Trello on the desktop! Wait, where did this icon come from?

I love Trello. I don’t love the new Trello desktop app icon, so I fixed it. You can too.

I love Trello. I’ve used it heavily for business and personal projects alike. I actually pay for Trello Gold and Trello Business Class – premium features for personal and business accounts. And like many happy Trello users, I have been an outspoken advocate for the platform to pretty much anyone who would listen, prompting a least a few friends to switch to Trello for their businesses.

So I was really excited when Trello announced earlier today that the official Trello desktop app is here! EXCITE! I have been wanting this for a long time.

Now, I don’t have any design or marketing experience, so I’m no expert here–but I have also become somewhat attached to the Trello brand over the years. I like the logo and generally agree with the various ways Trello the company (and Fog Creek before it) use the logo.

Some examples of Trello logo assets, which are available at https://trello.com/about/logo

I think it is really smart when companies recognize that their users may wish to use their logo assets in non-infringing ways (many of which are sincere advocacy efforts) by making logo assets readily available to download. Trello is a great example of this. They make “the Trello logo and icon, Business Class and Trello Gold logos, mascots like Taco and Chorizo, and every Trello-related image you’ll ever need in PNG, SVG, PDF, and Sketch. And screenshots” available for download (see here).

The most refreshing thing about how Trello shares these brand assets is that they don’t overwhelm you with a bunch of guidelines that would preclude one from actually using the assets. Their guidelines are simply as follows:

Very human!

You can imagine my surprise then, when I excitedly install the new Trello desktop app today, only to be greeted by this icon:

Do you see it? This thing distracted me ALL DAY.

By tilting the logo – changing the orientation, if you will – has Trello violated its own logo usage guidelines? I have no idea, and quite frankly I don’t care that much. I just don’t like it.

Seriously, why is it tilted?

Some questions immediately come to mind:

  • What the heck is this thing?
  • Why is it tilted?
  • How can I make it go away?

Fortunately, the linux-desktop-turned-OS-X-user in me recalled a trick I learned way back when I used to spend hours customizing my system (I heart you, G4 iBook), and I was delighted to learn it is still possible today.

How to do it

The fix is pretty easy – it’s just a simple copy & paste (or drag and drop) as long as you know what you’re doing. So I figured I would demonstrate how to do this, using one of the official Trello brand assets as my new logo.

Here’s the end result:

Much better. Now I just need to find a smaller version.

If you’re curious how to do this, I made a crappy YouTube video to show how easy it is:

I am not a good YouTuber, but I am a nerd, so I tried. :)

If you made it this far I suspect that means this was helpful and/or interesting for you. If you like this, maybe follow me on Twitter, and subscribe to my YouTube channel! Thanks for reading!

For fun, here’s a picture from the way back machine, of me hacking on my first Mac – a 2005 G4 iBook. Good times.

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