Nintendo Switch’s Asymmetrical Logo Would Drive Designers Nuts
By Dorothy Tan, 09 Jan 2017
Like bad kerning, asymmetry can really annoy a designer, or anyone who cares about having things orderly and neat.
If you are someone like that, you may not want to take a closer look at Nintendo Switch’s logo or risk getting all angsty—as pointed out by games artist David Hellman on Twitter, the logo is not symmetrical.
According to Hellman, each side of the logo has a “different apparent visual weight”—however, due to how our eyes work, the logo does look symmetrical even if it is factually not.
To make it clearer, Hellman has actually recreated the logo to show what it would look like if it is actually symmetrical—the result looks glaringly lopsided.
Scroll down for the games artist’s analysis of the Nintendo Switch logo—which version of the logo do you prefer?
Did you notice the Switch logo is not symmetrical? Each side has a different apparent visual weight, so the logo is "balanced" by eye… pic.twitter.com/rFp34LyOoA— David Hellman (@davidhellman) January 6, 2017
If the sides were really equal it would look like this. pic.twitter.com/klrwTWpNvi— David Hellman (@davidhellman) January 6, 2017
Here's my "fix" which restores true symmetry and looks a bit nicer imho, but I admit it's less clearly 2 controllers and it reads "CD". pic.twitter.com/nszyLqS4xh— David Hellman (@davidhellman) January 6, 2017
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