Google releases half-baked YouTube re-design, even cats disapprove

By on December 8th, 2012 at 12:38 PM | Computing

The new YouTube has been up and running since the last few days. Although the new look is refreshing, and puts your subscribed channels front and center, but subscribing to your favorite channels has never been harder. The re-design is bugged with several errors, some of which are noticeable to even the most casual user. As you can see in the image above, HTML tags are visible in your recommendations. There’s an issue with the Subscribe button as well. If you click it, at times, the page just refreshes and you still haven’t subscribed to a channel. If you want to Subscribe, you need to open the link in a new tab. The issue has been reproduced several times on different systems, and also with the like/dislike buttons.

Its not just the presence of errors, but the lack of widescreen support. The layout looks bizarre on a 16:9 widescreen monitor. There is such a lot of white space which can be easily accommodated by recommendations or related videos. The guide and ‘What to Watch’ list are great features, but the new bug-ridden interface is not what is expected from Google. In terms of design, the flat colors and smooth transitions have been inherited and improved upon from Google+. But the light color scheme, makes the void space even more prominent and yes, more empty. The new design is great to look at, but Google design engineers should look at a way to utilize the white-space in both Google+ and now, the new YouTube.

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