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Thursday, June 10, 2010

remove background in google -- did this pass usability testing? really?


If you've been to google today, you got to see a hideous background image -- pretty, but impossible to read the font. Want to replace with the default google page? Sorry you are out of luck -- at least for today. However you can choose a plain white image from Editor's picks which changes the background to plain ol' white background -- well sort of. The google logo will be white too.

On the lower left of the screen: Change background image
Click on Editor's Picks



Click Select.

There ya go, better than nothing, I suppose.

I'm all for creativity and customization, but I already use a google theme and all of these images clash terribly! So, this one goes under BAD IDEAS in my book. Usability testing, peeps! Give users a way to opt out and/or reset to something more plain, especially since different users have different needs, including interpreting visual information.

3 comments:

robin said...

Wow, that didn't even last 12 hours.
google is back to normal.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20007366-265.html

Andy Dustman said...

Google said it was a boo-boo (missing link).

robin said...

I am surprised that it went live like that...and google even apologized. well, sort of. LOL