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The Google Redesigns That Could’ve Been

Google Shares Some Prototypes from Redesign Process

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Google Senior User Experience Designer Jon Wiley posted an explanation of the new Google redesign from a design perspective today. He talks about how other elements of the Google experience were made simpler to lighten the load as the left panel got more complex.

In Google’s quest to find the right design balance (they’ve been testing various left-hand navigation schemes as far back as 2006, he says), there were some throw away ideas. While I’m sure there were way more than this, he shares a few of them:

Blue Homepage

Google Blue Homepage Redesign prototype

Blue Button

Google Blue Button Redesign prototype

Universal Bars

Google Universal Bars Redesign prototype

Blue Results

Google Blue Results Redesign prototype

"While I’m very happy about our latest improvements, a designer’s work is never done," says Wiley. "We’re already testing additional refinements and we’ll continue to listen to all of you as we work to continue making search better."

Google will always make refinements. That has always been the case, and that will never change. Some will be subtle, some won’t. The user interface refinements will still probably never be as frequent as the tweaks to the algorithm.

What do you think of the rejected designs? Do you like any of them better than the current one? Do you prefer the old Google? Tell us what you think.

The Google Redesigns That Could’ve Been


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  • http://www.webpro.in Bharati Ahuja

    I like the universal bars design as it displays more options.

    From the SEO point of view also you have more options i.e one has a possiblity to see your site ranking atleast under one category or more.

    I think that Google should not go with the blue colour as the white colour has added the uniqueness to Google and that individuality should be retained.

    Else it will look similar to the 3 column SERP which Ask.com had in the past.

  • http://www.bestcasinosinfo.com/ poker

    the white color means clean the blue is not, why change?

  • http://groupemail.gteksoft.com jason

    Google page designs are simple and optimized unlike yahoo which distracts user and google is bringing more features to the page designs .

  • Shay

    LOL The designers have been flat out!

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