Not even the classic Google homepage is safe when the search giant reveals its intent to roll out a sweeping series of graphical improvements across Google Search, Google Maps, and Gmail over the next several months.
While the only specific example of a change we have is that redesigned homepage, as seen to the right, Google's explanatory blog entry says that there are three key principles that the changes will adhere to:
- Focus: The new Google will try to remove the clutter from its interface, highlighting the content you're looking for while removing anything distracting. Even the search buttons won't light up until you mouse-over, apparently.
- Elasticity: No matter what device you're viewing Google.com from, the search giant wants you to see pages with a consistent visual design.
- Effortlessness: In short, Google wants to keep everything looking clean while invisibly running current web technology like HTML5 and WebGL.
I, for one, am looking forward to the inevitable backlash, as thousands of disgruntled users campaign for Google to change it back.