Here is how Android's green robot logo came to be: inspiration from surprising places

Here is how Android's green robot logo came to be: inspiration from surprising places

Irina Blok is a designer that created one of the world’s most popular logos, but ask around and you’d find very little people who know that she is the person that actually drew the Android logo as it exists right now.

The logo came to life some three years ago when Blok and her design team at Google were told to create a logo for Android, something that would instantly reverberate with customers, easily recognizable. Also, Blok was told the logo had to include a robot. After studying all sorts of sci-fi toys, she drew inspiration inspiration from a surprising source - a restroom. After all, everyone has seen the sign on a restroom and the male/female figures are instantly recognizable. So that’s where the robot comes in, in the form similar to the drawings on restrooms.

What’s really important however is that the logo went open source so everyone could play with it and customize it. So while others fiercely protected their logos, Google was going to go another way:

“We decided it would be a collaborative logo that everybody in the world could customize,” she says. “That was pretty daring.”

We all know what happened next with apps like Androidify and others, the little green Android has transformed in all sorts of funny ways and the logo is now extremely popular.

source: NY Times

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24 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Android is a cute little smart fella. ;) And Apple is just a fruit, a FRUIT. I love Android.

3. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 259; Member since: May 15, 2013

Damn, always going back to that stupid Apple/Android war...

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

So, Apple is not a fruit? Smh. -__-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple

11. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 259; Member since: May 15, 2013

Who cares ?

6. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Lol I dont care about who created the logo But the thing is it is not as stylish as the logos of apple & blackberry

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"But the thing is it is not as stylish as the logos of apple & blackberry" Sounds like a trend victim.

15. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

another butthurt apple fanboy lost in the middle of nowhere

23. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

But it's much more versatile..

10. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

lol it would would be great Androids logo was a restrooms logo I could get a chance to make more fun of it A happy apple and bb user

13. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

..but it is much more versatile

19. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

but don't forget that apple gives you vitamins for our body.

2. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Android can be all sorts of things but apple ummmmmmm just waiting to be eaten.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I once had an Apple, then I ate it.

7. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

The joke is lame U ate an apple not an iPhone +1

17. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Well so is yours when you say that Android's logo was a restroom logo. Apple's bitten apple logo inspiration could've come from gee iunno perhaps even Snowwhite and that "rotten apple".

12. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 259; Member since: May 15, 2013

I thought it was based on some robot character from an old videogame...

14. la1-africandroid

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

I thot it was P2 from star wars

20. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

R 2 D 2

16. Ibraheem277

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

that's not true watch this video from MKBHD w ww.youtube.com/watch?v=1gUQhN5joSQ

18. Evilsj

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

Still not convinced that they're not just big fans of Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's Zero Punctuation. Seriously, his Imps look exactly like the Android, but he's been around longer than this little guy. Do love the Android though, I have a figurine of him sitting on my desk. :D

21. 777light777

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Surprised no one thought of the @pple logo as the apple Adam and Eve ate. Bite into it and your fked. Apple=sin. (and the root of all evil) Truth.

22. ZeroCide

Posts: 809; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

For some reason ththought the logo was canadian in origin?

24. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

I love Andy. I have several of the Andru the Android Chargers from Power by Gen, and a vinyl sticker on my rear window of my car. Props to this lady!

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