Emily Oberman gives Rotten Tomatoes its first rebrand in 17 years


This article was originally posted in its entirety on designweek.co.uk by Sarah Dawood.

“Pentagram partner Emily Oberman has given TV and film review website Rotten Tomatoes a new logo, icons and colour palette, which look to “modernise” it while retaining its “familiar elements”.

Rotten Tomatoes was founded as an online review site for film and TV in 1998, and aggregates articles from various other review sites, newspapers and magazines in one place to give overall ratings. Its name comes from the idea of disgruntled audience members throwing tomatoes at a poor stage performance.

The former logo, which was designed in 2001, featured out-of-line typography with tomato symbols used to represent the “o’s” in “Tomatoes”. The logotype was yellow, with a black outline and a slight drop shadow.

Marking the first design change for 17 years, the new logo is a cleaner iteration on the former one. Oberman has adjusted the leading between letters, bringing all the type onto a level line, and the logo is flat, in a block red colour, and now contains more abstract tomato symbols to represent “o’s”. Negative space has also been used to create the symbol of a “rotten” or squashed tomato, visualised through a green splodge symbol.

A shorthand version of the logo has also been designed, using the same red tomato symbol, with the letters “RT” created out of negative space again.”

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