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Google’s new favicon – what do you think?

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I’m sure that many of you noticed that Google has a new favicon. On their blog, you can find an anouncement aboutthis change. At the end of the article, the VP of the Search Products and User Experience department writes:

“We hope you like the new favicon, which nicely integrates all of our original criteria: distinctive in shape, noticeable, colorful, timeless, and scalable to other sizes.”

Google's favicons

Google's favicons

Well, I’m not an expert in design, but … it’s just me, or this new design is far away from Google’s “original criteria” as it is perceived by us, the users. Is’nt Google about simplicity, and eficienty? Think about their website. Can you describe it as being “colorful”? Is this somehow complex and color-packed favicon a fit symbol for Google? What do you think?

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Written by nongeekboy

January 10, 2009 at 11:55 am

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  1. I’m still trying to get used to it. I liked the old one a lot better, and I agree with you: the old design said more about Google’s simplicity.

    Gabriel Gadfly

    February 8, 2009 at 11:10 pm

  2. The new favicon is almost a month old, and I’m still not use with it, and I still don’t like it…


    February 9, 2009 at 10:46 am

  3. Hi, liked your blog a lot! And yes, it is already May and I still think the new favicon too “windishy” (you know what I mean…) to my taste. Good to know Iḿ not alone. I have both in front of me and to make things worse, I just noticed the diference in colour is just a rotation…


    May 2, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    • I’m very glad that you like my blog. I’m sorry that I’m not having enough time for it. And about the “new” favicon… you’re so right about the “windishy” look.


      May 18, 2009 at 9:42 am

  4. It’s funny, I found your site when I was looking for a replacement for the http://www.google.com/linux
    favicon, where I want the penguin (in quick search) instead of that not so beutiful new google icon. I’m still not used to it after nearly six months, and I find it annoying.

    Thanks for the poll, I’m one of the down voters.

    Roland Orre

    June 15, 2009 at 2:45 am

  5. I think its good it shows they are moving with the times


    June 18, 2009 at 6:51 pm

  6. I agree it is Windishy, but I don’t care for the old one either. Google is, indeed, about simplicity and a clean page, but their bright primary colored letters, and the artistic replacements in honor of events and people are certainly a memorable part of the Google experience. I like the primary colors of the new favicon, but the actual design is very Windishy. I’d like to see them try again.


    September 17, 2009 at 2:15 am

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