Because our current Google+ logo doesn't exactly fit the trademark guidelines we need a new one!

The good news is, SE have offered to give away one amazing swag package full of Stack Exchange and Ask Ubuntu goodies to the person who comes up with the next logo for our Google+ page!

These are the rules:

  • The logo must be original and your own work
  • You need to provide a large size (512×512 would be nice, preferably SVG)
    • Make sure the logo renders nicely at 44×44, 48×48, and 200×200 pixels
  • The logo must not be too similar to the Ask Ubuntu or Stack Exchange logo (see more)
  • Since we might use the logo elsewhere too, a transparent background would be helfpul
  • One entry per per person. If you're unhappy with a previous submission, and you want to change it, consider deleting your old answer and posting a new one.

The contest closes on Sunday, 20:00 UTC, and the winner is the entry with the highest score.

So fire up Inkscape, the Gimp, read SE's trademark guidance and Canonical's trademark policy, and let's see what you can come up with!

We have a winner

Thanks a lot to everyone for participating, and to Octavian Damiean for posting the winning entry. The logo is on our page now!

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    Are we allowed multiple entries? Feb 20, 2012 at 23:33
  • It's one entry per person, sorry for adding that late. Feb 21, 2012 at 12:32

9 Answers 9


I wanted to keep it simple because I just prefer simplicity in design.

Ask Ubuntu Google Plus logo 512x512

Ask Ubuntu Google Plus logo 200x200

This is 48x48, 44x44 and 16x16 accordingly. 16x16 just to show you how a favicon would look like.

Ask Ubuntu Google Plus logo 48x48

Ask Ubuntu Google Plus logo 44x44

enter image description here

Additional material:

The logo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license. Ask Ubuntu has the full rights to use it as needed with or without attribution.

  • actually is very a very simple design and it's very easy to identify with askubuntu. That's the point, right? =D
    – maniat1k
    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:22
  • Right, the connection between Ask Ubuntu and Google Plus should be easily identifiable. Feb 22, 2012 at 10:36
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    Look's like a Hospital's logo. (I like it)
    – Amith KK
    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:53
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    Great! I love it. Everything is said by it without being overloaded.
    – Jakob
    Feb 23, 2012 at 10:55
  • Simple and powerful Feb 24, 2012 at 17:39
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    Thanks for the nice feedback guys. :) Feb 24, 2012 at 17:51
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    Congratz @OctavianDamiean! Feb 26, 2012 at 22:02

In the spirit of the sites humble beginnings, my own lack of artistic talent and etc, I present the Crayon Logo:

enter image description here

Unfortunately, due to the medium I used, I cannot produce a SVG, nor the suggested sizes - however, I can and will do a proper scan.

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    I am sorry but cannot vote for this in good faith because I am still waiting on my PONY!
    – lqlarry
    Feb 23, 2012 at 2:14
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    @lqlarry Have a pony good sir. - images.hellokids.com/_uploads/_tiny_galerie/200811/…
    – jrg
    Feb 23, 2012 at 15:15
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    The best way to buy a vote. I will vote early and vote often now. Congratulations by the way.
    – lqlarry
    Feb 24, 2012 at 3:31
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    Taking the time to add cut-and-paste letters instead of simply drawing them on makes it look a lot more professional, IMO. Feb 24, 2012 at 16:31
  • Looks Nice, Add a +1
    – Amith KK
    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:23
  • Nice dadaistic performance, by the way. Live handicraft, often better than cold pragmatism. Great picture, jrg!
    – swift
    Mar 2, 2012 at 4:57
  • @swift My pleasure, it was the first time I've had reason to pick up crayons in years, and I found I really enjoyed it. :)
    – jrg
    Mar 2, 2012 at 19:42
  • It's great :) mimic typographic looks very cinematic. If replace background to AU circle balloon it can be worthy solution for some needs, or just for new idea.
    – swift
    Mar 2, 2012 at 23:05

200 x 200 PNG with 8-bit alpha channel

48 x 48 PNG with 8-bit alpha channel

44 x 44 PNG with 8-bit alpha channel

You can download the SVG version of the logo above here:

  • You can see what the G+ page would look like with this logo by clicking here: i.stack.imgur.com/BpB9J.png Feb 21, 2012 at 1:56
  • Do you think you can do something about the slightly skewed Ubuntu? Feb 21, 2012 at 9:11
  • @OctavianDamiean: The "Ask" uses the Ubuntu font and the "Ubuntu" uses the Ubuntu Condensed font. Feb 21, 2012 at 19:08
  • Ah, that explains it then. :) Feb 21, 2012 at 19:10

512 by 512

512 by 512 without transparency, white background, PNG

200 by 200

200 by 200 without transparency, white background, PNG

48 by 48

48 by 48 without transparency, white background, PNG

44 by 44

44 by 44 without transparency, white background, PNG

I apologize but I cannot generate an SVG with the tool that I am using. I can, however, give you a super high resolution version as well as a PDF for files, and I can give you a link to a Sliderocket presentation which can be as big as your screen size. That is all I can offer for alternate options. Sorry about the surrounding white space, even though it can be easily deleted through GIMP or your favorite image editor.

