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Google rolls out new favicon

Alex Christie

14 January 2009

Google launched its latest favicon last Friday.  A favicon is the small logo that appears
beside the URL on the browser tab or the address bar. Google launched a
competition last year for users to design the search giant's new favicon.
According to a blog entry by Google VP, Marissa Mayer, the new favicon is a
reinterpretation of the winning entry by Brazilian computer science student,
André Resende:

"André Resende, a computer science undergraduate
student at the University of Campinas in Brazil, submitted the design that
inspired our new favicon. His placement of a white 'g' on a color-blocked
background was highly recognizable and attractive, while seeming to capture the
essence of Google.

Although we changed the color layout slightly and moved the
'g' off center, his submission formed the basis for our new design."

Personally I still prefer Google’s first favicon, but this
new one is a big improvement on the all purple second one.



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