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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.
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.
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".
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.