3d Google logo renderings

By Norebbo •  2 min read

I think I can chalk this set of Google logo illustrations up as something that didn’t really turn out as I had expected. Long story short, I found this logo really difficult to integrate well into a 3d space and I don’t think I really captured the original spirit of what I had set out to do. I’m not going to go as far as to call this set of illustrations a total failure, but to say that I’m glad to be finished with this set is an understatement.

I think the core of the problem was that I don’t even like the Google logo to begin with. The full-color version of it is cheap and amateurish looking for a company of this size, which is the same sort of issue I discussed when I posted my Verizon 3d logo set.

Seriously, why do big companies such as this feel the need to hold on to the logos they started with as a small startup? The cheap looking bevel and drop shadow of this logo just screams of something that a non-designer created in Photoshop in way back in 1997 during last-minute desperate attempt to create a logo for a big presentation the next morning. I don’t necessarily mind the font – as a matter of fact, it’s unique and stylish – but the bevel and drop shadow has to go!

I tried really hard to work with the logo without altering it. I really did. But the designer in me couldn’t leave it alone, and I have got to say that I felt much better about the direction of this set of illustrations once I applied my own artistic license to it. You won’t find any cheap-looking bevels in my illustrations!

Most of these illustrations focus on “search” themes, but there are a few other concepts thrown into the mix for good measure.

google logo and globe illustration

A 3d Google logo integrated into a world map background

Google help illustration

A metallic gray google logo inside of a lifesaver

screenshot of a Google search engine illustration

Google search engine illustration

google search illustration

Google internet search

google developer tools screenshot

Google developer tools illustration

google ideas screenshot

Google ideas illustration


My name is Scott, and I started in the design industry over 20 years ago with a bachelors degree in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. I have an extensive background in both 2D and 3D illustration, and these days, I spend a majority of my time creating aircraft templates and airliner art. I’m basically an airplane dork.

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