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The Google Logo

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

Monday, April 30, 2007
15 years ago3,302 views

September 26, 1998 -October 28, 1998 –
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1d/Googlelogo_5.jpg

November 1998 – July 1999 –
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1f/Googlelogo_6.jpg

Current logo –
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/51/Google.png

anyone knows why Google changed their first logo only after one month?
(and why the hell it had too much green in it?)

Conor Cleary [PersonRank 8]

15 years ago #

the green just doesnt fit

stefan2904 [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

The! is/was because of Yahoo!
Green, hmm, maybe cause of the nature. :)
(But its Gimp-made i think)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Because its horrible and pointing the wrong way, in not out.

ZZ [PersonRank 3]

15 years ago #

That green is definitely inspired by lego blocks.

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Do you think Google will ever update their logo in the future? Like... say in 30 years?

Everyone thought Apple had a winning, timeless formula with their coloured Apple logo, yet they still changed it. And it paid off.

A better question I suppose would be, will Google ever NEED to change their logo?

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Well, Apple's change was hardly significant though although needed. By simply replacing the colours with an silver fade effect simple brought the logo into the 21st century.

As for Google, it will never need to change it's logo IMO. If you look at all the major search engines (Google, Yahoo! and Ask) – there logo is simple the name in text. (Windows Live is kind of, although it has the Aero bubble aswell – but that's mainly because it's part of the Windows family of products).

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

I think Google will just lose the bevel and drop shadow – which is so 1990s – and they're already doing that on a lot of their new products (iGoogle for example) and printed materials.

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

I hadn't really thought of the bevel, I guess they could drop it in the future, but I doubt they will do anything within the decade – especially after Google was voted one of the most recognizable brands in the world.

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Since the Google brand is growing popular around the world, I don't see Google making a major change to their main logo any time soon.

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

David asked:
> anyone knows why Google changed their first logo only after one month?

The "Google Sticker" page suggests that "faithful user ... Jesse Rios" submitted a shadowed logo "which inspired the shadowing in our current logo".

The "Google Sticker" page also shows the first two seasonal logos (based on the 98/99 version), for the Burning man festival and for Thanksgiving:
http://web.archive.org/web/19990508132024/www.google.com/stickers.html

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Thank you Roger :)

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Looks like Google still likes the color green ; :P
http://www.google.com/ig/images/igoogle_logo_sm.gif

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