Duo owl should get a new simpler design
Duo owl should get a new simpler design
As you may or may not know, throughout the years the Duo owl has gone through simplification in its design.
This trend should keep continuing so that in gets a simpler design.
The reason for this is a lot of users, although relieved to see there is no longer any shade in the design of Duo, still thinks the owl has too many shapes and they want something simpler. After conducting some interviews the message is clear:
"Seeing pictures that have shades or shapes triggers a level of realism which I find unsettling" says Aaron who has been using Duolingo for almost a week now.
Others simply want less colors.
"I want everything in my phone to be white and maximum one more color". says Jessica, a long time Duolingo user who's currently level 2 in Spanish.
Another currently growing group of Duolingo users who are not interested in learning a language but just want to use the site to get as much "XP" as possible in a language they already know in order to be the top of their "league", have also complained that the Duolingo design doesn't feel enough like a mental institute constructed in Minecraft.
So here's a suggestion how the new design should look:
Idk why people are complaining - I reckon this had more creativity and thought put into it than 90% of the other posts on the forum. I, for one, had a giggle :P
You are heading in the right Zennish direction. Here's my suggestion for basic simplicity using only the keyboard:
I hope the sub-atomic forum sheriff does not order me to delete.
The comma makes it slightly asymmetrical and I find that upsetting. I suggest (o.o)
A very valuable point. But now the curviness of the brackets is distressing me, so I am now thinking about [o.o]
There are still infinitely-many angles in the circles; why not simplify them to points:
Tbh all these suggestions for the owl are way too complicated and shapey, I would just go with this:
Exactly, right? Owls have feathers, so the curly brackets looks more like an owl. Otherwise we are going to get down to .. or 00 No beak, no feathers, no sunny little face.... Nah. Not at all encouraging ;o)
by 2021 it'll be o.o and by 2022 it'll be oo and in 2023 it will be . . but then it'll change again halfway through the year to become .. Watch it all happens XP
subatomic forum sherrif defers to county court. jury: winnie, rabbit, tigger, roo, eeyore, and OWL. am sure i left a few members out. message can be deleted prn. i just am so grateful that these learning opportunities exist.
LOL. Oh, and I agree with you. And methinks owl is not an eey-eye-sore
A circle is too complicated. I am thinking just a green line, no eyes or anything.
A line is wayyyyyyyyyyy too complicated. I was thinking the owl should just disappear entirely.
What's the fun in that? Then we won't have the creepy owl reminding us to do our lessons!
entirely??? Too much. I'm saying we brainwash everyone and say that there wasn't any bird, getting rid of the problem completely.
But the emptiness reminds me of my own mortality and how tiny and insignificant we all are in the grand scheme of the universe, giving me a sense of helplessness and desperation.
Plot twist: The world really did end in 2012, we're all just in a bubble where time is completely still and our governments staged it to make it look like time is still going.
hahaha! Excellent, I will be smiling about the 2020 owl for a while. ;)
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Interesting that the 2012, 2014, and 2019 versions of Duo have progressively larger eyes relative to body size. This makes him look progressively younger, since infants have roughly the same eye size as adults, but much smaller bodies.
So apparently Duo will vanish altogether by 2020, and then reappear as an egg in 2022!
Oh look! It's the yoke of the owl in the egg..... Did the owl or the egg come first (or the chicken become the owl.....?) Green eggs and ham and all that
I think you should contribute to the Sarcasm from English tree. Let me know when it's launched.
What about the original, 2011 logo, inexplicably left out in the original post?
Garpike, amazing, is this for real? Did the first duo logo look like this? Thanks for showing it, I've never seen it.
Have a look for yourself: https://web.archive.org/web/20110128100755/http://duolingo.com/
The owl actually started off brown, not green, if you go even further back: https://web.archive.org/web/20101225183448/http://duolingo.com/
My new favorite logo! It's adorable and looks like it cares about what you're learning...
I don't know what provoked this post, but I love it xD This is the funniest thing I've seen all day. Some lingots for you.
What provoked this post is my aesthetic preference I guess. And on that note, let me point out I really like the style of your profile picture. Reminds me of an illustration for a 19th century fairy tale book, a time when beauty rather than reduction was the preferred aesthetic ideal.
