Google's Black & Gray Design Is Here To Stay

Jun 29, 2011 • 8:35 am | comments (170) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

Google Black Bar DesignIn conjunction with the new Google + project, Google announced on their main blog, search blog and maps blog the new look to the top bar and search results and map results pages.

As you know, Google has been testing the black Google bar earlier this week and also last week tested the gray search results. I personally do not mind the black bar, but as a matter of personal taste, I dislike the grayed out search results interface. That being said, if you read the 100 plus comments on the black bar, you will see that most outright hate the change. But like with most Google changes, users hate it and then adopt it after complaining for months.

Google said they made the change for three reasons:

  • Focus: Whether you're searching, emailing or looking for a map, the only thing you should be concerned about is getting what you want. Our job is to provide the tools and features that will get you there quickly and easily. With the design changes in the coming weeks and months, we're bringing forward the stuff that matters to you and getting all the other clutter out of your way. Even simple changes, like using bolder colors for actionable buttons or hiding navigation buttons until they're actually needed, can help you better focus on only what you need at the moment.
  • Elasticity: In the early days, there was pretty much just one way to use Google: on a desktop computer with an average-sized monitor. Over a decade later, all it takes is a look around one's home or office at the various mobile devices, tablets, high-resolution monitors and TVs to see a plethora of ways to access the web. The new design will soon allow you to seamlessly transition from one device to another and have a consistent visual experience. We aim to bring you this flexibility without sacrificing style or usefulness.
  • Effortlessness: Our design philosophy is to combine power with simplicity. We want to keep our look simple and clean, but behind the seemingly simple design, use new technologies like HTML5, WebGL and the latest, fastest browsers to make sure you have all the power of the web behind you.

Here is a larger look at the new search results page.

Google Black & Gray Search Results

Here is the new Maps interface:

Google Maps Black Gray

Don't like it? Google doesn't want you to complain in their forums, although 80% of the threads in the forums are complaints about the design. Instead, submit a complaint via this email form and expect no response.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help, WebmasterWorld and Google Maps Help.

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Comments:

Kitty

06/29/2011 12:53 pm

Bleh. That black bar is so ugly.  Google's always been so clean and simple, that bar seem very... out of character.

Jon Bailey

06/29/2011 01:00 pm

I don't use Bing for a reason. Black just draws your eyes away from the content and search box, and makes it harder to read the links. Google has always been white, their homepage was completely different to every other page on the internet, white with one picture and one textbox, simplicity at it's best.

Leave Comments

06/29/2011 01:09 pm

I HATE this black bar. Really hate it. Why google, why force me into this ugliness on my personal space like this?

Ryan Barraclough

06/29/2011 01:11 pm

I can't understand why people wouldn't like it. It looks more bold, gives the page a little bit of a border and makes a nice change from a completely white interface. To the people who are moaning about the black 'taking the focus' away from the results - scroll down? There should be an option to change between the white and the black, but it's certainly not enough for thousands to take to the internet to complain against, get a grip!

Ryan.beauchesne

06/29/2011 01:12 pm

I agree the black bar is not so appealing at first. But I also think it plays a purpose. By now having the same black bar for all (many) Google products, it helps make that bar a standard to the eye. If it's white, it blends into the page too much. Who knows, maybe Google has a plan to eventually turn that bar into a permanent toolbar on everyone's browser (besides the one they already have).

lpakto

06/29/2011 01:16 pm

For a site like google which gets hundreds of millions of visitors a month, a few thousands posts here and there complaining about the change doesn't mean that " most outright hate [it] " as you state. The silent majority either doesn't really care or actually welcomes the change. Whatever the changes in layout for such huge websites as google, you're always gonna get a number of people pissed about the new tweaks. It's unavoidable, these websites are too big to satisfy everyone. Furthermore, they're not stupid at google; they've been testing the new designs for weeks now. So unless the complaints begin to reach into the tens of millions (which they will not) these can safely be ignored. In a few months they will be forgotten.

Fedor

06/29/2011 01:18 pm

It's good, adds some contrast. Just shut up and take it, Google knows what's best for ya.

Ryan Barraclough

06/29/2011 01:20 pm

Also, given we have the option to change the background image of our Google homepage, the white bar looks shit when your background is dark. Give us the option to switch, and not a single person will complain

Bob

06/29/2011 01:22 pm

this is ugly as F U CK

Bmac70

06/29/2011 01:23 pm

This could prove to be up there with NEW COKE.  It is a bozo decision and a major distraction.  When I first saw the BLACK BAR, I spent several minutes trying to "fix it" thinking something was actually wrong with my PC! They have simply re-opened the door for YAHOO and BING will most likely also benefit from this. ''What are they thinking? For me, it is so unappealing that after years of faithful "GOOGLING", I will see how long I can take this UGLY INTRUSION before actually considering changing my home page over to either Yahoo or even Bing.

