There’s no reason to repeat the changes, since they’ve been described well already, but what I’ve not yet read about, is the how the new design “feels”.
Why “feel” Google? Well, because we all use it—every day. We’re used to it, and most of us love it. And to me, the new Google design, doesn’t feel right.
The changes are subtle, no doubt because so many use it so much. Change is scary, and Google knows it.
So how can it go wrong?
The changes that annoy me, are as few as they are annoying.
- The tabs were removed in favor of small links above the search box
- They changed the way Google ads appear
- The search category
Why? I liked them! They made sense, they were close to where my mouse likes to be when I Google, and I used them all the time.
The ads used to be boxed with colored backgrounds. Now they look more like the rest of the search results. No doubt this is to increase the clickrate, which will probably happen since they no longer read as ads. But dangit, I liked it before when my inner-eye ad-filter could easily rid of them.
Where the tabs used to be, is now a light-blue area with a 1px dark blue line above it. Okay, I know this is pushing pixels, but damn it if not the category now has the same color as the advertisement right below it! GUIDE MY EYE please Google, i’m in a hurry! Don’t confuse me by smarting up on the color scheme!—Or in short, Make the category header background the same dark blue it used to be, or give me back my tabs!
Sigh. I’m sure Google usability-tested it from here to hell, and maybe they know what they’re doing.
But to me, it doesn’t feel right!