“The redesign also touches YouTube’s video player. The new player interface closely resembles the video experience on Hulu, […] Like Hulu, the new video player displays visual markers in places where ads are scheduled to play. Also like Hulu, the YouTube player allows users to “dim the lights,” reducing the brightness of screen real estate outside the video frame. “It’s totally a Hulu approach, but that’s best practices right now,” said the exec.”—YouTube Plans Redesign to Highlight Premium Content - ClickZ
“what I’ve found to be unique about Google is that when there’s a difference of opinion on a design, the disagreement is on which path serves you-the-user better. Compare that to companies where the disagreement is often between a sales rep (who works on commission) and a designer on the need to integrate a flash skyscraper and a banner ad onto every page of a site.”—
i can respect someone’s rebuttal especially if the person has direct experience with the organization and the process he’s commenting on. but it’s precisely tidbits like this that makes you question the motivation and the validity of the argument. making claims like how google ultimately make decisions to “serve you the user better” and then making a cliche comparison to sales reps working on commissions asking for flash skyscraper slot is not the right way to convince me. you’re opening the door for me to respond with equally cliche responses like “how does the google ads help the users in gmail?” do most users really prefer to see ads on their personal correspondence? well then… “prove it”. why not instead try to comment intelligently on the general perception out there that most google products, while useful, always feel like they are designed by the engineers for the engineers?
“Yes, it’s true that a team at Google couldn’t decide between two blues, so they’re testing 41 shades between each blue to see which one performs better. I had a recent debate over whether a border should be 3, 4 or 5 pixels wide, and was asked to prove my case. I can’t operate in an environment like that.”—Goodbye Google | stopdesign
once on a school trip i presented the brand new mint-flavored oreo cookies to my classmates after carefully removing the cream filling and replacing it with toothpaste. they all kept eating them without suspecting a thing. i’ve had some really dumb friends.