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New Orleans Pelicans logo unveiled

New Orleans Pelicans logo

 

The New Orleans Pelicans, the name that the New Orleans Hornets will go by beginning in the 2013-2014 season, have unveiled their new logo to accompany their new team name. The logo was unveiled in a short introductory video explaining the history and significance of the Pelican to the state of Lousiana.

 

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Microsoft goes all in with Windows 8 and changes the Windows Logo

New Windows 8 logo

Microsoft has made it clear that it will go “all in” with it’s new Windows 8 operating system. The company’s future, image, and overall survivability in the computing industry ultimately depends on its flagship Windows product staying relevant with the times.It now brings a new logo to accompany its brand new operating system, which will bring a touch-based-designed user interface to Windows PCs and tablets.

new Windows 8 logo

A little recent background history on Microsoft’s design transition why Microsoft sees it fit to change the Windows logo now. Microsoft had been working on a redesign for its Windows Mobile OS since 2008. The design was based on a design interface it dubs “Metro,” which emphasizes solid colors, typography, minimalism, and little-to-no “interface chrome.” This interface was first used on its Zune device, and was spruced up for the Windows Phone 7 operating system. The reasoning behind Metro is that interface chrome gets in the way of content. Metro’s claim-to-fame is that it emphasizes content over interface, and it accomplishes this goal perfectly. With the Windows Phone 7.5 update, Microsoft changed the Windows Phone logo from having a circular border to having a more metro rectangle border. With that said, the Windows Phone logo should be expected to change in the future once again to follow the design principles of the new Windows 8 OS.

Windows Phone 7 logo

The Windows Phone 7 logo was updated in September, 2011 to coincide with the launch of the mango 7.5 update. The new logo was made more "metro" with its rectangular border, as opposed to the original logo's circular border. The recengular border may not have been "metro" or representative enough for Microsoft's plan, and general design direction.

Microsoft could have done the same thing with the current Windows logo, but it felt it wasn’t “risky” enough. The new Windows product looks nothing like the Windows of old. The start menu is gone. The task bar is gone. Icons have been replaced with live tiles. Interface tools called charms assist the user with searching their PC for what they are looking for. The interface doesn’t even have the same minimize/maximize/close buttons on them. User navigation in Windows 8 relies on touch gestures. Windows in Windows 8 just do not function at all like the windows people were used to using for the past two decades.

The Microsoft plan is to transfer all of its products to the Metro design language. To accomplish this, it must change everything that represented Microsoft’s past designs to its new design principles. Logos are the face of a product, and if the face of a product does not match the actual product’s design, it would not make sense, create confusion, and  have non-linearity among a product line. To avoid these problems, Microsoft chose to finally change the Windows flag to a new, metro-inspired design.

 

 

 

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Belkin Introduces New Logo and Brand Identity at CES 2012

 

Belkin, a computer hardware manufacturer best known for its wireless routers and iPhone/iPod accessories, has unveiled its new logo and brand identity at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Commenting on the new company identity, Belkin’s Chief Brand Officer Ernesto Quinteros said:

“The new Belkin logo, affectionately named PIP for ‘People Inspired Products,’ symbolizes our commitment to take inspiration from people, and acknowledges the connection between people and the experiences they value most.”

The new logo, created by Wolff Ollins, brings a less bold typeface and a more modest and modern look. It is all lowercase and sans-serif, and features a 5-point character that resembles a person. The character also resembles a star constellation as well.

Other pictures captured from the Belkin CES  booth follow:

belkin CES booth featuring the new logo

Belkin logo at CES

Belkin employee at CES