New Google Icon

Jan0909Jan 09, 09

There is a new official Google favicon! Here it is:

New Google Icon

Personally, I think it looks a little too much like the old Windows Media Player logo. What are your thoughts?


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I am a JavaScript developer from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. When I am not typing green code onto a black screen, you might find me at the nearest coffee pub checking out the brew. I run a internet firm called developIT and maintain blogs and web apps when I can.
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foreign BBC-watcher#
I like it even better than the old one now, although I liked the old one just as much around this time in (4-5 days in), because the FIRST one was so bad. the thin borders gave me the experience of a graphics driver error or software imperfection.

But I don't know why they STILL didn't make it a 32-by-32 pixel icon, now it's ugly on my desktop with my XP 'Big Icons' setting. Google's bit-shaving and it's not always good. I had to make icons in Paint myself which have a white rectangle or square background (no transparent ) because I couldn't find any on the web. For Google Maps and Gmail I took icons from Google X.
Same for Google Reader. The only one that's okay is Google Docs.

Can't a 96-by-96 pixel icon be offered to Google Chrome's

It isn't pointless that the Windows flags & WMP icons, the eBay logo, the old Apple logo, Google's, Gmail's & Google Talk's logo and the Google Chrome, Desktop and Pack / Updater icons all use the 4-basic-colour scheme:
It's appealing, playful and, when done right, it doesn't get old as quickly as, say, the color scheme of Cuil.com

Or this site...

;-)

If you don't believe me, come tell me you don't think that Rubik's cubes & variants are appealing, playful and don't get old.


jason#
Thanks for the insightful comments.
I couldn't agree with you more, if you notice this site's favicon is actually 128-by-128, so it would be fairly decent when used on the desktop (though it is about two years old from when I started the site).

The Rubik's cube thought is interesting - you are saying Google's icon is better now because it resembles a popular and enduring physical object? That actually makes quite a bit of sense.

I definitely agree that the color scheme here looks aged, and I've been redesigning things on a copy of the site but nothing I've come up with for it has even been worthy of replacing the old theme.

If it helps, I found a huge version of Google's textual logo when I was searching for a large Google icon a while ago:

http://superdial.org/images/website%20logos/744px-Google_Logo.svg.png

Perhaps it would be good to release a 256-by-256 version of the Google favicon for people to use on their desktops...
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