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
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...
How nice to know that those involved in Duo have gotten more secure and less desperate over the years :P
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.
They should employ you instead of the person who did the 2019 designs.
Thanks. I would love to do that. Cause the owl they have now is pretty lame.
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.
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.
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!
Linda, I agree. He looks very optimistic! I can't stand the latest one. One of my students called it "the Fischer-Price design."
Something like that also happens to humans as they age...the waistline expands and certain parts start to droop.
I think I like the 2014 Duo best. The 2011 and 2012 ones look purely frightening while the 2019 one looks very cutesy. lol
I joined in 2019, so I had no idea about Duo's previous looks! Have a lingot.
In my opinion Duo in 2014 was the best... ah... the memories...
Also the 2012 Duo still haunts me in my nightmares xD
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.
I had never realized there were letters as part of the drawing! Thank you for pointing that out!
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.
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)
I love 2014 Duo the most. Meh on the rest but 2019 is a close second. Love the Duolingo memes a ton though.
Duo 2011 and 2012 look really weird! Especially 2012 :)
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The 2019 design is the best for turning Duo into a penguin though.
That is really cool!!! Thanks for sharing that, i had no idea!!! Lingot making its way!!!
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.
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.
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.