After weeks of hinting that a new look was in store for Gmail and a few of their other apps, they came out with a colorful burst that could hurt someone’s eyes if they keep looking at the G-suite for too long. Oh, wait did I forget to mention? It’s not G-suite anymore. It’s called Google Workspace! Gmail’s new look definitely brings it closer to the whole family group of Google and that’s what seems to be causing problems for the users.
The inspiration clearly came from Google Photos and Google Maps so the “M” in Gmail now contains the iconic blue, red, yellow, and green color scheme. They have also taken away the iconic mail backdrop from the icon (WHY GOOGLE WHYYYY???)
The new Gmail logo as predicted is a minimal version of the existing with the single design element and with Google’s 4 color aesthetic. It honestly doesn’t scream out “HELL NO” on its own, in-fact some experts believe that it looks much better than the previous. But the problems start to arise when its placed next to the other apps on the Google Workspace and you accidentally open Maps trying to create a document.
Active users of Google Workspace took on to Twitter to complain about the problems they face simply because the icons look too similar. Just like the massive icon overhaul at Adobe’s Creative Cloud, the consensus is that you can simply mistake one logo for the other. This is not really helpful for a busy workplace and is not a good move to simplify the workflow.
Google claims that the new Gmail logo was designed to reflect the fact that all Google Workspace apps are part of the same family. It seems that Google achieved their goal a little too well. A Logo never should be confused for something else, Specially on the Google Workspace!