Will This Be The New Google Web Design?

Apr 19 2010 by Jacob Gube | 170 Comments

Google — it seems — is testing a new design today, demonstrating it to certain visitors of the site. This type of live testing is common (the process known as split testing) to evaluate the efficacy of a new design.

Could this be how Google will look soon? Check out some images comparing the new design versus the current design.

Logo

Google’s logo is larger and its colors appear brighter with the reduction of the text’s bevel. The drop shadows of the letters are pulled in closer to reduce their prominence. The overall effect of the logo tweaks is that it looks more modern.

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Current

Logo

Front Page

The search input box is bigger. The design has switched the buttons from the user’s default browser buttons to CSS-styled buttons, providing more consistency between different browsers and operating systems.

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Logo

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Logo

Front Page with Suggestions

The Ajax search suggestions are the same as the current design, except for a light blue border around them instead of the dark gray that presently surrounds the suggestions.

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Front Page with Suggestions

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Search Results Page

With the current design, you have to click on the "show more options" link to display the left sidebar. The new design has it expanded by default.

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Search Result Items

All hyperlinks except the title of the search item no longer have text underlines.

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Search Result Items

Current

Left Sidebar

They’ve added icons and made the search option links larger — presumably — to see if more people use them.

Left Sidebar

Footer

They cleaned up the footer to match the new logo design.

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Footer

Current

Footer

What do you think of the new design?

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About the Author

Jacob Gube is the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions. He’s also a web developer/designer who specializes in front-end development (JavaScript, HTML, CSS) and PHP development, and a book author. If you’d like to connect with him, head on over to the contact page and follow him on Twitter: @sixrevisions.

170 Comments

MP

April 19th, 2010

Looks fresh and awesome!

ELQ

April 19th, 2010

I like it. They’ve kept the functionality while making it seem easier to read and the reduction in shadows makes it look more ‘clean’.

AzeriFire

April 19th, 2010

I was waiting for it :)

Richie

April 19th, 2010

The new design certainly looks neat and appears more user friendly. I like how certain areas of the webpage have been given more attention, like the hyperlinks, footer and stuff. The image search is a lot clutter free too :)

I hope they continue working on this redesign!

Ryan Fitton

April 19th, 2010

I have preveiwed the new google homepage, it was oay but i’m still not used to it.

Alan

April 19th, 2010

Interesting list of changes, nothing mind blowing but its good to see little changes here and there to keep up with the new trends.

Will

April 19th, 2010

I had this pop up for me over the weekend. I really like the simplified approach, and the move away from the previous almost ‘plain-text’ sidebar links for search options. Iconography looks good, adds a bit more colour and personality to the page. My only concern would be for netbook users who lose a bit of screen to the new permanent (I assume) sidebar.

Josh

April 19th, 2010

Really liking the new Google design.
All browsers will display Google to same; it seems Google is catching up to modern design!

Great job Google, hopefully the new design doesn’t have the fade in effect…

Aaron

April 19th, 2010

Wow, very clean and sharp – like it!

V1

April 19th, 2010

So they are finally pulling through with the new design? THe new designed could only be seen if you did a cookie hack for google.com. But its nice to see it finally online. I have been using it for 3+ months now, and i like it more than the “regular” version.

Mathew Carpenter

April 19th, 2010

I noticed the new design the other day and was quite impressed. Although they are subtle changes, I think they look awesome and make the overall design feel cleaner.

Stephan

April 19th, 2010

eigentlich ja egal wie es aussieht oder ? google ist google ;-)

Nedim Sabic

April 19th, 2010

I think it´s fine, just the left bar will be a temporary thing in my opinion. It will have an huge impact on usability and will be dismissed.

Oliver

April 19th, 2010

I already see this new design, when I’m logged in. I like it and feel better with it. It’s cleaner and seems to be more serious.

Jacob Gube

April 19th, 2010

Thanks for your feedback everyone.

