Designer creates his own unified Microsoft logos

Several months ago, Microsoft launched the official logo for Windows 8. The design made the logo look more like a real window and less like a flag. However, the Windows 8 logo actually looks much more like the first logo for Windows 1.0.

Now a freelance designer named Andrew Kim has made some speculative designs for several of Microsoft's current and upcoming projects. He has posted them on his Minimally Minimal site. As you can see, the logos above, for Windows, Office, and the Surface tablet, all have a unified design of an angled slate next to the logo itself.

Kim shows on his page how his slate design could be incorporated in product packaging and marketing tools, along with billboards and even on a Windows Phone boot up screen.

The idea of a unifying logo design for all of Microsoft's products is certainly interesting. It's also true that Microsoft is pushing its Metro user interface in Windows 8, Windows Phone and the Xbox 360 console, which makes the UI of many of its products very similar. Keep in mind these are just unofficial logos and have not been officially order or endorsed by Microsoft.

Via: The Verge
Source: Minimally Minimal | Images via Microsoft (top) and Andrew Kim (bottom)

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Look who wrote it. He's got to get in some daily anti-Microsoft-isms.
All his stuff has a sad slant to it. Not sure why he's incapable of writing something unbiased.

I hate it, it looks terrible and amatuer. This minimalist bull**** is getting old and tired. I just think these designers are getting fing lazy. Give me back Maximal Designs.

deepfunkysoul said,
I hate it, it looks terrible and amatuer. This minimalist bull**** is getting old and tired. I just think these designers are getting fing lazy. Give me back Maximal Designs.

You're right, it needs a lens flare, 3 gradients, and a gaussian blur.

They're crap, give no information about the product whatsoever and feel elitist but like the rest of Windows 8, they suit the "style over substance" feel.

If people would stop using a crappy JPEG version of the Windows 8 logo it would look much better

The title of the article should be: Random guy uses Photoshop and fails

PmRd said,
If people would stop using a crappy JPEG version of the Windows 8 logo it would look much better

The title of the article should be: Random guy uses Photoshop and fails

What did he fail at, exactly? I think he did something bold that Microsoft wouldn't have the balls to do.

omgben said,

What did he fail at, exactly? I think he did something bold that Microsoft wouldn't have the balls to do.

Yeah you're right he used some bold fonts. lolll. If you'd read the comments you'd find that at least 90% of the people here agree that it's pure crap.

Microsoft wouldn't have the balls to do something like that? Have you been living under a rock for the past year?

air- said,

what can you do?

I can draw some pentagons? Or seeing as this is Windows 8, maybe an octagon instead?

I'm not a fan.

The Office Logo is alright and it would translate into an icon. The other two are, quite honestly, terrible. I'm sorry to the designer, but I'm sure you're used to criticism (even if it's non-constructive). Can you image the Surface icon, it'd just be a white slab...

I honestly think minimalistic is getting out of hand, it seems to be the only style "good designers" use these days. They are low contract (usually reverse contrast) pieces of ****.

I much prefer logo's with higher contrast and functionality (ability to tell quite easily what the icon represents, but not due to it's popularity).

I can probably come up with something better in Kid Pix. Next please...

They're too simple, bland, and confusing. Modern graphic design is going to far. The Surface logo looks like a surface? To me, it just looks like a parallelogram. I also dislike the font. There is no sense of professionalism in this at all.

I would love to have Susan Kare's opinion on these too.

I'm a designer, and I have to say, that this logo is lame.
Flaws in logo
- Casual
- Outdated ( yea, everyone already "knows" this form. )
- Nothing new.
- It really doesn't add anything new to Microsoft brand.

Looks like the pros are overdoing it and trying to hard to create good design while the amateurs can come up with something simple and attractive.

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