Thursday, 13 August 2009

Masthead Undergoes Redesign

You may notice something looks a little different about our masthead (top navigational area on the homepage) today, and that's because we've done a bit of housecleaning. We've streamlined and simplified the design to focus on the primary experience of YouTube: watching a video. The left side is dedicated to exploration: finding videos to watch through search and browse. The right side is all about organisation of the videos that matter most to you: your subscriptions, your recent viewing history, and your own uploads.



A few features have been removed from this area, to keep it as clean and functional as possible. Unless you have items in your Quicklist or Inbox, they will not appear on the homepage, and the country and language pulldown menus, once at the very top of the page, are now at the bottom.



Next up, we'll be focusing on giving you the controls to make the masthead more personalised.



What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.



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25 comments:

dj.dark said...

looks absolutely horrible please return it to how it was before because i hate it

greea003 said...

I think it looks cleaner and clearer, a lot simpler, and the search box looks more professional

j.mandckew said...

I think its a lot harder to navigate now.
Getting to this page to view the article was harder, for instance.

:(

Harry said...

I dont like it. It looks as though it was done when websites weren't very advanced! Its awful!

solidsnake204 said...

A background of some sort is needed, perhaps a small gradient?

himynameisben95 said...

It's horrible. It look too... last minute, plus I miss all the links at the top right, they were like shortcuts. Took me forever to find my inbox, please change it back or at least give us the option to.

himynameisben95 said...

greea003 obviously works for google/youtube

Little said...

It's alright, but you guys are going overboard with pointless & stupid updates.

Dom said...

it looks nice and I like the rounded edges on the front page now BUT you have removed brodcasy yourself from the youtube logo, is this because your no longer interested in user generated content???

Christopher-Sam said...

I think it's far better. The old one was a bit too messy. This one is far Cleaner and feels more Efficient. It's easier to use and to access the things I want. Gratz.

starGirl said...

Grr, now thanks to the design change, I can no longer scrobble videos I listen to to my last.fm profile using the Greasemonkey script. Thanks Youtube(!).

Wedo said...

It's rubbish!

Stop messing with the website and change it back!

Leyton said...

Crap.

Lee3319 said...

Looks horrible and boring, add a bit of colour to it and sort out the placing of the navigation & search bar!

James said...

I like it. It's cleaner and more simple. However I do think that the Upload link should be a yellow button like before. Perhaps change the font colour to yellow or red? That way it retains the simple design but stands out more.

Robert said...

Add a small white to grey gradient at the top so it doesn't look so... bland.

KayBlue10 said...

It's okay, a bit... spacious, though.

And when you talk about making it more personalised, are you going to let us change the colours?

It really is about time you added a "Change Site Theme" button.

illage2 said...

While you were at it you could have given us the option to remove the "featured videos" section on the homepage, I as well as other users don't watch these and it would help improve performance so much more if we were able to take it off.

illage2 said...

I do agree it looks like crappy old HTML that some armature has made in 2 seconds, no design work put in at all truly disgraceful.

And it's harder to see "My videos" section, the old design it was just one click now I have to go through 2 clicks, seems small but trust me it's annoying.

Christopher-Sam said...

RTC factor going sky high here. This isn't the final version they are adding customisation options. Personally I will probably leave it as is though.

chris.jeffery said...

Defenatly a background or something is needed, the design of YouTube is sooooo boring!

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