Monday, September 8, 2008

Johnson + Johnson medical tape

I rediscovered an old roll of Johnson & Johnson medical tape tonight under the sink.  I kind of remember thinking it looked cool previously, but tonight I decided to blog about it.  

I did some homework and learned that they haven't changed their logo, pretty much ever.  I was surprised the logo's font hadn't been updated, but I was pleased.  I know this company prides itself on heritage, and time & success have shown what this recognizable, personal touch - as well as consistent top quality - has done for the public's view of the brand.  
As it turns out, the logo is not a font, but was based on the handwriting(same link as "pretty much ever") of James Wood Johnson, co-founder of the brand (founded with his brother, Edward Mead Johnson in 1886).  His handwriting was a little messy, but personalities like the ampersand connected to the second J are taken into great consideration.  
Johnson & Johnson's blog, Kilmer House, has tons of history.

The tape canister couldn't be more simple.  It uses red, white & blue, and includes the universal medicine symbol - a red cross.  I like how "Adhesive Tape" is in blue on the sides, and white-on-blue on the top.  Great uniformity.  Also, the bold, all-caps lettering is not only clear (to the shopper's eye from the shelf) but a good, simple contrast to the cursive "Johnson & Johnson" logo. Both pieces of the product are identical on either side of the piece - so no instructions or anything on the other side.

The female half has one end of the metal rolled out, and one rolled inward.  The inward-rolled end serves as a blocker for the spindle.. So the only way to put the spindle away is when the tube's logo is upright.

The logo as it appears on their website now: