Sunday, June 8, 2008

Don't Change Google

I came across an article recently by Jeff Atwood about getting rid of the I'm Feeling Lucky button from the Google home page search interface. I actually think it's quite cute. All these years and Google still would look incomplete without it.

It's one of the aspects of branding. Once you get accustomed to seeing a brand with that look, you just wouldn't have it any other way. The new Google favicon (for those of you who have noticed it) is a blue 'g' and that is so not Google-like. It looks like a cheap imitation. A fake. A phishing site.

If you would like to read Jeff Atwood's article, check it out at:
http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000920.html

2 comments:

Nazeer said...

hehe.. right. I too don't like their new favicon.

Nitin R.K. said...

@nazeer
The Google favicon is in reality the second 'g'. Previously, they always had the first 'G'.

Most people don't look beyond the first alphabet when it comes to icons and association so using a little 'g' instead of the capital 'G' just feels out of place.