Google updating its search result page design

There is only so much you can do with a search page. But Google has worked wonders with theirs. From changing the Google logo to something topical through Google Doodles, to adding mini games for the London 2012 Olympics they definitely put as much fun into a simple search text box as possible.


Google's current design

After successfully redesigning the results page for tablets last year, mobile phones received the update just a few weeks ago. Now the desktop is set to get the same treatment, with the updated design hitting US browsers first, with other languages and regions following as soon as possible.


Google's tweaked results page

As you can see, the new design moves the navigation menu on the left into tab like buttons below the search term, above the results. The top black navigation bar has also gone.

Google is changing the design to focus on the answers you’re looking for, whether from web results or the Knowledge Graph feature. The same tools are all still available; you just need to click on ‘Search Tools’ to access them.

Source and Image: Inside Search

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I got the notice that starting 16 November, there would be no more ability to have a background image for the Google page. That's another change too!

Harkaboy said,
YAY... more whitespace. Just like in Google+.
(Not that I use G+, just saying.)

I remember posting a screenshot in various places when Google+ changed their layout and there was all the whitespace. What the screenshot showed was that Google search results have basically ALWAYS had ridiculous amounts of whitespace, yet there were ZERO complaints about too much whitespace.

What people are really ticked about is change. That's it. In general, humans don't like change.

But complaining about whitespace? really? talk about "first world problems".

Harkaboy said,
YAY... more whitespace. Just like in Google+.
(Not that I use G+, just saying.)

I remember posting a screenshot in various places when Google+ changed their layout and there was all the whitespace. What the screenshot showed was that Google search results have basically ALWAYS had ridiculous amounts of whitespace, yet there were ZERO complaints about too much whitespace.

What people are really ticked about is change. That's it. In general, humans don't like change.

But complaining about whitespace? really? talk about "first world problems".

I could understand moving the menu from the left to the top if they then did something with the empty space to the left instead of leaving it dead. What's the point? That said, it may just be the example image used in this article as I can't see the new layout yet.

Mine randomly changes which is quite annoying, at first I thought it was some buggy extension I've got in firefox but I guess not.

What a retarded redesign. Let's say I do an image search. Before, I could just click the size in the sidebar, pick a color, etc. Now I have to make THREE clicks just to filter the results. WTF?!

Drossel said,
What a retarded redesign. Let's say I do an image search. Before, I could just click the size in the sidebar, pick a color, etc. Now I have to make THREE clicks just to filter the results. WTF?!

more clicks for everything

Drossel said,
What a retarded redesign. Let's say I do an image search. Before, I could just click the size in the sidebar, pick a color, etc. Now I have to make THREE clicks just to filter the results. WTF?!

I agree.. this is very annoying.

Mocosoft said,

I agree.. this is very annoying.


I agree, filtering results became much worse. Moreover they removed option 'Larger than' in image search...

coth said,

I agree, filtering results became much worse. Moreover they removed option 'Larger than' in image search...

Really?
Those *******... >_>

GS:mac

Drossel said,
What a retarded redesign. Let's say I do an image search. Before, I could just click the size in the sidebar, pick a color, etc. Now I have to make THREE clicks just to filter the results. WTF?!

Agreed. It might look a tad cleaner, but I'd rather not have extra clicks and now... wasted space for that area! I'm starting to dislike the direction Google is going with their designs. Google+ is a good example of something that started out looking good and turned into garbage.

It's not good, it seems like they want to make their results as thin and long as possible instead of using the wasted space on just about every monitor in the world.

I've had it in Aussie for a few days. I don't like it. I keep looking for my link to select "Pages from Australia".

On Google.com I have the tweaked design, yet it still has the top black bar. Google UK still has the old design.

djdanster said,

I've had it for a good month now

Didn't bother to pay attention, but most likely I've had it for a long time too.

But I dig all the answers I get!

WinA said,
I have this new design almost a 2 weeks! Old news

Old news indeed - I've had this design for a good few weeks now too!

Indeed this isn't new but some other pointless article for google to trawl. I've had this for weeks and I'm in the UK.

WinA said,
I have this new design almost a 2 weeks! Old news

Nice update! Lets see if Bing can counter this because tbh Bing's instant answers are limited compared to Google's and are extremely subjective to regions!