Intel has rebranded with a new logo (above), aiming to modernise the brand in its first design update since 2006. As with many recent rebrands, the design has been simplified, dropping its circular swirl in favour of a pared back wordmark.
It’s only the third new look for Intel in its entire 51-year-history, making this a significant refresh but, dare we say it, one that has resulted in a distinct loss of personality (unlike the designs on our list of best logos). Intel says the rebrand “honours the past to forge the future”, and the swirl-less design is indeed reminiscent of the original logo, in use from 1968 to 2006. But, even that mark had more quirk, with its lowered ‘e’ and joined up ‘t’ and ‘l’ (see the previous two incarnations below).
A simpler, smoother and more rounded typeface has replaced the one found in the circular logo. The colour palette remains blue-toned, but brighter and with extended variants. It’s a gorgeous set of blues when set side-by-side, as in the picture below, and seeing it like this definitely ignites more spark than viewing the logo on its own. Atop the ‘i’ is a square dot, which represents a processor, and is a different shade of blue in every setting.
Once the go-to producer of processors, Intel has taken a few knocks recently, with Apple announcing its own ARM processor. The rebrand comes alongside the unveiling of its new 11th generation Core PC processors, and a new chip brand, Evo. Though slick, is the updated design enough to take it into a new era of competition?
We think Intel has definitely succeeded in its mission to make the logo seem both new and familiar. The new logo looks clean, and we love the colour palette, even if the transformation has sacrificed a little personality in the process.