@ELQ: “Cleaner” is the one word that would define the new design, you’re right!

@Alan: Definitely. They want to keep it relatively the same to maintain their brand. Just a little bit of a facelift to update the look-and-feel. You see these types of redesigns on well-established company logos, to refresh their look.

@Will: Good point about Netbooks and small monitors.

@V1: This is just my guess (based on my knowledge of Google) — They’re probably split testing, showing the new design to some, and the old design to some, to see what effects the new changes have on interaction. Read about split testing via this article.

Abdelaziz Abdalla Zarouni

April 19th, 2010

Hi,
I have been seeing that from more than one month.
Middle East – UAE
Thank you

Lee

April 19th, 2010

I’ve had this layout showing up on my work PC for a few weeks, I really like it.

Beth

April 19th, 2010

I’ve encountered this design some months ago. The permanent sidebar without an option to roll it up really diminishes the user experience with 1024×768 resolution – that was the reason I went to pains to find a way to turn it off.

Martin LeBlanc

April 19th, 2010

Great walk trough – I like the new design, but the icons for the sidebar is really bad. Both blogs, updates and discussions are all chat bubles. The images icon is very hard to recognize also.

Geeee

April 19th, 2010

That’s how it should look like long time ago :) looks good

Alice

April 19th, 2010

It’s got a clean design and lots of improvements. I really like it!

Daniel15

April 19th, 2010

Haha, the new layout appeared for me on the 13th April. I like it :D
However, one odd thing – It only appeared in Firefox for me. Even after refreshing the page 10 times, Firefox always showed the new one, and Opera kept showing the old one. The URL was identical, and I tried clearing cookies. Very odd.

Here’s a comparison screenshot I did when asking friends about it: http://ss.dan.cx/2010/04/13-21.24.53.jpg

HD Guy

April 19th, 2010

The new Google design looks pretty good.

Darek

April 19th, 2010

Looks nice. Sidebar makes layout more complex in my opinion.

Jakob

April 19th, 2010

This has been in testing for random users since November last year :/

Altan

April 19th, 2010

Very nice.

Thanks.

Corey Ballou

April 19th, 2010

I began noticing the left column quite awhile ago. Either I’m not particularly observant or I just barely got my version of the logo changed. Either way, I must say I like the leftnav and the revisioned logo.

krike

April 19th, 2010

I think the layout looks much better then before.

gale

April 19th, 2010

i like it!colorful and lively…nice that they’ve added buttons for the sidebar and the logo is flat compared to the old one but still i like it..

Rachel

April 19th, 2010

I noticed this on and off throughout last week. I really liked the improvements. It looks much cleaner, more simplified and much more up to date than the current Google. The only thing I’m not too fond of is the sidebar. I think it will be useful for many but I prefer to look through my searches without a sidebar as it is, for me, just easier to look at. If there’s a way to turn this off then it’d get the big thumbs up from me! :)

Jordan Walker

April 19th, 2010

I like the first one.

Mac

April 19th, 2010

This design has been available with the use of a javascript command for a long time now. I’ve been using it and love it.

Sakti DC

April 19th, 2010

i think the new design is better

Yorkshire

April 19th, 2010

Looks very smart and crisp.

Natalia Ventre

April 19th, 2010

I agree with Martin LeBlanc about the icons. The logo is much better, finally they ditch that nasty drop shadow.

Gercek Karakus

April 19th, 2010

New one looks way much cleaner and I am really glad that they finally figured out that underlining links are so old school. Also, new logo is way much more appealing.

However, the use of icons is so confusing. Put the news, blogs, discussions, updates icons in one place without labels and ask people to label them. You will see that it is really confusing for people.

Pedro Lopes

April 19th, 2010

I’ve seen it a couple of times now… but only when I’m logged out!

It looks much more modern… and Google kinda needs it! And specially in apps… Comparing mobile phone’s Gmail with desktop version…

Adam

April 19th, 2010

The new logo looks awesome.

