https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Connorlinde

Mind if I post something a little off topic? Duo in 2011

I thought it would be interesting to see how Duo has changed throughout the years

Evolution of Duo

September 3, 2019

56 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Davey944676

The 2011 looks like a desperate junkie lurking in an alleyway, who's just about to burst into a late-night convenience store brandishing a water pistol wrapped in a carrier bag...

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Knoxienne

Hahaha :D

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Connorlinde

What is a Insider?

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Connorlinde

lol

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusanRankin1

How nice to know that those involved in Duo have gotten more secure and less desperate over the years :P

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LordEragon05

May the Owl be with you.

2012 is my favorite owl. I did this myself. I took the 2012 owl. and added the robes and all.

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jairapetyan

They should employ you instead of the person who did the 2019 designs.

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LordEragon05

Thanks. I would love to do that. Cause the owl they have now is pretty lame.

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/la_danse_macabre

To each their own. The current one is my favorite.

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/krissabby

yes

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hoges.110

Amazing - Well done!

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BiologicalLang

I personally like the 2014 and 2019 owls the most.

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jan139433

The look has evolved to be like that of a baby. Big head in comparison with the body and big wide eyes. The face of a baby is universally popular and attracts love from all human beings, as science has confirmed. I'm fairly sure that's why they did it. It appeals to kids and adults alike, drawing out a protective instinct.

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jairapetyan

Yes, babies bring out tenderness but when the features are so terribly exaggerated it makes adults feel as if they are being treated as infants. This new design does not appeal to kids and adults alike.

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hoges.110

Now that's just plain manipulation! lol

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BiologicalLang

That's what they do to Disney princesses. Huge heads and eyes.

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

2014 is the happiest. He does it for me. 2019 looks pretty downvoted! (Connorlinde, as with your WOTD, you neither whine nor "whinje" and lighten the mood). Lingots, I think!

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jairapetyan

Linda, I agree. He looks very optimistic! I can't stand the latest one. One of my students called it "the Fischer-Price design."

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/logane616

Your student is a genius. Just sayin'.

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RicoT

Something like that also happens to humans as they age...the waistline expands and certain parts start to droop.

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

RicoT. A sensitive owl, grazie ai santi.

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ediliah

I think I like the 2014 Duo best. The 2011 and 2012 ones look purely frightening while the 2019 one looks very cutesy. lol

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryan348217

I joined in 2019, so I had no idea about Duo's previous looks! Have a lingot.

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FirePolyglot

In my opinion Duo in 2014 was the best... ah... the memories...

Also the 2012 Duo still haunts me in my nightmares xD

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J.D.582228

I love the “d u o” on the face of 2011, just the owl head alone with that “d u o” would make for a nice t-shirt design.

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ColdBird

I had never realized there were letters as part of the drawing! Thank you for pointing that out!

September 6, 2019

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    2019 makes me cringe. I know the owl is supposed to look "cute" but it's way over the top. The 2014 mascot is the best.

    September 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LICA98

    the 2014 Duo is the best

    2016 was the best year for duolingo, after that things started going downhill (e.g. streams and notifications were removed in 2017)

    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cartergraysons

    I love 2014 Duo the most. Meh on the rest but 2019 is a close second. Love the Duolingo memes a ton though.

    September 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HannahBlue2002

    Very interesting

    Duo 2011 and 2012 look really weird! Especially 2012 :)

    September 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janet240859

    Looks like Duolingo is suffering from the effects of gravity and time (like me!) with everything widening and heading south.....

    I suspect the big eyes are just the impact of very strong lenses as eyesight is also deteriorating.

    September 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Millennium-MX

    ...and carbon fiber mirrors on the side of the R8 also...

    September 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OwLeho

    I like the art of the first one actually: kind of artistic stylized, a bit minimalistic, and they even hid the name in his eyes/beak. It's a clever design that I wouldn't mind on a t-shirt. The current logo probably looks better on tiny screens though, it's more like an emoji and very internet-like.

    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RangerOfTheNorth

    2011: looks about as friendly as a gangster. More like a logo for a wine company, maybe?

    2012: looks seriously animated. More like a mascot.

    2014: I REMEMBER YOU! Still not half as cute as the 'modern' one

    2019: cute! Creepy, sometimes, but adorable, nonetheless.

    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LordEragon05

    Wow. That's cool. The owl has gotten cuter. :p

    September 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Du0Wh0

    Wow, this is so strange to see old owls! My personal favourite is the 2019 one. It just appeals to me more than the rest. Amazing how Duo has changed so much! Edit: Hey does anyone notice that the 2011 version's face has his name on it?

    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SmashCookie

    2011-2012 are the best obviously, they scared the hell outta us like if they were really sinister and wicked entities prepared to take our souls away and seal them forever into a cruel game that you've to play everyday without the least hope of escaping.

    The perfect mascots for a lang learning app beyond doubt.

    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/emagover

    haha i like the 2011 version, it looks like a maniac

    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/la_danse_macabre

    The 2011 one is downright creepy, the 2012 version is meh, 2014 is the meme owl and the most recognizable, and the current owl is my favorite.

    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Austin.Vheissu

    The 2019 design is the best for turning Duo into a penguin though.

    Imgur

    September 7, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sunmink

    That is really cool!!! Thanks for sharing that, i had no idea!!! Lingot making its way!!!

    September 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LilacDaGenji

    Yes, it has definetly changed from 3D printing to a computer logo.

    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/john962130

    2012 duo looks like he wants me to return the slab

    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Little_Tatws

    Honestly I love Duo's most recent redesign. It took some getting used to, but I'm glad things have changed since I joined (on my old account) in 2012.

    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DuoWuoLuo

    wow

    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Adis_

    Aww look at 2011's eyes :)

    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_DY4Y_

    The 2014 is the best, 2012 comes as a close second. 2011 is a cool design with the duo written on the face. 2019 is the worst.

    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dioxip

    hes been getting fat on lingots

    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/logane616

    2012 Duo creeps me out. He just stares into your soul...

    2019 Duo is much less intimidating. How can he threaten you to practice Spanish?

    In my opinion 2014 Duo is cute enough to be your friend, but if you forget to practice he'll kill everyone you love.

    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/raynoor

    Surely I'm not the only one who likes 2019 the best? 2014 just doesn't have any appeal at all to me he looks like he's going through his awkward stage

    That aside, the fact that his face spelled "Duo" back in 2011 is so clever ! Kinda sad they got rid of that.

    September 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FaisalElturki

    Didn't realize Duo is that old.

    September 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lilypotter24

    Cool! How did you find them?

    September 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Connorlinde

    Google evolution of duo

    September 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielMool

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    September 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmegaGrave

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    September 3, 2019
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