Thanks so much! ^^
That's quite the compliment coming from such a master of aesthetic logo design ;)
While I do agree, that pfp is magnificent, reductionism rocks imo. Very nice, but of course you never can account for taste. I think its just a fact a lot of people like relatively simple designs. Look at chrome. Heck, even Googles front page text is less shaded. I think people just discovered most people like it better.
The motivation behind using reductionist design is in most cases not about thinking 'people like it better', but that it's cheaper since it's simpler to make. There's even an article with the Duo owl designer where he explicitly says that was the motivation behind the 2019 design. Just search for it.
About what people 'like', it is very far from rational. It depends heavily on which options are presented to them. If you only are presented with one option even though others exist, you will not know if you would like another one better. If you're presented only with option A and B, you think you like A better, but if you would discover there is also option C, you might think both A and B suck... Funny right?
Another example is going on right here on Duolingo. Users only have one option for the design, with no possibility to select another theme.
It's kind of absurd considering already 20 years ago there existed website functionality for users to select different themes. It's not hard to implement at all. Of course when reduction, streamlining and mainstreaming are uplifted to normative directives, of course such options will not even be considered.
Interesting... I never knew it was a budget choice, though I still prefer it. I think streamlining a website is important though, since the internet already has enough information, it's actually rather relaxing not having to worry about choices with minimal consequences.
This took more time for me than it should to realise that it was a joke. The sarcasm is masterful.
Don't even bother adding eyes, we're going for simple not the Monalisa. Come on people!
If I wasn't attached to the 2014 owl (the one we had the longest) and hadn't put the work in personalising it, I would totally change my avatar to the 2020 owl!
If you are not attached to your avatar, please use the 2020 owl as an avatar! If many people did this, this would be really great and keep this satire alive across the forums.
I would totally change my avatar to the 2020 owl!
Some of us already have!
Just as a side note to people who are confused: this is a joke. No one's actually changing the Duo owl.
Just so you know people, this is a joke! I noticed that some people didn’t realize that. ;)
The 2020 icon reminds me of either a skull or a gas mask or a serial killer.
how can you do that my beautiful green (2019) OWL ... it looks like the door in hospital NOOOOOOO
Humor, especially sarcasm and wit are some of the toughest parts of learning a new language. To those non-native speakers who "get" that this is meant to be humorous, kudos. To those who think this is a literal petition to change the owl, well, realize that the joke is on you and don't take it too personally. :D
I love the way Duo looks! I definitely do NOT want Duo to turn into a rectangle! He looks so cute when he is waving at me...... do not take that away.....
" Another currently growing group of Duolingo users who are not interested in learning a language but just want to use the site to get as much XP as possible........" You people are unbelievable.Why on earth are on this site??
How much more simple could it get? Also staring into the eyes of an owl with no pupils is enough for me to delete the app, get an exorcism, and throw my phone into a river.
"says Jessica, a long time Duolingo user who's currently level 2 in Spanish."
- Sums up 95% of those "success" stories here
When I saw this post I was like, “I don’t see how it can get any simpler?” And when I saw the suggestion I just loled so hard XDDDD
gotta love it. what is the etiology of "Duolingo" anyway and why an owl? i love owls but is it about wisdom like in pooh legends?
The owl is there to stalk us and make us do our lessons. Don't insult him, or he will come for you.
The owl is the symbol of the Greek goddess Athena. Athena is the goddess of wisdom and such. Maybe it was just Luis' favourite animal...
And also, in Chinese, the voice translation of Duolingo is '多领国'(duo ling guo), which means "a lot of neighbouring countries."
I prefer 2012 owl to all others. Avoid to display the square with two holes (2020).
It's becoming more and more childish. 2020 owl: an egg with two big eyes.
No it looks like Satan took duo and turned it into a dystopia where everyone must where gas masks because of the toxic fumes while duo stares at you saying, "Always watching... Keep your streak, or say goodbye to that family of yours..."
isn't the logo supposed to be a bird and not, like a minecraft slime??
best post on the forum and really addresses an issue that has been bothering me for a while now
I don't know, i think the eyes are a bit much. Very distracting, if you know what i mean...
