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canadave Jul 26, 2011 11:34 AM
Google logo not transparent?
Hey all,

Very minor question, but I'm just curious. A few days ago I noticed that the Google logo isn't quite transparent anymore; it almost looks like it's some sort of JPG that someone put a verrrrrry slightly "just off white" colour background instead of white. Is anyone else seeing this, or is it just me? It appears that way on my laptop and my Mac Pro, in Safari and in Firefox, at varying resolutions.

I'm just a little surprised--it looks almost "dirty" compared to how clean Google's page normally looks! :)
 
andi*pandi Jul 26, 2011 11:58 AM
Looks fine to me... time to clean your screens? ;)
 
canadave Jul 26, 2011 12:05 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by andi*pandi (Post 4097362)
Looks fine to me... time to clean your screens? ;)
lol...I figured someone would say something like that ;)

No, it's not the screens, unfortunately. It's very strange! And very subtle, but definitely noticeable. If it were just my own laptop and one browser, I'd think I just had an old cached copy of the logo image file or something. But two computers? Two different browsers?
 
canadave Jul 26, 2011 12:08 PM
Here's a screencap of what it looks like on my screens. See the sort of off-white rectangle that encloses the logo?

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-p...6%252520PM.png
 
imitchellg5 Jul 26, 2011 12:21 PM
No, I don't see any rectangle.
 
canadave Jul 26, 2011 12:23 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by imitchellg5 (Post 4097378)
No, I don't see any rectangle.
On the live site, or on the image I posted above? Look really closely at the image...I find if you view the monitor/screen from the side, it's easier to see the contrast.
 
canadave Jul 26, 2011 12:26 PM
Okay, well, I'm not imagining it, because I just opened the image in Photoshop and eyedroppered the "off-white" area of the logo, and it's off. Instead of pure white like the rest of the page (255,255,255), it's RGB 252,255,253. Also, the hue and saturation are not pure white's values (0 degrees, 0%), but instead are 80 degrees, 1%. Weird!
 
residentEvil Jul 26, 2011 12:30 PM
well; that's Canada for you.
 
LegendaryPinkOx Jul 26, 2011 12:36 PM
I see it in your screenshot. It becomes more apparent if I tilt the lcd backwards on my macbook to "darken" it. As you describe, it's like they used a jpg and didn't quite match the hex value in photoshop. When I log into my regular google account, however I do not notice it.

I think it may just be the Google in other countries (I see that Canada you have there) and not the Google.com Google. There's a big banner of Muhammad Mahdi Al-Jawahiri replacing the logo on the Emirati Google site, so I can't tell if it's like that usually for me or not.

http://lightfooted.net/Al-Jawahiri.jpg
 
canadave Jul 26, 2011 12:39 PM
whew, glad I'm not going nuts :) Actually, I checked Google.com as well (I have a link to go to that on my Google Canada page), and it looks the same for me as well--not pure white. Too strange!!
 
residentEvil Jul 26, 2011 12:42 PM
guess i would never notice unless you posted; as i never go to google.com. i use the quick search in my browser.
 
canadave Jul 26, 2011 12:49 PM
I tend to go to the actual Google page quite a bit. I guess part of it is habit (I'm so used to doing that from the time before tabs and dedicated search fields became de rigeur in browsers), and part of it is almost soothing...15 million browser windows open, and the Google page is an oasis of calm and emptiness :)

I'm just surprised to see what I can only assume is a slip-up on Google's part? It can't be on purpose, can it?
 
residentEvil Jul 26, 2011 12:51 PM
i visit from time to time when to check the log for special events; i like how they work their logo into said special event.
 
Doofy Jul 26, 2011 02:29 PM
Bloody hell canadave - you've got good eyes. That's barely visible on this NEC.
 
canadave Jul 26, 2011 03:37 PM
hehe, actually I'm nearsighted and wear glasses, but thanks :) I guess they must be good glasses!

The fact that it IS so hard to notice is what makes me think Google might've actually inadvertently screwed up their logo and simply not noticed. Maybe after their last "custom holiday" logo, they copied over the wrong logo? A JPG rather than a transparent PNG, possibly?

I wonder how long it'll take before they notice :)
 
richwig83 Jul 26, 2011 06:48 PM
canadave... i can see it on my MBP, its not your imagination!
 
imitchellg5 Jul 26, 2011 07:49 PM
Hmm, yes I can see it if I'm on my MacBook and push the LCD back. How odd.
 
canadave Jul 26, 2011 10:15 PM
Bizarre, eh? I'm frankly astonished (assuming it's a mistake) that this mistake has gone unnoticed at Google for this long. The logo on the website is one of THE most important things at the company; has no one noticed?? :sleep: :stick:
Surely it's not by design, intentional?

