https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Reshaping Duo

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As some of you know, we're working on redesigning the look and feel of Duolingo across all of our platforms. Our iPhone and iPad apps already have the new cleaner design (which received a lot of love from Apple!), and over the next few weeks the other platforms, including this website, will also be upgraded. Our goal is to have a single, consistent design that makes Duolingo look the same regardless of where you use it.

When we decided to redesign Duolingo, we knew we wanted Duo to come along for the ride. But in order for that to happen, he would need to undergo a few stylistic changes to fit our new vision. Firstly, we laid down a few ground rules: we knew Duo's color and his species (a very rare green owl) were not going to change. We also wanted to depict him as the same ol' Duolingo mascot that has been with us from the beginning, but with just a few cosmetic changes.

The most important part of Duo's reshaping was, obviously, Duo's shape/silhouette. In icon design as well as character design, if the overall shape is not appealing, then the details within that shape can't compliment it successfully. This process allowed us to explore lots of possibilities for Duo.

Iterations were made for months, some drastic, some minor. Each day, the progress was shown to the rest of the team. Based on the feedback given, Duo would either undergo another round of sketches, or proceed to a revised draft, where a vector image was made. Sometimes we would need to see him in his completed form to really know if he was the right direction to go.

Once we reached a shape we were happy with, we added movement and even let him pick his best angle at a slight quarter-turn.

We're very excited to re-introduce you to Duo! We hope you love him as much as we do.

You'll be seeing him a lot more in the next few weeks as we incorporate him into many more places.

5 years ago

174 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/nathansk8s
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I personally don't like the new look. The original owl looks more official where as the new one looks childish.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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Exactly my thoughts. It's not a horrible change, but I like the old Duo much more.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/auxbuss
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I agree. Duo will always be Duo to me. But Duo2 is fine for icons and the smaller stuff.

In the early days, when I was really struggling to get started, Duo's tears in emails when I hadn't shown up were a real emotional tug to get me going. Strange, but true. And I'm still going. That would never have happened with Duo2.

I think it's bonkers to kill Duo. Murder, I tell you!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tylrmurphy
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I don't know, this guy's tears can be pretty convincing: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zyi6lawc5zfe1ha/Screenshot%202013-11-20%2023.08.49.png

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sigmacharding
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That's just depressing. I will never hurt that poor creature. From now on I will pass all lessons

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Good motivation at least!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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Wow, that looks really good. When will this be out? :D

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anonyduck

Crying Duo is very convincing. I would like static Duo to have attached feet for preference. A cross between Duo2 and New Duo. High kicking clawed feet - perfect!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anonyduck

Reply to self o.O. After some thought, and while I like new Duo (and tho' poly cotton doesn't usually do it for me), I went and ordered a green Duo T-shirt so I could always have Duo's little clawed tootsies available to view :D

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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That's very sad. It made me cry more than the owl is.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HerrArbo
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That may just have swayed my opinion. I love new Duo :')

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CalebT1991

I understand that COMPLETELY. The tears when I run out of hearts are the reason I ALWAYS try again.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/som3rsault

actually i think as an app icon (at least for android) the new Duo is HORRIBLE! When i got the update today i thought all hell broke loose! I think as a graphic it looks somewhat ok, but it's a no-go as an icon!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marliner

If they're catering to the app/mobile market, a more childish look fits in better. Also big shiny buttons and lack of functionality.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seby-07
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I think it's just a matter of time and getting used to it, when i just began i did not like the owl at all. It was pretty weird for me, but now i got used to it and i like the owl.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Athenicuber

But I want childish!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Levi
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To me the original Duo seems wise. I don't know about the new one. I'll have to see.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shoeymcmooey

Completely agree. The current one looks so smart and wise (and cool). The new one is too ambiguous, maybe too carefree looking?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo
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New Duo is cute! I like to see him in motion. The only thing that makes me frown a little are the legs separate from the body *_*

I see the general trend to simplify and flatten things. Personally, I like more detailed and "more 3D" shapes better. I like the current iPad app design, but at the same time I'll be sad to lose the look and feel we have in the web version now...

