Apparently, the shades of green and red from the old Chrome logo could lead to an “unpleasant color vibration,” which prompted Google to make some relatively minor changes to its look for the first time in eight years.
Google designer Elvin Hu acknowledged the new logo on Twitter, saying that it’s part of the latest Canary build of the browser. The changes are relatively small, but if you look closely at the image below, you can see the differences between the logo released in 2014 and the one set to launch in 2022.
Some of you might have noticed a new icon in Chrome’s Canary update today. Yes! we’re refreshing Chrome’s brand icons for the first time in 8 years. The new icons will start to appear across your devices soon. pic.twitter.com/aaaRRzFLI1
— Elvin 🌈 (@elvin_not_11) February 4, 2022
The most noticeable change to the logo is that Google has completely flattened it. The last remnants of the original 3D logo are gone with the new one.
Another change that stands out is the colors, which are slightly more vibrant than the previous generation’s logo. I find this particularly noticeable with the blue in the center.
There are more subtle changes, including a slight shift in the shade of the colors. In the Twitter thread, Hu cited that “placing certain shades of green and red next to each other created an unpleasant color vibration.” Apparently, the new logo uses very subtle gradients instead of solid colors. I can’t notice it, and I didn’t detect any “color vibrations” with the old logo, but I’ll leave it to the expertise of the designers on this one.
The new Chrome logo will look slightly different depending on the operating system, too. For example, on Chrome OS, it will look more colorful to work with the other system icons. On Windows, a more dramatic gradient fits with the style of other icons on Microsoft’s operating system.
While these aren’t significant changes, when a logo that’s been around as long as Chrome’s is shuffled around, it’s something we can’t help but notice.
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