Ethan

April 19th, 2010

This design has been available to Google Chrome users for over a month. I like it.

James

April 19th, 2010

I’ve been seeing this revamped google for a few weeks now and really liking the new results page, find it useful to easily flip between the different result types etc. Also the cleaner (if that’s possible for google?) and more modern looking touch is nice to see. Hope this gets rolled out fully soon.

Scott Petrovic

April 19th, 2010

I really like this new direction. It will be interesting to see the results if Google publishes them in terms of performance. I am not a big fan of heavy beveling or drop shadows with the old design, so the cleaner look is easier to read in my opinion.

Edmundo Junior

April 19th, 2010

Here change last month but now back to the old one (current).

Really like the changes, has some way to test this new interface with cookies or something?

Bob

April 19th, 2010

Yeah, I’ve been seeing that design for a month or so now. Interestingly, it shows up when I use Google Chrome, but not Safari or Firefox.

yonasu

April 19th, 2010

Looks very clean, I like it!

Mike Cane

April 19th, 2010

>>>Search Results Page

I’ve been getting this for the past week. And I really, really, really hate it.

Timothy

April 19th, 2010

Hmm I thought everyone had this already. I got the new look and feel in late ’09. It is a very good improvement, in my opinion.

Addam Hassan

April 19th, 2010

I’ve been using the new Google at home for sometime. I think it’s a lot more user friendly.

@Bob That’s what I have been getting too using a BT dongle.

Rafael Masoni

April 19th, 2010

Finally a redesign I like!

Jaina

April 19th, 2010

I like it – crisper, cleaner and a lot tidier. Updated the look and feel without a drastic overhaul.

Bsu2

April 19th, 2010

It’s already for Opera users, and it’s awesome!!

Manko10

April 19th, 2010

I like evolutionary redesign or realignment. The new design looks fresh and modern but I think Google shouldn’t change it’s logo. The new one looks like (sorry for political incorrectness) a cheap Chinese plastic imitation.
Maybe it’s just me but I think the new logo looks like sleazy toy. In my humble opinion it would be better to leave the logo as it is or to make it in solid color.

Jeeto

April 19th, 2010

I’m looking forward to the cleaner look, should Google decide to keep it. It appears to become less “techie” and more stylized in a sense.

V1

April 19th, 2010

@Jacob;

Since nov 2009 ;)

David

April 19th, 2010

This looks great, especially the left sidebar, very useful indeed :) 10/10

Christopher Burd

April 19th, 2010

All the changes seems good, but let’s face it: these are minor tweeks, nothing to swoon over.

Toning down the junky 3D effects on the wordmark makes the colours seem harsher. I wish they had reduced their luminosity a tad. While they’re at it, find a new font.

Kat

April 19th, 2010

Well over a month ago I started seeing the new design on my work computer. I liked it. I got used to using the new sidebar on the search results page. I wanted it to stick around. Then one day it disappeared.
I’ve been hoping it would get the green light to replace the current design. Waiting and hoping it would come back… Glad to see its making progress :)

Liam

April 19th, 2010

personally i think the sidebar is a waste of room, as it has the same options that are already at the top of the page. the new logo is also a massive mistake. it looks tacky. and the buttons? square?! please keep to round and ‘bubbly’. i had this layout as one of the split-testers, i just deleted the cookies and am now back on the old, better layout.

abhishek

April 19th, 2010

Wow you gave explained look but I think you have missed something in the time measurement part . I have captured those and they are available on my blog http://xpressabhi.com/new-avatar-of-google-search/ Generally it measures time in seconds but here google termed them in very interesting ways like..microweeks , parsecs, epoches, nanocenturies, warp and many more. They are listed at my blog post. Link is above.

Louis

April 19th, 2010

I noticed this “redesign” on April 9th, early in the morning (Eastern Time), and it was only appearing on Google.ca (I’m in Canada). When I switched over to .com, I didn’t see it.