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maynard42

Oh! Those are legs? I thought that he was flying and dropping, well, droppings, on those who may have lost all their hearts in a lesson! ;-)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seby-07
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To be honest ( and this is my personal opinion) is that i like it more that the legs are better separated of the body, it looks more cute like that :) .

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dr.Manhattan95

Me too. <3 They're going for a more simplistic design so what would you expect?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/underwood.jones
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You know what would be really cute...seeing Duo in folk cultural costumes depicting the different languages from time to time, or illustrating a vocab word every now and then :D Just tossing out some ideas ;)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wolhay
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Duo in Lederhosen... I love it.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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In a beret at a cafe. I want it on a shirt.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/auxbuss
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Riding a bicycle with onions around his neck.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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It would be interesting with his little detached feet :) Why the onions? Is that a French thing?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThanKwee
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http://french.about.com/od/culture/a/onion-johnny.htm

By the way, the French friends I know are annoyed with the stereotype of the beret and striped shirt. Very few Frenchmen wear berets these days, and those who do are older.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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Back in 93 when I lived there, it was only the little old men who wore them. I never saw anyone with a striped shirt. No offense to any French people was intended and I apologize if anyone was offended. They probably won't make the shirt at Duolingo anyway.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fehmican

Moi aussi !

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Christine1999

I like the idea. Though DL staff is busy these days, I would love to have something like this in Duolingo ;)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Obelloe
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i don't like it, old duo has more detail and is a classic, take him away and i will be sad. new duo is a cartoon character that is too cute. duo needs to keep his wise looks, his feathers, and his feet attached to his body. old duo looks way more epic with his shadow. new duo is perfect for a kids duolingo, but please keep old duo for us!!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bolletjeb

I agree. This does not look like an owl anymore, so what's the point of changing?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Christine1999

Hmm... Hard to have a definitive opinion. The new version is more stylish, because it's clearer and also has some dynamics, it isn't as stative as the old version. But oppositely, the new one looks kinda like a stain (please! This is just my opinion. Of course, yours can be different) and it's too homogeneous. Maybe I'm just sentimental, because we lost the old Duo. I think that I will love this one too, I just need to accustom. I can imagine how much hard work is creating a new mascot. Either or either, thank you for all you've done, DL staff!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sfdoc

Agreed...I miss the wise owl look. More animated is good.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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I thought the old one more stylish - this one's a bit schoolbook-style, trying to appeal to the very young.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jadehoe

Why is everyone reshaping their branding to meet Apples iOS update ? Does this mean duo would be a green square if microsoft's surface was popular??

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo
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LOL

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ernestd

I thought duo was orange

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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hehe (I think the people down voting you didn't get your humor)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TerraZe
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Explaining the joke can hurt the humor, but I'm curious as to the significance of it. Is there something I can search to find the meaning behind this joke?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Sarcasm.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77
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Look at the dude's profile pic :)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TerraZe
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I suppose it's orange then? I can't really tell. I don't see colors too well.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77
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Yes, it's orange.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FJoyB

Yick. I was [this] close to asking for a Duo t-shirt for Christmas, but bleagh. ("Bleagh," n. expression of extreme contempt and overall disappointment.)

Once again it appears that the internet phenomena of "dumbing things down" has won over decent aesthetics. :P

Sorry, guys. I love the site, but Duo appears to have lost a lot of personality in the new reconfiguration. (Why, again, did this need to be changed?)

That said, I'm still gung-ho about learning via the site and all and recommend it to everyone I speak with about languages, but it's still kind of disappointing to say the least...

