Google's New Design

7 May 2010 - 7:14am
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Prashant Dixit
2008

By now, I’m sure we all must have noticed the new design that Google recently rolled out. I somehow feel that the left hand sidebar filters can be designed better.  Even the transition from more search tools to fewer search tools does not seem to be very smooth. Google has been experimenting with this sidebar for many months now. I wish if there was an option to “turn off” this new sidebar. Though I really like the way more filters are given in search categories such as Images, Books etc.  Especially the color and type search in images is absolutely fundu. It’ll take some time before the users get used to it. With this design, it catches too much of eye attention for the sidebar and is not really easy to ignore if one doesn’t want it.

Thoughts??



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7 May 2010 - 8:46am
John Yuda
2009

I like it. It needs some work -- especially with some of the contextual changes -- but I think it does a good job of exposing some of the functionality of Google that wasn't well-known previously. I also like the "something different" section, although I'm not entirely sure how useful that is, or if it's just kind of interesting.

If nothing else, it's shortened the line length in the search results. I expect to see Amazon-like refinement of the sidebar over the coming weeks and months.

7 May 2010 - 12:10pm
r32soul
2009

i think top nav and side nav are redundant in a way.  Also I click on Map link, the side nav disappears.  If I click on Updates, it brings the Updates link to the top, but it doesn't do it for other links.  

Maybe they are still experimenting, but there are a lot of interactions which I am confused why it is that way.  

I like that they are trying to add advance filtering in a "smart" way based on the category of search a user choose.  I still don't know if this helps user get the "result" that ultimately is the goal of a search engine.  Seems to me, it's just more clicks and and puts the onus on the users even more to look and find what they are searching for

7 May 2010 - 12:37pm
missu
2009

Maybe it is my monitor, but the colors of the icons seem so bright/saturated, which kind of make it seem fake or maybe child like. When I first landed on the results page a couple of days ago, I thought I put in the wrong url, but I couldn't have because I mostly use Google via the Firefox search box. The words look bolder. Even the Gooooooogle at the bottom, looks bolder and brighter. Did they change this because people complained it was to light or the contrast with the white background was not good enough?

I will say it makes narrowing down the type of search item you are looking for a little better. I don't like that they made the advertising column take up more space which makes the search results section smaller. The search results page kind looks more blog-like.

I agree the top nav is redundant and they should change it to be their different apps like :

Search, Maps, Gmail, Reader, Calendar, Blogs, Groups

Or something similar. I agree it needs more work and they are probably waiting for the publiic's feed back since these days it seems like people/companies role things out half done and wait for peole to complain to fix it or implement new features.

7 May 2010 - 1:06pm
umanka
2010

Both google and youtube are going through UI changes. But I am not sure why they do not want to roll it to all pages and keep it consistent. Though the button (sharper) and link style (no underline and brighter color) have changed in homepage, the images and few other pages still have old style.

I feel this is intentional to collect some data on new design performance. It makes sense for youtube as the layout remains same when playing different videos. So you can test wether horizontal volume control is better or vertical. But I do not see how they can compare Google homepage and images page?Then again, it might be that Google just forgot to change the style in sub pages :)

10 May 2010 - 2:00am
Puja
2008

I would say its good that Main pages and YouTube search patterns are different, Probably You tube needs to much of drill down approach to find some thing very relative on the contrary when person searches on google main page, His classification of what type of result wether it pic, image, book is drilled at first level,

  Yes the button style and underlining thing should be updated, However Top bar having the same links is creating cious, I think only required items like login, gmail n orkut should remain and others can be removed,

  Things which i think would be very useful to people will be secondary search related to Primary one for example if you search Images then secondary search appears for which size: 600*480 pixels...etc,   and comparision on the basis of horizontal volume is best for images and veritical works best for the text...they had done smart thing!!   Any more thoughts???   Cheers, Pooja R UX - Designer
 
  On Sat, May 8, 2010 at 12:35 AM, umanka <umanka@gmail.com> wrote:

Both google and youtube are going through UI changes. But I am not sure why they do not want to roll it to all pages and keep it consistent. Though the button (sharper) and link style (no underline and brighter color) have changed in homepage, the images and few other pages still have old style.

I feel this is intentional to collect some data on new design performance. It makes sense for youtube as the layout remains same when playing different videos. So you can test wether horizontal volume control is better or vertical. But I do not see how they can compare Google homepage and images page?Then again, it might be that Google just forgot to change the style in sub pages :)

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