Last week, diTii reported that Google is testing a homepage makeover and a new YouTube player. It's official now, Google announed that starting today and over the course of the next few months, look for a series of design improvements across all our products, including Google Search, Google Maps and Gmail."
"We're working on a project to bring you a new and improved Google experience, even our classic homepage is getting a bit of a makeover," google stated. New Google homepage with a smaller logo and links moved to the top and bottom edges of the browser for a cleaner look:
In the image below you'll notice a black or as Google say "gray" bar and a blue search button to highlight the search box at the top of the page.
A few other design changes to help you focus finding what you're searching for include:
- An updated design for the left-hand panel of tools, where google muted the color of the tools and reserved the use of bolder colors to highlight key action buttons, tools and filters.
- The URL relocated directly beneath the headline for each search result.
- Links on the homepage moved to the top and bottom edges of your browser, making the notably clean Google homepage even cleaner.
"The new Google experience that we've begun working toward is founded on following three key design principles":
- "Focus: With the design changes in the coming weeks and months, we're bringing forward the stuff that matters to you and getting all the other clutter out of your way. Even simple changes, like using bolder colors for actionable buttons or hiding navigation buttons until they're actually needed, can help you better focus on only what you need at the moment.
- Elasticity: The new design will soon allow you to seamlessly transition from one device to another and have a consistent visual experience. We aim to bring you this flexibility without sacrificing style or usefulness.
- Effortlessness: Our design philosophy is to combine power with simplicity. We want to keep our look simple and clean, but behind the seemingly simple design, use new technologies like HTML5, WebGL and the latest, fastest browsers to make sure you have all the power of the web behind you," explains google.
Original Google homepage in 1997:
[Source: Google Blog]