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Microsoft Officially Unveiled New Metro-style Windows 8 Logo

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Design, Metro, Microsoft

Microsoft New Metro-style Windows 8 Logo

Microsoft New Metro-style Windows 8 Logo

After Apple‘s OS X Mountain Lion announcement yesterday, Microsoft has unwrapped the new Windows 8 branding. Inspired by metro, the new logo is something Microsoft to brag about in the upcoming months.

The logo uses flat colors and clean lines and shapes to convey the message of Metro and will change color based on the core theme color used in Windows 8. “When you change your color, the logo changes to reflect you,” explained Moreau. Microsoft will use the logo in the new charms bar for Windows 8, adopting the chosen theme accent color. We are expecting to see the new logo in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, due on February 29th.

Personally, this simple approach is one of many reasons let me unwillingly waiting for Windows 8. I just love glossy effects in Windows vista/7 but Windows 8 had to sacrifice that to, apparently, increase performance and in favor to the damned metro interface. Here is a look at various Windows Logos over years:

Windows Logos Over Years

Windows Logos Over Years

“We wanted the new logo to be both modern and classic,” said Microsoft’s Sam Moreau on the official Windows blog. The window is slanted somewhat, in keeping with the manner in which many of the Metro UI’s elements – such as live tiles – behave.

What a parody indeed, Digging inside the metadata for the original logo file showing its made on a Mac check it out here

Whats you opinions regarding the new logo? Is it simple, beautiful or underwhelming?

DC Entertainment New Brand Identity Unveiled

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Comics, Design, News, Superheroes

DC Entertainment Logo Versions

DC Entertainment Logo Versions

DC Entertainment has unveiled its new brand identity. The new set of logos were launched to showcase the portfolio of brands, stories and characters across all media platforms and merchandise. See the old and the new logos to compare. What do you think of the new ones?

DC Entertainment New Logo

DC Entertainment New Logo

DC Entertainment Old Logo

DC Entertainment Old Logo

Here is the official press release

DC Entertainment, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company and home to iconic brands DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD, revealed today a new brand identity. The new identity is reflective of the company’s mission to fully realize the value of a rich portfolio of brands, stories and characters, distinguished by incredible breadth and depth across publishing, media and merchandise. A new logo for DC Comics was also introduced, closely aligning with DC Entertainment’s new mark.

“It’s a new era at DC Entertainment and the new look reflects a dynamic, bold approach while at the same time celebrates the company’s rich heritage and robust portfolio of characters,” stated John Rood, EVP of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for DC Entertainment. “It was just a few months ago that Superman, Batman and many of our other Super Heroes were updated when we launched DC Comics – The New 52 and now it’s time to do the same for the company’s identity while remaining true to the power of storytelling which is still at the heart of DC Entertainment.”

DC Entertainment worked with Landor Associates, one of the world’s leading brand consulting and design firms, to develop an identity that creates a visual connection among the company, its three brands DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD and its vast array of properties as well as celebrates the power of the company’s stories and characters. The design of the new DC Entertainment identity uses a “peel” effect – the D is strategically placed over the C with the upper right-hand portion of the D peeling back to unveil the hidden C – symbolizing the duality of the iconic characters that are present within DC Entertainment’s portfolio.

“It was our goal to capture DC Entertainment in a dynamic and provocative identity. Our solution is a living expression which changes and adapts to the characters, story lines and the ways fans are consuming content,” explains Nicolas Aparicio, Executive Creative Director at Landor’s San Francisco office. “The new identity is built for the digital age, and can easily be animated and customized to take full advantage of the interactivity offered across all media platforms.”

The new brand identity will come to life across all consumer touch points in order to create a clear and consistent message in support of DC Entertainment. The new identity will begin to appear on comic books and graphic novels as well as new websites in March. Consumers will also see the new identity rolled out over time on other DC Entertainment products from Warner Bros. including film, television, interactive games and merchandise.

“We believe our new brand identity will strongly resonate with our loyal fans who will want to proudly express their affinity for DC Entertainment and their passion for their favorite stories and characters, this new look allows them to easily do this. In addition we were excited to update our identity, it’s not often a company gets to revisit something as important as its brand and we took the opportunity to make sure it represented the multi-media business we set out to build with the formation of DC Entertainment,” said Amit Desai, SVP of Franchise Management for DC Entertainment.

DC Entertainment New Logo

DC Entertainment New Logo

DC Entertainment New Logo

DC Entertainment New Logo

Twitter Gets an Overhaul with New Faster, Simpler, Cleaner Interface [Updated]

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Design, News, Social Networks, Twitter

Twitter New UI

Do you find Twitter so darn complicated to use? Well, Its time to change your mind, because the guys behind the service has just done a redesign of its web portal and mobile apps. You can update iPhone app right away.

Today we introduce a new version of Twitter. We’ve simplified the design to make it easier than ever to follow what you care about, connect with others and discover something new. You’ll see this new design both on Twitter.com and mobile phones, so that you’ll have a familiar experience any time, anywhere. We’ve also updated TweetDeck to be consistent with this new version.

Four new tabs bring you instantly closer to everything you care about, “Home“, “Connect“, “Discover” and “Me“.

We’ll be rolling out the redesigned Twitter over the next few weeks. You can see it immediately on the just-updated versions of mobile.twitter.com, Twitter for iPhone, and Twitter for Android. You can get early access on your computer by downloading and logging into Twitter for iPhone or Twitter for Android. We’re working on updates for other apps, such as Twitter for iPad, and will share news as they become available.

How To Get The New Twitter Web Interface Right Now

Simply, install the Twitter for iPhone or Android app, sign-in and ta da! You will automatically get the new Twitter web-interface.

Visit fly.twitter.com to learn more about the changes.

How to Enable Google New Bar Right Now

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Design, google, How To, Tutorials

Google new bar

Google has rolled out a lot of redesigning work recently starting from the new black bar and Google search page new UI, YouTube, Gmail and many other products. The last addition comes as a new unified bar, as seen above, on which you have access to all Google products and services by rolling over the Logo itself.

As always, these changes haven’t been rolled out to everyone yet. Google is doing a staggered rollout over the next couple weeks.

How to enable the new bar instantly:

  1. Go to Google
  2. Open Developer Tools [Press Ctrl+Shift then J in Google Chrome] [Ctrl+Shift then K in Mozilla Firefox]
  3. Go to “Console” tab and enter: document.cookie=”PREF=ID=03fd476a699d6487:U=88e8716486ff1e5d:FF=0:LD=en:CR=2:TM=1322688084:LM=1322688085:S=McEsyvcXKMiVfGds; path=/; domain=.google.com”;window.location.reload();

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