The health care giant said Thursday that it will replace the well-known signature script it has used since 1887 with a modern look that reflects its sharpened focus on pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
The original script — based on co-founder James Wood Johnson's signature — will still be seen for now on consumer products like baby shampoo from Kenvue, a new company recently spun off from J&J.
Johnson & Johnson itself narrowed its focus to pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The new look, which includes a different shade of red, aims to recognize J&J's shift into a "pure play health care company," said Vanessa Broadhurst, a company executive vice president.
The signature logo was "one of the longest-used company emblems in the world," J&J declared in a 2017 website post.
Many children no longer learn to write cursive in school, noted marketing consultant Laura Ries. People may recognize the signature, but they weren't necessarily reading it, she said. The new logo, she said, is easier to process.