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Stack Exchange logo on Google+

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Visible artifacts

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I work at an advertising agency, and I always have to remind people to use .png or .gif files instead of .jpeg for logos and typographic images. This is because JPEG compression always results in visible artifacts. In a photographic image these are not that apparent. In a logo however, they tend to be distracting.

If that's not possible my advise is to use .jpg with little or no compression (high quality) to prevent the most visible artifacts like you see above (the dirty white around and between the lines of the logo).

Examples (I couldn't find a high-res version)


Stack Exchange logo (.gif)


Stack Exchange logo (.png)

.jpg (quality: 100, some artifacts, but not distracting at smaller sizes)

Stack Exchange logo (.jpg)

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    It's probably just me not being a design / marketing person, but I don't see much of a difference. What's the point? – Josh Darnell Jan 18 '12 at 15:30
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    +1 please use a PNG or a good GIF if at all possible. Those artifacts are SO ugly. – Ben Brocka Jan 18 '12 at 15:45
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    @jadarnel27 I added a close-up, can you see it now? – Michiel van Oosterhout Jan 18 '12 at 15:59
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    I'm sure it was a CHAOS hack job and not Jin's work. – Lorem Ipsum Jan 18 '12 at 16:04
  • @yoda I don't get it? – Michiel van Oosterhout Jan 18 '12 at 16:09
  • I'm going with Yoda here. That's not official property, just a social network. Also, because I have no clue, is it possible someone did a "import from link" and the g+ software pulled it as a jpg? I really have no clue. – jcolebrand Jan 18 '12 at 16:10
  • Ugh, the full size profile image is also not transparent nor does it match the Google+ #FFFFFF background. Fixitfixitfixit – Ben Brocka Jan 18 '12 at 16:17
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    @jcolebrand I don't see where michielvoo indicated it was Jin's work? Regardless of who's work it is, if this is the official representation of Stack Exchange on Google+, then SE (not Jin, but all of SE) should be concerned with all of their official representations. – casperOne Jan 18 '12 at 16:17
  • @jcolebrand That said, I don't think this was Jin's work either =P – casperOne Jan 18 '12 at 16:18
  • With Google+'s importance in Google search a good Google+ presence is very important for businesses as well. This underscores @casperOne's point about it being a (important) official representation of SE. – Ben Brocka Jan 18 '12 at 16:19
  • @casperOne I meant in response to his asking about what Yoda meant. I should've said "don't you think the professional designer would've ensured this was up to snuff" and I went for the shorter version. Obviously we have a SUPER EXEMPLARY MASTER OF DESIGN on staff (which should be his title or something), so that was almost obviously the work of someone else, who is not a designer. – jcolebrand Jan 18 '12 at 16:22
  • @jcolebrand I believe the official title is "CREATOR OF ALL THAT IS BEAUTIFUL DIGITAL OR NOT". I could be wrong though. – casperOne Jan 18 '12 at 16:24
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    Because Jin is the one to design logos for the stacks, no? – jcolebrand Jan 18 '12 at 16:32
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    @jcolebrand yeah, but someone surely has the unmolested art assets, whoever has the G+ account just needs to correctly save or upload a copy of the "good" art asset to G+. – Ben Brocka Jan 18 '12 at 16:38
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    for those who are interested, making the G+ profile image 200x200px, with a solid bgcolor yields the best result. – Jin Jan 18 '12 at 20:29

We updated the image it should look better now.

  • Looks very sharp, what file format did you upload? – Michiel van Oosterhout Jan 18 '12 at 20:41
  • @michielvoo png with white bg, 200x200 px – Jin Jan 18 '12 at 20:42
  • Weird that Google+ insists that it's a JPEG in the URL (although the mime type is actually correct) – Michiel van Oosterhout Jan 18 '12 at 20:44

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