Google’s Subtle Big Redesign

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Yesterday, during one of our usual five bazillion trips to Google to look up things like what Andrew Shue has been up to these days to how to correctly pluralize cozy (as a noun), we kept stopping in our tracks, wondering if our browser’s settings had been mysteriously readjusted without our knowledge or maybe we were sitting in some strange new position, somehow closer to the monitor, because the company’s iconic search page looked somehow different. This writer even asked his wife, “Does Google look different to you?” before realizing that he could just Google “Google” and find out if something had been changed. Turns out, we were right, as the site had just rolled out a new redesign. It’s subtle, for sure, but enough to stop us a few times (which isn’t the first time this has happened). Marissa Mayer, Google’s VP of Search Products and User Experience, has put up a description of the change, which is a little obvious (spoiler: they made the search field bigger), but certainly helped us regain our belief that we weren’t going crazy:

The new, larger Google search box features larger text when you type so you can see your query more clearly. It also uses a larger text size for the suggestions below the search box, making it easier to select one of the possible refinements.