Chad Blair: The Hawaii Legislature’s New And (Mostly) Improved Website (Honolulu Civil Beat)

Honolulu Civil Beat: Chad Blair: The Hawaii Legislature’s New And (Mostly) Improved Website. “I took the revamped site, which was updated Nov. 14, for a test spin this week. My general evaluation is that it will be a very user-friendly experience for most — once they get used to the new layout, and once legislative coders complete their work. It’s sort of like an upgrade to your smart phone: a little irritating at first but then you settle in.”

Past, Present and Future: Redesigned Visual History Archive to Expand Global Access to Holocaust and Genocide Testimonies (USC Shoah Foundation)

USC Shoah Foundation: Past, Present and Future: Redesigned Visual History Archive to Expand Global Access to Holocaust and Genocide Testimonies . “USC Shoah Foundation today releases a complete redesign of its Visual History Archive (VHA), the world’s largest collection of primary source video testimonies from survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides.”

ReviewGeek: Why I Hate Google’s New Search Interface

ReviewGeek: Why I Hate Google’s New Search Interface. “Over the last week or so, you may have noticed a drastic change to the ‘All, Shopping, News, Images, Videos, More’ shortcut buttons under the search bar after you Google something. Or, maybe you noticed they’re missing entirely. Instead of the options we’ve all enjoyed for years, it looks like Google is A/B testing a big visual overhaul, and it’s a convoluted mess.”

WIRED: How to Get the Old Gmail Design Back

WIRED: How to Get the Old Gmail Design Back. “Google is switching up the design for Gmail to bring it more in line with changes across the company’s other services. But if you see the new look and hate it, you can still hold on to the old look for a little longer. It’s unclear how long this option will last, but for now you can switch back to the previous design with just a couple of clicks.”

WSFA: New user-friendly website highlights Alabama Department of Archives and History resources

WSFA: New user-friendly website highlights Alabama Department of Archives and History resources. “The new website includes robust databases for conducting historical and genealogical research in the ADAH’s extensive archival collections. Those resources are curated by ADAH staff and include an events calendar for at-a-glance information about ADAH programs, a new database of retention schedules and other helpful resources on records management for state and local government offices.”

TechCrunch: Google News launches a new desktop design with topic customization

TechCrunch: Google News launches a new desktop design with topic customization. “Google News is refreshing its desktop site with a new design that allows you to track global and local news on one screen. The redesign puts Your Briefing, Local news, and Top Picks section on a single page in different columns so it’s easier to catch up with news on topics and regions you care about.”

Mashable: A massive Facebook redesign just went live for me, and it’s…not great

Mashable: A massive Facebook redesign just went live for me, and it’s…not great. “It’s been almost exactly two years since Facebook launched its last major redesign, which included a big change in the site’s navigation, a cleaner look (with nearly none of the company’s favoured blue color to be seen), as well as the optional dark mode. It was a major change, and it took some getting used to, but it was a much-needed overhaul of the over-cluttered Facebook of old. This new change is disorienting.”

Ars Technica: Google.com tests a busier homepage with a row of info cards

Ars Technica: Google.com tests a busier homepage with a row of info cards. “Check out this totally wild Google homepage experiment spotted by 9to5Google: the search page suddenly has a row of cards at the bottom. If this design is widely adopted, it would easily be the biggest google.com design change ever.” Reminds me of the circa-1999 portal pages that Google’s original clean design was a rebuke against. Everything old is new again.

US Homeland Security: Announcing the Launch of the New DHS.gov

US Homeland Security: Announcing the Launch of the New DHS.gov. “Our website’s brand-new look and feel optimizes customer experience to make information about our services readily available, easier to understand, and more efficient to use. To do this, our web team streamlined and revised more than 14,000 pages of content. This new website uses a latest-generation content management system that is faster and more responsive than our previous site.”

Center for Public Integrity: New Public Integrity website puts spotlight on inequality

Center for Public Integrity: New Public Integrity website puts spotlight on inequality. “The Center for Public Integrity has a new website, redesigned to further our mission of using investigative journalism to confront inequality in the U.S., showcase audio storytelling and multimedia in addition to our long-form investigations, and adopt the most up-to-date mobile and accessibility standards.”

ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization Effort: Beta Releases Now Available (NIH)

NIH: ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization Effort: Beta Releases Now Available. “Earlier this year, we provided an update on NLM’s efforts to modernize ClinicalTrials.gov, the world’s largest publicly accessible database of privately and publicly funded clinical trials. NLM released a request for information, hosted public webinars, and adopted a user-centered design approach intended to help ensure that modernization is responsive to user needs.”

Ars Technica: Google Play website gets its first redesign in years, looks like a big app

Ars Technica: Google Play website gets its first redesign in years, looks like a big app. “While the Play Store app on Android devices is continually updated, the website has mostly been forgotten. The current Google Play website design dates back to 2013. The site has had some small tweaks since then, but the bones of the site are still eight years old, and it presents content in a card motif that Google has moved on from. The new website looks just like the Android app. That means lots of whitespace and a layout focused on app icons and video thumbnails.”

NOAA: NOAA upgrades climate website amid growing demand for climate information

NOAA: NOAA upgrades climate website amid growing demand for climate information. “NOAA’s Climate Program Office today launched a newly redesigned version of Climate.gov, NOAA’s award-winning, flagship website that provides the public with clear, timely, and science-based information about climate. The redesign expands the site’s already significant capacity to connect Americans with the resources they need to understand and plan for climate-related risks.”