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CreamandCheese

I don't like the new Duo. He's too cartoony and silly. I'm sure I'll get used to it, though, given time.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/D_O_M_O
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i liked the old one :((

whats up with the floating legs?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/b.gomez555

I personally don't like the new Duo.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PhilNolan1

Hmm... I kind of liked the original better honestly. he looks more serieous about learning. The new one looks like he's aimed at little kids.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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Lovely .. looks brilliant and so happy and cheerful congratulation to your design team

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Whiterun

I really don't like the new owl, sorry!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jasminedesi16
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The new duo is very cute!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sartanamac
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I like the new duo

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ljeanxo

I like the original duo better!!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AdoElias

I like it :) it's cute and simplified version. As I started to read I was horrified, because some sketches are just awful. The final version si much more appealing :)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
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ha ha, same here.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I can't tell if I don't like it because I don't like it, or just because it's new. Time will tell. (I get attached to things with positive associations. And, my time here at DL has been a very positive experience.) ^_^ I appreciate all of the time, energy, creativity that went into this though.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dragonrider11167

Agreed.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ruinchristmas

lol at second row, second from left. some sort of flying goblin :)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/unpocodeaire
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I love Duíto. He'll always be cute.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arekolek
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I just hope that he will keep dressing up relevant to situation! Like the scientist suit in vocabulary, or the training suit in timed practice.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/corpsy

After a quick time, the new one is really good. It would be cool if he/she moves at the end of an exercice, like Mario when he gets a star (at least in Super Mario 64).

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
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i like front and three-quarters, but the side view is like an egg. :(

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tylrmurphy
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I don't think we're using that side angle anywhere, it was more how Greg's illustrative mind explored new Duo's shape and shadows.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sakasiru
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he has no tail...

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JaneEmily

It looks cute, but I guess the new cuter, baby-looking Duo is to suit the whole "incubator" thing - because baby owls suit incubators more than old wise owls.

I will miss the old owl as he made me feel intelligent but this Duo looks like it just wants to cuddle all day and I like cuddles. Especially with cute animals. :3

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Brunehilde

Seeing the creative process involved in redesigning Duo is brilliant. In my opinion, the new owl is more interesting and cute, though the older had a more studious air.

Bring on the Duomakeover! ( o vo)/

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence
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So... ... when will Duo be able to collect coins and jump on badniks? I'm sure that's what we are all really thinking.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PhoenixRis

I liked the original Duo - cute owl. This new version looks childish, cartoonish and strange with no legs.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chrisfay

It's cute, sure, though I prefer the original. I feel as if the arrows should be going from right to left in the transformation...

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/trainpilot
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Old duo will always remain in my heart... even though he's seen me lose so many

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Matt.Cooksey

lol

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/swampy35
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WELL DONE !! KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT WORK!! Yes I'm shouting these comments.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eeeeriv

I love it!!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BobbieL
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The new one's not awful, but I like the slightly more realistic (but still playful) style of the original.

5 years ago

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Gets a thumbs up from me - it'll be nice to see the owl hopefully make a reappearance within the iPad app.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JulioTafoya
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Cosita Hermosa! Te queremos Duo te Queremos!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/johnysunday
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I like it, it is a lot less stiff.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Matt.Cooksey

So right. The original was old school and too formal.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YGlen
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I like the makeover - the new image is friendlier with those bigger eyes, rounded edges, and welcoming arms (oops, wings!).

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BenTheGeek

Looks cool! Rock on, Luis!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProfesorAntonnio
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This Duo seems much more friendly and funny. I like it!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andro0
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i support whatever duolingo does.. give me a gothic owl with a cloak and i'll be just as enthused to learn :)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/n.gratton
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I'd love a gothic owl with a cloak ...

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ittarter

Brand marketing, great, but I prefer improvement to the language instruction systems a thousand times over

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alsocass

Love it

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TerraZe
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I'm curious as to how the trophy for the certificate will look. At least, I think that's what they're for since I haven't gotten one yet.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smearedink

I have a fond attachment to the current Duo, but I also like the new one a lot, and I am curious to see the new site design. I think the current flood of negativity will dissipate, it's just the natural reaction people have when something they like changes.

Also, as somebody else pointed out, the design that is one to the right and one down from the top left is hilarious.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shan007

I can see the new logo embodying the theme of a wise owl in flight. The original logo did seem more like a wise owl, but I never understood the purpose of the mask covering the original's owl's eyes.

