What is So Special about the New Google Logo?
Google, the giant tech company, unveiled a few major majors in the company towards the end of 2015 and to accompany the changes was an update on their logo, hence, their image. The changes in the logo, however, are not so huge to warrant an entire rebrand, but they are significant enough to be noticed by any person with a keen eye for design.
The logo retained its original form of being the wood mark type but now with a sans-serif typeface. This has given it more modern looks. Additionally, it now appears more playful than before. The new look also uses softer color tones compared to the initial ones which appeared to be slightly rougher for the looks.
Why did Google update their logo?
For a big company like Google to decide to update its logo, there have to be strong and concrete reasons behind it. Logos are the brand drivers for such big organizations hence they are at the core of every undertaking by the company. Google has been around for decades now, and it has gone through a lot of changes.
The company no longer offer online search services alone but has branched and now has an interest in other industries as well. The way users interact with technology has also changed a lot since the company launched.
Presently, Google is running a huge collection of sites, services, and applications. The need to update the logo was thus driven by the fact that the company has evolved, and it is no longer what people used to know fifteen years ago. The logo has also been updated to accommodate the needs of the current browsing behaviors such as the use of mobile phones as well as other mobile devices in accessing the internet. So, what makes the new Google Logo special?
The first major change in 16 years
Big companies are known to rebrand each time they introduce a new product line or new services. This is done so that the new looks, including the logo, can reflect the changes happening in the company. However, this was not the case with Google, given that it has introduced a plethora of services in the last sixteen years without any significant update on the logo. It now manufactures wearable technologies, cars and also involved in global mapping amongst other things. But despites all these, the recent logo update was the major one in the last sixteen years. This is a show of some nerve and resilience in the brand as it was able to introduce new products and services without really affecting the image of the company.
The new logo is simplified
The new Google logo looks more modern and simpler compared to the previous ones. The logo is in fact as simple as ABC123 and it can be seen and even drawn by anyone. It is a perfect demonstration of minimalist design, one with less style but full of substance because it has managed to retain its distinctiveness and uniqueness in the industry.
Cross Platform Compatibility
The internet has evolved a lot in the last sixteen years. Back then, only desktop and laptops could be used to access the internet by the majority. But presently, the internet is virtually everywhere and so is Google. The new logo has been designed to be display on all the devices used in accessing the internet without any adjustments or changes.
With the old logo, however, Google had to adjust to make the logo visible in the mobile devices and what users saw in the mobile devices was slightly different from what was seen on the desktop devices. However, the new Google logo is now compatible across all the devices, and the users will be treated to the same logo irrespective of what they are using to access the internet.
New Levels in Material Design
Google has been raising the bar with its focus on Material Design language, and this has been fully realized in the new Google logo. What you see in the new logo is nothing special but a flat and a six character logo with simple strokes. This is also evident in the company logos for other products such as Maps, News, Translate, and Google Plus. A closer look at the logos will reveal to you that they all have a white insignia at the top corners of the logo. This is material design in action.
The new Logo is Bytes Less
The other special thing about the new Google logo is the fact that it is smaller regarding bytes compared to the previous one. The new logo is only 305 bytes instead of 14,000 bytes of the older one.
Though mobile bandwidth is measured in gigabytes and this might seem like a small change, not everyone in the world who uses Google services is not guaranteed to have the same data plan hence this is a new development for very many people. With this, the company can now reach more and more people and continue to enhance and grow their brand.