Here’s my tweet about it:

http://twitter.com/ImpressiveWebs/status/11869389905

I was a little upset that I didn’t screen grab it, because it disappeared after only a few minutes.

Carlos G

April 19th, 2010

One big change that would suggest Google would be placing the next page buttons on the top of the page. All navigation and search options in a fixed place on my monitor. My mouse wouldn’t have to move at all for displayng the next page search results. No scroll and click, scroll and click, just click, click, click.
And it would be perfect to have also that next button on a keyboard hotkey. But I guess that would implie my operating system, browser and Google altogether.

dq

April 19th, 2010

Looks nice on the whole but the drop shadow on the search field is unfortunate. The text field should be recessed in the page not sitting on top of it.

Gabrien

April 19th, 2010

Thanks for such a thorough comparison Jacob.

Links look so much cleaner when they aren’t underlined.

Joel Kidd

April 19th, 2010

It’s funny how such a minimal design to start with can have so many changes and how much these changes improve the site. It goes to show how less is often more!

Cook

April 19th, 2010

the logo looks cool….really liked it

Henrique

April 19th, 2010

I’m afraid to say that I’ll miss the current one :)

Taranfx

April 19th, 2010

This is NOT new, it has been around since november 2009. Here’s how you can try it http://www.taranfx.com/try-new-google-search-caffeine

Buckeye Express

April 19th, 2010

small stuff matters. i love it.

Yui Mousa

April 19th, 2010

I noticed some time back. Almost a month ago. I found a guide on how to search google from the firefox address bar and all of a sudden everything looked newer. It looks exactly like the new site of which you have screen shots. I thought it was just me but not so. Anyways its a cool design :)

Derrick

April 19th, 2010

I’ve been getting this design for at least a month as well. I live in southern Indiana.

zilti

April 19th, 2010

I had it, too, since saturday.
I don’t like that they removed the Buttons “[ ]Search all pages [ ]Search only pages in german [ ]Search only pages from Switzerland” (I’m from Switzerland). I hope they’ll add them again. It’s not that I’m using them everyday, but from time to time it’s really handy and then I don’t want to first move over to the extended search.
But besides that it’s a really nice redesign, the bigger result titles which are at the same time the only elements underlined and which don’t stick at the left border anymore really enhance the overview.

Anna

April 19th, 2010

Agreed with Mr Burd. Good Day -

Francesco

April 19th, 2010

Personally, I’ve got it since a couple of weeks…
In Italy

Ronald

April 19th, 2010

I’ve had this for weeks as well. What’s interesting for me is that the new design shows up in Firefox, but not Chrome.

Wickerpedia

April 19th, 2010

As I say in my post:

The new Google logo no longer has the 3D-rounded look. While this was trendy a few years ago, now 3D images should go the way of stick-figure clip art. After all, once something is added to Microsoft Office it generally means it has lost all design appeal.

http://wp.me/pi0M0-4i

thenonhacker

April 19th, 2010

The new design reminded me of Bing. Competition is great, and Google is reacting!

steve

April 19th, 2010

Nice upgrade, think the new logo looks cleaner and like the blue around the suggestion box. Good work google

Bryan

April 19th, 2010

I’ve already seen this live somewhere maybe it was using linux? I think the new changes are good and probably increase load time to be faster. I’m a big fan of HTML5 and CSS3.

Jacob Guite-St-Pierre

April 19th, 2010

Oh very interesting, I didn’t see that. Thanks for the quick article.

Max

April 19th, 2010

I have seen this design 1 or 2 weeks ago already for a few days… today again.

Ctax

April 19th, 2010

Photoshop!

This is so obviously fake. There is barely even a shadow!

Bryan McAnulty

April 19th, 2010

I noticed this redesign at the end of last year on my laptop. Hasn’t changed on my main workstation yet. I’m surprised they are going through such a long testing period. I definitely like the new version better.

