is a blog about design, technology and culture written by Khoi Vinh, and has been more or less continuously published since December 2000 in New York City. Khoi is currently Principal Designer at Adobe. Previously, Khoi was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired in 2013), Design Director of The New York Times Online, and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of “How They Got There: Interviews with Digital Designers About Their Careers”and “Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design,” and was named one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America.” Khoi lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and three children.
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You can find logo used in a SVG CSS3 ES5 HTML5 rendering:
Problem: It occupies almost more CPU resources than the Flash version.
Great point, I have been wondering the same thing. If they could improve the aged w3c logo, that would be awesome.
Chris: If only. My semantic complaints here aside, I was just happy to see that the HTML5 logo is a genuinely good piece of graphic design. The W3C, for all the good they have done, has not been known for that.
I think the “HTML5” version pertains to circumstances where it is written out as text. This version of HTML is indeed the fifth one, and there are no rules about bringing attention to that. Speaking theoretically, one could say that the logo is written out as “HTML5”, only communicated differently.
You’re probably right that the HTML & the 5 should be together, even more so because there used to be a spec called HTML 5 (with space), that no longer exists.
But this logo has plenty of other, bigger problems:
First, the logo’s license allows anyone to modify it however they want. I’m all for openness, but this seems to defeat the point of a logo, i.e. a unified identity.
Finally, do we really think this logo will do any good? Users will probably just take it to mean that the site is “better” somehow, but they won’t know how unless you bother to describe it to them—which makes for bad UX. So marketers may latch onto the term and that’s about it. And even that will probably go out of fashion quickly because, if it ever caught on, every site would simply make itself “HTML5” by adding one line of code that satisfies the ridiculously broad definition but doesn’t change a thing about the user’s actual experience.
and here’s a birth to the HTML4 logo: Link
@ Mike Mai
I’ve seen the darkside of HTML5 here: Link
@Jeff Well, the difference between Google’s logo and the HTML5 logo is that Google’s efforts are centralized—the company has complete control over the logo’s variation; for the HTML5 logo, it’s the wild west. Whether one can build a strong brand with less central control is an interesting question (and one Khoi’s written about). To me, it’s still a dubious proposition and the best the HTML5 logo can hope for is that most people just take it as is.
And yes, as a marketing buzzword, HTML5 is probably better than HTJCSML, but I don’t think we really need either.
ewwww, that’s 10 times uglier than the HTML4 logo
Looks a lot like the Transformers logo…
could have been much better……
Though it’s clearly a throwback to the 80s style decepticon symbol while playfully spoofing the new HTML5 logo, it brought back and reminded me of that young child that once played with these robots. While the HTML4 logo tries but fails.
looks pretty hilarious in this context: Link
Well the HTML5 version of the logo only worked in Chrome. It crippled my CPU. I guess this was also intended as irony.
@Mikey Mai – that is pretty funny.
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