Any other thoughts on this? I know it's exceedingly minor in the grand scheme of life, but I find it fascinating that no one else on the Internet seems to have noticed either (I searched google ironically enough, and found no other mention).
 
imitchellg5 Jul 26, 2011 11:13 PM
The only thing I can think of is that it's a mistake that has something to do with the special Google logos on certain days. I'd also be interested to see if those logos have the same effect, and if the logos that are interactive and draped over the whole page in HTML5.
 
canadave Jul 26, 2011 11:43 PM
It's funny you mention that, since I first noticed it in the wake of their "mobile" animated logo a few days ago. When they went back to their standard logo the day afterward, that's when I first noticed it.

The mobile logo was completely white background, no problems.
 
jmiddel Jul 27, 2011 01:08 AM
I get the rectangle on google.ca, not on google.com
 
moonmonkey Jul 27, 2011 05:45 AM
amazing, I remember back in 2000 that I could get the .gif on the homeppage 1K smaller than google could with no quality change, could have saved them millions.

They are far from perfect.
 
Waragainstsleep Jul 27, 2011 05:52 AM
The off white is there on google.co.uk too. Its either less noticeable or not there on encrypted.google.com.
 
canadave Jul 27, 2011 06:39 AM
No, you're correct--the https://google.com logo is pure white, no rectangle--the rectangle is quite evident to me when it's present, so I'd notice it if it were there.

Going on Day 3 now...anyone have the email address of Google's web team? LOL
 
residentEvil Jul 27, 2011 07:11 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by canadave (Post 4097381)
Okay, well, I'm not imagining it, because I just opened the image in Photoshop and eyedroppered the "off-white" area of the logo, and it's off. Instead of pure white like the rest of the page (255,255,255), it's RGB 252,255,253. Also, the hue and saturation are not pure white's values (0 degrees, 0%), but instead are 80 degrees, 1%. Weird!
i'm getting 254,255,252 from my local google this morning.

remember, not everyone in the same country/heck even same state, is sent to the same google home...depending on your ISP and location you can get different ones.
 
andi*pandi Jul 27, 2011 09:35 AM
Hmm, your screen shot is proof... my google still looks good, but the eyedropper shows #fefffc for the white.
 
Thorzdad Jul 27, 2011 11:39 AM
I suspect this is the result of sloppy color management on the part of the artist.
 
canadave Jul 27, 2011 01:03 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Thorzdad (Post 4097745)
I suspect this is the result of sloppy color management on the part of the artist.
Agreed....but, at Google? On their main, #1, default, logo? Someone clicked "sorta whitish" in the colour wheel in photoshop rather than making sure it was #FFFFFF and 255,255,255? :eek: Yikes. If that's truly the case, and no one's caught it in days now, that's.....well....shocking to me, I guess. I know anyone can make a mistake (made a bunch in my time!), and it's not going to bring down the company of course, but this is a bit boggling to me given Google's size and presence. It seems strangely sloppy.
 
Doofy Jul 27, 2011 01:05 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by canadave (Post 4097693)
Going on Day 3 now...anyone have the email address of Google's web team? LOL
Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong. Hold Google to ransom - tell 'em you'll tell the Bing web team all of Google's dirty little secrets unless they give us all $20m each in unmarked bills.
 
canadave Jul 27, 2011 01:31 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Doofy (Post 4097774)
Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong. Hold Google to ransom - tell 'em you'll tell the Bing web team all of Google's dirty little secrets unless they give us all $20m each in unmarked bills.
hahaha...great idea!
 
Waragainstsleep Jul 27, 2011 02:00 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Doofy (Post 4097774)
Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong. Hold Google to ransom - tell 'em you'll tell the Bing web team all of Google's dirty little secrets unless they give us all $20m each in unmarked bills.
Wouldn't it be safer to get it in gold bullion or something?
 
badidea Jul 28, 2011 07:59 AM
Did you email them???
I don't get any google logo at all at google.ca today!!
There's only the search field and the word "canada"!
 
canadave Jul 28, 2011 04:59 PM
No, I didn't :) But feel free!

My Google Canada logo today still has the coloured rectangle I mentioned in this thread, but it's there.
 
freudling Jul 28, 2011 09:41 PM
Since when did Google give a crap about design? Just look at their pixelated adwords.
 
freudling Jul 29, 2011 04:06 AM
Ha, I just found an instance of this with Apple!

Go to this link then click "Sign In". Look closely at the Sign In button. It's got the same colour box in the background.

http://discussions.apple.com/
 
moonmonkey Jul 30, 2011 12:16 AM
now that is unacceptable.
 
canadave Aug 5, 2011 07:31 PM
......and, a week after I first mentioned it, the Google logo is now back to its normal transparent self. The universe is once again orbiting correctly on its axis ;)
 
Railroader Aug 5, 2011 07:51 PM
 
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