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Update: Khan Academy has a new logo!

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    PlatformerKing

    I really like this new logo.

    I think it is nice and flat, modern, and beautiful, whereas the old logo was rather generic and I had never really liked the green color. I'll admit, at first I was disappointed about the color scheme, but after reading Elizabeth's posts, I can't wait for what they add next, including new avatars and flat design graphics.

    I'm very glad to see Khan Academy's development team is still alive, because I really thought they were done making changes. This makes me feel very exited to see what's coming around the corner.

    In short, I approve. 😉

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    Therese

    Yo! It's dope! Where can I get the merch 👀

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    Anthony+Joseph Mullan

    By new do you mean that you're replacing the old ones?

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    Anthony+Joseph Mullan

    The new colour scheme looks like you're trying to copy Facebook!

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    Vanellope

    I love it. I had gotten attached to the former so initial reaction was missing the former, but color scheme-wise and shape-wise the logo goes really well together.

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    Addie

    As much as I and the community appreciate that Khan Academy redesigns to ensure everyone can use the website easier, the color choice isn't being received well. I do understand that the shorter range of colors is because some colors weren't accessible or visible to some colors, but for me the dark blue color seems depressing, not encouraging. I cannot speak for others, but I would appreciate it if we had an option to change the background color to white. 

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    Leslie Atkins

    The circle-outlines around the subject topic recently disappeared (about the same time the logo changed.)  I mean the outlines that show the approximate percent of completion.  These were very useful.  Could the staff please comment on why these are no longer enabled?

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    Alexander Schott

    I agree with many other folks who think the new color is too unnatural. I'd like the "real" green one before. It was much more pleasant than this one. This feels cold. I major in computer science and I understand the points Elisabeth made but Jett Burns have said everything right. Depressing is the right word for the choosen color, thank you Addie for commenting that.

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    Gabriel

    I like it, and I think it looks better than the previous logo.

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    Aditya Dutt

    Why fix something which wasn't broken?

    The new Font looks like a departure from the professional sort of look Khan Academy has always aimed for. Nothing wrong with that and in my opinion, it looks fine.

    I hope this is part of a list of bigger changes because this isolated change feels really weird.

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    Anthony+Joseph Mullan

    You say "(try Googling ‘hand tree logo’...)" try the same thing with "blue pentagon and plant logo" it's harder to find than "hand tree logo"

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    do.viet.cuong02

    I do not like the new logo, not at all. The change was very much reasonable but I wish you had not gotten rid of the old logo's organic look.

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    Lara Valcarcel

    I sort of like the new logo, but I like the old one better. I don't like the new colour scheme, and I don't like the new unit mastery system. (mean it.)

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    Adrien.Candiotti

    While I understand the necessity to make the website accessible .. I does not feel right.


    Mainly the new colour scheme. It felt smooth and relaxing .. now I feel like i'm navigating my bank or an other corporate website..

    Also, the old exercise/topic system was more intuitive.
    I have difficulties finding anything.


    This is not just a "i was used to it" complaint, it's just way less enjoyable..


    Sorry, i know it's hard work to change all this ... But I really feel like those changes could be balanced.

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    Katherine Wang

    The new logo is great and all, but seriously. The color scheme is so... depressing.  Navy blue does not look very good and just doesn't go with KA.  It's great and perfectly fine that they're updating KA, but I like the old logo and color scheme better.  Maybe pick more cheerful colors?

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    PlatformerKing

    Hey there, fellow users!

    I've noticed several of the latest posts have been saying that they dislike the new color schemes.

    I originally thought the same, but Elizabeth Lin posted something that may help you understand a little better.

    She says in the post that the bland color scheme is simply way for them to make a "blank canvas", so they can make even better color schemes and illustrations in the future.

    I hope this clears some things up for you guys!

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    Katherine Wang

    Ok, thanks!

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    jess.t.moody

    Looks so fresh and versatile! Great job to everyone on the design team!

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    Hamid Khan

    This is just brilliant stuff. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Hamid from UK

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    RAINE

    I don't like the look of the new logo.

    The best way I can think of to describe how I feel is that it lacks the elegance & finesse of a brand logo that I'd personally want to associate myself with. This isn't something that I'd be okay putting as my phone wallpaper, it'd look weird. Most good brand logos that people would want to associate themselves with I'd say make for great wallpapers.

    I find that the colour doesn't suit the shapes. The shapes inside the hexagon are what I can best describe as chaotically unaesthetic. This colour is a sharp contrast to the old logo colour because it doesn't induce calmness. This colour is more engaging and the shapes inside the hexagon should reflect that.

    And now moving on to suggestions as to how I think the logo could be improved:

    The calmness of the circle feels out of place because the colour doesn't embrace it. I'm not saying the new colour is bad (it's an engaging colour) but the design doesn't suit it, it doesn't complement or support how the colour makes people feel. If you're going for the fresh, new & sleek "modern look" then the design doesn't feel modern enough... it's like the marketing team was split in terms of what they wanted the new logo to do.

    A lot of the comments I've read on this post are okay with the new logo, so maybe it just doesn't suit my tastes.

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    To13

    Here are my thoughts on this topic:

     

    The New Logo

    The new logo is much, much better than the old one. The old one isn't professional and doesn't scale well but the new one does. As Nicholas mentioned, the new logo has a nice representation of what Khan Academy is for.

