I'm sure all you Hubbers who are here now have noticed the new logo.
As the creator of the old logo, and as a designer for HubPages for the past few years, I was acutely aware of it's strengths and limitations.
As we've seen HubPages slowly change into a vibrant community made of interesting, creative, and dedicated writers, the old logo began to contrast this with a feeling more towards generic corporate meaninglessness.
If you were a fan of the old logo, and hate to see gone, I urge you to wait a while, and see if you get used to it.
If you do appreciate the new logo, and recognize it as one step toward a better HubPages, we appreciate it!
Light colors are tricky because monitors display them differently. Too light on your monitor might be too dark on another, etc. If comments like this persist, it's definitely something I'll address. In the meantime, if you're a firefox user, its easy to use custom style sheets for any website you frequent. Here's an article on About.com (booooo) showing you how. http://webdesign.about.com/od/css/ht/ht … firefo.htm
Hmm.. I don't have any other issues on other sites with dark/light. The header is just really dark compared to the super light grays all over, and the footer is even lighter. Were those changed, or maybe it really is my monitor... ?
Also, are the tabs at the top supposed to be a different color? (sign in, start a hub, my account, my profile, help)
I have been having trouble with my computer lately and thought it was my computer messing up. LOL! Thank you, thank you, for the update. It doesn't bother me that it's changed, to be truthful I don't even remember the old one. Anyway it looks good, actually, either way.
We'll have to get used to the new look one way or another won't we. It really doesn't matter if we like the new look or not... Sorry to be the stick in the mud here but I think it just looks boring, it doesn't jump out at you it just sits there and blends into the background...
I have to agree with Zsuzsy Bee. I, too, think it's alittle boring. The previous one looked more professional. I don't like the black; I prefer something with a little more color. I know, however, that my opinion matters not. Just chiming in!
Hmmm.....not sure yet...I did notice the change therefore it is doing something but it kinda just sits there glaring at me! Maybe it needs to be bigger?
Also as you've emphasized the H and the P, perhaps the space between Hub and Pages should a little larger. I always thought of Hubpages as one word...the new log makes me think it's two words....
On the down side...and as Zsuzsy Bee says, it's my two cents worth...it looks like the kind of logo that anyone could knock up on MS Word and paste into a jpg file.....
Now it gives a little feeling of being a down to earth, homey type of logo, which is good in a way.....but it perhaps detracts from the professionalism of the site and says, we're not serious , we're hubpages....
I guess it really depends on what the Hubpages is really trying to be...
Look at Facebook and you get a similar type 'font' based logo, same with Microsoft. Look at Google and you get something in between a pictogram and a 'font' - then look at Apple - you get a, well an Apple.....
OK where am I going with this!
Well these four sites are for me 4 of the most well known sites, out of the four, I'd say Apple is the best at advertising in the real world; Google is the master of Ads in the web world, Microsoft are 'corporate' while Facebook are more of a social website....
So which 'niche' does Hub Pages want to fit into?
OK so I'm not a marketing guru and I simply do not have the answers - just wanted to pose some of my thoughts!
Though the H indicating a Hubber is staff reminds me a bit of the Holiday Inn logo! Notice their Favicon when you visit the site - www.holidayinn.com - also a handwritten H on a green background. Not that its a big deal though!
Honestly, I think its ugly. Add a little sparkle next to the logo and it looks like the logo from *Bewitched* in the 70's. I think you've regressed with this one. No color. it's blahzeh and looks cartoonish like Flintstones. I actually like some of the originals better than this. Oh well nothing we can do about it. I say add the logo back next to the font to add the color back!
I kept looking at it and wondering if it was new. The short term memory started going after 40...so glad ya'll confirmed that it was new. I'm using my brain a lot more these days and it's gettin' stronger :-)
There are things about it that I like, and then there are things that I don't like..
I think, for a site like this, the logo written out like an author would write it is a great idea. It fits perfectly.. The footer, to me, looks perfect. I wouldn't change a thing there..
But, I think that it does need to have a little more spark to it - it does remind me of the Holiday Inn. I would try a different font that looks like handwriting (or maybe an old typeset) and is a little more crisp. Also, on my monitor, the dark header is hard on the eyes. The bubbles around the menu choices don't show up.
I do, however, think it's a hell of a lot better than the old logo. It was nice, but you're right, it did look a little too corporate for my tastes..
Thanks for asking our advice on this! Most websites wouldn't even care, they'd plaster whatever they wanted up there and call it done.
My very first reaction to the overall appearance was positive, however, I think the logo is a bit too plain. I'm all for keeping things simple and contemporary, but it reminds me what you get when you're setting up a website from a company that has about 10 predesigned templates to chose from that are free before you start going into the custom-designed ones. This looks like one of the free ones.
To be completely honest, I dont like it. I think that the colourful symbol you used could still be incorporated into this design.
This is the first of the logos shown which anybody on here could have produced. I think that there is a danger in using your name only as a branding tool, a logo is instantly recognisable, more so than a name.
Google have had their present logo for more than 10 years. If it aint broke, dont fix it.
The rest of the changes, to colour scheme etc.., are pretty good. But I think that this change was unneccessary. You said it looked corporate, well that image appeals to those who are trying to convince somebody to buy an expensive Amazon product! Why else do you think Nelle Hoxie has managed to sell so much here than on her Wordpress blogs? Making a site look more like a Wordpress blog just seems a little silly.
I actually think that the change of font is GOOD, but that the Red, Green and Blue arrow wheel should remain as the instantly recognisable branding of hubpages. Swapping the font on that logo for this one would have been a great idea.
I love the black background, I think that it improves upon the grey. The arrow logo still shows on my browser tabs by the way, and it just emphasises to me how important that symbol has become. Millions of people will recognise that symbol now, its become a symbol of quality.
James, could you not knock up this new logo with that arrow symbol? And then have a poll, which allows people to vote on this new logo, the old logo, and one which encompasses both designs?