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Google+'s +Fred Gilbert talks with Fast Company Design about the two-month process behind the redesign of Google+. The summary at the end of the article makes a great point: "In the digital world, there's no reason to fear being incomplete. Because, if you're doing your job right, your work will never be finished, anyway."
After a mere 6 months on the market, Google released their first major redesign of Google+. If you check your profile now, you should see the latest version. And if your taste is anything like ours, y...
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Great article. Thanks for sharing.
 
Is it just me, or are many of the well-written articles that represent G+ in a positive light often lack THE +1 BUTTON ON THE ACTUAL SITE?

Thanks for the share +Louis Gray
 
I met +Fred Gilbert while G+ was still very shiny, new, and mostly unknown, at a hackathon held at Color's headquarters. Very soft-spoken, clearly knowledgeable, great volunteer spirit (the hackathon literally drafted him from spectating to be an additional judge). I sure do wish I'd mentioned how great it was that they created a common Feedback link to hover consistently over every page and always be accessible.
 
I wondered why the comment colours and contrast were so bad I can't read them now I know. Perhaps more thought about accessibility and less Blitzkrieg would have helped.
 
Next time you guys want to do a "blitzkrieg redesign", better schedule it for a time frame when your usability engineers are back from vacation. #imjustsayin
 
Great article. Perfection is the enemy of progress. #justgoodenough 
 
Nice article, but too bad Google+ is ugly and less funcional after the redesign...
 
On the day Gmail permanently flipped all users over to the new design, I had three female non-engineer friends comment to me that they very much disliked it. And it was for the same reasons I and others have described: too much whitespace, color scheme too bright/gray, etc.

Many Microsoft consumer products are regarded as "tolerable mediocrity". With the redesign, more and more users are starting to lump Google websites into that category. That saddens me.
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