iGoogle gets a Design Refresh

I’ve been using iGoogle for many years now. Over this time I have amassed a wealth of feeds and widgets that I use on a daily basis. I find it an indispensable tool for staying up to date with all the latest news, info and updates in the Design world.

So it was with great pleasure I just logged into iGoogle and saw the below message.

iGoogle Design Refresh

Well, there was only one thing to do really, and that was to give it a try.

iGoogle Design Refresh

I was guided through a series of quick little hints and tips as to what was new in iGoogle. Overall, the design and layout is very similar to the most recent visual update (very happy the rounded corners disappeared a while back).

The most notable change for me was that the iGoogle logo has now gone and is replaced by a normal Google logo (which sometimes appears black or white depending on what background theme you choose). The search bar is now justified left instead of centre.

Here is a before and after look at iGoogle.

Before

iGoogle Design Refresh

After

iGoogle Design Refresh

Probably the most useful change to iGoogle appears to be their inclusion of Tabs. You can now create your own tabs and arrange your feeds and widgets within these tabs. For example, I can create a tab called “Design” and then put all my design feeds in there. Or I could create a tab called “Music” and then put all my music related feeds in there. Quite powerful and quite useful.


iGoogle Design Refresh

It seems also that they have refreshed their collection of themes. Which is great to see as the old themes they did have were, dare I say, quite amateurish in their execution. We are now treated to some large, bright and visually compelling imagery.


iGoogle Design Refresh



iGoogle Design Refresh



iGoogle Design Refresh

So whilst the iGoogle changes haven’t officially been rolled out to everyone yet, it appears you can activate it manually, so give it a go. I think the changes and updates are welcomed ones.