Jan 19, 2011

The W3C Gave HTML5 a New Logo but What’s That Mean?


The New HTML5 Logo
In a recent article via WebMonkey, Scott Gilbertson states that “HTML5 already enjoys more buzz that a web developer left alone in the back of a Mountain Dew truck (it even has it’s own posse), the only problem is that the buzz makers conflate just about every emerging web technology under the HTML5 umbrella. Purists have long decried headlines proclaiming the glory of HTML5 above an article about JavaScript and CSS 3, but now the one group that ought to know best appears to throwing in the towel and embracing the HTML5 hype.

While the new HTML5 logo looks good, the FAQ that accompanies it is troubling. According to the W3C, the logo is “a general-purpose visual identity for a broad set of open web technologies, including HTML5, CSS, SVG, WOFF, and others.”

The logo’s not spectacular but I think it’s a good and sound design. I have a feeling however that, it may fade into the abyss. Wouldn’t you strip the logo/brand off of your site/collateral once your audience realized it doesn’t actually mean anything? Gilbertson elaborates, “Lumping everything together is as silly as a carpenter referring to every tool in their toolkit as “a hammer.” I totally agree. Read the full article here…

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