Sliderocket presentation (Rev 3): http://portal.sliderocket.com/OMS/My-Presentation-3

Super high resolution (Rev 2): https://i.stack.imgur.com/iuW3T.png

Super high resolution with only 8 layers of dots (Rev 1): https://i.stack.imgur.com/455ac.png

PDF (Rev 3): http://cboos.com/My%20Presentation%203.pdf

Super High resolution with transparency and 8 layers of dots (Rev 1): https://i.stack.imgur.com/PQ57z.png

XCF (Rev 1): http://www.cboos.com/image.xcf

Changelog: Rev 1: Original Image. Rev 2: Added another layer of dots on top to make it look more complete when viewed in a square resolution. Rev 3: Seperated "Stack" and "Exchange" and altered the color of the fourth color of dots to make the color transition more smooth. Changed the color of the dot in the bottom left hand corner to be a darker orange. Increased the font size of "Ask Ubuntu" so the text would be readable at lower resolutions. Got rid of two random dots that somehow wound up at the bottom of the picture.

  • The text is way too small from 200x200 downwards. Feb 21, 2012 at 12:10
  • Yeah, the text doesn't matter that much anyway.
    – William
    Feb 21, 2012 at 13:43
  • You can see the text, depends on screen res.
    – William
    Feb 21, 2012 at 14:07
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    It might still make sense to improve the readability of the text in low resolutions. Also note that it may be rendered on poor screens and then the result is worse.
    – N.N.
    Feb 21, 2012 at 15:44
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    Does Google Plus allow different images for different sizes (44 by 44 is different then the 200 by 200 picture)?
    – William
    Feb 21, 2012 at 21:10
  • I'm getting a lot of downvotes. Could someone please explain how they think this logo could be improved?
    – William
    Feb 21, 2012 at 23:53
  • Also, in Rev 3, made the font size bigger to allow easier viewing of the text at lower resolutions.
    – William
    Feb 22, 2012 at 0:44
  • I made a screenshot. The logo looks especially nice on the sidebar, it blends in well with the white background. See the image at i.stack.imgur.com/xWmwO.png .
    – William
    Feb 22, 2012 at 5:02

Edited to make text visible even at smaller sizes (44x44 & 48x48)

Inkscape's SVG file hosted @ U1









Feel free to use the design if you can salvage it to make it better :)

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    Personally, I think it might look better with the text around the top half, instead of around the left side. Just a suggestion. :)
    – John
    Feb 22, 2012 at 4:33
  • @John I originally tried that, but wasn't a fan of it. Looked very generic (imho) hence put it across the left :) Feb 22, 2012 at 4:38
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    I like this one, and the text on the left is a nice style to me.
    – RolandiXor
    Feb 22, 2012 at 14:51

Alternate colour scheme and layout


512 by 512 without transparency,with ring,coloured background, PNG


200 by 200 without transparency,with ring,coloured background, PNG


48 by 48 without transparency,with ring,coloured background, PNG

I will add other versions later.



512 by 512 with transparency,with ring,no background, PNG


200 by 200 with transparency,with ring,no background, PNG


48 by 48 with transparency,with ring,no background, PNG

  • Mainly because of the visual noise created by an inappropriate mixture of colors and the layout problem. Feb 23, 2012 at 13:55

Better than Gold

  • An idea a little bit out of competition :) Enjoy, Au !



I'm no designer, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway. Anyone who can take the same idea and do it better is welcome to try. :) There's transparency behind the outer gradient. IMO it also looks fine on a black background.

Here's the album. Here's the modified version: 512x512

  • Here is some feedback. The Ask Ubuntu logo and the Ubuntu Circle of Friends are skewed. The gradient is way to much. It also generally has no connection to Google Plus. Feb 25, 2012 at 6:50
  • @OctavianDamiean Thanks for the feedback. I put the gradient there to let the Ubuntu Circle show on white background. And it's skewed to fit around the speech bubble, but I can make a more circular one as well. I guess the text can be changed to "+ask" to signify connection to Google Plus.
    – ChinmayD
    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:21
  • @OctavianDamiean See if you like the modified version better :)
    – ChinmayD
    Feb 25, 2012 at 12:22
  • SVG: ubuntuone.com/3Mrhzp1kwyH3YtcIdRODN8
    – ChinmayD
    Feb 25, 2012 at 16:06
  • Wow, I really like this one!
    – Seth
    Feb 28, 2013 at 22:25

Here's a PNG export of my first attempt with Inkscape (I've never succesfully made a logo in my life, let alone with Inkscape).
My attempt

The PNG export looks fine... The problem is that when I try to save it as an SVG file, the horizontal rectangle disappears. Even odder is that it looks fine in this post as well, but not on my computer when I try to open it with Inkscape again...
SVG file: SVG file

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