In all of the discussion I’ve read about Google’s App Engine, I’ve rarely seen anyone call attention to the logo. That’s a shame. The App Engine logo is a brilliant piece of work.
I mean, look at that thing. Strap some stubby little wings on a big ol’ turbine engine, and get ready to go somewhere. What a great visual metaphor for the promise of programming against part of the Google infrastructure. And check out those understated colors. That is a logo that gets its point across without searing your eyeballs or resorting to smoke and mirrors.
Whoever designed the App Engine logo is due some major kudos.