Google’s new icons for Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Meet all look the identical

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Google's new icons for Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Meet all look the same

As a part of its announcement of G Suite’s rebranding to Google Workspace, Google launched a brand new visible id and 5 redesigned icons for a few of its in style companies: Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Meet. The icons, as you may see them above, are just like what we have come to count on from Google — and maybe somewhat too comparable at that.

Most often, these 5 new icons shed their earlier single tones and undertake the 4 colours of the Google emblem: pink, blue, inexperienced, and yellow. Of the 5, Drive is the least modified one, with rounded corners and an added splash of pink. On the alternative finish of the spectrum, Calendar obtained the largest modification and is now a flat sq. with no flip motion to embody a bodily calendar.

You’ll be able to see the prevailing (left) and upcoming (proper) icons within the comparisons beneath. Take into accout, although, that the brand new Docs icon seems to be the identical for all paperwork (textual content, slides, spreadsheets, varieties).

What’s most putting concerning the change is how homogeneous all these new icons are. Except for their form, there is not any clear visible differentiation between them. Whereas this performs a task in protecting a transparent model id throughout totally different companies and apps, it is clearly a number of steps too far in that course. Image all of those icons on a white circle or sq. in your telephone’s homescreen or in your app drawer, and you’ll see it’s going to take a bit extra time to seek out the one you need. You will need to give attention to the form or learn the app title to select that amongst a dozen comparable ones, protecting in thoughts that Google Dwelling, One, Podcasts, Maps, Assistant, and others already comply with this similar sample.

After we requested Google for a bit extra design consistency, we had been hoping for a extra uniform strategy to the person expertise, as an alternative of the mish-mash of app drawers (or not), account switchers, backside tabs (or not), gestures, settings screens, and different irregularities throughout a number of apps. We clearly did not imply for app icons to have the identical colours and items re-arranged into totally different shapes and just about indistinguishable from one another.

Google has solely launched these new icons as a part of its Workspace design, so we do not but know if they will be adopted for the consumer-facing companies as nicely. We have reached out to the corporate to verify that, although we discover it troublesome to consider that distinct icons can be used for a similar service throughout two accounts. You solely have one Gmail icon in your app drawer, and if that is getting redesigned for enterprise and schooling customers, frequent sense says it’s going to be redesigned for private accounts as nicely.

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