New Pepsi Logo: What Grade Do You Give It?

Glenn Kramer's picture

I was in the supermarket last week and had the chance to take a photo of the new PEPSI logo side-by-side with the old version (see attachment).

Do you feel it's a successful redesign? If you had to grade it, would would you give it?

I've read reviews of this new logo on other websites and to my surprise I found that many people didn't like the change. For those who are wondering, the PEPSI circle is supposed to be a smirk (or smile face). There are two other PEPSI products that have similar circles, meant to express a smile, to a varying degree.

In my opinion, I love the new sans-serif geometric typeface in all lower case. I think it's forward-thinking. Does anyone know what font that is? The salient feature is that lowercase "e."

My score: A

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guifa's picture

I like that they've finally moved away from the gradients that plauged us for such a long time in "new logos". I swear half the companies of the past ten years when they made a new logo all it was was the old one but with some gradient or 3D effect. This is a nice evolution of the logo, and the font goes well with it.

«El futuro es una línea tan fina que apenas nos damos cuenta de pintarla nosotros mismos». (La Luz Oscura, por Javier Guerrero)

core's picture

Holy manoly, they are both so bad. a little wave going through the e? Please stop the nonsense, please. they have also destroyed the red-blue circle.

Scott Leyes's picture

Is it just me, or does the lowercase "e" look like it's belching?

How appropriate.

oprion's picture

The old Pepsi logo has been the only link with the west for some of us Eastern block kids, so it carries a certain sentimental value. Now, I guess I can finally switch to Coke.
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Glenn Kramer's picture

I'm sure the designer chose that font because the wave in the little "e" is reminiscent of the wave in the PEPSI circle. I think the logo relates perfectly with the typeface. It was a great choice in my opinion.

nina's picture

Scott, I also thought the "e" is belching.

I think the new packaging looks like it was made for either one of these:
(a) slim cigarettes aimed at an aging but style-conscious female audience.
(b) female hygiene products.

Quincunx's picture

I think it sucks.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

If that's supposed to be a smiley face, where are the eyes?

As the old saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

J. Craigen's picture

As mentioned earlier, I'm happy it doesn't have yet another gradient.

For a grade: D-

I feel like it was a bold attempt, but was poorly executed. It seems to be throwing away a lot of the brand's historical connection. The Mountain Dew and Sierra Mist revamps are also bad, but slightly better than the various Pepsi labels.

Nick Shinn's picture

I love the new sans-serif geometric typeface in all lower case. I think it’s forward-thinking.

It was when Herbert Bayer did it in 1925.

Glenn Kramer's picture

It was VERY forward thinking in the 1920s...Arts & Crafts movement was in high gear.

georgebutler's picture

Even with the odd zero and the bulge, it's newer and, therefore, better.

mili's picture

I wish the circle had been left as it was, now it looks like some airline logo. The overall change is not bad, pretty nice and clean. The e would work better with the old circle.

Glenn Kramer's picture

Hi Mili, thank you for posting that great image of the various Pepsi can designs. It shows the subtle differences in the logo.

Bendy's picture

A belch, a smirk and an odd wavy feeling...sounds like a very successful logo for a ridiculous drink like Pepsi.

Ray Larabie's picture

Looks a bit like the old Diet Pepsi logo. Pepsi and lame design have always gone hand in hand except around 1990 when they had the "UH HUH!" and the stripe theme cans going on. Obviously, the swoosh mimics the Coke swoosh. Pepsi has never had a good logo/can design. From the old wanna-be Coke style logo, to the 1960-1980s motor oil look to the 1990s techno . . . motor oil look.

illustarellite's picture

I like the new version of pepsi

mostly the font and the clean design

the logo seems... a little bit weird

i think it needs to be rotated some how

Glenn Kramer's picture

Typodermic: how did you place the image directly into the thread, rather than a link? Do you just copy and paste into the text? That was a good find, by the way. I remember those old cans.

blank's picture

Does the new logo remind anyone else of a lot of logos that disappeared between 1985 and 1995?

I can understand the desire to simplify the very over-the-top packaging and ad campaigns. But rather than produce a contemporary design informed by modernism the designers just went with more blatant anachronism.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture did you place the image directly into the thread, rather than a link? Do you just copy and paste into the text?

Hey, Glenn. Just beneath the comment box where you insert text, there is a link that reads "Insert image". If you can't see it, you may need to upgrade to a newer version of the Flash Player.

You'll find more info on posting images here.

scottsullivan's picture

At first I thought 'oh god, this is lame' but then I thought hey, they got rid of the gradient, and got rid of some outline/shadow type BS.. I think It's a clear improvement from the last one..

grade: solid B.

- Scott Sullivan

guifa's picture

Ah, I really like it now that I see how it was designed to change a bit depending on the exact type. Still a tad bland, but any logo for worldwide companies these days almost has to be, iconic but bland.

«El futuro es una línea tan fina que apenas nos damos cuenta de pintarla nosotros mismos». (La Luz Oscura, por Javier Guerrero)

Quincunx's picture

I don't think getting rid of the gradients automatically makes the new identity an improvement.

Personally, I think pretty much everything of the new logo(s) is poorly executed. The smile concept of the logo doesn't really work; it hardly resembles a smile. The only nice element I can see in these is that the logo changes for the different types of cola.

Then the typography... it just looks slightly off. It tries too hard to fit with the logo. But the waving crossbar of the 'e' is over the top. It's just one element too many in my opinion. The letters themselves also became strangely geometrical because they tried to fit it to the logo.

