Web browsers now are a huge part of our everyday lives. No exaggeration. How would you browse Internet without a proper software? And the competition is really rough, known as Browser Wars. But here on TrueKolor we don’t really care about the techs of a program, we talk about the visuals.
So today, continuing the evolution series, I decided to write about evolution of logos of the most popular web browsers.
According to StatCounter, the most popular web browser today is the Internet Explorer, followed by Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera respectively. However, in Europe the Firefox has beaten IE lately. I used global data and started with IE.
Take a look at the chart:
Which is your favorite browser logo? I love the Chrome browser and it’s logo the best. It’s simple and meaningful. Even though there is so much fun around the web about the creation of the Chrome logo.
1. Internet Exploler
According to statistics, Internet Explorer is the most popular web browser today. Everybody is familiar with the blue “e”. It’s become an unofficial symbol of Internet, for thousands of internet cafes around the world use the “e” symbol to attract people. So, what’s behind it? The blue “e”, written in Helvetica Bold, came with the third version of IE, versions 1 and 2 had only a windows logo on them, see the evolution:
Early Firefox was actually known as Phoenix/Firebird. Then a guy named Steven Garrity wrote an article on how bad the visual branding was and later Firefox team invited him to head the branding department. His efforts were introduced in Firefox 0.8, Feb 2004. The logo wasn’t perfect when enlarged, so it underwent some fixes and was updated. The logo was meant to be memorable while not shouting out with overdone artwork. And I guess it is.
My number 1 browser. If you are not using Chrome for browsing, then you should do it right now! Ok, emotions aside, the logo. Didn’t find any info on who really created the beautiful 3D logo which stayed until March 2011, but the new look was implemented by Google designer Steve Rura, who explained the company reasoning for the change, “Since Chrome is all about making your web experience as easy and clutter-free as possible, we refreshed the Chrome icon to better represent these sentiments. A simpler icon embodies the Chrome spirit – to make the web quicker, lighter, and easier for all.” Well, it was way fancier before, Steve.
Well, uh, sorry, there’s no info on Safari logo… Hope there’re not many people that really care about it, anyway.. Only thing I know about the Safari logo that it really sucks. But that’s only my opinion. If you have any info on Safari logo please share knowledge in comments below.
Opera browser is the next best thing after Chrome and Firefox, but the stats show a whole different picture. Only 5th place in the top list. Ok. You are probably familiar with the red O logo, which stayed plain and too simple until August 2009 (not sure) and then it got re-styled by Oleg Melnychuk and got a 3D-ish look:
One more thing about the Opera logo. It had one ridiculously fault-full version in between and it doesn’t take a great designer to see what’s wrong with it:
So what’s your favorite browser logo?