I think the new owl will scale better as well at different resolutions, since the details are simplified. A bit more cartoony than the original, but not a bad update overall.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smearedink

Mask? I'm pretty sure that's just his face.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shan007

Yes, I'm pretty sure that it was the old owl's face as well, but in my opinion it resembled a mask

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/prky
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I think Duo should keep his tail, and his legs.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gorilla800lbs

In the spirit of the "Share an Idiom/proverb in your culture/language/region" thread over here:

http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1140923

I would like to bring up the comments in this thread as a perfect example of the following English idiom:

Idiom: To look into a gifted horse's mouth. Meaning: To not be grateful and appreciative of something that has been gotten for free.

:\

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shan007

I agree with your sentiment as a language learner. Duo is a service whose viability to self-sustain seems based largely on user contribution, and since the revenue model is crowdsource based, they need a lot of contributing users. So I can also understand the "other side of the fence", keeping in the idiom spirit :)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThanKwee
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How about "Different strokes for different folks". ☺

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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You should have posted that in the thread.

Anyway, I think this one is more in tune, with this thread :

Nothings is permanent but change~Heraclitus

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hicham10

Honestly I like too much especially its eyes.... they give you hope that everything gonna be OK

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnny1791
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What's good doesn't need change. To me the design is just fine. Change can also break things. However what does need change is the voice recognition in my humble opinion. Try to focus on priority. Continue the good work! I love Duolingo!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eplus17

I thought the reason he was green was because his feathers had become moldy as a result of being constantly damp from all the crying that we subject him to.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Matt.Cooksey

lol

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/2prices

Oh, no!! Don't change Duo! Where are his feathers? My one year anniversary with Duolingo is coming up in just a few weeks and the original Duo has been with me all this time. Ugg...I'm just not a fan of change. :'(

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Celyia
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I love him. He looks happy and cheerful and ohmygoshdontletmemakehimcry.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8
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The new one looks even better! Duolingo is awesome! The app on Apple and Android is also very good. I just had a 'wish'; if Duo could come on windows! That would be amazing!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/novicplay

From the four-stage transformation, I rather like the second one

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/buunny
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I'll miss the old Duo, but this one is cute, too. I won't mind seeing the new one when i get to the end of my tree!! :)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/keziah_white

the bird looks kewl

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/colaring

I love him!!!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ang3lCak3

Very nice, I love it! How it projects technology and cuteness while being so simple.. Perfect for Duolingo! Edit: Pinned it on Pinterest to help spread the news. You probably don't care, just wanted to tell you.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/damooster

I happen to prefer the new look.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seby-07
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Would it maybe be better if the new owl is for the apps and the old one for the site. I personally like the new owl, but some people comlain about it, so maybe this is like a win/win ?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smearedink

People don't like change. They'll be fine with it after a couple weeks. ;)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Markmcopc
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Good choice.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ayePete
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Well, I must say thanks for all the hard work that the DL staff put into creating this new Duo. However, I rather prefer the former one, 'cos it looks more real and beautiful. This one looks a little flat. But again, maybe it's just my innate fear of change... We'll see.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tggreene
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If it helps I don't really get either.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jozfran

Simplistic - yes. Cute - No. Wise - yes, yes, yes!!!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/abc1112

I like the current one better, but honestly, what makes this site so awesome is its content and format. It could decide to go acid pink and I'd still love it.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gljo
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I soon as I saw the title I knew I wouldn't like the result. But I was wrong. I really like the new look!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/razors33

I much prefer the original Duo. The new one reminds me of a mascot for the Olympics. That's never a good thing (except for you, Sam the Eagle!). OTOH, I'm just here for the language.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rogduo
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Ugh. I´m usually a fan of not saying anything, if I don´t have something good to say, but in the spirit of honest feedback, which I think a company would want, this is visually a giant dumbing down of the logo. The old one invoked a wisened owl. The new one, a very low-budge children´s cartoon. One would have thought that a company essentially based on crowd-sourcing, might have done the same for their logo, perhaps having submitted all those icons to a voting or ranking process. And note, I not a luddite or traditionalist. I´m very much about moving forward. But, not all forward is progress. My 7 year old niece would like it though.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shan007