David Shellabarger

April 19th, 2010

I just got the new design and it has a new feature as well.
For certain search terms it has a “Not entirely unlike” heading in the left side bar. It shows synonyms.
http://www.google.com/search?q=test for example shows” assay exam and personality quiz.

Paul

April 19th, 2010

I want to go to there

Alessandro Bahgat

April 19th, 2010

I understand they have been doing slice testing on this design, but how would you *measure* the impact such changes would have on user’s behavior and experience?

I mean, is there any directly measurable effect when changing this kind of things?

dcolumbus

April 19th, 2010

So is this what bloggers mean when they suggest to “make sure you write every single day on your blog – no matter how simple.”

So they lost the bevel… Shocking. Yet this article has had over 80 comments thus far. What am I doing wrong? :P

Thanks for the rundown!

NickDesign

April 19th, 2010

Great post!!!I like it better. Google’s colors are fresh and more alive.

Faizal

April 19th, 2010

Look better with not closer shadow and lesser emboss

Steven

April 19th, 2010

I have been using the new design for a while now, and I have really liked it. Having the sidebar for search results is really useful.

Greg Babula

April 19th, 2010

New page is looking sweet!

reezluv

April 19th, 2010

I am really surprise when google make a transformation. While browsing, I didn’t realize that they have changed!Great!

chris

April 19th, 2010

this is news? i thought this had been deployed worldwide. i can’t even remember the last time i saw the old one.

Jigar Chauhan

April 20th, 2010

New look is Cool..

Subhan M. Ali

April 20th, 2010

Looking at the search I felt this: seems like moving towards a yahoo kind of search interaction. (esp the left menu options with icons)

WebG4

April 20th, 2010

Well google is known for its innovation and they are planning to make evertime new.

rory

April 20th, 2010

I like the new changes, sadly I can’t see the live version but getting rid of that whack drop shadow and underlined links is a step in the right direction. GO LIVE!!

Nice spot by the way sixrevisions.

Rupert

April 20th, 2010

Looks more fresh and lighten. I think the feeling to search is now more pleasant…

Jonzie

April 20th, 2010

I have been tested for quite a while actually but I had no idea it was a test. I just thought google came out with new graphics. Then some time ago it went back to normal, and yesterday there it was again.

Jacob Gube

April 20th, 2010

@dcolumbus: This being a website about web design and web development, something like a Google re-design is pretty good news. It shows us how companies evolve their design over time, and most importantly, why. For example, on the sidebar with the other search options and giving them icons. I would hazard a guess that they would like their users to use those alternative searches more.

It’s about usability and how to guide the user experience. So, it’s not because of the logo change… it’s why they decided to change it in the first place. The way you phrased it, the changes are superficial. But if you inspect the before and after, the changes are very purposeful.

TimHolmesDesign

April 20th, 2010

Great article and something which I missed yesterday, I am clearly not searching google enough :o)

I do prefer the new lower shadow on the logo, much cleaner and am now keen to see and test the changes to the search if I get the opportunity.

Nice article Jacob..

Tocki

April 20th, 2010

I’ve seen this on April 1st in Stuttgart/Germany, too.

http://tocki.posterous.com/th-google-website-redesign

Ali Tabibzadeh

April 20th, 2010

It’s fantastic !
I hope google take it as a suggestion …
it’ll be great if google Update itself to the new generation of Design !

Fərhad

April 20th, 2010

I had been tested about two months before and wondered why nobody talked about it. Yeah, split testing…

Husein Yuseinov

April 20th, 2010

Definetly look better, clean and simple, thats the key to the better UX.

