March 27, 2021

KIA launches its new logo - Quick Review

Aashirwad Gupta

As I have this habit of noticing logos of pretty much every brand around me, each time I saw a KIA car on the road, I felt they must get a good logo.

I am happy to see the much needed revamp, though I have some mixed opinion over it.

KIA launches its new logo

Plus

  • Modern appeal
  • Simplified. Got rid of the cliché oval around the wordmark
  • Better recall value. Has some character with wordmark as a hand signature
  • More scalable. A lot of disproportionate details have been taken off from the letters

Minus

Only one, but a big one: Looks like KN with a flipped N, rather than KIA. Though I understand that it is continuous handwriting, and is a bit abstract. And in a proper context people would read it correctly as KIA. But new users would not.

It's just a 3 letter wordmark, and in those 3 letters, if two letters (IA) look something else (N), then it's 66% ambiguity in the design! It changes the whole meaning.

This is the very challenge a designer has to overcome. To strike the optimum balance between the concept, aesthetics, recall, and READABILITY.

While it qualifies with flying colors on the first three parameters, it fails miserably on the last one.

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