I have to say, the Duolingo iPad redesign looks fantastic, and I can see how the old owl didn't really fit well with the new design. I'm not sure if that was the only motivation for the logo...but really, the product is so young that the logo is bound to change many times over.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/deactived

The new owl doesn't look like an owl. :(

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elijanasearth

I agree. I like the first one better

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Matt.Cooksey

Very nice. It's definitely a royal, clean, simple design. I've actually been hoping for a redesign of the old school Duo for a while. #Thx

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77
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Have you tried opening his mouth? How would that look?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sandic66

I know you probably get so many emails & messages that you probably won't actually get to see this on but just in case you do I want to thank you & Tony for coming up with this site & thank everyone else that has worked so hard on this project & let you know how much I appreciate what you have all done.
I know it probably sounds corny but Duo has changed my life. I am taking SPA in college among my other classes & found that the learning disabilities that plagued me as a child are still hanging around 48. Because of these learning problems I ended up doing manual labor and operating heavy equipment. Don't get me wrong, I have no complaints there. I made very good money while I was doing that. Unfortunately I had some things happen medically & I found I could no longer do the job I found so pleasing & enjoyed so much. I found myself jobless, disabled, & uneducated. Without an education I am unable to get a job I am physically able to do. So I had a choice to make 1) Sit on my butt the rest of my life & feel sorry for myself or 2) Get back to school & get an education. Learn how to do something I could physically do & enjoy. Therefore it was back to school for me. I wanted to do something besides sit on my butt. It was a difficult decision not because I am unintelligent but because I find it so hard to learn & retain what I learn. It would probably be easier to learn a new language if I understood my own a little better. I think I am English challenged :-) Anyway I was having an especially difficult time with my Spanish & computer classes. "I think I am also pc challenged if you want to know the truth LOL" I was watching TedTalks. That is one of my favorite shows to watch. I find it interesting & entertaining. I have learned so many things watching that show. Anyway when you came on my first thought was that what you & Tony were doing was a very noble thing. First off there are not too many things in this world that are free but to have something that was this helpful to so many people?? It's amazing & yes, after all the hours you guys put in creating this site, yes I think I am correct in saying it is a very noble undertaking. My second thought was that it couldn't hurt to try it out myself as @ the time I was desperate to find something that would help me in my "at the time failing" endeavor to learn something & get it to stick in my head. I am happy, more than I can say, to tell you that I found this site so helpful that I actually passed my SPA101 class with a B-. I can't tell you what that means to me. I found Duo so helpful that I posted it on the SPA101 message board hoping that Duo would help others in my class. I don't know if any of the kids in the class actually took advantage of your site but I did get an email from my professor. She speaks several different Spanish dialects & thought your site was just wonderful. She said she was a bit rusty Portuguese & she needed to brush up. She also found Duo extremely helpful in brushing up. I plan to keep on using this site as I go into SPA102. I personally think the reason, well there are several reasons actually, that Duo was able to help me is because you have made it so fun. I think the goofy things we are having to write, say, & translate while we are learning the grammar etc. actually helps me to retain the words I am learning & the point of grammar I need to know. Not to mention there is the competition. It's not like the competition in a classroom with the worry & stress of grades & whatnot, but more like the competition of a game. I can repeat it anytime I think I am forgetting something. It is wonderful. Anyway, once again, thank you. Thank you for thinking this up, going to the trouble of creating it & putting it all together & thank you for giving me a place to learn & enhance my self esteem. I know I am not the only person your creation has had an effect on so I can't thank you enough. Oh, yes, one more thing before I go. Shame on you for creating those awful little things I have to type in every time I turn around. I know they are a needful thing but jeez! As much time as I spend on the web do you have any idea how much wasted time that is? Oh yea, LOL! You are the one that did the numbers on that aren't you? How many years did you figure was wasted in one day by the world typing those in? Sorry, just couldn't help myself. Been wanting to give you grief over that ever since I found out you were the one that came up with those dreadful little things although without those you might not have had the idea of Duo, so thank you again. I shouldn't be allowed on the pc after being up all night studying. When I'm tired I tend to ramble even if what I say is true. *Have a wonderful New Year.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MystyrNile
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reads title skims text sees shapes "Oh, that's what you mean by 'reshaping'."

