Later this week we will be shipping the first Release Candidate build of Firefox 3.5, which is currently in the process of being evaluated by our exceptional QA team and testing community. This also means that we are now ready to finalize the design of the new Firefox icon.
I want to thank everyone who provided feedback on the icon during the design process. But more importantly I want to thank the new icon’s creator Anthony Piraino from the Iconfactory. He did a great job with the design work, he very quickly adapted iterations as we changed our direction and sent feedback, and he wasn’t the slightest bit fazed by a completely transparent process that designers often find to be a bit uncomfortable.
The updated Firefox icon is based on sketches and conceptual artwork by Jon Hicks and Stephen Horlander. It is also of course an evolution of the previous rendering of the Firefox icon which was created by Jon Hicks, based on a sketch by Stephen DesRoches and the creative direction of Daniel Burka and Steven Garrity. More information about the history of the Firefox icon is available in our creative brief. All of the designers on Mozilla’s original visual identity team provided feedback on this update, along with Mike Beltzner, Asa Dotzler, John Slater, Paul Kim, Tara Shahian, Alexander Limi, Jennifer Boriss, and the broader Mozilla community.
Files for the new Firefox icon are below, as well as on wiki.mozilla.org.
Download everything (2.9 MB)
We will also be releasing vector files for the new Firefox icon (to help with crop circle planning, etc). However we need to finalize a license agreement to accompany them (please do not sell unauthorized physical copies of Firefox with nice box art). We should have those files ready soon.
More information about the project can be found in these earlier posts:
5/06/09 – Thinking about Refreshing the Firefox Icon
5/14/09 – Evolving a Product Brand
5/15/09 – Creative Brief for the New Firefox Icon
5/15/09 – New Firefox Icon: Iteration 1
5/15/09 – New Firefox Icon: Iteration 2
5/17/09 – New Firefox Icon: Concept Rendering by Stephen Horlander
5/20/09 – New Firefox Icon: Q&A
5/20/09 – New Firefox Icon: Iteration 4 + Modified Creative Direction
5/20/09 – New Firefox Icon: Iteration 5
5/21/09 – New Firefox Icon: Q&A, Mostly about Orange Juice
5/22/09 – New Firefox Icon: Iteration 6
5/22/09 – New Firefox Icon: Iteration 7
5/26/09 – New Firefox Icon: Iterations 8 and 9
5/28/09 – New Firefox Icon: Iteration 10
5/30/09 – New Firefox Icon: Iteration 10 in Context
6/02/09 – New Firefox Icon: Iterations 11 to 14
6/06/09 – New Firefox Icon: Iteration 14 in Context
6/17/09 – New Firefox Icon: Q&A