Anonymous

06/29/2011 01:23 pm

STFU.

Jensfrandsen

06/29/2011 01:37 pm

I wish i could remove it.  Distracts me.

Sturog

06/29/2011 01:44 pm

I agree Kitty, the black bar is just "Stupid" and it shows that Google doesn't give a darn about it's users.  At first I thought something was wrong with my computer, and now I realize it's just Google trying and succeeding in forcing something that we the users don't want down our throats.

Sturog

06/29/2011 01:48 pm

Google is doing the "Big Brother" thing and this is really depressing because here all the time they led us to believe that they were here for us, not the other way around.  The Google search engine was the very essence of "Search", ergo the saying in everyday speech, "Just Google It".  Google is ruining that trust that we have given them with this Black Line crap at the top of their Home Page, if they change it back they willl get back my support.  If they leave it then I willl leave and use another search engine.  We are the users, or customers, aren't we supposed to be the ones they please?

Nigel

06/29/2011 01:54 pm

RE your new blog format: It makes it harder for seniors with presbyopia to read

Katie

06/29/2011 01:55 pm

Bad move, Google. 

ishyesh

06/29/2011 02:01 pm

I actually think it increases the contrast between what you're doing now (i.e. searching) and what you'll do next (i.e. email).  Good move Google by highlighting other things we can do through your services

Joe7

06/29/2011 02:02 pm

what a tool

yahoo-BWEBUQSTFTGJKLJFLDCH3WKK2A

06/29/2011 02:12 pm

I personnaly like this new interface. People always complain about any change, can't get it... 

CJS

06/29/2011 02:21 pm

One more thing that has been "new and improved", and changed for the worse.

Google_sucks

06/29/2011 02:48 pm

Google is as full of crap as a christmas turkey.  I'm going elsewhere until the problem is fixed.

Barry

06/29/2011 02:50 pm

What a childish, immature move. Google is coming out with something new called "Google +" and it's a big secret so they don't announce anything and just turn your nav bar black. Then we all went nuts in our office trying to figure out if we had a virus or something. Running scans and all. Just announce the damn thing or leave us alone.

Rbshop

06/29/2011 02:51 pm

Google, take the damn black bar off.  It is most distracting and serves no purpose.  Idiots.

Matthew

06/29/2011 02:53 pm

I don't like it. I'm going to use another search engine until it changes.

tinker

06/29/2011 02:57 pm

Hey folks: It's not here to stay if you don't want it to. If you use Firefox (3 is tested) you can install a script engine call Stylish. It changes the style sheet of a web page on the fly. Find it here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/stylish/ Then you can install a script called WhiteIce which returns the Nav Bar to white with soft blue mouse overs. This change effects the whole page and the style works on other Google pages as well. Find it here: http://userstyles.org/styles/46983/google-whiteice It's two steps but easy to install. So, you can actually say goodbye to the gray for good if you what. For me it's an accessibility issue. I have limited vision and dark text on light background is just easier to read. Since Google didn't cede control over style to the user I took control myself. The 'black and gray' lasted less then tens minutes on my browser. I though I'd pass that same control over to you tinker

Matthew

06/29/2011 03:04 pm

Does Yahoo have a thing like google earth? I'm switching to Yahoo?

Matthew

06/29/2011 03:05 pm

That was my problem also , It's hard to read and looks awful!

Matthew

06/29/2011 03:08 pm

Google gave the following reasons above:                                                                                     Focus: Whether you're searching, emailing or looking for a map, the only thing you should be concerned about is getting what you want. Our job is to provide the tools and features that will get you there quickly and easily. With the design changes in the coming weeks and months, we're bringing forward the stuff that matters to you and getting all the other clutter out of your way. Even simple changes, like using bolder colors for actionable buttons or hiding navigation buttons until they're actually needed, can help you better focus on only what you need at the moment.Elasticity: In the early days, there was pretty much just one way to use Google: on a desktop computer with an average-sized monitor. Over a decade later, all it takes is a look around one's home or office at the various mobile devices, tablets, high-resolution monitors and TVs to see a plethora of ways to access the web. The new design will soon allow you to seamlessly transition from one device to another and have a consistent visual experience. We aim to bring you this flexibility without sacrificing style or usefulness.Effortlessness: Our design philosophy is to combine power with simplicity. We want to keep our look simple and clean, but behind the seemingly simple design, use new technologies like HTML5, WebGL and the latest, fastest browsers to make sure you have all the power of the web behind you. But what does that have to do with the black top bar!?!?!?

