We're all familiar with Android's little green "bugdroid" logo. We see that cute, green, capable looking robot everywhere. It actually wasn't the first robot logo that was associated with Android. The original drawings of the Android logo were recently released by the designer, and one can imagine Google marketing executives probably twitching violently over its kooky, spare parts rendering.
Some writers have called the first mascot terrifying. I look at it more like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. There's something to love there underneath the pinwheel eyes and semi-menacing hand pincers, but you wouldn't want it as the poster child for anything.
The wacky first drawings of the robot were created by Google employee, Dan Morill. As he explained on his Google+ site, there was a method — or at least a reason — behind his madness:
"See, we were prepping for an internal developer launch (meaning, we were going to ask Googlers to start fooling with the APIs and give us early feedback), and I had no eye candy for the slides we were putting together. Hence these guys."
Who here among us hasn't been told there was a meeting in 15 minutes and "you need to come up with an idea? I know I have, and when I look back on that original idea I wonder if aliens had briefly taken over my brain. So I can empathize with Morill's last minute efforts, and willingness to share them.
Morill's designs had a brief life before designer Irina Block came up with the stalwart little green "bugdroid." Morill writes that he came across the original designs when he was doing some tidying up of an NAS server and decided to share them with the world so we could see what might have been.
Far from being bummed out about his designs not marching into our daily consciousness, he gives a shout out to Irina Blok for her now famous design.
Whether or not you feel some quirky affinity for the definitely funky early concept, or the pinwheels, pincers and Frankenstein construction scares the crap out of you, you have to give credit to Morill for sharing his early ideas with the world.