Google recently decided to do something alarming to many Google fans; they changed their favicon. Sound the alarms!
I generally wouldn’t blog about a post on another blog, but I just had to this time. Googleblog was explaining their new favicon. Do you remember the good old days when the Google Favicon was reconizable from thousands of millimeters away, the great big G. I sure rememeber them. Do you remember when Google tried to turn it’s self into google with their lowercase g? I sure do. Do you have to zoom into 1600% and get real close to your screen, like 200 millimeters close?
I didn’t want another change to make it worse. The new favicon is hard to figure out.
- The first letter in the word Google logo is G. And it’s a capital G at that. Wouldn’t it make sense to continue the case for such a reconized brand? Or was the capital G trademarked?
- The old big G icon was easy because it was just about 2 colors. Enough for the G and white. Simple easy and clean. No problems there.
- The icon was like that since I can remember. Why did we have to change it up? Why not just do it for holidays?
- The new icon is annoying hard to read. Firefox chrome is whiteish so the white g blends in with it in the tabs. Is that a G or a smudge?
- According to the blog, adding the 4-colors to the corners is a new theme Google likes. Not surprising, since their logo is like that. But does it make sense when the letter isn’t centered? No. It does not. Slaw.ca says it well, “it seems to me to try to do too much with too little space.”
- AndrÃƒÂ© Resende made a better icon. Google just couldn’t use it because they didn’t want to use a product of someone else but rather their idea.
Just so we can look at it more, here it is.
I guess I’m picky. I notice when Google does things and change when Google is involved is to the least scary (unless it’s an open CDN).
Google’s New Favicon Review Score: 4/10