Pointillicist

06/29/2011 03:13 pm

 google's website is not your personal space

Patflute0305

06/29/2011 03:23 pm

All you little bitches complaining suck it up it looks nice and it is easier to use so stfu and stop saying you will go another search engine.  YOU WON'T CAUSE GOOGLE IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!

Patflute0305

06/29/2011 03:26 pm

idiot read the article

Karen Niemla

06/29/2011 03:37 pm

I wonder if there's a FireFox  Add-on that can change it back to white?

Matthew

06/29/2011 03:37 pm

1. I just did go to another search engine. 2.Google was awesome (not anymore) 3.Yahoo is drving me crazy I'm switching to Bing even though I hate it but it is my only choice. 4.are you Pat flute zero three zero five  , or pat fluteo three zero five?

Trabantoid

06/29/2011 03:40 pm

It´s nice!

Matthew

06/29/2011 03:40 pm

I wonder if there's an Internet explorer add-on that can change it back to white. PS there is a fire fox add-on that does that.  It's mentioned by tinker 4 posts down

Matthew

06/29/2011 03:41 pm

Me too

Matthew

06/29/2011 03:43 pm

How can you people like that It's so ugly.  They should make the letters on the top white so they are easeir to see. 

Matthew

06/29/2011 03:46 pm

I actually like the new coke though  , but not this. Im gonna switch to bing.

Scott Dooley

06/29/2011 03:47 pm

Honestly it's just a search engine...type in what you want and go to the page you want. If stop using it just because of a design change then your stupid as shit

Guest

06/29/2011 04:00 pm

How stupid do you have to be to see a change in the design of a website and think that something is wrong with your computer? Imbeciles.

Scottdumb

06/29/2011 04:00 pm

it does matter how your search engine looks like! My macbook's homepage now looks ugly with no pure white :( 

Lbansbach

06/29/2011 04:01 pm

Really? I hate it and have an IQ of 195. So unless yours is higher, shit is smarter than you.

Tubby Tockley

06/29/2011 04:19 pm

Patflute : how can a man with this name be possibly taken seriously? He literally MUST be Gay!

Caphils

06/29/2011 04:20 pm

I hate that black navigation bar, the contrast hurts my eyes,  I have to tilt my screen to see what' s in the black bar. A completely white page with black on top, SERIOUSLY? who does that. I guess google is now evil

Caphils

06/29/2011 04:23 pm

They don't realize that the black bar is distracting.

Caphils

06/29/2011 04:25 pm

Thanks for the info . Google should not make us get an add on just for that. It's hard to read.

Dwdqw

06/29/2011 04:39 pm

dick

Wino

06/29/2011 04:43 pm

Bye Bye Stupid Navigation Bar, Thanks for the links Tinker

KiNASE

06/29/2011 04:53 pm

People really need to see the bigger picture. If you have nothing better to do than complain, then get off your computer. The only time a complaint is warranted is when functionality is lost which makes your life more difficult. To complain about this change is simply ridiculous. This is an enormous landmark in internet history, as Google+ threatens to kill Facebook, Skype, and many other popular web services. I admit the black bar will take some getting used to, but I am extremely excited to see what is to come.

Phil

06/29/2011 04:55 pm

google using black/gray, worst idea ever.

Guest

06/29/2011 05:05 pm

The black bar is like New Coke, before it was Classic Coke....That didn't work out so well, did it?

Uest

06/29/2011 05:10 pm

What about openness?  What about options?  What about freedom?!?!

dan

06/29/2011 05:15 pm

if you were really so smart, you'd know bragging about IQ is about as impressive as bragging about dick size. get over yourself.

aCavePerson

06/29/2011 05:15 pm

This is terrible... they're making me look at one more color on my screen! How dare they!? They should have kept it like the original; why do they keep changing? I hate change, innovation, and progress. They are all evil!

Xerxeslins

06/29/2011 05:29 pm

Great! more like Ubuntu default color.

