AOL’s “Back to Classic” link doesn’t change AOL back to “Classic” look.

And the goggles, they do nothing!

This is your brain on AOL

If you don’t use AOL or visit their home page you might not know that in honor of their newfound freedom from Time Warner and their Dec. 10 IPO (they’re trading on the stock market again under their own ticker – AOL – for the first time in years), they got rid of their pyramid/evil eye logo and replaced it with wow, about twenty new logos, which mostly look like food-colored brains and jellyfish (it’s just AOL’s way of Rorschach testing you folks, don’t worry).

Will this image offend the Catholics? It certainly offends me.

The new logos, designed by random guys that AOL’s devs found in San Francisco on whoah-groovy-man acid trips and psychiatrists who administer the latest in Rorschach tests, now run along the top of the page in one big, ugly clusterfuck. The new look is, among other things, disgusting, nor is it easy to get rid of, since the link on the bottom left of the home page, clearly marked “Back to Classic”, just changes the backgrounds without getting rid of the logos – or the new look.

Classic link does not equal Classic look

So much for AOL’s “Classic” look (which I never liked, anyway); it seems it’s been laid to rest along with AOL’s UK message boards, Hometown pages, and Xdrive, among other things that AOL users actually (how could you guys?) liked.

I hate jellyfish. I *really* hate purple jellyfish.

Unfortunately, the only workaround I can suggest for now is to use Yahoo!, MSN, NetVibes, or another home page for your email and news. If the “Back to Classic” link ever gets fixed or a workaround presents itself, feel free to share that in the comments or to send me an email.

Hide AOL logos per visit

If you just want to turn off the logos, look in the top upper right-hand corner of the home page. You’ll see tiny thumbnails of the brains logos. There’s a link to the right of them that says Close. Just click it and they’re gone. You’ll have to keep cookies enabled, though, or the jellyfish logos will come back to torment intrigue you each time you re-open your browser and/or refresh the page.