YouTube launches a more social redesign

Google today has pushed out an all new YouTube redesign to all users, with parts based on the experimental “Cosmic Panda” design that was unveiled in July. Video pages, the homepage and user Channels have all seen an upgrade today, also pulling some style features from Google’s other web products.

The YouTube homepage has seen a revamp with social integration and a brand new design. When you are logged in you’ll see all the new videos from your subscriptions in a list, with customization features on the left. You can filter the videos based on the selectors on the left, along with customizing your own channel, connecting with Facebook and Google+ to share videos and viewing suggested channels or popular YouTube videos.

Channel pages themselves have also seen an upgrade. Videos from the user are much more prominent with large thumbnails, information about the Channel is to the left and you can filter between several views thanks to the tabs along the top. The new channel design is opt-in for the channel creators, so you may discover many users still using the old style.

Finally, the video pages have seen a slight revamp. While button placements are mostly the same, the grey theme has been pushed throughout the design. More features from the new design are detailed below:

So far the response from YouTube users on the new design has been negative, as you usually expect when anything changes on a website. The video above has already seen 3,300 dislikes compared to just 1,000 likes (at the time of writing), and comments on the style include...

Looks terrible
You didn't listen to a single person that complained about the design.
I hate you

…and more over the top…

MY LIFE IS RUINED!!!!!!! WHY YOUTUBE WHY?! I WANT THE OLD LOOK BACK!!!!!!!!!! I HATE MONDAYS, AND YOUTUBE JUST MAD ME DESPISE MONDAYS!!!!!!!

How do you feel about the new design? Leave your feedback in the comments below.

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The old front page was crap, but at least it usually showed you which videos you had watched and which you hadn't. This one just shows everything with no indications. This is going to make keeping up with my subscriptions a nightmare.

The general look and feel is OK, although it feels lopsided with the left looking 'heavier' than the right.

Subscriptions list is showing videos that I have already watched, and now there is no way to manually remove them from the list like there was before.

Not a fan of that dull grey background and the Main page feels a bit messy.
Oh well I use RSS to monitor all my subscriptions anyway and it's still compatible with the Cosmic Panda player (on TestTube) so I'm all fine while they work it all out

I like the design overall, however a little more customization would be nice

perhaps the ability to remove or scale down the recommended bar, have the subscription list across 2 collumns, and perhaps adjust it to only show the latest few uploads from each subscription channel (similar to before)

I seem to have collected a new Google.com as well. The dual Google logos look a bit silly, and I can't say that I think hiding the rest of the useful links (Maps, Images, etc) is good for usability. Microsoft tried that years ago with Windows Live, and it wasn't good then either. The absence of the black bar is kind of nice, though, even though I'd already gotten used to it. And dumb as it may be, I don't like that clicking the Google logo once in a search won't take you back to the home page. That's a navigational cornerstone of the Internet; top left logo goes to the home page.

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/337/googj.png/

random_n said,
I seem to have collected a new Google.com as well. The dual Google logos look a bit silly, and I can't say that I think hiding the rest of the useful links (Maps, Images, etc) is good for usability. Microsoft tried that years ago with Windows Live, and it wasn't good then either. The absence of the black bar is kind of nice, though, even though I'd already gotten used to it. And dumb as it may be, I don't like that clicking the Google logo once in a search won't take you back to the home page. That's a navigational cornerstone of the Internet; top left logo goes to the home page.

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/337/googj.png/

maybe a simple "G" logo?

I tried updating my channel page to the new design, but it doesn't show the channel comments anywhere and I don't see how to enable them. Did they just remove that feature?

THolman said,
And yet again, Google manages to astound me with their tasteless, dysfunctional design...

sure it may need improvement like anything in life but its a lot better then their blad designs from years past. At least they are starting to create a more mordern design thats not like a 90s ara web page

lomas said,
feel very laggy whenever i browse the new youtube...

perhaps my laptop is not powerful enough?


Front page wasn't laggy during beta. Now it's laggy even on my overclocked sandy bridge @4.8ghz. But channels were very laggy even with old design. The main reason - buggy iframe with list of videos.

coth said,

Front page wasn't laggy during beta. Now it's laggy even on my overclocked sandy bridge @4.8ghz. But channels were very laggy even with old design. The main reason - buggy iframe with list of videos.

oh dear.... its one resource hungry website....

Ridlas said,
It makes keeping up with subscriptions even more annoying. Thank Youtube.

"You've got mail!" - yep, being what seems like one of the few people who actually still uses email for something other then signing up website logins, I get my youtube subscriptions in my inbox within a few seconds of the videos going live.


I know what you mean tho... and it always makes me wonder why youtube and the like don't give an option in your account settings to use one the old versions of the website.

Same with jobs?

sagum said,

"You've got mail!" - yep, being what seems like one of the few people who actually still uses email for something other then signing up website logins, I get my youtube subscriptions in my inbox within a few seconds of the videos going live.


I know what you mean tho... and it always makes me wonder why youtube and the like don't give an option in your account settings to use one the old versions of the website.

It is nasty... I hate it... I understand moving along and updating etc but doing such a overall of such a large site at once is stupid..

Dusco25 said,
It is nasty... I hate it... I understand moving along and updating etc but doing such a overall of such a large site at once is stupid..

To be honest, its not really a large site is it? Its just the same few pages with different videos and comments.

I like the design. I rarely use the front page of YouTube but with the update, I'm using it more often. I find that the recommendations are pretty good. There are some changes that I would've liked to see from the "Cosmic Panda" test. For example, viewing a channel didn't automatically play a video.

Anaron said,
I like the design. I rarely use the front page of YouTube but with the update, I'm using it more often.

Exactly the same.

Anaron said,
I like the design. I rarely use the front page of YouTube but with the update, I'm using it more often. I find that the recommendations are pretty good. There are some changes that I would've liked to see from the "Cosmic Panda" test. For example, viewing a channel didn't automatically play a video.

I like design, but i don't like interface. It's unprofessional. Too much of whitespace on sides with narrow compressed content. It's overloaded.

coth said,

I like design, but i don't like interface. It's unprofessional. Too much of whitespace on sides with narrow compressed content. It's overloaded.

most complain about wide screen displays (mostly apple users and their ipads)

CMG_90 said,

most complain about wide screen displays (mostly apple users and their ipads)

Its not an excuse to use a mobile interface for large displays (ie PCs) or a fixed width design. HTML provides a lot of room for dynamic sized websites, for a site such as youtube it shouldn't be an issue.

sagum said,

Its not an excuse to use a mobile interface for large displays (ie PCs) or a fixed width design. HTML provides a lot of room for dynamic sized websites, for a site such as youtube it shouldn't be an issue.

Possibly the complete opposite? For such a massive website, imagine their internals, it will be ridiculously complicated. I'd hate to do a redesign on it, it's not just a html file.

CMG_90 said,

most complain about wide screen displays (mostly apple users and their ipads)


wide screens are common on PC since over 10 years. i guess it's time for you to upgrade.
1080p is the most popular on PC right now.


ipads are not wide screen, btw

coth said,

I like design, but i don't like interface. It's unprofessional. Too much of whitespace on sides with narrow compressed content. It's overloaded.

Plus it feels like it's going in the direction of the way Myspace now looks.

flexkeyboard said,
they ruined the playlist page, now it's flipping annoying to edit the playlist

I don't really mind the new design.

I'm more worried as to why the videos now keep playing (with a buffering icon spinning around in the centre) when I hit pause, and when pausing a video does work - it no longer resumes playing.
Both are usually fixed by refreshing the page several times until it decides to work for me.