@mherman31

06/29/2011 05:54 pm

This new black bar helps to add a refined feel to the pages. There's already a variety of colors in the Google logo, so more bright colors would detract and distract. With the earth tone orange in the left-hand navigation area, I'd love to see the links toned-down to an earth tone blue. The look and feel of SERPs would be improved in a big way (IMHO).

zzzzzzz

06/29/2011 07:22 pm

Complaining or simply voicing an opinion?

sentinel

06/29/2011 07:49 pm

Hello Greasemonkey (God I love Firefox).

Rich

06/29/2011 08:04 pm

Gratuitous changes should be left for eBay. Is Googs current goal to ANNOY people?

Eddyboyle

06/29/2011 08:11 pm

Google  mentions that they are doing away with the clutter , their adding to it by adding the black  bar .  Eventually Google will look completely different and will look the same as the other search engines .  I kept with Google  because I could customize it , give us the option

Kkhelmer66

06/29/2011 08:12 pm

Umm, I now hate Google! I might start using bing...

S8ntly

06/29/2011 08:30 pm

If I wanted black, I wouldn't use a mac.  I'd use bing on a PC.  A-holes!

gayfatman

06/29/2011 09:17 pm

because we all know that absolutely every gay person is a 2nd class citizen. also thats rich coming from the guy whos name implies he ate all the icecream in the shop.

inGEEnius

06/29/2011 09:58 pm

Isn't it funny how these changes  creep up!? First it was the adsense "adchoices" and now this. I've been going about my usual business and a about a week or two ago I actually noticed that a change had been made to the top bar. It was a shade of blue or something like that. I think the text was changed to a shade of blue... Then this morning just going about my usual business I was like wait a minute something's not quite right here! You know it's like when someone you know changes something small and you're like, dude did you get a hair cut? I thought I accidentally changed my account settings but alas! Googs has switched ..ish up! This is just being extra now!!! It's gonna take some time to get used to but it is what it is.

dan

06/29/2011 10:20 pm

because all changes are progress! no mistakes have ever been made!

Swiss

06/29/2011 10:23 pm

It physically hurts my eyes - does like a screen burn on eyeballs - not kidding, it truly HURTS.

Razzle72

06/29/2011 11:55 pm

Hate It!

Gwen Reed

06/29/2011 11:58 pm

Black Navigation Bar NOT for the Vision Impaired I am vision impaired. Due to the extremely low contrast of grey on black I Can't read the black navigation bar. Even my well sighted friends find it difficult. All I am asking for is the option to change it back... Please, Google, Have a Heart! As to the byline...  The grey on black navigation bar is NOT here to stay, as previous disimprovements in Google's designs.

Zetto

06/30/2011 12:58 am

Yes how dare anyone state their opinions.

Wight

06/30/2011 01:36 am

This is just a workaround. The problem of course not being the bar (these URLs will fix that), but rather that nobody learned from Coke -- don't screw with what we know, love, and view as a standard -- at least without giving the option to still enjoy things as we loved them. Btw, I liked New Coke. But I was a kid then, and couldn't fathom that Old Coke was gone. Whichever, that black bar has to goddamn die. This'll kill it... https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/greasemonkey/ http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/105744

Sal Blandino

06/30/2011 01:48 am

I don't like the change.  Please if possible put it back to the original way with white and blue fonts please. I don't think I'll ever adapt to it and personally I may stop using Google if you don't think about putting it back to the original way.

Karen Lee Copen

06/30/2011 01:52 am

Well, it seems it's here to stay. I say it's time to Bing.

Spiralcma

06/30/2011 02:05 am

this black bar is very PC/bing/corporate. I really hate it. It makes me feel like I am at work. Depressing....

Eugene Wong

06/30/2011 02:26 am

It is so 90s!

Danger

06/30/2011 02:31 am

Hey Google, remember back in the 80's when Coke tried something new.. called the "new Coke" ? Do you remember that new idea of their's blowing up completely and people all across america hated it and wanted the original back because there was nothing wrong with  it.You'll also remember that Coke sales plummeted until they decided to go back to what people liked and not what (they thought) people wanted. Hey Google....don't be another Coke.

Sms3250

06/30/2011 03:22 am

i hate it .. change to bing ..

Justadamnemail

06/30/2011 04:51 am

Changing search engine, I hate the black bar!

OC Reporter

06/30/2011 06:29 am

I spent the day switching all of my office computers to Bing.  Google...this was an insidious change.  Adios and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

OC Reporter

06/30/2011 06:31 am

Oh...there's nothing more refined and sophisticated as a reversed-out black box.  

