New Windows 8 logo inspires third party design contest

On Friday, Microsoft confirmed that it would launch a new logo for Windows 8, making the familiar "flag" look more like an actual window this time. There's been a ton of debate surrounding the new look, both pro and con. Now a third party company wants people to come up with their own idea for a new Windows 8 logo.

Logo creator company 99 Designs has launched, just for fun, a Windows 8 logo contest. The web site is currently accepting designs from anyone until 8 pm Eastern time tonight. A number of finalists will then be selected and they will continue to submit designs until a winner is found.

The nice thing about this contest is that the winner actually gets some money for his or her efforts; $295, to be exact. However, it is definitely not sanctioned by Microsoft.

A lot of the user-submitted Windows 8 logos for this contest are simply small variants on Microsoft's official logo. However, some are pretty creative. Here's one that takes the logo and turns it into a flower.

Here's another that re-imagines the logo with a new look that sort of resembles Lego blocks:

Finally, our favorite logo is one that completely went out of the box. We wonder what Bill Gates thinks of this one:

Update - While 99 Designs is apparently hosting the contest web site, Inflow Inventory is actually in charge of the contest.

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The 2nd last logo logo is much better then all other logos and 2 & 3rd logo is very poorly design there is no concept of flower in windows 8 logo why the designers try to put flower in it if you want to see elegant logo i know a site where you can find amazing logos i have mentioned below the link of the logo gallery which i love most.

http://www.logo-genie.com

If we're going all Metro then so should the logo...

Much of the competition and the real new logo seems somewhat restricted by the need to retain "quarters". But looking at the WP screen, which shows 8 blocks of colour, I was surprised something like this hadn't already been done...

http://99designs.com/logo-desi...t-archon-122050/entries/494
http://99designs.com/logo-desi...t-archon-122050/entries/495
http://99designs.com/logo-desi...t-archon-122050/entries/496

Let's hope the blue window panes was just a "placeholder" until Microsoft decides on the final logo. If not, Microsoft will have discarded an excellent marketing opportunity. The well-deserved insult will come when a third-party company comes up with a decent logo, a Registry file alteration to replace the official logo, and have people use that logo instead.

Windows 8 logo may very much be love/hate (I don't mind it myself) but we Brits are still going to win the crappiest logo of the year award with our Olympics logo.

Maybe Microsoft will take the hint and adopt one of these, they're all way better than the sky blue tilted away from you Window. When I look at the new logo I get that same feeling you get when you're trying to talk to a girl and she leans away from you while you're talking. It's just screaming, "I'm just not that into you".

The point is: imagine how bad the logo must be if it sparks such things. People have begun thinking they can do a far better job than professional designers for MS.

The ones in the article made my eyes bleed. I have seen 1st year design students make better than that on monday morning

Come to think of it, this may be absolutely brilliant. Banking on the publicity caused by the new logo this contest may be a recruitment drive in disguise.

Hold a contest and give the winner some cash. If there are any logos that really wow the judges, they may extend a job offer to.

Have anyone been pay attention! Microsoft said the color of the logo will change according to the users background preference, so the blue color of the present logo is just the standard color.

FitzroySam said,
Have anyone been pay attention! Microsoft said the color of the logo will change according to the users background preference, so the blue color of the present logo is just the standard color.

....and? it still looks terrible!

OpticShape logo is 1000x better than the official crap they had chosen.

FitzroySam said,
Have anyone been pay attention! Microsoft said the color of the logo will change according to the users background preference, so the blue color of the present logo is just the standard color.

Exactly. It's the same reason Apple switched from their original rainbow apple to a solid one. It looks the same in any viewing situation. As for the graphic part, it looks fine to me.

The Windows logo was never supposed to be a flag, it was a flying window, just more stylized as the years went by.

GreyWolf said,

Exactly. It's the same reason Apple switched from their original rainbow apple to a solid one. It looks the same in any viewing situation. As for the graphic part, it looks fine to me.

The Windows logo was never supposed to be a flag, it was a flying window, just more stylized as the years went by.


I know the Windows logo is not a flag...as you are implying it is a flying window. But, looks Microsoft doesn't know its own story and allowed Pentagram to change it.

oceanmotion said,
It needs the windows colours more than anything.

You take away "Windows 8" and I doubt anyone would be able to tell you what it was.

Just for a laugh

http://imgur.com/ikXk9.jpg

Blue screen version of the logo.

ROFL. except BSOD screen doesnt look like that anymore

oceanmotion said,
It needs the windows colours more than anything.

You take away "Windows 8" and I doubt anyone would be able to tell you what it was.

Just for a laugh

http://imgur.com/ikXk9.jpg

Blue screen version of the logo.

It really just needs the classic Windows flag colors. Then the logo would really be perfect. But I can't really imagine the current logo during boot. Looks weird.

Proving that the actual logo is pretty damn good. Some of those are bleh. Some people also don't understand the concept of metro. I'm a designer and the logo is fine as is. I'm not going to attempt to make it better. Besides... I'm not on their payroll.

i would vote for non of these three logo's in fact the official one better than all these three logos but that doesn't mean its perfect logo i have seen better like OpticShape logo

subcld said,
i would vote for non of these three logo's in fact the official one better than all these three logos but that doesn't mean its perfect logo i have seen better like OpticShape logo

The best logo.

if they don't want a flag, OpticShape did the proper window with that logo.

McKay said,

I agree.


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