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Equilibrio99
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When children draw themselves without arms or legs it is supposed to mean that they feel powerless. Duo has feet but they are not connected to his body. He has evolved beyond mundane "meat space" and the need for feet on to the physical world :-)

I will be glad (please, oh please) to see the tail feathers of the crying Duo that shows up when we crash and burn . . . .

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ackbar
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Keep the old duo! Or at least have an opt out from the new to the old one. The original one is so much better and cuter.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/prky
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I like old Duo, too. But you've highlighted his eyes,with white, and that's what attracts me to him, He's still his enthusiastic self.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BeastBoyMiles

I like the old duo better

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_-C1-_
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I'm not sure how I feel, maybe torn. I'm going to miss the old Duo, who, (I agree with bolletjeb that it resembles an owl less now) looks more like an owl (I love owls, and was delighted to see that Duolingo had an owl for an icon!). Most of all, his old version is the one I'm accustomed to, and I think he's cuter, so my opinion of course swerves towards him. I agree with another comment down there that says New Duo would look better as an icon in apps or other small places. On the other hand, this Duo is cute, like a younger Duo, and envisioning him hopping around chirping makes me melt. XD

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

Sorry guys but I like the old one better.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theresa8684

I like the old duo with the sweat band... this one looks unfinished.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/matt_todd1994

I am not a big fan about the new Duo but I will definitely give him a shot! The old Duo just looks much more wise and portrays what DuoLingo is to me in a better and more sophisticated way. I do like underwood.jones idea of having Duo dressed in traditional clothing from other countries though! Keep up the awesome work DuoLingo!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SadieSilver

Prefiero el viejo Duo.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Megan_Wills

I like the original owl better too.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MThoriqMalano
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I like it. I don't get why people make such a fuss about it. It's cute. They made some efforts doing it. At least you could appreciate it, not criticize it.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zolgev

I don´t like the new Duo, like others said it looks so childish. The old Duo looks more professional.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lyndsaygal

My goodness you people like to moan don't you!

Learning a new language is supposed to be fun, just because something is fun doesn't necessarily mean it is childish. Everyone should stop complaining and be grateful for this FREE learning platform. Duolingo could start charging money for this, but they aren't so a little makeover for the owl isn't hurting anyone!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mallowigi
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If this is going to be that crappy look, I hope it will be at least in SVG.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Charlie_Treuse

Personally, I think there is room for multiple green owls. Duo is not the only one of his species, is he? He must have family! And I am sure they would love to help Duo spread bilingualism to the world! (Hint hint: moar owls!) That way we could keep both of them!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Saidaspen

Embrace change! I love the new design (except, as many already pointed out, the weird invisible legs).

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JaeYoung122

I think new Duo is great!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lamyrtilleverte

Cute! I love it!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jcmurphy77
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Personally speaking, I like the old Duo better. The new one is cute, but I actually don't really like the tears - the broken hearts were just fine. Not that I'm going to stop playing, of course, but just wanted to toss in my opinion. Thanks

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Acts16_31
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I love it! So cute!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KARH7
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Duolingo is meant to be for all ages and all stages of language learning but this new Duo icon appears to suggest Duolingo is for children, and very young ones at that. Please reconsider before unleashing it at large because, in my Mom's opinion and other adults who use the sight, this is going in the wrong direction and Duo was perfect just the way he started. - Signed by my Mom

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KARH7
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MY mom wrote that I LOVE the new duo sooo cute