Tijl Willemsens

06/30/2011 06:57 am

I hate the new look. I'm changing to Bing. Sorry Google, you were good but we've had to take too much crap from you.

EveryONEonEarth

06/30/2011 07:08 am

GOOGLE went effin INSANE !!!!!!!!!!! fucking idiotic morons, time for a new search engine ! FUK U GOOGLE !!!!!!!!!!!!! 

David

06/30/2011 08:11 am

Dear Google - Just because you think you know what's best doesn't always mean you do ! I really dislike the black tool bar. I think you should respect your users enough to give them the option to choose to opt in or opt out of  it's colour style. That would be the fair thing to do.

eurostar deals

06/30/2011 08:25 am

The Top Black Bar at the Front actually hurts the eyes!! Overall new look is disappointing!!

Ad Barron

06/30/2011 10:06 am

The black bar and grey is horrid, horrid, ugly, and just plain awful!

Alex

06/30/2011 10:10 am

Let me switch it!  :(  This is awful.

Someone

06/30/2011 10:36 am

Why did they have to move the URL from the bottom of the result block to below the title? I keep looking in the wrong place!!!

Andlat

06/30/2011 11:13 am

I don't mind the dark grey bar on top but i hate the column on the left of the results

Aftershock

06/30/2011 12:21 pm

bye Google! Hello Bing!!

monireh shafiee

06/30/2011 12:49 pm

oh... in the IRAN black color is nearly a bad color when a person die we used it    :)))))) but i think maybe some one die in google!!!!!! but congragulation  google!!!! it is good method to attrack veiw!!!!

eyecandy_babydoll

06/30/2011 12:58 pm

The Google black nav bar is an eye sore! Looks so out of place compared with the rest of the browser! I don't like it and my family also hates it! Google users are not blind or retarded - obviously Google thinks we are.

Simon Morris

06/30/2011 01:31 pm

I hate the design - it is an eye sore in several ways - would just love to get ride of it !!

Jim

06/30/2011 02:19 pm

awful ...Google will be joining myspace soon if they keep making unnecessary changes like this...I feel it looks like ask.com now

Anon

06/30/2011 02:25 pm

ROTFLMFAO. What has Google done besides create amazing web services? You're really going to switch to a crappy web-search, just because of a black bar? That's just sad... really... what an idiot (We all know everyone here will keep using Google, even though they say they're switching to a different service).

Ian M Rountree

06/30/2011 03:27 pm

Google's design theory has always been immensely subtle - just look at what happened when they made the tiny pantone colour change to their blue, and added/removed the shadow from the main page logo. Looking closely at the new design reveals a lot of careful thought on texture and perceived depth in the pages themselves. That said, Google's shot themselves in the foot my rolling this out piecemeal. It only affects navigation and structure, not the individual service information itself; it makes the nav an eyesore, whereas if the entire UI had changed, it would have looked cohesive.

Husky1

06/30/2011 03:28 pm

horrible black colors.. I personally dropped google and started using yahoo site as homepage

Gwen Reed

06/30/2011 04:17 pm

Since Google's grey on black navigation bar fails W3S accessibility standards, it is not here to stay.  It is only a matter of time until Google re-designs navigation bar, offers option to change it back, or both.

Mack

06/30/2011 05:07 pm

Am I the only one that loves the new style?

Mack

06/30/2011 05:11 pm

You actually switched services because of a color scheme?

Enzo

06/30/2011 05:12 pm

At the time of my comments, there were 92 others.  I didn't read all 92 but it would appear that the VAST majority of those who took the time to write were strongly negative of the Google changes.  Although we're not paying for the Google service (directly) and they have a right to do what they want to their product, one would think Google would  like to stay at the top of all the other search and social networking services (Bing et al) by satisfying their customers (us).  Is it that Google is making so much money with their Android offerings that they could care less about the search engine stuff? 

Abc

06/30/2011 05:51 pm

yes

Abc

06/30/2011 05:55 pm

The youth are slowly becoming in charge, and dont know how to make proper decisions. Todays youth was not properly prepared to run the world, and they are driving the world to doom and failure. All because of an ugly black bar.

MATT6T9

06/30/2011 06:10 pm

They only change for me until I changed it back, F**k off google and your worthless changes

Unhappy

06/30/2011 06:34 pm

Google is my home page & I use a custom background image that I like very much.  It's predominantly white and pastel colors and now this ugly black toolbar clashes horribly.  It's a real eyesore and there's no way I'll ever get used to it.  What is the advantage to Google in being an esthetics nazi?  Let us choose!

misscaptain

06/30/2011 07:07 pm

switching to yahoo? that's like deciding you don't like brussels sprouts and switching to eating brussels sprouts dipped in poo.