    @RAINE
    Logos are not supposed to be used as wallpaper. Logos are to be used as a small icon in the title bar of the browser, and maybe in the header or videos.

     

    The Design Updates

    Personally, at the current state, what you had a few months back was better, with all the colors. Like most of you think, I agree with that. What I don't agree with, is reverting back to the OLD design which was from several years ago. That was a horrible design, with NO responsive design and the colors were very bland.

    Now, as Elizabeth mentioned, if they are going to update the design to something that looks like this:
    https://khanacademyannualreport.org/
    I am definitely happy with it because it is very attractive, well designed, professional and idealistic for a web design. The white space averts attention from the background, and focuses the reader to the main content. Some people may say that white space is bad but it is actually very good and promotes. One of the most successful ads Apple released was the silhouette ads with improved their marketing. All the focus was on one thing, a silhouette. The rest of it was white space, or colored space. A counter argument may be, why not make the website have a colorful background? An entire background with color is not a good web design technique and is more idealistic for individual sections or images/videos rather than a website.

    Overall, I like the new design (not the current design), and where it is going is even better.

     

    Things KA Can Improve

    Khan Academy still has many things to improve, which I will tersely explain in bullet points below:

    • Video design... I believe that Khan Academy should improve the video designs from just a "scratchpad" and make more animations and introduce more fun characters for younger kids. Early Math videos may not be fun to watch, without a fun character explaining them the work, with fun animations as well. Everything should be printed text, and not handwritten. I am not saying Sal is bad, and I enjoy listening to him, but what I am trying to address is that younger kids may not be interested.
    • Missions... I noticed a migration from missions to a new method of practicing, and other things like "course challenges" and "mastery levels." I love the change and the new design being incorporated, but missions are still very helpful for learning. I think they need to bring back recommended learning into the new system OR if they aren't migrating, update the design of the mission page, because it seems like that part of the website is not being maintained much.
    • Computing Platform... The biggest issues are found in the computing platform. Almost everything is wrong about this platform... from Oh Noes (xD) to design issues. I will address some main issues... KACP is not being maintained. Why is the design lagging behind? For example, in videos, the design updates aren't fixed yet in the comments and some minor layout problems are happening. At one point, for me it wasn't even working. Next... embedding programs. When I try to embed programs I make into my personal sites outside of Khan Academy... problems happens immediately. For example, unnecessary, annoying and confusing scrollbars when you remove the editor. It has gotten even worse after the design updates. Finally, Oh Noes. Oh Noes is completely out of date, as if it is from several years ago (which it is). Several CSS functions doesn't even work such as animation-fill-mode. The editor doesn't support pre-processors like SASS which would be really helpful to teach students about a web development career. On top of that, KA disabled features from Processing JS like blurring certain objects, not the entire canvas. The live editor is not very clean and doesn't indent correctly. It would be nice if developers take some time to brainstorm and fix some of these issues.

     

    That is all I have about the new design and logo.

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    PantheraTigrisAltaica

    I love the way khan academy is improving! However, while I like the idea behind the new logo, I think I prefer the old one (single leaf) better. The new one seems a little generic and I don't like the color as much. Maybe it was just my familiarity with the old but I'm sad to see it go. I'm not as bothered by the other changes as many are, though I wish we could get that old green back. It was friendlier and just spoke learning and growth and Khan academy. But I look forward to seeing how much more everything changes in the future.

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    To13

    I have noticed a lot of confusion over KA's odd changes in design, and I am confused as well. It was great just the way it was... was it?


    I just found something that looks really awesome, which these changes are heading towards:



    I think these are really awesome and KA should make their website like this. I found some other cool ideas they are designing after some research.

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    Anthony+Joseph Mullan

    So any planed date for avatar releases?
    *Crosses fingers for Terratrice*

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    Regina Litman

    I haven’t gone after any of the other avatars and have kept the original leaf that was the old Khan Academy logo. But I would change my logo (which I’d have to come over to the web site to do because this ability doesn’t appear to be in the iPad app) to the new Khan Academy logo if you were to make it available. I don’t know what Terratrice is, but if that’s the new Khan Academy logo, I’ll cross my fingers for it, too.

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    Anthony+Joseph Mullan

    I was talking about new avatars

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    Regina Litman

    @𝒜𝔫𝔱𝔥𝔬𝔫𝔶+𝔍𝔬𝔰𝔢𝔭𝔥 𝔐𝔲𝔩𝔩𝔞𝔫  So was I. I know I'm a bit wordy, but in my last comment, the only comment in between your two comments, I was asking for a particular new avatar, too, namely the new Khan Academy logo, to replace my current one. That's the old Khan Academy, single leaf logo.

    I don't know what Terratrice is (yes, I know, I could have Googled it), but I noted in my comment that if Terratrice is the technical name for the new Khan Academy logo, that's what I'll be crossing my fingers for, too. If Terratrice is something else, then I hope if you keep your fingers crossed, you'll get it. But in the meantime, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for the new Khan Academy logo as an avatar.

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    Anthony+Joseph Mullan

    What's with the new comment system?
    Khan links don't show the thumbnail anymore,
    There's no post button for comment on a Tips & Thanks
    When opening a program it starts on the questions page instead of Tps & thanks

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    To13

    Love the design, the features are a bit off, with the new comment system. This system was implemented a while back with the video comments (and works really good with it), but the programming discussion is a bit annoying.

     

    Also, since they didn't update the layout of the programming page, the design leaves way too much whitespace. :(

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