Underconsideration's 'Best & Worst of 2008' placed it on no. 1 of the Worst section, rightfully so in my opinion. More posts about Pepsi on Underconsideration here and here.

It seems they are trying to follow Coca Cola again by going back to a more classic, retro look. Where Coca Cola succeeds, Pepsi fails.

metaspace's picture

Well, I also dislike the new graphic mark. It looks like a monster's evil smirk. But the new wordmark is nice with futuristic tinge while the old one reveals a whiff of old industrialness (It's better appropriate for a heavy machine manufacturer,say, like Caterpillar. )
Grade: B

satya's picture

Coca-Cola rules.

TypographyShop's picture

I'm amazed that no one has mentioned the obvious influence of the Obama logo yet, not to mention the timing of the release of the new Pepsi logo. It's discussed a bit in this thread, but I think the overall impression the two give from a distance shows a great deal of similarity.

Jongseong's picture

I wish the circle had been left as it was, now it looks like some airline logo.

But it's arguably a move away from this:

scottsullivan's picture

look, gradients being gone DOES make the design better, and a huge multinational corporation is not going to completely ditch all of the money they've invested in their brand. Pepsi made a genuine effort to improve their design, and THEY DID IMPROVE THEIR DESIGN.

- Scott Sullivan

Quincunx's picture

> look, gradients being gone DOES make the design better

"Oh, it does not have gradients! It must be a great design now!"

blank's picture

I’m amazed that no one has mentioned the obvious influence of the Obama logo yet…

We had that thread the week before last.

Dris's picture

I think it's bland and boring,
It looks like a de-energised energy drink.
Theres simplistic sophistication, and there is oversimplification.

Paul Cutler's picture

The e in DIET is a bit much (I like it on the product). I don't like the bottom curve of the swoosh on any of the "weights". Not so bad…

Grade: B-


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Chris Keegan's picture

The icon is a failure. I don't see a smirk. It is a real mistake to completely discard the equity in that graphic. They type and color looks like it would be right at home in a 70's era nightclub. I'm glad that product packaging is moving back towards a simpler, cleaner approach, but this is not appealing to me. But, if you love Pepsi, it won't make a difference I guess.

Marcelo Soler's picture

Coca-Cola wins in all its variations.


dberlow's picture

Absolutely, Drink Coke. Stop Pepsi before they can do another yawning redesign.


Thomas Phinney's picture

I actually think this is a reasonably successful redesign. It doesn't really appeal to me personally, because I'm not a big fan of the Bayer Bauhaus extreme roundedness, but I think it "works" in principle. Sure, it's retro, but for a classic brand that's over 100 years old, that's okay.



discussed's picture

Not a huge fan of the mark. (The "angry eyeball" as my wife calls it.) I don't mind the typography as much, although I think the "e" is trying too hard. Can't a company just rely on good type and not try so hard to mash it into the mold of their brand? I'd probably give it a C+; maybe a B- if they could give a good explanation for the mark.

Miss Tiffany's picture

I hate the new logotypes and logo and packaging. It is cheap looking. Blech.

Glenn Kramer's picture

I appreciate the great comments so far. However, some people are not saying why they don't like it, just that "they don't."

When you see both designs next to each other, it is easier to compare the two.

Nick Shinn's picture

It's like the wave is migrating from the symbol to the wordmark.


Pepsi Classic:

boardman's picture

The new design couldn't be much more different from the old. The logotype went from ultrabold-italic-Americana to a friendly-belch type of elegance. It's not there yet, IMHO; the "e" in Pepsi is to cute and the shape of the white wave in the logomark feels unresolved. I, too, think of some kind of (carbonated) hygiene.

Thord's picture

After seeing this interpretation I have a hard time taking it seriously. It's even more fitting when you se that the "crack" is bigger for the sugar-version. The e is just horrible.

Neady's picture

After seeing the two logos together, I do prefer the newer one. But the image is wrong, I think the proportions of the 'smile' are all wrong. It nearly works for the Max logo, as the white is a bit more like a smile. I do like the new typeface though.

Grade: C

Tobias_Goth's picture

True genius in my opinion. They should have stuck to this.

I love type!

Nachos's picture

The "smile" of the logo has been a similar shaped wave up until this logo. Sure the logo is clean and updated look but I'm just wondering if the drastic shift in brand identity is a sign of desperation on the part of Pepsi. If you had looked at the new red/blue mark alone without the word "pepsi" would you know that it was Pepsi's logo? Brand recognition plays a big part in how I see this design change as not poorly designed but inappropriate at best.

Si_Daniels's picture

Apparently they have a full page ad in today's NYT - with an Obama message, not seen it - but apparently all the O's and 0's are Pepsi logos.

Nick Shinn's picture

It's (primarily) a packaging identity.
You shouldn't judge an identity by its logo.

Nachos's picture

You're right. Their internal brand standards probably stayed constant, but the packaging identity is what is in question here. It is what people recognize (or don't) when they are scanning the aisles at the grocery.

My question is, why have there been so many iterations of Pepsi's [packaging] identity including the logo? Plenty of design elements on the packaging can be changed without warping the logo. The logo, by the way, is the visual representation of a corporation and the building block of any strong identity. The changes in Pepsi's logo says to me that they are desperately trying break into some new demographic, struggling to compete, or trying find an identity that works.

This hasn't changed much in over 100 years:

Quincunx's picture

I have this vintage pepsi sign on my wall. It's about 47 cm in diameter (18.5 inches), and I think it is awesome. ;)

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