CrocodileJock

April 20th, 2010

I like it a lot. A subtle evolution, rather than a whole new look, but everything looks cleaner and more considered. Just wondering, if they are losing underlines from some hyperlinks, why not do it for ALL? (especially the top navigation) Makes everything a little more consistent. And Wonder wheel (seen in the left sidebar) has passed me by… I’m off to Google that now to find out more…

Katrina Thompson

April 20th, 2010

Thx for this post. I am a Google fan and I like their new look. A little cleaner and a little less cluttered. A little more modern. Nice :)

quewelcy

April 20th, 2010

I prefer new design of Google. It looks much better and brighter. Ok, I like this.

mAzzam1988

April 20th, 2010

OK… now Google is adding more images…. small ones, I know, but would that mean that in the near future there will be more?!

bigjobsboard

April 20th, 2010

Wow. I should say that the new one is better. Fairly fresh and cute. Thanks for sharing the news.

Nombres

April 20th, 2010

New design is awesome. But these testings started maybe few moths ago. Maybe today is the day when this new look rolling out to all datacenters?

Gustavs Cirulis

April 20th, 2010

It’s great! Especially the logo redesign and icon use.

Joe Payton

April 20th, 2010

is it me, or is the text a little off on the buttons shown in the “Front Page with Suggestions” images?

other than that I like the new design. A lot softer and warmer for a stark white background site.

Arthur Brown

April 20th, 2010

I’ve been seeing this design for a little while now randomly here and there. I hope it catches on as I really like this design. My friends were telling me they hadn’t seen it yet glad someone else was seeing it besides me.

Ram Clotario

April 20th, 2010

Nice. I like it! :)

AJ Batac

April 20th, 2010

This was available using a Javascript hack sometime mid-November 2009.

I liked the design. Hopefully it’s gonna be permanent.

Regards.

Cister

April 20th, 2010

I’m not at all impressed.
Logo: to go from 3-D to 2-D is a step backwards, like to kindergarten.
sidebar: takes too much room to be the default display
sidebar icons: look too simplistic in design
Buttons: see Logo comment

I like the old design, compared with this one. Try again.

Stephen

April 20th, 2010

My first reaction when I saw the story listed on the main site was “Why would Google do a CSS rotation transform on their logo and search box and put a yellow stripe in the background?” Haha.

cooljaz124

April 20th, 2010

Clean , a simple redesign. Im waiting for a complete redeisgn from them :)

JuliannTrott

April 20th, 2010

I really prefere the new design!

lava360blog

April 20th, 2010

thanks god they are thinking about removing the logo shadow :-)

Lesley

April 20th, 2010

I got this new design already for some weeks on my computer at work. Is that possible?

Michelle

April 20th, 2010

I like the upgrades. They are clean and light, and make for a better experience.

Andre Alforque

April 20th, 2010

Google has been doing split testing since at least last November.

There was a new Google homepage where you load the page and nothing but “Google” and the search box appear (no buttons, no text). Only when you move your mouse into the content area does everything appear. They pushed this into production, but added the buttons back in.

A couple features you didn’t mention:
1. if you return to the search results page, you may get a prompt for more recent news.

2. integration of social networking if you’re logged in.

Hugo J

April 20th, 2010

I like the new features of the new Design

JollyMail

April 21st, 2010

hmm, not much difference, it looks as though touchup work only.

Stijn

April 21st, 2010

Seriously. I’ve been getting this for months now. Very easy to get used to. And ’bout time they got rid of that shading. So 1990′s.

Sasa

April 21st, 2010

I have this interface as default on Google Chrome almost 3 months already.

Dean Pugh

April 21st, 2010

Looks fresh and clean. I like it, but then I usually like new things.

Does adding the “Show more options” by default clutter up the results page a bit though?

Waseem Bashir

April 21st, 2010

At present the too much shadow effect is old school.
I like your version pretty much

I think google should buy this version from you :)

Denise Lavery

April 21st, 2010

Nice design. My only quibble is the glaring white background. This can be troublesome for people with a visual impairment.

Mostafa Omar

April 21st, 2010

really very nice

STUDIODAR

April 21st, 2010

Fresh and better!

Samantha, Grafdom

April 21st, 2010

Nice, fresh and visually more appealing.

