Monday, February 06, 2006

Kodak: Identity Changed

On January 6, 2006, at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las vegas.
This new look moves the Kodak name out of the traditional yellow box, giving it a more contemporary design, a streamlined rounded look and distinctive letters. This introduction is the latest step in the company's broad brand transformation effort, which reflects the multi-industry, digital imaging leader Kodak has become."

Another source reports that "This 'Brand Transformation' project appears to have originated from the long term relationship with Ogilvy. Clear tangible guidelines never seemed to materialize but there were plenty of interim guidelines that came in the form of vague short paged pdfs; each progressively spoke in more detail about a new visual style." The source notes that "Kodak is a traditionally slow moving organization with large marketing and communication divisions."

In an internal January 9 memo, CMO Carl Gustin recognizes the need now to move a little faster: "We are working quickly to update our guidelines, policies and practices. This is a major change with a lot of work yet to be done. We chose to reveal the wordmark without the completed 'rulebook' because it was ready and it was time to go!"
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