Just to let you know Winsor & Newton heard our comments about the new tube design. They will be changing it back as soon as the inventory of the silver tubes run out. Here is their response: Good Morning I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you, you weren't the only one to notice this problem so marketing have changed the newer stock. So when stockists have used the old stock they will get the newer stock in which will have the previous design on the tubes.
I am sure by now many of you have noticed the
new packaging on the Winsor & Newton Watercolor tubes. If you’re like me,
you might not be too fond of the new tubes or labeling.
Winsor & Newton’s thinking behind the new
tubes was to go back to their roots in their design. I can understand that, but
the problem is the new tubes are hard to read, (black type on a silver tube and
the font is too small); you might as well get the magnifying glass out, and the
color strip is small and not accurate.
What I liked about the previous tubes is that
the labels were easy to read and see the color; it made painting a very
intuitive process when reaching for the tube.
The new tubes are extremely hard to read, I now
have to write the name of the color on a piece of tape then place it on the
tube, (it’s too bad they decided to make these changes especially when it was
working so well before).
When I spoke to Winsor & Newton USA they
said that the company was aware of the problem and was in the process of
changing the labeling and it would be changing but that was about 6 months ago
and I see no change in site.
If you have comments on the labels and want
you voice to be heard about these problematic labels, the best thing to do is
to write a letter and contact Winsor & Newton main offices in London. The
more people that comment the more likely they are do make changes so we can
read them again.