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Airbus Unveils New Logo  
User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1230 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 23209 times:

Because a picture speaks better..


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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10805 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 23174 times:

Not totally new, but an evolution. The grey 3D-background looks dirty, the whole logo somewhat dull in colour. Not perfect.

User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6961 posts, RR: 63
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 23143 times:

And there it is on the Airbus website.


Not sure what I think of it, to be honest... I daresay it will grow on me.


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7422 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 23087 times:

Well, not exactly a new logo ... rather an "update" ... and a new "calligraphy".

The original ball-shaped symbol is Airbus's logo since the creation of the company in 1969.


User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 23066 times:

Quoting na (Reply 1):
The grey 3D-background looks dirty, the whole logo somewhat dull in colour.

I wonder if they'll keep the 2-colour logo for use on liveries...this one seems like it would be very difficult to paint (I suppose they'll use a decal), and even harder to have it look clean.

I do like the new text though...enough difference to look fresh, but recognizable roots to the original.

Tom


User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 23033 times:

IMHO, doesn't this font look more retro than futuristic ? The new trend of branding is simplicity, not complexity. I'm a fan of both A & B. But B's logo looks better than this to me.
Nothing wrong with the logo. A refresh is always a good thing.



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User currently offlinebriboy From Canada, joined Jul 2001, 366 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 22906 times:

They updated it to fit with parent company EADS corporate image:

From: http://www.airbus.com/en/myairbus/my...bus-that-also-honours-its-origins/

"Airbus unveiled a new branding today which retains the original ball-shaped symbol that denotes its expertise as world-leading aircraft manufacturer, while incorporating the modernised typeface adopted by the company’s EADS corporate parent."



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User currently offlineNumero4 From Canada, joined Feb 2010, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 22866 times:

Quoting KFlyer (Reply 5):
MHO, doesn't this font look more retro than futuristic ?

In fact, to me it looks "Retro-Futuristic", i.e. futuristic viewed in the eyes of the early eighties. It's got a NASA-ish feel to it. I like it.



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User currently offlineFWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 22628 times:

Quoting tdscanuck (Reply 4):
I wonder if they'll keep the 2-colour logo for use on liveries...this one seems like it would be very difficult to paint (I suppose they'll use a decal), and even harder to have it look clean.

With the new typeface, I think they will keep the 2-color logo for airplane liveries. Case in point: General Electric, makers of light bulbs to GEnx jet engines, has a 3D version of the GE monogram logo used in advertising and on certain products. Yet GE also uses a 2-color blue and white version of the GE monogram logo for airplane engine decals.

Overall, Airbus's logo is a pleasant logo refresh. Glad they didn't drop the basic jet fan logo they've used for 41 years - everyone knows both it and the Boeing Stratotype font (unchanged since 1947, I believe?). Dropping either would be heresy.

[Edited 2010-09-19 07:46:53]


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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6844 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 22572 times:

I didn't realize EADS already had its new identity, with a new logo (actually without a logo, just EADS "logoized").

I find the new airbus logo quite strange, I'd prefer only having the lines, without the background (like the old logo). Also, the font is the same as the EADS one, but the EADS logo is in grey, not blue. If the idea is to create a global identity, using the same color would seem more logical.

On EADS homepage AIRBUS is actually in grey, with the other divisions, each having a logo in the same "grey ball".

http://lord.asmodeus.free.fr/avions/EADS.png



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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3088 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 22549 times:

Like most things new, I like the old better.


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User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2972 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 22149 times:
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With all due respect to the thread starter...that's not a new logo. It's a re-rendering of the current. It also doest do much to offset the horrible name "AirBUS" does anyone know what year "Airbus" was created. And the washing machine logo inspired by looking in an engine.

But then again.. No company in this space has a kick- ass identity. I recall the "Frankenstein" logo for Boeing after the MD merger. Now it looks like an emblem on buck Rogers space suit. ( ok, I do love L O C K H E E D)

Embraer: the little airplane/ arrow thing .... I lead the project to change all the look of Embraer, but Marcelo Boetelho begged, TOLD me not to touch the logo. While it was a bad logo, as logos go, it never stopped the sale of one airplane.

Odd, with such a great catagory: aerospace, there are no knock your socks off logos or design system. It's all about the widget!
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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15812 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 21956 times:

I like the new look myself.

Quoting VC10er (Reply 11):
While it was a bad logo, as logos go, it never stopped the sale of one airplane.

And that is probably the point of this whole discussion.



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User currently offlineOyKIE From Norway, joined Jan 2006, 2754 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 21706 times:

Quoting KFlyer (Thread starter):
Because a picture speaks better

Nice. I am one ot those who like change, at least if it is not too radical. And this smal step change is something I like. I agree with those who feel the gray shade migt make it look dirty, but at the same time the logo looks mote up to date.

Quoting tdscanuck (Reply 4):
I do like the new text though...enough difference to look fresh, but recognizable roots to the original.

   I absolutely agree  



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User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3312 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 21556 times:

Not really a new logo. More like a new font. New logo would be CO switching from the meatball to the globe. Still, very clean, sophisticated, professional. I like it. Kudos to Airbus!   


