Google is set to get their first major re-design in its entire 13-year history. Google CEO Larry Page has recently sated the company’s stockholders by delivering strong numbers and now can focus more on other areas of the business.
Page has decided it’s about time the internet search giant gets a makeover. He has reportedly been pushing for the company to develop a more unified look and feel across all of its components.
“Larry likes things done fast, so he was like, ‘Hey guys, can we completely transform Google’s look and feel by the summer?’ ” said Jon Wiley, the company’s lead user experience designer for search. “As designers, we kind of felt like we were the dog that had caught the car.”
Page “cares passionately about great design,” and believes that a common “design language” could unify Google’s range of online products, Wiley added.
One aspect – the social networking site Google+ – is the debut of the direction the company wants to move towards in their re-design process. Now, they are working towards taking that same minimalist style and applying it to the company’s other sites like Google Calendar, GMail, Google Docs, Google Search, and more.
“Our ultimate ambition is to transform the overall Google experience, making it beautifully simple, almost automagical, as we understand what you want and can deliver it instantly,” Page explained. “Yeah, we are creating a language for Google. We are trying to tell a story with the design that is reflective of Google’s character and personality, the things that make Google, Google. It’s kind of hard to describe in words.”
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