Date
23 October 2017
Goodbye to the old Google logo. The new logo (inset), which uses the sans serif typeface, eliminates the small flourishes at the end of lines within a letter. Photo: Bloomberg
Goodbye to the old Google logo. The new logo (inset), which uses the sans serif typeface, eliminates the small flourishes at the end of lines within a letter. Photo: Bloomberg

Google revamps logo to make it mobile-friendlier

Google Inc. is changing its logo. But hasn’t it been changing its logo on a daily basis?

Those who are in the habit of using the company’s search engine are greeted everyday with a new, creative design for its logo, usually marking an important occasion like an influential person’s birth anniversary or a historical event that falls on that day. Sometimes it’s even animated. 

While in most companies, the corporate logo is a sacrosanct symbol, at Google, they make fun of it everyday.

But this time around, the technology giant is changing its logo for good, along with its identity, to reflect a digital world centered on mobile devices.

In one of the biggest changes since 1999, the company’s new banner uses a simpler sans-serif typeface while retaining the four colors — red, blue, yellow and green — for the name Google, Bloomberg News reported, citing a statement on the company’s blog.

The revamp, which will apply to all of the company’s branded products, are meant to make it easier to identify the search giant even on a small screen.

The effort to come up with a new look began earlier this year, when Google’s designers convened in New York to begin the project in a week-long sprint, the company said on its site.

The company wanted the new logo to work well in constrained spaces and maintain consistency across many products.

“We started by distilling the essence of our brand down to its core — four colors on a clean white background — and built it back up,” the company said.

“Stickies were stuck, pins were pushed, and beziers were animated. With the cutting room floor littered with hundreds of hours of design work, we set out with a few directions that excited us.”

The end result is a logo that departs from a style that existed even before Google became a publicly traded company in 2004.

Some of the small details include tweaks to Google’s four colors so they stand out even if combined within a single letter, G, used on mobile devices.

The letter e at the end is slightly tilted, a trait carried over from the old logo. There’s also a new set of dynamic dots in the four basic colors, which move during transitions or interactive actions.

Sans serif, which eliminates the small flourishes at the end of lines within a letter, is becoming the de facto standard for corporate typefaces, the news agency said.

Yahoo! Inc. unveiled a new logo in 2013 without serifs, and other companies such as Apple Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. haven’t had serifs for years.

“We’ve taken the Google logo and branding, which were originally built for a single desktop browser page, and updated them for a world of seamless computing across an endless number of devices and different kinds of inputs [such as tap, type and talk],” the company said.

Google is looking for new ways to ensure that its products reach mobile users as consumers increasingly pick up smartphones, tablets, wearable devices and other gadgets when they want to access digital services, such as video, messaging, maps and e-mail.

The logo redesign follows an even bigger shift in the company’s structure.

Google last month unveiled a plan to break out its main Web operations from ambitious new endeavors such as the Google X research lab and Calico, which seeks to extend human lives. The new parent company will be called Alphabet.

Google has made small tweaks to its logo over the years. It once included an exclamation point at the end — and used to have a green G instead of blue. Still, the basic design hasn’t changed much since 1999.

“They’ve almost taken a step toward Sesame Street with this change,” said Allen Adamson, chairman for the North America region of Landor Associates, a branding firm.

“It feels far less corporate and far more friendly. And I think for any tech brand, the friendlier and more approachable it can be, the better — because it just feels easier to use.”

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The company’s new banner uses a simpler sans-serif typeface while retaining the four colors — red, blue, yellow and green. Photo: AFP


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