“We’re excited to unveil a new, simplified logo for the Uber app that brings back the U, is easily recognizable, and is scalable across the 660 plus cities we serve,” an Uber spokesperson said in an email statement.
Uber unveiled the process behind the black-and-white rebranding in an AdWeek exclusive, describing the nine-month design period that culminated in a custom typeface, called Uber Move. AdWeek reports that Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi paid special attention on the space between the “U” and lowercase “b,” and Uber subtly draws a connection between the new font and curvy roadways:
Khosrowshahi is really hammering home that Uber is a mobility platform, meaning it’s not just an app for requesting a car ride, but also for renting scooters, e-bicycles, car rentals, and more.
Uber brought in its all-caps “bits and atoms” logo more than two years ago and then switched it up by the end of 2016 with its current logo:
Now the full Uber name returns to the logo, just not in all capital letters, and with a very special font. The app icon on your phone updated today, but a full roll-out will complete within the next few months.
In June, competitor Lyft redesigned its app, but its logo remains the same, with “Lyft” in thick, flowing lowercase letters.