What I like the most about redesigning popular websites is clearing all the clutter.
It always seems to me that the most popular websites are the most cluttered. Take a look at Facebook, YouTube, Linkedinforgodsakes etc… They feature huge amounts of information — without even trying to keep you in focus on what actually matters to you.
In this YouTube redesign I tried to achieve 3 main goals:
- Design something that’ll perfectly fit my needs as a user.
- Keep the user in focus on the important things (or in other words: not distracting the user).
- Make a realistic redesign that would actually be great for users.
The Main Page:
The main screen combines two pages I constantly switch between: the “Home” page and the “Subscriptions” page. When I put them side by side, it suddenly looked obvious that they are supposed to be together. It’s like they were meant for each other.
There are many times when you want to quickly jump back to a video you watched recently. Wouldn’t you love a quick access to that video?
This is where it got really interesting. I always found it hard to focus on a YouTube video: I would always keep it in expanded view, and most of the times immediately move to full screen mode, only because I find it hard to focus on the video I’m trying to watch.
So I cleared all the clutter and distractions, put the video in the middle and darkened the rest of the screen in attempt to get the focus I always have in full screen mode.
In the details section I’ve tried to keep things as clean and readable as possible:
As you can see, the same grid I used on the main page maintains order throughout the website, along with a fair amount of white space to give the eye a chance to understand what is going on.
But you must be thinking: how do I get to the details section? Well…
The best thing about it is that you don’t loose the video player — you can still watch the video while reading details and comments.
Well, it was a fun experience. Redesigning has always been one of my passions as a designer — especially when it’s a product that I use everyday, because then I collect ideas all the time until it’s clear to me how I wish it would look like.
I hope you enjoyed this redesign. Feel free to follow me and come back for more goodies. And don’t forget to share :)
You can also see this on dribbble: https://t.co/eTDidQnJnp