I would seriously suggest they look into revamping their Webmaster Tools Dashboard though. I think they should have columns of data to make it easier for developers to spot errors and alerts from the dashboard and then delve in for further investigation.

Janet Moody

April 21st, 2010

Simple and clean — definitely more appealing and contemporary. Nice job, Google designer!

Zak Groner

April 21st, 2010

I’ve had this theme showing up on google for months now, but only through firefox. It doesn’t appear like this in any of my other browsers.

sinisterdesign

April 21st, 2010

much better. logo sucks LESS now, but still one of the single worst logos for a company of that magnitude. love the removal of underlines & reorg-ing of the results, though.

Midhun D

April 22nd, 2010

Yes, Its looks more cool. Fresh, neat & clean! I loved it….
I’m using this feature on Firefox/3.6.3. really great work Google..

Pavan Somu

April 22nd, 2010

The new design was looking clear and sharp.

Imad Mouaddine

April 22nd, 2010

I like google for the fact they care less about the look and give more attention to functionality.

googlove

April 22nd, 2010

This design has been around for a while:
http://gizmodo.com/5412801/how-to-try-the-new-google-search

luismcara

April 22nd, 2010

I like the new one best

Askar Sabiq

April 23rd, 2010

waw, very nice and clean design !

Fikri Rakala

April 23rd, 2010

Simple and modern

Nick Clark

April 23rd, 2010

So much better, what an amazing difference a few simple changes makes. My only issue is that we don’t end up with a browser with so many lists of side categories actually making it harder to find what you wanted in the first place.

All in all better.

Karen

April 25th, 2010

Yes, Its looks more cool. Fresh, neat & clean! I loved it….
I’m using this feature on Firefox/3.6.3. really great work Google..

Alan

April 25th, 2010

waw, very nice and clean design !

Joseph

April 25th, 2010

Yes, Its looks more cool. Fresh, neat & clean! I loved it….
I’m using this feature on Firefox/3.6.3. really great work Google..

bob

April 25th, 2010

The old one is dull and bland, this one is more simple and colorful.

Matt

April 26th, 2010

waw, very nice and clean design !

Ian

April 27th, 2010

Yes, Its looks more cool. Fresh, neat & clean! I loved it….
I’m using this feature on Firefox/3.6.3. really great work Google..

Deadwin

April 30th, 2010

its nice design…

Darcy

April 30th, 2010

The new ‘options’ look particularly good. I’ll like the visual nature of them.

Adel

May 2nd, 2010

Hi,

Im not English and i dont speak very well english,but Google to me dont changed nothing ! :( why can you tell me.

Mike Key

May 5th, 2010

Wow, I didn’t even notice that mine had changed until this article. I do like the new side navigation. Huge improvement in neatness.

Jbow

May 5th, 2010

Ilike the new Google look !

William Patton

May 5th, 2010

doesn’t look to different on the surface but I like the new sidebar options, although it’s not that different to clicking the “+ show options” it’s right there with no messing.

The logo looks so so different *holds up sarcasm sign* lol

Misha Rabinovich

May 5th, 2010

Hello,
Great job, and it looks like Google took your design?
Misha

Albert

May 5th, 2010

Okay, why do people like this new design?!
The new GOOGLE logo is flat and boring. I like the 3rd aspect of the current logo. But who cares about that, what really is annoying is… the new search left hand side bar! Now that just sucks!
I don’t want to see that every time I do a search. I want to see my search results, and as many of them as possilbe!!! Don’t waste my precious space.

And then there is the search text entry box. They’ve gone and done something weird there with the box line thicknesses. It is irritating. It seems to make the eye not want to go down, but up! But down is where the search results are going to be.

Crappy design, imo. I’ve already put google in IE’s “Restricted Zone” and I am deleteing all google cookies everytime I close my browser, just to get ride of these changes. But it is not 100% effective. May be time to try out BING.

- Possibly Former Google Fan.

