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New Google favicon - or do my eyes need adjusting?
marcel




msg:3822996
 7:35 pm on Jan 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

I am suddenly seeing an explosion of colours in the favicon area of the browser when visiting google sites.

A white 'g' surrounded by Google colours... it's gonna take a bit of getting used to I think.

 

tedster




msg:3823002
 7:40 pm on Jan 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

It just showed up for me, too -- about two minutes ago. In the middle of some searches I was doing, this new favicon appeared. After the intial shock wore off, I felt it was an improvement over the old, staid blue lowercase "g"

Quadrille




msg:3823156
 11:11 pm on Jan 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

[googleblog.blogspot.com ]

Someone's a few dollars richer ...

phranque




msg:3823173
 11:43 pm on Jan 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

i noticed something weird at about the time of the OP but since i was on the phone with someone i didn't realize why something seemed out of place.
i'm not impressed.
it looks like someone sneezed on the screen.

aamof i just now realized that it was a lower case 'g' with colors - before i thought it was just splotches of color and i was trying to figure out what the icon meant.
it looks more like an reel-to-reel movie projector.

skipfactor




msg:3823174
 11:50 pm on Jan 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

>>old, staid blue lowercase "g"

Old?! Didn't they just recently change it from uppercase to lowercase? ;)

I'm thinking they wanted a better branded fav for Chrome in the tabs since there isn't a favicon in the address bar, and in my opinion, it mates w/ the Chrome icon/logo better than any of the others.

tedster




msg:3823207
 12:53 am on Jan 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Old?! Didn't they just recently change it from uppercase to lowercase?

Yes, it was only at the end of May, 2008 [webmasterworld.com] - really only 6 months ago. At the time, Marissa Meyer said:

...we wanted to develop a set of icons that would scale better to some new platforms like the iPhone and other mobile devices. So the new favicon is one of those, but we've also developed a group of logo-based icons that all hang together as a unified set.

Google's Marissa Mayer Explains The New Favicon [googleblog.blogspot.com]

I think this new icon serves that purpose a lot better. But I also had a "phranque" moment too - it took a few beats before I mentally reversed the figure and ground and could see the "g".

Asia_Expat




msg:3823229
 2:58 am on Jan 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

I must have missed this thread when it was pending approval.
I like the new favicon so much, it's inspired me to redesign my own!

youfoundjake




msg:3823245
 4:19 am on Jan 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

I was in the process of installed the chrome 2.0 beta when i saw the icon change, thought the two were related, apparently not, heeh

Jordi_Gran




msg:3823422
 2:49 pm on Jan 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

It is still the old one at google.cat. They have already changed google.es thou.

mack




msg:3823449
 3:33 pm on Jan 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

It took me quite a while to be able to see the "g".

Mack.

HuskyPup




msg:3823452
 3:34 pm on Jan 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hmmm, not showing up on any of my browsers in the UK no matter which Google I access, wonder why not?

BillyS




msg:3823481
 4:42 pm on Jan 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

The new icon looks a lot like the MSN butterfly. The same colors and nearly the same color pattern. Maybe we're seeing the convergence of web thought.

gouri




msg:3823518
 5:59 pm on Jan 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

I see the new favicon. It looks good.

jbinbpt




msg:3823531
 6:13 pm on Jan 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

When I saw it, I wondered if I had landed on a hijacked page. I don't mind change, but it raised flags here.

simplest




msg:3823533
 6:16 pm on Jan 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

this is strange, as I visit Google service page the new favicon get updated... looks good...

Jon_King




msg:3823536
 6:23 pm on Jan 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

>>It took me quite a while to be able to see the "g".

I think it is weak also. The all important identifiable "G" is lost.

In my opinion when they changed to the previous blue "G" they really blew it. That fav was totally lost in the desktop clutter because of the monotone color scheme. Incorporating the colors is the right direction but the fav should scream "G".

tedster




msg:3823549
 7:04 pm on Jan 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

It's funny how the mind works. When the new favicon first showed up, I also couldn't see a "g" pattern - it was just some blobs of color that made no visual sense to me. Now that I've mentally reversed the figure and ground a few times, the "g" pattern is instantly obvious, and I have to work to perceive it in the old "color blobs" way.

