Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Philadelphia Inquirer choses makes a strange app icon choice: former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter

This has to be the strangest choice for an app icon I've ever seen: U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.

Why The Philadelphia Inquirer would want Arlen Spector's face as their app icon is one of those questions I suppose that has no answer other than "don't question the thinking of a newspaper executive, it will drive you crazy."

The good news is that once you have downloaded the app the actual icon you see in Newsstand is different – though I have to say that the actual icon is really no better, a dark photo and the name of the paper so small that a magnifying glass wouldn't be of much help.

It is reported that Arlen Specter is now doing stand-up comedy, and isn't too bad. Maybe the management team at the Inquirer are attempting the same.