Albert

May 6th, 2010

Okay, why do people like this new design?!

The new GOOGLE logo is flat and boring. I like the 3rd aspect of the current logo. But who cares about that, what really is annoying is… the new search left hand side bar! Now that just sucks! I don’t want to see that every time I do a search. I want to see my search results, and as many of them as possilbe!!!
Don’t waste my precious space.

And then there is the search text entry box. They’ve gone and done something weird there with the box line thicknesses. It is irritating. It seems to make the eye not want to go down, but up! But down is where the search results are going to be.

Crappy design, imo.
I’ve already put google in IE’s “Restricted Zone” and I am deleteing all google cookies everytime I close my browser, just to get ride of these changes. But it is not 100% effective. May be time to try out BING.

- Possibly Former Google Fan.

Arefiev

May 6th, 2010

The new design sucks in two important moments:
1) Hyperlinks should *ALWAYS* be underlined. It’s a reflex for people who started using Internet before 2003-2004.
2) The left navigation panel. I like the idea (I don’t use most of that but I imagine a lot of people do), but why should it be on the left? Eye naturally moves top-to-bottom, and I want to see the results right away. It’s like in Amarok2 where they decided to devote 70% of interface surface to things that have nothing to do with music.

nome

May 6th, 2010

This site is full of bots or what ?
The new look is UGLY and it SUCK !!
It doesn’t look modern at all, it looks old-fashioned and cheap. No shadows ? Big flat buttons ? It’s an old design, not a new one.
And this left bar piss me off ! I can’t hide it even if I want to.
I want my old design back.

H

May 6th, 2010

I hate hate hate the new interface. I hate the left panel. I prefer the old simple Google. The new interface is busy and annoying.

Aaron

May 7th, 2010

What a disgusting new Google! I hate it! Is there a way to return to the old one?

Dr. M

May 7th, 2010

For me this is an extremely stupid design and I have rational reasons for that. The human brain tries to process images in case it perceived that there is something weird about it. Different brains process colour shades in different ways but there are benign colour shades and there are controversial ones like this one. Some love it and perhaps they would feel in a nirvana mode but unfortunately this could underline brain activity problems or drugs/alcohol consumption issues. The font is very bad as well. Actually it is extremely bad. They need to be out of their mind to put a font that would affect the sight of people with eye problems. This one does and affects my sight. For me the designers are armatures who are recklessly playing in what they don’t understand. This design has health affecting issues and will take them to courts if they did not put a disclaimer.

Moses

May 8th, 2010

An always permanently shown search options side bar is not part of a friendly user interface.

I just want an option to show/hide this side bar, if you like it you show it, so since I don’t like it, I wanna hide it

Andrew

May 24th, 2010

You people are all stupid, the ‘new design’ is a step backwards, the colors look childish, there is tons of wasted white space (instead of the old compact view), the sidebar in results page is stupid, the ‘fade in’ effect is the most annoying thing possible, the only good thing that is the fact it doesn’t play some crappy music by default (I’m sure it will in the future, and I’m sure all you idiots would love it)

SJL Web Design

May 27th, 2010

Great write up, personally I prefer the old logo!!

Thanks for sharing.

Jase

May 27th, 2010

The only possible reason for Google NOT offering the option to collapse the sidebar is the hope that they will generate a few more ad-clicks by drawing the user’s eye away from the relevant search results. Pretty low for a company whose mission statement is all about the user experience. http://tinyurl.com/38jjbyr

Raven

May 30th, 2010

It looks stupid and retarded.

superpao

July 1st, 2010

great article! i love the new logo, love the blue & less underlined links, love the bigger search bar & buttons. not so sure about the left nav. if im not using it already, i probably wont be any more than normal. i dont mind the look though!

Zero

July 21st, 2010

http://www.petitiononline.com/classicG/petition.html
This petition to change google back already has over 600 signatures.
Add your voice if you don’t like the change. I already did.

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