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aaryaninja

Na come on it looks way better it is cute and cartoony really good duo

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vvHills10

Duo's current model is the best! The older ones look fine, too.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vvHills10

duo

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Duobimbo
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And now everyone loves him

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/birdy0127
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I just want some more of the website features on the android app

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DreadfulGlory

I like the old owl better too. And not to be mean, since I greatly appreciate everything duolingo does for us all, but I don't understand why you guys are allotting so many resources to minor things like changing your logo/mascot instead of focusing on integrating more languages. I am in desperate need of a solid platform for arabic and/or mandarin and have been waiting for Duolingo for ever. The incubator isn't even allowing those languages yet. I guess I just don't see the point in fussing over the logo when everyone here is dying for some new languages. Again, sorry if this comes off as rude. That is by no means my intention.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis
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Our designers can't add new languages...

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smearedink

Well said. I think this kind of complaint comes from a lack of understanding of how work is distributed in a team.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DreadfulGlory

Nonetheless, why even bother redoing the logo? It wasn't a problem in the beginning. And counting up the replies here, most people seem to be happier with the old one. There are plenty of other things the designers could be doing that benefit the language-learning. I mean, that is why we are here. We want to learn languages. If nothing else, hire more programmers and linguists to get more languages added instead of designers that aren't contributing to the core of Duolingo. Don't get me wrong, I think they work very hard and deserve recognition, but it still looks like wasted resources and time to me.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence
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Speaking as someone who is quite happy with the new logo, I have to say this is the first ever thread on Duolingo that I have had to un-follow, because of the flood of whingeing and moaning it has brought to my inbox. I invite you to consider the possibility that the people most likely to post in this thread are those who are incensed by the change and want to petition the designers to revert it. Some go so far as to suggest that a world class product has no need for graphic designers. In contrast, those of us who don't object, don't feel the need to say anything but smile and nod.

Well Duo team, I always thought the old logo looked a tad too straight and 2 dimensional, like something out of a Microsoft Clip-Art library, so well done for making Duo a bit more lively and I wish you all the best.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BobbieL
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It actually makes more sense for the folks at Duolingo to expand the number of languages in the incubator in stages. If something goes wrong, that limits the amount of trouble it can cause. After all, this is beta. So, for example, if it turns out that something goes terribly wrong with the database and a big chunk of work is lost, the number of volunteers affected/set back in their efforts will be more limited.

Also, every extra batch of volunteers they bring on is more people they have to coordinate and handle bug reports and feature requests from. At a certain point of scaling you're spending more time on management of resources than you're getting in value from rushing the additional people to work.

Then, once they have a pretty good sense that the system is working as intended, AND they have a more developed sense of how to choose and manage volunteers, they can move forward with a more extensive incubator system.

If you're desperately in need of resources to help you work on Mandarin and/or Arabic as you say, there are free resources already on the Internet that you can use to get working in the interim.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arekolek
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Fire designers!!!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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Why? Those are the best designers ever!!!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arekolek
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JK. I guess nobody got the joke :(

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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It was a joke? Oh sorry, about, that, but you know you still have to be careful on what you post.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arekolek
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Next time I will add a wink smiley :P

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/harkrank

Why don't you focus in trying to make a decent product instead of wasting time and money redesigning a perfectly fine mascot? To follow the "flat" retro design trend that will be gone in one year?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

Hi harkrank- we spend an incredible amount of time revamping the product and making the learning experience better. The Duo owl is not the only component of this redesign. You will soon see a much more cohesive design with added functionality. We are not jumping on the bandwagon with these updates :)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smearedink

a) They already have a very decent product.

b) An important part of a product is its design.

c) There is a great deal of evidence that this clearly is not the only aspect of Duolingo that is being worked on.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pablogday
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Why can't you enjoy an awesome product without being rude? They're not charging you for god's sake.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dlingo789

I don't mind the look, I'm not bothered, but you really MUST include the articles der, die, das in the German noun vocabulary lists!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77
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Maybe you should bring this up somewhere else?

5 years ago

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