Google redesigns search page with cleaner look and no underlines

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If you’ve somehow avoided Google’s search page recently, we are hear to tell you it just got a little facelift. Google rarely ever changes the look of this page, and when they do the changes are usually very minor. The new changes stay true to that, but are significant in that it’s left behind a very old design choice in web design: hyperlinks are no longer underlined.

In addition to that change, line spacing has been evened out and the font size has been increased. The result is increased readability and a much cleaner look, one that takes cues from the mobile version of the page. Google’s Jon Wiley, who is leader designer search, believes the consistency is key to making Google Search better:

Improving consistency in design across platforms makes it easier for people to use Google Search across devices and it makes it easier for us to develop and ship improvements across the board.

What do you think? Are the changes better or for worse? Let us know in the comments below!

[via Jon Wiley (Google+)]

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7 comments

  1. RobCr

    Google has gone to hades in the last few years.
    If I type some words (or sentences) in quotes I expect (hope) that I will only get hits with those exact strings in them.
    INSTEAD I get hundreds of half baked hits
    Google has deteriorated severely over the last few years.

    I STRONGLY recommend instead –
    DuckDuckGo
    and to a lesser degree –
    DogPile

    Rob
    PS I do not give a toss about privacy, but for those of you that do, you should also check out DuckDuckGo

  2. Anon Emouse

    Change-for-no-reason and waste space oops I mean white space is all-the-rage-now as someone stated on another forum last month. Twenty-somethings with little experience making decisions now and completely throwing tradition AND FAMILIARITY out the window. WHERE is the option to preserve the previous, existing, familiar interface. If google’s UI “changes” were OPT-IN by default, instead of FORCED on everyone universally, I’m telling you no-one would select it, want it, or use it, what does that tell you. Every year, fewer options, change-for-no-reason, and breaking user familiarity for no reason, oh and MORE WHITE SPACE (for no reason). Oh, it’s “cleaner” what a crock. Most of the software “changes” from ALL major software companies the past two years have been motivated by “dumbing down” something for the “dumb” user. Entertainment-class software companies like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft are annoying the-most-experienced and senior-level I.T. professionals that have the capability to either recommend OR DENY their products to end users. Therefore to the public I say speak-up and voice your displeasure with these arrogant companies and to the arrogant software companies I say get-a-clue period.

  3. GSystems

    Seems change for the sake of change is the new cover-up. I see no reason that a user of the internet would prefer the loss of hyperlink indication on, above all things, a search engine. They’ve kept, at least temporarily, their other hyperlink connotations in other parts of the engine (e.g. News), but…yeah…

    lol I’m speaking as if Startpage isn’t my primary engine…

  4. David Roper

    That’s the trouble with Google and the kids running it. Why in hell change something for the sake of just changing? I call BullShoot on being easier to read without the link lines. It’s harder now. If they want to change something why not allow sending All email addresses in Googledocs to BCC when sharing a Google Doc with others?

    Why should each person I want to share an article with know each others email addresses? And it would be Soooo easy to do, Pure and simple, they DO NOT CARE ABOUT the user. They are Busy driving to Colorado for a doobie.
    (steps off soapbox…)

  5. GF

    It’s still clear, not clearer than before.
    Underlined hyperlinks would make it really clearer.

    Instead of inventing such uselessness, it was better if programmers of Google did a stroll.

  6. Travis

    Cleaner? I’m not sure. Google did this hoping you’ll miss the distinction between search results (tweaked to google’s propaganda engine) and ads.

    It’s a jungle out there. Walk cautiiously.