Oct 11, 2021

Coca-Cola unveils new, simplified design

The Coca-Cola Company has announced a new design system for the Coca-Cola trademark.
Elisabeth Skoda

The Coca-Cola Company has announced a new design system for the Coca-Cola trademark that sets out to bring Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and Diet Coke together in an evolution of the ‘One Brand’ Strategy that launched worldwide in 2016.

The new design is simplified, removing added elements such as the red disc, to elevate the iconic trademarks with global consistency. As a visual metaphor to uplift, the new design also raises the Coca-Cola logo to the top of the label.

The design begins with the brand’s original and universally-recognised colour red – signalling "authentic, delicious and refreshing Coca-Cola taste."  When red is paired with white Spencerian script, it is Coca-Cola Original Taste. When paired with black script, it is Zero Sugar, leveraging the trademark and typography is a different way to indicate the Zero Sugar variety coupled with other details such as black bottle caps.

Diet Coke will also sit within the Coca-Cola trademark design family, with its signature silver background and red logo. These will be consistent across all global markets that offer these lighter taste choices.

The intent is to provide a simple and intuitive navigation system that carries across all Coca-Cola variants, while simultaneously celebrating the Coca-Cola logo. The updated design will be led by Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, which has also debuted an evolved recipe with a taste that brings it close to that of the iconic, Coca-Cola Original Taste.

The new recipe, design and campaign for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar has already launched in Europe and Latin America. The rest of the trademark design evolution will follow, rolling out globally throughout 2021, with flavours to be fully converted over in 2022.

Elisabeth Skoda

Editor of Touchpoints magazine, writer for Packaging Europe magazine and design enthusiast!
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