The Web Presence Task Force is really excited about the work that @SevenHeadsDesign continues to do for our website redesign! We’re still on track to launch the new site design at the Annual Meeting in November, but we’ll post some bits and pieces here on the blog before then. You could say we’re trying to get some buzz going.

One topic of intense debate in the Task Force’s discussions has been the favicon, also known as the tiny image that you see in the browser tabs. You can see several recognizable favicons in the following screenshot from my Firefox tabs:


So, from left to right, I have Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The ASIS&T Blog, and YouTube pinned. The Weather Channel and CNN are not pinned, but their favicons are still present.

The favicon may seem like an overlooked element, but we also subconsciously internalize them as part of a website’s brand. This is why we’d love to hear your opinions on a few potential favicon designs. Which one do you like and why? For the sake of discussion, we’ll call them #1, #2, #3, and #4, from top to bottom:


Please share your opinions by replying in the comments sections of this post before Monday, September 15. The Annual Meeting is approaching quickly, and we want to have a fabulous new site to share with you there. See you then!

On behalf of your Web Presence Task Force,


  1. Sara Mooney says:

    Preference is 3. I like how it reflects an “a” but also has the is there, too.

  2. Beth says:

    I like #3 – it’s modern and interesting, with a nice feel of forward motion.

  3. Kate Dillon says:

    #4 is brilliant! It implies a person (head and body), it abstractly and simplistically conveys the reason ASIS&T members come together (information), and it reproduces well at very small sizes. My one caveat would be that it uses the same red and white colors as in the new logo. So exciting!

    1. Heather Pfeiffer says:

      I like #3; it is very simple, but cool! It also has a nice flow to it 🙂

  4. Lara says:

    I think #3 is the best. #1 is too much like @ sign, but #3 allows for that concept, but with a twist enough that it doesn’t look like the @ sign. And I’m just not a fan of #2 or #4.

  5. Lynne says:

    I’m going to throw my vote in with the #3’s, I think it’s distinctive and simple. You only have a few pixels to use with a favicon and light backgrounds tend to stand out better.

  6. Steve Hardin says:

    I like #3 the best, too. It’s distinctive, and the “is” could be remembered as “information science.”

  7. Seema Sairam says:

    I like #2. When I look at the favicons that I currently have in my browser, it’s the classic red colored ones that stand out to me. Plus, I think the color denotes importance.

  8. Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan says:

    I think #3 is better, but I can go with #2. I think we’ll be able to judge better when we see the four of them in a browser tab.

  9. Chris Landbeck says:

    #3. Most definitely.

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