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Love It or Hate It? Airbnb's New Logo Receives Mixed Reactions.

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Seven-year-old accommodation-rental platform Airbnb is positioning its new logo, the Bélo, as a "universal symbol of belonging," a semiotic combination of "people, places and love." And despite co-founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk's lofty intentions, the response to the rebrand has been decidedly mixed.

Related: The Logo Mishaps of Giant Brands

While some have found the revamp to be a refreshing and creative crystallization of the company's values, others have been more cynical, characterizing it as twee, or taking a turn for the unfortunate, with some unflattering anatomical comparisons (Yes, there are already several Tumblrs mocking the Airbnb logo.) There's also the matter of its aesthetic similarities to the paper clip-esque logo of software company Automation Everywhere.

Here are just a few comments people posted on Twitter about the logo:

Related: 10 Big Brand Logo Transformations

With a big design overhaul it's hard to please everyone, and even the most established company's rarely stick the landing when it comes to rebranding. Most recently, Yahoo's month-long logo build up was met with some derision, while the outcry against Arby's logo change was so vehement that it prompted the company to scrap it all together.

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