You’ve probably noticed at your local grocery store or gas station that Pepsico has come out with a new corporate identity. It’s clearly an attempt at an evolutionary (vs. revolutionary) change, with a similar color palette and predominantly blue background on the flagship product, Pepsi. I think it’s a bad identity. Find out why after the jump.
A logo refresh, and certainly a new corporate identity should push a company forward into it’s growing vision. Branding should reflect where a company will be in ten years, and if properly done, will propel the company into that vision. It should never be done to fit in better with “the crowd” or to better adhere to a current design trend. Here’s the first thing that pops into most people’s minds when they view these:
“So Pepsi voted for Obama?” At which point the Pepsi executives would say, “No, that’s not the Obama logo – it’s a stylized smiley face! Isn’t that fun?” Well, it sure doesn’t look like a smile to me, and I’m all about symbolism and implied meanings. It looks like a bad print job of the old Pepsi logo.
There’s a lot that’s bad about this, from the nauseating “e” in “pepsi”, to the clinical, cold layout, to the fact that it looks like the packaging for an mp3 player more than a food product. Plus, the logo changes depending on the drink! Come on, guys! That aspect seems to have been an afterthought, since with the pepsi max can, the logo has a much larger “grin”, depicting the higher caffeine amount in the drink, but the rest of the pepsi max can is bland, boring, grey, clinical and sterile. If you’re going to change the logo to depict a more exciting customer experience, you have to follow through with the entire package – which they have not done.
This new look seeks to set itself apart from the competition, which it does indeed. I’ll give them that: they stick out like a sore thumb, or like a medical appliance in the frozen foods section.
Feel free to comment, especially if you disagree with me. I know there are mixed opinions on this out there.