The New Microsoft 365 Iconography

With a range of offerings as wide as we have here at Microsoft, our designers are lucky to work on iconography a bit more than usual than at your average company. Our latest icon...the new icon for Microsoft 365, the new home for all things Office🤩. Representing our full collection of Microsoft 365 apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android platforms — paid and free — the new icon presented our creative team with a unique design challenge...creating a harmonious icon with global appeal 🌏 that’s reflective of it's product family and aligned within Microsoft’s design systems.

To solve this issue our creative team explored distinct pathways in color, shape, and metaphor–building blocks in our icon design ethos–along with building off of tenets from #Fluent as well. We toned the original Office icon colors down to a cooler range, expanded gradients, rounded corners, while still taking inspiration from Office's heritage to land on the beautiful smooth-toned icon you're seeing today. Metaphors that helped shape the icon included interlinking, gateway, and connection.

To see the icon if you have the Office app already installed, you can now find it under the new name "Microsoft 365" or head to Microsoft Store, Google Play, or App Store and search "Microsoft 365" to download.

What do you want to learn more about from the design process? All questions are welcome and we'll try to get back to as many as we can!

Animation by Wes Cream

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