Google's blog shows [googleblog.blogspot.com] three other favicon candidates that used the same colors. Each of them has a more instantly regonizable "g" or "G". But as I warm up to the one they chose, I'm beginning to think they did a good thing here.

The bright patches of yellow and red certainly stand out from other favicons in a list (such as bookmarks, or closed pages). there's also a light-hearted casualness to this design that fits well with the public image that Google cultivates.

g1smd




msg:3823679
 10:50 pm on Jan 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

The first time that I saw it, was immediately after clearing a virus off a friend's machine; one that had been taking him to a fake "Microsoft Security Center" website whenever he tried to visit Google, Yahoo, Live, or a number of security software vendors websites.

First, MalWareBytes cleared the virus files off the machine, but the browser still brought up the fake page. Next, the HOSTS file was cleared of about 50 fake entries. Finally I saw the Google Home Page, but with this new favicon now showing I assumed we were looking at some sort of fake Google page.

Only when I used another machine, one known to be NOT infected, and got the same display, did I realise that Google had changed their logo again. It also took me a long time to 'see' the "G" in the logo. It looks a mess to me.

Stefan




msg:3823691
 11:02 pm on Jan 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Just saw it this morning. If no one here had mentioned that the "g" was in it, I'd have never known. I figured it was just a childish splotch of colours to match their kindergarten "Google" on the home page. Whatever - I doubt that it will indicate much to most people who see it. Rather feeble.

dazz




msg:3823717
 12:10 am on Jan 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

i think the design by André Resende is much better than what they finally went for.

not sure about which colour should go where on his design (id go for blue and green as the 'dots' i think) but i like it better then googles slight alteration.

like the blog says they liked the 4 corners of colour but the design of André...they should just of stuck to André's design in my opinion.

simstar




msg:3823721
 12:44 am on Jan 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Not a big change but it is noticed and i like it. I wish my site got this attention when the favicon was changed!

webfoo




msg:3823906
 1:23 pm on Jan 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

It took me quite a while to be able to see the "g".

I didn't even see the G until you guys pointed it out. I was really confused when I got to Google this morning and I saw an unfamiliar favicon. I want to know why they're changing it so much.

Quadrille




msg:3823977
 4:50 pm on Jan 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Follow the links above for the background.

It's interesting that Google take favicon so seriously, while many major sites simply don't bother; I find them really useful with long lists of bookmarks - sites that neglect them really annoy me!

chandrika




msg:3824001
 6:13 pm on Jan 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

I saw it when logging into adsense account and the unfamiliar sight made me think I was at some dodgy phishing site by mistake.

The prolific use of red, green and yellow, with only a lesser amount of blue, makes me wonder if it some kind of tribute to Bob Marley maybe?

fischermx




msg:3824049
 8:18 pm on Jan 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

The original design was better than the one Google is using..... :(

4dwebhosting




msg:3824127
 10:14 pm on Jan 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

The new icon looks a lot like the MSN butterfly. The same colors and nearly the same color pattern. Maybe we're seeing the convergence of web thought.

Yeah, reminds me of microsoft whenever I look at it..

Stefan




msg:3824149
 11:07 pm on Jan 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

The prolific use of red, green and yellow, with only a lesser amount of blue, makes me wonder if it some kind of tribute to Bob Marley maybe?

No suh, Jamaica is green, yellow, and black, like the flag.

The g stand out better when it's seen as a tab in Firefox. It still just looks like a splotch of colours in the address bar. All those bucks, and that's the best they came up with? Incredible.

Quadrille




msg:3824150
 11:09 pm on Jan 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Look at it in a list of bookmarks. It, er, stands out ;)

potentialgeek




msg:3824236
 3:14 am on Jan 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

When do we get OUR favicons in the Google Search Results (instead of just the list of bookmarks)?

p/g

blend27




msg:3824452
 12:03 pm on Jan 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

it looks like AVG icon tilted counterclockwise with the 'g' on top of it.

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