Firefox 3.5, Codename Shiretoko, to Have New Logo
Article by George Norman
On 18 May 2009
The logo the Mozilla Foundation uses is an instantly recognizable icon in the software world, just like McDonald’s golden arches are in the fast food industry. With the upcoming Firefox 3.5, codename Shiretoko, the logo the browser will sport will not be the same you have grown accustomed to in Firefox 3.0.10 , the most recent update to the stable version of Mozilla developed browser.

According to Firefox User Experience team member, Alex Faaborg, the Firefox logo will suffer the following changes:
- The shape of the tail will no longer be 2D.
- Some of the textures will be modified: soft fox, glossy earth.
- The overall level of detail will be simplified.


There are some things that will not change though: the color, the overall shape and layout and the generic continents. When it comes to the continents that are displayed in the Firefox logo, Mozilla does not want to show any for of geographical preference, and as such the logo will remain unchanged.

“As we get closer to releasing Shiretoko (Firefox 3.5) we are considering that this might be a good time to update and evolve the Firefox application icon. We will likely be leveraging some conceptual work created by Jon Hicks during the development of Firefox 3, but otherwise we are just now getting started. The overall direction for the next phase of the Firefox icon’s design is going to be primarily based on some conceptual sketches and renders created in 2007 by Jon Hicks, the designer who rendered the original Firefox icon. We are now working with the very talented Iconfactory to create the final render of the icon that will be used for Firefox 3.5 (Jon is currently a senior designer at Opera, and they are incredibly lucky to have him!) The Firefox 3.5 icon is being created by the artist Anthony Piraino, and we are really fortunate to have such a talented group of people working to evolve Firefox’s visual identity,” commented Alex Faaborg.

In related news, Firefox Director, Mike Beltzner has recently announced that Firefox 3.5 RC1 code freeze will occur on May 20th, and an official release of RC1 is slated for the first week of June (details here).

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox 3.5, Shiretoko
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