I love this quote…
It’s understandable for designers to want to change things and make their mark, but not to change something is a perfectly legitimate design decision. It can sometimes be better to retain the existing core and make modifications - and perhaps improvements - around the edges.
John Miles of Banks & Miles, 1979
Banks & Miles were given the job of creating a updated version of Edward Johnston’s successful corporate typeface for the London Underground. Here John is describing the result of their work, the now multi-weight ‘New Johnston’.
It’s easy to feel that by not changing everything in a redesign, that you’ve somehow failed in your job, or missed something. Not true!