Will This Be The New Google Web Design?

Google — it seems — is testing a new design today, demonstrating it to certain visitors of the site. This type of live testing is common (the process known as split testing) to evaluate the efficacy of a new design.

Could this be how Google will look soon? Check out some images comparing the new design versus the current design.

Logo

Google’s logo is larger and its colors appear brighter with the reduction of the text’s bevel. The drop shadows of the letters are pulled in closer to reduce their prominence. The overall effect of the logo tweaks is that it looks more modern.

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Front Page

The search input box is bigger. The design has switched the buttons from the user’s default browser buttons to CSS-styled buttons, providing more consistency between different browsers and operating systems.

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Logo

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Logo

Front Page with Suggestions

The Ajax search suggestions are the same as the current design, except for a light blue border around them instead of the dark gray that presently surrounds the suggestions.

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Front Page with Suggestions

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Search Results Page

With the current design, you have to click on the "show more options" link to display the left sidebar. The new design has it expanded by default.

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Search Result Items

All hyperlinks except the title of the search item no longer have text underlines.

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Search Result Items

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Left Sidebar

They’ve added icons and made the search option links larger — presumably — to see if more people use them.

Left Sidebar

Footer

They cleaned up the footer to match the new logo design.

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Footer

What do you think of the new design?

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