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Update: Khan Academy has a new logo!

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    E4E6

    Welp, time to leave KA!

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    BB-8

    I personally dislike the new logo. I wish Khan Academy would revert to the old logo and color scheme.

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    Nicholas

    I think the new logo is a bit nice, it will just take some to get used to, it looks like a plant, which is a good representation of growth and learning, which is what Khan Academy is. But why did you have to change the styling and color scheme? The old green one was really nice on our eyes, and the text colors are not really that great anymore, especially those in the "Subjects" menu.

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    Hopper Is Me

    I kind-of like the new logo change, as it represents growth and "building blocks". But what I don't like about it is how the color themes for each subject have been scrapped and replaced with a navy blue color theme. In my opinion, I liked the color themes that went along with the different subjects, and also would like it better if the logo could change colors with the corresponding subject color too. Just an idea. 

  • I agree the logo is okay......
    But I don't like the new colour scheme.
    If you look in "Science and engineering"
    The top bar is dark blue whilst everything else is pink.
    The logo is okay but please bring back the original colour schemes!

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    Aditya Pimplikar

    I like the new logo. It is more modern, good looking and meaningful than the old green leaf. The color scheme, according to my opinion suits the logo, but doesn't go with the color schemes of each subject. It'd be great if you match the new scheme to old subject one. You guys also need to work on the text colors! 

    Proud to be a KA user!!

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    Chris

    I personally think that it's wonderful that Khan Academy is updating. While there are some things that I would change about the new design of the website, I am overall proud to be part of this awesome community, and happy that we are getting a fresh look. Thanks, KA!

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    Elizabeth Lin

    Hello! I'm Elizabeth, one of the designers at Khan Academy. I can provide some context as to why we adjusted the colors across the site.

    We decided to remove the colors from domains because having different colors for domains doesn’t scale well to many subject areas. Furthermore, most of the colors we were using weren’t accessible, and we need to make sure our colors are visible to all of our users.

    This doesn’t mean we’re making the site less colorful! This blank canvas will actually enable us to make Khan Academy even more colorful and whimsical in the future 😊. Right now, the Dark Blue headers are an interim state. In the future, we will be introducing more multicolor illustrations and multicolor icons. Here’s an example of where our visual style is going: https://khanacademyannualreport.org/.

    Adding more whimsy and color is our next priority and this neutral background allows us to scale fun more quickly across Khan Academy! Here’s a peek at how our icons might look in the future. This is still a work in progress, but you’ll notice that now we can use multiple colors in one illustration.

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    Jett Burns

    I like the new logo, and agree with the reasoning behind changing it. In addition to the logo change reasoning, could the reasoning behind changing the colors be posted as well?

    I'm confused by the removal of subject colors, they were very nice. The new dark navy doesn't seem to fit at all, especially for all the subjects across the entire site; it seems dark and menacing rather than bright and cheerful. I know the navy is used to match the logo text, but I don't see why the subject colors were removed.

    Also, the blue header text certainly looks like a mistake in the launch, not to mention how dull the subjects dropdown looks now... it needs some color!

    As a web developer, I take notice of modern and clean websites, I very rarely see dark colors used as the main color for a website, it's usually a mix of light and cheery colors....

    Maybe the team is planning to improve the colors soon, but I'm just posting my initial thoughts.

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    Jett Burns

    How about that, Elizabeth posted before I did, lol! Thanks for the clarification, it really helps.

    Proud to be a KA volunteer!

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    thur

    Wow ! you are amazing guys , developing gives us new spirit and increases our enthusiasm for learning  =)
    the idea behind the logo is  so proper for your  mission =) but I think the colors in both logo and website are so dark . could you make it lighter  ?

    anyway , thank you for every thing you have done 

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    Elizabeth Lin

    Because we decided to condense our color palette for scalability and accessibility, we had to eliminate the different colors for different subject areas. Unfortunately, this meant that we had to get rid of the different colors in the Subjects menu.

    In the new design system, all links on Khan Academy will either be Blue or Black. The alternative here would be to have an all Blue links Subjects menu. We felt an all Blue subjects menu would be too overwhelming to scan, so we chose Black here instead.

    We understand that it makes the Subjects menu harder to scan, so we're going to try and explore ways to make it better!

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    ACobolʇPiⓔceOfToasʇ«π

    "KhanAcademy: The Blue Update"

     

    I personally liked the other logo better. But its still khanacademy!

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    Paradoox

    I kind of like the new logo. But the design. Khan Academy used to have a more material-esque design to it and made it more unique from other superflat modern site designs. (e.g. Reddit) The blue is a little out of place but I think it looks relatively okay. Though it will take some getting used to. Another thing: why revolve a logo change around a new subsidiary app? The Khan Academy Kids doesn't seem to be the main "Khan Academy". Though I don't wholly support the change, I am fine with it.

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    Hann 建翰

    I personally like the previous logo (a hand spreads out a lot of leaves, simple but meaningful). but, it's still KA, all good!

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    WhoAmI

    I liked the old logo better personally. Since KA is no longer using the leaf logo, are the leaf avarars being removed? (I hope not).

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    Anshuk C

    The logo's pretty but it'll take some getting used to! Apart from what others have mentioned about the color scheme across the website, I feel like the hexagon's color should be the same green as the one used in the previous leaf logo. It provides a sense of familiarity to the website and yet keeps things new. The new logo's color is kind of washed out in my opinion...

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    Sana

    I like the logo shape (and the idea behind it), but not the color itself. Personally, I preferred the original color and design of the KA leaf, but this one isn't too bad.

  • Will this new update incorporate more/new avatars?

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    Marli

    I absolutely hate the new update. I can't find anything. I think I may stop using Khan Academy. You had a good system before. At least include a way to revert to the old version.

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    Paul Friedrich

    Since the rollout of the new design started I am having trouble with my points and progress. Specifically all my hours and energy points from July 21st and July 22nd dissapeard. Having the website keep track of what I am doing has always been very important for me and to me always has been this site's best and unique feature. I would be dissapointed if it became unreliable.

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    CosmicFire -Khan2018 EP Race

    Honestly? New navy blue and colorless subjects look weird. 

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    RandomProgrammer24

    Phew... now I can stop getting complaints on that logo program I made... that program was honestly a mistake -v-

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    Elizabeth Lin

    Anthony, yes! We are working on creating new avatars and characters to go along with our new system! Keep an eye out for them next year 😊

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    PlatformerKing

    Can't wait, @Elizabeth!

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    SawyerNelson

    Hey, just putting in my 10 cents, I am in favor of the new logo. I think it's sleek and modern, and honestly just looks more professional. I'm glad the graphics team is moving on and improving the site. So while I like the old, I welcome the new.

    (And they're right about googling "hand-tree logo")

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    Gaurav Kumar

    Kinda don't like the color choice tho

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    checking testeee

    nice

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    Enyinna Amobi

    It's so boring

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    Regina Litman

    Before I even read this in the Support Community, my thought upon coming to the Khan 
    Academy home page today was, “Wow, how pretty the site looks today! What happened? Is it because I am in someone else’s house instead of my own? [which I really am]” But now I know why. Thanks for your work on this. Now if only Khan Academy would decide to not go through with that new unit mastery system and keep our videos and articles in our progress counts....

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