Nine

06/30/2011 09:15 pm

Let's say I bought a new car and ordered it with a certain color paint and interior and with special dashboard instrument cluster. It would REALLY P!SS ME OFF if one morning I got in my car only to find out that the dealer had towed my car to their dealership overnight and installed a new instrument cluster without ever asking me if I wanted the old one changed.   But at least with a car dealership you could call them and chew them out and demand that they change it back. But with Google, the giant faceless entity, all you can do is commiserate with your fellow peasants about the capriciousness and the arrogance of the tyrannical entity.   Arseholes!

guest

06/30/2011 09:18 pm

I hate the black bar at the top, its completely throwing my vision off.  I have a visual perception disorder and I can't read the results properly.  I'm using bing.com now. I don't know if I'll bother switching back if they change it.  They obviously don't care about their users.  I agree with 'Gwen' about the W3S accessibility standards.  This couldn't have passed. Google you are idiots!

Anon

06/30/2011 09:36 pm

This has nothing to do with your hypothetical situation. You didn't buy anything. Google is free, and, as such, is free to do whatever they like. Tyrannical? Nobody is forcing you to use Google, but you probably use it because it's the best at what it does. Stop whining.

TG Bears

06/30/2011 10:13 pm

Well, if Google did not make any changes, then yet other people would complain. The site looks so "out-of-date". As long as the function is still there, that is what we use Google for.

jrobie

06/30/2011 10:14 pm

It's not free.  Its customers pay for it, and you're it's product.

Swiss

06/30/2011 11:39 pm

yay - they fixed it.  It's now charcoal and is 100% better. Thank you Google!!! whew that was bad for a few days.

Barry Schwartz

06/30/2011 11:40 pm

post a screen shot.

Hatetheblackbar

07/01/2011 02:09 am

hate the black bar

No

07/01/2011 02:21 am

For me it's not so much the black bar but the duplication of the links in the black bar are pretty much the same as all the links down the left side of the page.. .why?

Miri

07/01/2011 03:49 am

There's a reason why it's black, obvious, and annoying. Google is planning to release a new social network. Social networks will never work if no one notices it. They shove the bar in your face, wait for you to stop complaining, then integrate Google+ with it. Ta da. Everyone notices, and Google's social network gains instant popularity. So long Facebook. Or that's what Google thinks.

Susan Cactuswren

07/01/2011 04:38 am

"Whether you're searching, emailing or looking for a map, the only thing you should be concerned about is getting what you want" -- NOT WITH TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT FUCKING TWEAKS GOOGLE HAS MADE TO THE INTERFACE THIS WEEK.

Will

07/01/2011 09:59 am

It looks fine if you have a dark theme on Chrome. Of course, Chrome is also by Google, so maybe it's a bit sus.

jim

07/01/2011 03:18 pm

I hate the black bar.  I thought it was a google toolbar I did not want to install and kept on trying to get rid of it till I realized it's just a permanent discoloration to what used to be my favorite search engine. 

Send Homail

07/01/2011 04:44 pm

It's just too ugly...

Steve

07/01/2011 08:10 pm

Search results are no t user friendly. Fail.

Googleuser

07/01/2011 08:36 pm

Horrible black bar!

Anonymous

07/02/2011 12:33 am

CHANGE IT BACK!!! IT IS SO UGLY!!!!!!!!!!!!

former google fan, now so NOT

07/02/2011 02:46 pm

Change it back. All of this disdain Google has shown it users over the recent months has finally hit a breaking point for me with this black bar. It is distracting and ugly. Yesterday I finally just got fed up and switched to Firefox & Bing.  

Wald_stein

07/02/2011 06:21 pm

Simple. The black bar stinks! AND I am sick of you telling me what I should like.

Mark Weitzman

07/03/2011 11:17 am

Read how much the black bar is despised. Twenty-four pages (so far) of comments at Google forums!http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Web+Search/thread?hl=en&tid=6b698ff5a134894f&start=920I hate this distracting black bar. Also, notice how the contents of Google search is flush left now? Leaving all that white space on the right? 

Leo Pinna

07/03/2011 03:06 pm

Google and main stream media are in the same bed. They both treat us like we are stupid, and love to tell us what we should and should not like.

