Google rolls out new design

Google on Wednesday announced the release of their latest homepage and search design. The new “metamorphosis” reveals a cleaner page design with a left-aligned navigation pane and a brand new logo. 

The new left-hand navigation pane is the largest change that most will immediately notice. The fully contextually sensitive side panel gives users the most relevant categories so that users can more easily refine their search query. The new navigation panel is a combination of three previous Google technologies: Universal Search, Search Options, and Google Squared.  

Keen-eyed users should notice that Google has also given their classic logo a slight facelift. A more vibrant color palette combined with a flatter text gradient and shadow should illustrate a more modern look while still keeping Google’s trademark whimsical, minimal design.

Old vs New

The new design refreshes and streamlines the look, feel and functionality of Google, making it easier to pinpoint what you’re looking for. It’s powerful, yet simple. Today’s changes are the latest in our continuing efforts to evolve and improve Google. We've been testing these changes with users over the past few months, and what we're launching today reflects the feedback we've received.. We want to ensure that the Google you use today is better than the one you used yesterday, and these latest changes open up many possibilities for future features and enhancements.

Google has posted a video highlighting the new changes:


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virtorio said,
I had the new layout, but now it's gone back to the old one.

Same. Did you ever change your cookies to render the homepage before?

virtorio said,
I had the new layout, but now it's gone back to the old one.

Same here, I think Google reset everyone. Then you get it again in a few days/weeks

hairbautt said,
I've had this for awhile now...?

Yeah I've also had this layout for quite a while, only ever at work and only ever when using Chrome as my web browser.

Jelly2003 said,

Yeah I've also had this layout for quite a while, only ever at work and only ever when using Chrome as my web browser.

Same here, had it at work for a month or so..

Looks decent but I'm going to have to pass, I don't like having my search history stored with Google, or anyone for that matter.

YouTube redesign, now Google redesign… they really should hire a true design team… At least Google, unlike YouTube, is not worse than before.

I don't care much about the layout, but I really want them to turn off the link redirection (google.com/url). It makes it impossible to copy a proper link with any browser and it plays havoc with back button navigation when opening links in new tabs in IE. I turned of JavaScript for Google because of it, and would gladly switch to Bing if its IT-related results weren't so poor. :-/

new logo brilliant ....but the damn horrid everything search bar on the left takes up screen space and needs to be a way to remove it! asap

TR1GG3R said,
new logo brilliant ....but the damn horrid everything search bar on the left takes up screen space and needs to be a way to remove it! asap

What are you running at? 640x480?

Also, I wish they'd removed the bar at the top entirely, I hate having two ways to access the same search information.

_DP said,

What are you running at? 640x480?

Also, I wish they'd removed the bar at the top entirely, I hate having two ways to access the same search information.


lol no not tht res, but i would like the everything bar gone or im gona have to find a new search home page

dave164 said,
Hmm I don't like it.... feels really cluttered and the new way the search results are grouped seem to make it really difficult to read to me.


I Totally Understand and agree!

Hmm. Mine has gone. I used to have the new layout in my Google Chrome... Now it's completely gone. All I have is the new logo...

dimithrak said,
I've been using this for sometime now... Its the same, just alot cleaner..

Yeah I've have this for a good month or so, everything is good except the logo which for some reason hurts my eyes. Like it's got a blur over it or something...

Great! Now I'm searching like crazy (well, maybe not) in hopes that the new design springs up on me, like it did earlier this year and during the beta last year.

The first thing I thought was that they really did copy the sidebar layout from Bing. It does look pretty similar.

xcguy87 said,
The first thing I thought was that they really did copy the sidebar layout from Bing. It does look pretty similar.

As far as I can remember, this design revamp was available for use (using a cookie setting) years ago (before Bing).

Cole said,

As far as I can remember, this design revamp was available for use (using a cookie setting) years ago (before Bing).

Not before Bing if I remember well, and definitely not years ago.

Cole said,

As far as I can remember, this design revamp was available for use (using a cookie setting) years ago (before Bing).

LMAO! It was only a couple months ago, and Bing was definitely around! Wow, "years ago (before Bing).", just wow. Complete bull**** you just pulled out of your ass.

I've had that design for a while. Maybe it was because I opted in for it a while ago. Kinda got used to it. I am making good use out of the recent hits list (most recently added items).

shinji257 said,
I've had that design for a while. Maybe it was because I opted in for it a while ago. Kinda got used to it. I am making good use out of the recent hits list (most recently added items).

I opted into it a while ago too, but it definitely didn't look this polished. And the buttons were blue. It was odd.

Alladaskill said,

Really? Is that necessary? Troll elsewhere.

Not update here, cleared cache just to be sure. Nothin' =/

err... it actually really does share a few design elements from bing in it's sidebar.... how's that trolling?

Alladaskill said,

Really? Is that necessary? Troll elsewhere.

Not update here, cleared cache just to be sure. Nothin' =/

Et tu, Brute?

Edited by Bern@rd, May 5 2010, 7:59pm :

Alladaskill said,

Really? Is that necessary? Troll elsewhere.

Not update here, cleared cache just to be sure. Nothin' =/

This isn't a troll, it's the truth. Google's new look definitely looks like Bing. It may not have the same UI as Bing such as the fonts, colors, icons, etc. But it definitely is sharing some design ques with it such as the sidebar and the layout of search results...

AgentGray said,

err... it actually really does share a few design elements from bing in it's sidebar.... how's that trolling?

yep is does. Not to say it's not good. I like it a lot.

AgentGray said,

err... it actually really does share a few design elements from bing in it's sidebar.... how's that trolling?
Haven't you learned by now that if your opinion doesn't match with the Neowin collective that you're considered a troll?

iamwhoiam said,
Haven't you learned by now that if your opinion doesn't match with the Neowin collective that you're considered a troll?

Yet, he's telling the truth. The new design layout is very similar to Bing's sidebar.

Alladaskill said,

Really? Is that necessary? Troll elsewhere.

Not update here, cleared cache just to be sure. Nothin' =/

It looks like Bing. I have the new UI and they seemed to lift the design from Bing.

Meh... dont really know what i think of it, very well i only use my browsers search field anyway

Another new addition, well a week old or something si on screen keyboards for some (or all maybe?) non english google pages

Works fine here, but I do not seem to have the SearchWiki buttons anymore, which I used to hide useless results from my searches.

Yeah, its been showing up on and off for me. I just wish they get done tweaking and change it once n for all.

KoL said,
no update here :-(

Don't forget that they have hundreds of servers and databases to update around the world.