Vogel, I got -5 for trying to find the store!!! Some kind heart said the Chest on the bottom left was it...I didn’t realize that....(I-miss stuff because I never know where to look) hey, at 67, I need the help!!! My first phone was wired to the wall, was black and clunky, had a rotary dial!!! 48 years later; IM IN MY FUTURE!! I love using the devices, But I just do not understand the techniques in navigating around these apps....that gets me into trouble....IM AT 11 right now and literally FIGHTING FOR MY PLACE IN the top ten....wish me luck....
No, no, no! I love him. Especially the exhausted look after the competitions. But it would be great to interact with him. Please.
i think the 2020 owl should resemble a green circle. essentials at its finest
Yes. My actual viewpoint: I think this trend of super-reductionism and -simplificiation (which, to be fair, is going on not only on Duolingo but on many other sites / apps too) has gone too far. Digital images nowadays have the capacity to display over a billion colors... but we should limit it to less than the number of finger on your hands? Should every app look like a computer game from 1982?
All that is just aesthetics though. More importantly it reflects how the site is becoming more and more like a very simple game where the only goal is to get "xp" and that becomes more important than actually learning languages.
have also complained that the Duolingo design doesn't feel enough like a mental institute constructed in Minecraft.
I would really hate it if Duo was only a garbage can in 2020. At least there is a hole for garbage and recycling.
Almost there, look at podcast picture: https://podcast.duolingo.com/theme/images/duo-podcast-fr.png
Is this a joke? I actually am starting to think that Duo might look like that in 5 years.
Duolingo is unsettling either way, I'm still waiting for my family to come back.
that 2012 logo looks like it cares more about my learning, but also that it could be in my nightmares.
Totally agree! In 2030, let it just be one green screen. No details. Keeping it simple.
Maybe they should revert it to the duolingo bird from the "You've missed your daily spanish lesson" video.
I get triggered by people getting triggered and making anyone else responsible for their immaturity
The new design does not look like an owl anymore, it looks like a green ghost! Don't the people complaining about the owl design have anything better to do? I think it's fine as it is. (And now I know how people get 1000 XP in a few hours...really??? Why??? Does it feel like an accomplishment to cheat your way up to a new league?)
Actually, I LOVE the way it is now.
I'm not trying to be rude, but PLEASE do not change Duo! I think he is perfect!
Imagine you check your email and this demonic square says it's gonna hunt you down if you don't keep up your streak
Brilliant. And after reading many of the comments that follow this post, which start out near totally positive, a new trend seems to develop; one of commenters who favor the new Owl, and even seem to indirectly defend it, by criticizing those who (care so much about the old Duo). Please forgive my paraphrasing. That was my impression. It is as if THE Duolingo is prepared to defend the recent changes in the look and style of the site by indirect (guerilla?) means alone, while ignoring the obvious unpopularity of the new changes.
Being honest i dont think Duolingo needs a new logo. I personally like the one that we have now.
i like the owl as it is now, although i still am slightly unsettled by its resemblance to the demon of knowledge.
Amazingly dumb, compared to the other one. What is it that you find most amazing about the new design? Is it the improvement over the previous design? The extra personality of the design? The added enthusiasm of the new design? Or something else?
Excuse me if I aimed at the wrong guy.
I like the current design. Creative, aesthetically pleasing. Why remove it? It has a nice charm to it. :)
I really like the current owl, but I can see how you see things. Thanks for sharing your opinion. Lingot for you. :)
You may have gone some steps too far. At least include some black eyes and orange feet to not be confused with a certain computer game with a block world. :p
This is a no sense post. I don't care about Duolingo dress. I care about the interface and how it is easy to use and most of all about the content of the lessons.
I think your right, possibly a Duo owl with a simple shape and feathers design different from this one we have now. I think maybe we could have the owl holding a flag based on which language your learning as the normal one you would see. I also think this one seems nice though, so little change should happen.
No please I like the current one PLEASE EVERYWONE CHANGE PROFILE PIC TO CURRENT DUO OWL THAT ONE
Should Duo really get a new design? I like the one that is on it right now. The other one is way too creepy