Angry Freddie

07/03/2011 09:35 pm

Hate it!!!! It's so obscene, Google use to look so sleek and simple now it's heading backwards, who put pot in the brownies during the meeting that they thought this up?!!

pwp

07/04/2011 02:16 am

Google, you've lost it. Ditch the black bar. You've finally done evil

Neephius

07/04/2011 12:29 pm

stick it up your ass google i just dumped you and so did my officers. cock suckers.

Anon

07/04/2011 05:08 pm

For the purposes of everyone here, it's free. Don't try being a smartass by pretending all of the people who comment here are Google customers.

Michalski81

07/04/2011 06:12 pm

get it out now !

Maydelotte

07/04/2011 11:51 pm

If you think the only change is the black bar...then plow along in your happy world.  There's much more (evil) behind this than a DOD-look black bar, pal.

HATE IT

07/05/2011 12:49 am

yes people are forcing you to use google.  Many workplaces now use gmail and google docs.  I can't get away from google if i tried.

Jp_oates

07/05/2011 08:33 am

i do not like it, think their making it like youtube (another dogs dinner)

Anon

07/05/2011 05:27 pm

Please... Enlighten us.

KiNASE

07/05/2011 05:31 pm

Complaining. Voicing an opinion would be as follows: I dislike the black bar at the top, because . I would rather have Or even: I don't like it. But not: Google doesn't know anything. Google sucks so bad at the internets, I'm switching to Crap-O-Search because I'm an idiot and like to whine.

Gwen Reed

07/05/2011 09:58 pm

"Elasticity" in design according to designer Wiggins is to make a PC look more like a mobile device, say, an Android.  In other words, branding.  We are asking for accessibility, legibility,  versatility, inclusiveness.... an option to change it back.

Gwen Reed

07/05/2011 10:51 pm

here is an example of perfectly legibility with options to change colors and font sizes: (jpg attached) Google CAN do this!

can stand it

07/06/2011 02:34 am

My wife was so mad at me because she thought I changed the Google search page and added a black bar at the top, she cant stand the black bar and wouldn't believe me when I said Google did it.  then I showed her all the comments and commentaries of everyone else that hates the black bar and now she understands... Google screwed up, not me. 

annied

07/06/2011 02:47 pm

HATING the black bar!  PUHLEEEEEZE at least bring an option for the old way! black bar is ugly and totally ruins the clean look of my main screen!  pleeeeeze!

Todristy

07/07/2011 05:31 am

I hate the blak bar it makes me feel like someone is watching me

Snertly

07/07/2011 06:15 pm

The color contrast of the menu bar makes the page feel more cramped and heavy than necessary. Seems pointless unless you want to be able to say "Hey, look! We're more like WordPress now!"

jrobie

07/08/2011 07:25 pm

Not being a smartass at all, though perhaps I wasn't as clear as I might have been. Put more clearly: Google's users (you and I) are the products that it sells to its customers, the advertisers. http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/17/2011/04/2010-11-23_092204_copy_01.jpg

AnnaV

07/09/2011 12:57 pm

Mass Move to AOL and Bing. Yes I hate them too but send a message to Google.  If they want to make changes, you need to have the right to say "no".

Hvcn

07/10/2011 05:24 am

Black and grey Google, hmmm!!! Well there are still colorful Yahoo, Bing, et.al.....

james

07/12/2011 09:08 pm

I use Bing now instead of Google because Bing always has a nice picture and the Google homepage always looks like crap now with a distracting black bar at the top and usually nothing much else on the page.

Haley Omar

07/14/2011 10:28 pm

I guess nobody likes classic anymore.. the black toolbar looks great!  way more defined and organized and it brings attention to all of your Google tools.  I wish they would make it a permanent addition by adding it as a Google toolbar option for Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers :)  Looks amazing, good job Google!

EagleEye

07/15/2011 08:38 pm

I like it except for the fact that it stays there when you scroll down the page. I want to see more results, not the stupid search bar. I have Firefox, so I never use the page's search box anyway.

blabber

07/18/2011 05:59 pm

not good at all. the common services I use are not on the bar, so it's a bit pointless for me.  Secondly the black bar just duplicates what is in the left column menu.  Weird annoying and stupid design decision by google.  I think I'll move over to Bing for a while and hope they change it back

Vera

07/22/2011 04:34 pm

Is it just me or it seems that Google is becoming a mix of http://www.yahoo.com and http://www.blackl.com/black-google.html ? All we need now is Bing in the mix :)

Rh3t0r1c

07/25/2011 02:18 pm

What dept of Google do YOU work at?

