As you know that Google’s YouTube turned 12 years-old this week, and to celebrate, it has received a revamped Material Design, which lets you opt in for on the web without requiring a URL workaround. Here’s everything you really want to know about.
Google is continuing to rollout its Material Design desktop version makeover across its products and it looks like an update to YouTube isn’t too far away. A redesigned version of YouTube bringing with it more in line with Google’s Material Design language. As a result, the interface is a cleaner, leaner and more consistent experience and of course there is even a new dark mode for those who like things to be a little less bright and white.
With the biggest changes to the new YouTube design made, however, is one that you will not see when you visit the site at all, and that is the use of Google’s Polymer open source JavaSript library.
Since Polymer was first introduced at Google I/O a number of years ago and the redesign to use it for YouTube’s website has been underway for a year. Denefits, the developers get is that Polymer allows for the creation of web components that can be re-used, This came in particularly useful when YouTube worked on bringing its new Dark Theme to YouTube for the first time. For you, this is the same dark mode that we told about recently, with some of those users able to use it ahead of today’s release.
On the homepage, you’ve now got a Material Design-inspired Search bar in the center and the ‘Upload’ button has been replaced by the same upload arrow you see on Google’s mobile app. The most obvious change you will first look at is the new YouTube makeover with the new Material Design, and it is changed for the better ratger than for change’s sake. Wondering about the experience, which is an endless one, too, with video after video appearing at the bottom of the page as you scroll down.
There you go, the most notable changes come to the Channel pages, with the background color now matching the dominant color of your header image, and a revised circular logo rather than the previously square styling and altogether less engaging page layout. Giving creators a chance to experience a more personal-feeling page makes a lot of sense given that fact that they’re the lifehood of the platform.
The design touches makes tumbling through videos a pleasure rather than the click-fest it was before. All of which is faster now, which is important for a website and so much happening on many videos that are a click away.
You will find a circular icon approach has also been applied to the main sidebar menu, which impressively makes it look a lot neater and more modern overall. The video player page itself is actually one of the least changed aspects under the material design guidelines, with the introduction of more whitespace around videos, rather than a grey background to help demarcate between different page elements.
Again, this relative lack of change may well be calculated – as most people arrive at YouTube at a specific video page, rather than the top-level domain. First impression looking at it was a bit confusing, it could upset YouTube’s massive number of users.
There are still a few other minor changes to discover, and if you’re a Chrome user, you can enable the new design right now. If you want to opt to it to work, you’ll need to use Chrome and visit the US version of the site, rather than a local version.
Things are still in the testing phase for the new YouTube redesign though, those who wanted to check it out – opt-in first via the youtube.com/new website.
1) Go to https: www.youtube.com/?gl=US
2) open the developer tools (ctrl + shift + i)
3) go to the ‘Resources’ tab and delete the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie for the YouTube domain
4) go to the console and define the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie using the following command:
Unfortunately, sign-ups are now closed, but if Google dies open them back up, the provided URL is where you will need to be to get in on the action and and you follow the instructions above, it should revert to the new design once you hit log out.
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