Gmail was released on April Fools’ Day of 2004, and confused people whether Gmail was just another prank or an actual thing. What started as an invite-only beta-slash-fake prank is now the email
domain of more than 900 million active users.
It is Gmail who found a way to reduce the number of times we make ourselves look dumb on the internet by introducing the forgotten attachment detector and the popularly demanded Undo Send button. With the Undo Send feature, emailer’s remorse thankfully became a thing of the past. Spam
filters were also raised by Gmail, blocking out 99 percent of unwanted emails.
The first Gmail logo was sketched the night before the product was launched. Dennis Hwang, the guy who used to do the Google doodles, created the logo. It looked very similar with Google’s old visual identity; it used the ‘G’ of the font Catull while ‘m’ was represented by an envelope, and ‘ail’ was written in the sans serif font Myriad Pro.
The Gmail icon today consists of a white envelope with a red ‘M’ that uses select lines of the envelope.
Symbols related to the Gmail icon are:
Feel free to use the Gmail icon on your business card to denote your email address, or as a button on your website that directs to your email information. You can even use it as part of the content of your email.