTube, remember).

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Until now, YouTube's suite of apps have featured somewhat varied logos, each with their own unique take on the original YouTube logo (below). YouTube kids, for example, features a cartoon version of the play button, while the previous 'gear' icon for studio stood out thanks to its jagged edges.

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The classic YouTube logo (Image credit: YouTube)

But with this update, it seems YouTube's icons are starting to suffer a little from Google Workspace-syndrome. Still, while they might look alike, at least YouTube's designs are otherwise inoffensive – which is more than could be said for Amazon's disastrous attempt at a new app icon this year. If you fancy designing an icon of your own, check out today's best Adobe Creative Cloud deals below.

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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.