ANON

07/26/2011 04:20 pm

You're distracted by a black bar? Do the yellow lines on the road also distract you? I sure hope you don't have your driver's license.

Blah

08/03/2011 04:39 pm

Personally, I think that example looks absolutely horrible. Bad look and feel. I really enjoy the new Google bar. I do not work for Google. People who do not work for Google can like things that Google makes.

bcpnpt

08/03/2011 05:34 pm

BING, BING, BING !!!

Afkatan

08/06/2011 08:17 am

Google people are making big mistake with this black top bar Many of us users hate it it is ugly and why did they change the interface? stupid

teddyMc

08/11/2011 04:04 pm

I really like the black bar, I'm surprised so many don't.  I just wish there was a way (maybe there is already?) a way to pin the google products you use most up there, or to add an outside site and keep the black bar outside of google sites.  The color doesn't bother me at all, but it also goes with the more monochromatic schemes I use. I can see why it might annoy you if it doesn't meld visually.

GaLuburt

08/11/2011 04:07 pm

Besides the black bar google compoletely tracks everything you do . they will stop at nothing but complete dominance of you your wallet your gmail account and all of your phone calls. next you will be able to make phone calls from their service. I fking bet.

Me

08/17/2011 06:10 pm

I really hate the new google design especcially the black bar, it gives me a terrible itchy feeling, not the happy feeling i used to get from Google......aaarggghh....what is wrong with these people to change a winning team?

Jonessandy3

08/23/2011 04:27 pm

I hate the black toolbar, I have a hard time seeing anyways, and this makes it even harder. Is there anyway in internet explorer, to change it back to the blue/white background!! I would certainly appreciate it and my eyes would appreciate it too!! Thanks--SandyJones

Jiminny

09/01/2011 08:17 pm

The only problem I had to date was that the Google toolbar was one more toolbar in addition to my 3 IE browser toolbars. To simplify this, I put the browser toolbars into auto-hide via the f11 key. Which now gives me a full screen and those toolbars drop back down when I move my cursor to the top of the screen. I would prefer that Google would eliminate that toolbar and put their options back into the body of their homepage where they used to be.

Tubby Tockley

12/06/2011 07:16 am

Look you dumb c##ts, this just confirms that one of the "3 biggest lies" : *black is beautiful* is, actually true.  Under 20's won;t know the other 2. Pay homage to my elder scroll wisdom.  PS - Baz "Arnie" Schwartz probably won;t post this comment as he knows it to be true. I'm just keeping it real - that's how I do. 

Gbdoctor

12/06/2011 08:07 am

Home page of google was much better before the black stupid bar and the 2011 changes. This is one more "menu bar" they added in our screen full of bars. And we cant do anything about it. Maybe change to Bing? Same big problem there: Nobody listen...

Cocamogirl

12/08/2011 08:27 am

just get rid of the huge gray bar!!!! it cuts off my home page image and is damn annoying. how is that more functional??

Guest

12/12/2011 06:13 am

Sorry google, your search results have been irrelevant for far too long; as for now bing is better

Gbdoctor

12/12/2011 08:38 am

How did you get rid of the ugly black bar?

dagna

12/19/2011 04:14 am

apparently there is a script that lets you change the black bar to white:  http://www.ghacks.net/2011/06/29/change-googles-black-navbar-back-to-white/

Gbdoctor

12/19/2011 09:53 am

Yes - there is a script for Firefox and Chrome but not for IE which i am using... And i would like to add that these BIG companies make their changes without checking or asking our opinion - not before and not after they did it.  

apple

01/05/2012 12:39 am

i dotn mind the black bar, its just the huge grey bar that is 2.5 centimetres long with the email on the right and logo on the left that is bothering me. its so annoying! for my homepage when i log in my gmail account, i dont have the black bar. the grey bar cuts off the head of one of the people on my homepage!

Cybdiver

06/28/2012 01:53 pm

I like Google but hate the gary bar it takes up space and many times blocks the top of web pages. So why must I have it? If it's not removed then i guess Google will be removed as my home page. Sorry to see you guys go. Hello Yahoo again.

Rivermonster

02/27/2013 09:53 pm

Am I the only one who preferred the black bar? I absolutely love the black bar, in my opinion it looks better.

GOOGLEUSER

03/20/2013 01:08 pm

PLEASE CHANGE THE COLOUR BAR FROM BLACK TO WHITE OR BLUE. BLACK IS ALRIGHT FOR PRINTS BUT IN A BAR IT IS BETTER TO HAVE WHITE

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