Friday, May 30, 2008

Google's New Favicon Sucks

Update: Google changed their favicon in new year 2009 again coloring what they had done earlier.



Favicons are a common thing on web pages today. Infact it is one of the first things that come to sight, when visiting a webpage. Today, I went to the Google analytics page and the favicon seemed a little different. It looked like Google's 'g' was non-capitalized and was sitting on some egg. I felt newegg had acquired Google Analytics ;-)

You can look at the screenshot below:

Analytics Favicon

I first thought the site has been phished or something happened... But realized it was just a favicon change. I like the capitalized 'G' that was earlier there... Infact I now see gmail also showing the new favicon!

11 comments:

Suresh Kumar A said...

I think the Favicon icon is not looking good. they need to use the previous one. 'G'.

Bob said...

If you have Firefox with Greasemonkey, you can get it back with this script:

http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/27548

Style Judge & Executioner said...

It's about time Google got rid of that gawd awful eyesore and replaced it with something well designed.

David Cognito said...

Oh, dear. What a mess.

The 'Big G' was part of their brand. It was eye-catching and distinctive. It was familiar.

The new one completely destroys that. The new one is weak and indistinct. And WTF choose a letter from the *middle* of your name?

This is change without purpose or benefit.

Evidently Google has more money than it knows what to do with if they're paying people to 'fix' stuff that ain't broken.

Ben Wolfe said...

Looks like the reasoning is that the lowercase fancy "g" looks like an upturned infinity symbol. http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2008/05/new-google-favicon.html

PeyoteBill said...

Funny how noticeable that is, I picked up on it too. I note that the google toolbar still uses the cap G. I think the new favicon is kind of bland, but it takes a serious artist to get meaning into such a small number of pixels.

Completely off topic--sort of--tell me what you think of this--it's a little alternative landing site my company designed for the Intel Software Partner Program. Some people think is great, and some seem to think it sucks. I can't for the life of me understand why it's so polarizing. http://www.mysoftwarefilm.com/

The Watcher said...

Maybe this is just part of SOMETHING BIGGER?

Anonymous said...

It sorta looks like a puppy foot print......

avi | said...

Totally Agree .... Google's new favicon is horse shit ... WTF was in charge of this horrific decision ... My image of goggle is scarred forever ...

Below link tells the origin of this blasphemy ...

avi | said...

Adding Link
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/googles-new-favicon.html

Anonymous said...

OH, now I get it... to me it first looked like the corn flake rooster.