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User currently offlinesilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2151 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 21482 times:

The correct term is "wordmark"

I like it, but I couldn't tell you what the other one looked like. Makes sense that they want every division using a common font, shows some continuity within a larger organization.


User currently offlineAither From South Korea, joined Oct 2004, 859 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 21273 times:

I wonder how people at Airbus or Eurocopter feel about that : in the world of aviation people are often proud of their company. Now it's like if the E.U. was asking the member countries to change their flags to reflect they are just part of an organisation many would still just define as "something".

[Edited 2010-09-19 10:29:18]


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User currently offliner2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2742 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 20648 times:

I don't like it. The old logo was clean and pleasant to the eye.

The reason behind the change is indeed the homogeneization of logos in all the EADS Divisions. However, of those divisions, only Airbus had a widely recognized logo, and to a lesser extent, Eurocopter (the font, not the logo). Therefore, logic dictates that the widely recognized logo - Airbus - should have inspired the rest of the divisions. Instead, the other divisions get an improved logo (or even a logo at all) at the expense of worsening - IMO - the Airbus one.

It's like when United Technologies homogeneized the logos across their divisions, only to end up having PW coming back to the good ol', widely recognized Pratt&Whitney logo. Perhaps the same will happen at EADS / Airbus after a while?


User currently offlineRJAF From Jordan, joined Jan 2007, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 20371 times:

Looks grayish and dull..personally I think Airbus could have done much better!


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25871 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 19976 times:

Quoting VC10er (Reply 11):
does anyone know what year "Airbus" was created.

1970 officially, although the name "airbus" had been used generically for several large aircraft studies going back to the 1960s.

As a sidenote, "Airbus" was used for many years as a brand for a shuttle service between Calgary and Edmonton's city center YXD airport operated by Canadian regional carrier Pacific Western Airlines (which acquired CP Air in 1987 to create Canadian Airlines). That service started in 1963. Ironically, in later years that "Airbus" was operated exclusively by Boeing 737-200s with service almost hourly. The brand "Airbus" for that service was very well known and it was common to hear people say, e.g. "I'm taking the Airbus to Calgary."


User currently offlineAither From South Korea, joined Oct 2004, 859 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 19962 times:

They cannot even put on their website a decent high resolution version of the logo. It's not even a perfect circle or well centered : http://www.airbus.com/uploads/pics/new_logo_Airbus_120x120.jpg
what a joke !

I went to the EADS website to find a better resolution but going to http://www.eads.com/ always automatically redirect me to another page displaying "It seems you have landed on our old pages." !

How can such a large corporation be so unprofessional in term of communication/design?

[Edited 2010-09-19 14:37:32]


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User currently offlineKGRB From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 721 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19726 times:

I think this is a nice change; not a day-and-night difference, but more of a retooling of an already recognizable logo. I think this makes the Airbus logo more distinct and the fact that it fits in with the rest of the EADS identity is a bonus.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 19):
1970 officially, although the name "airbus" had been used generically for several large aircraft studies going back to the 1960s.



I remember reading somewhere that the partners that make up Airbus actually thought of naming the A320 something different during the design phases, but in the end, decided to give it the Airbus "brand" and A3-- designation. I wasn't around then, but it seems to me that in the 1970s/80s, "Airbus" wasn't really considered the manufacturer of the A300/A310, but more the name of that family of aircraft. Of course, I could be mistaken.... A question for the Airbus historians, I guess.



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User currently offlinealwaysontherun From Netherlands Antilles, joined Jan 2010, 464 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 19193 times:

Quoting Aither (Reply 20):
How can such a large corporation be so unprofessional in term of communication/design?

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User currently offlinecontrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 18262 times:

I'm all for change but I like the old logo better.


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User currently offlinepnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2280 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 17445 times:

A logo or wordmark is the complete image, colour, graphics, symbols and typography. Change anything and you have a new logo with new instructions for graphic artists, printers, ad agencies etc. You can play with semantics and say it is a refresh but that isn't accurate.

As an advertising guy, the logo does nothing for me. It is ok. The rationale to have everything under EADS branded similarly is reasonable. Exciting and fresh it isn't. But the brief may have called for it to look staid, dependable and solid. Without knowing what the branding was supposed to do it is all just subjective opinion as to likes or dislikes. I am MEH.


25 kennyone : Seems futuristic - I guess that's the kind of image the company wants to sell. I actually like it...
26 tropical77W : This is as new a logo to Airbus as the New AF one is to AF.
27 BAKJet : Personally, I hate the " Faux 3D" logos. I think they looked bad when 6th graders in the 90s put them in Powepoints, and I think they look bad when a
28 tdscanuck : That's not all that unusual...most companies don't want other people displaying their logo without permission. Posting high resolution images is a re
29 plunaaircanada : Ewwwwwww The message you were about to post is too short and probably not of any higher value to the topic at hand. You should think long and hard bef
30 IBOAviator : I like the old one wayyyy better. The old logo has a certain sophistication about it that this new one just doesn't have. It's like Airbus hired some
31 DocLightning : Well, that's disappointing. A new font and a shading behind the old logo? They really needed a new logo. Boeing's is pretty cool.
32 Post contains images KFlyer : This is the other logo I didn't post it at first since there is no confirmation that this is an official work. It was found on Wikipedia, and cannot b
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