Google planning to release overhauled designs on Search, Maps, and more

In a blog post written earlier today, Google announced its plan to overhaul the design of many of its services, including Google.com, search results, Maps, and Gmail. The search giant says it is working “on a project to bring you a new and improved Google experience.” Google also says that the new designs users will begin to notice very shortly all have three basic principles:б═focus, elasticity and effortlessness.б═

All three principles are detailed below:

  • Focus:б═Whether youБ─≥re searching, emailing or looking for a map, the only thing you should be concerned about is getting what you want. Our job is to provide the tools and features that will get you there quickly and easily. With the design changes in the coming weeks and months, weБ─≥re bringing forward the stuff that matters to you and getting all the other clutter out of your way. Even simple changes, like using bolder colors for actionable buttons or hiding navigation buttons until theyБ─≥re actually needed, can help you better focus on only what you need at the moment.
  • Elasticity:б═In the early days, there was pretty much just one way to use Google: on a desktop computer with an average-sized monitor. Over a decade later, all it takes is a look around oneБ─≥s home or office at the various mobile devices, tablets, high-resolution monitors and TVs to see a plethora of ways to access the web. The new design will soon allow you to seamlessly transition from one device to another and have a consistent visual experience. We aim to bring you this flexibility without sacrificing style or usefulness.
  • Effortlessness:б═Our design philosophy is to combine power with simplicity. We want to keep our look simple and clean, but behind the seemingly simple design, use new technologies like HTML5, WebGL and the latest, fastest browsers to make sure you have all the power of the web behind you.

We’ve included a screenshot of Google.com’s new upcoming design:

The new Google.com - links moved to bottom left and right; smaller logo; cleaner

New Google Maps design featuring more bolder buttons; cleaner interface

The new Google search results page featuring a cleaner design

What do you think of these new designs? Are they long-needed? б═

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