The story behind Uber’s bits and atoms
Editor | 03-02-2016
The company had got a new brand identity and has updated the App icons. The new logo as described by the CEO Mr. Kalanick, himself, is “at once more grounded and elevated.” Compared to the previous logotype, there’s tighter text spacing, heavier letter weights and the curves at the left tip of the letter U and the right tip of letter R is gone. “Some might say it’s less fussy (in part because we have cut the curls, our 1990s hairstyle),” Mr. Kalanick wrote.
Our new look and feel celebrates both our technology and the cities we serve.
This updated design reflects where we’ve been, and where we’re headed. The Uber you know isn’t changing, our brand is just catching up to who we already were.
Travis Kalanick, CEO
The bolder, more substantial logo is meant to make it more visible from afar and reflect Uber’s maturity as a company.
Along with the new wordmark, the company has dropped the “U” from its app symbol, replacing it with a white circle that partially encloses.
The design has philosophical origins: the square represents a “bit,” while the circle depicts an “atom”. “The unique aspect of Uber is that we exist in the physical world,” Mr. Kalanick explained. “We exist in the place where bits and atoms come together. That is Uber. We are not just technology but technology that moves cities and their citizens.”
That “bit” will also be a running theme in Uber’s partner apps, as seen in the hexagonal shape that encloses a square for the driver logo.
The new identity also introduces much more colour to the brand. Whereas before it was simply black and white a lil bit of blue, it now features a more vibrant palette and patterns, all of which will be localized and tailored to each country Uber serves. Uber, being a transportation network woven intot he fabric of cities, there is a drastic change from the black and white Uber. After months researching on textures, art, fashion, architecture, people and a lot more, specific to the cities, Uber came up with attractive geometric patterns and bright colours.
The International Advertising Association (IAA) India chapter marked its 25 years of existence and our own Kochi hosted its 3-day summit – the biggest marketing and communications summit in the country.
1. “Branding is not about advertising… It’s important to build a brand that converges with what’s on ground,” said Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India. “Brand India will rise if India continues to grow.”
2. “I’d like to thank you for my learnings, and I can’t thank you enough for my earnings,” said the King of Bollywood, SRK. Adding to it, “my belief is that the next big star will not be from the film world or TV world, but will be from the digital world.”
4. Advertising needs a new business model. A new world order is where you make money because you do good. Today’s marketing is about co-creation; tomorrow’s marketing is about co-action. Cindy Gallop, Founder and former Chair of BBH, USA and founder of the MakeLoveNotPorn, New York
7. Social is set to disrupt all that we believed is gospel in marketing . All the four Ps are set to be disrupted But social media cannot make your brand better: Simon Kemp, Regional Managing Director, We Are Social, Singapore
10. Content is no longer about newspapers and magazines. It’s about creating properties that are exclusive. It’s important to be in the Content Business and not the Advertising Business: Rahul Welde, Vice President – Media, Unilever Asia, Africa, Middle East, Turkey & Russia
Whyletz CEO, Mr. Ahmad Vaseem at the WHAT’S COMING NEXT on the second day of the IAA Summit.
The IAA, headquartered in New York, is an integrated advertising trade association with membership representing advertising agencies and the media. It comprises of corporate members, organisational members and educational affiliates, as well as 56 chapters with individual members and young professionals from 76 countries.
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