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A Minimalist & Interactive Concept Redesign Of YouTube
By Jillian Wong, 15 Aug 2014
The redesigned YouTube logo features brackets that represent camera frames
Concept redesigns of famous brands are a great outlet for designers to showcase their skills and ideas, judging by these creative interpretations that we’ve seen lately.
As a personal challenge, Orlando-based designer Ziarekenya Smith has come up with a minimalist concept redesign of YouTube that features a simplified and interactive interface.
Smith gave the video sharing website a thorough makeover, from its logo which now sports brackets that represent camera frames, to its homepage which allows you to browse videos by category.
Videos on the video section page are grouped by color according to their content, and can be previewed by mousing over their thumbnails.
One highlight of Smith’s redesign is the revamped video page which plays videos in a pop-up lightbox. The video player itself has been given a pared down look, with a subtle redesign and rearranging of the icons in the black control bar.
The video page also lets you track your video information, comments, and suggested videos in real-time, as well as integrate your YouTube account with Google Drive and Google+.
Another distinctive feature is the addition of a mini video player—this lets you watch your current video in a mini player while browsing the rest of the website.
In keeping with the aim of giving users more control, the user channel page allows you to customize your profile with pre-loaded templates, and the option to create your own background.
Smith has also added a chat function that lets you interact with your subscribers through chat or video chat and displays their online status, similar to Facebook chat.
He has also thoughtfully included lyrics that allow you to sing along to songs, though this feature is naturally only available for music videos.
Another useful update is the video upload process; while the current one requires you to stay on the upload page, the redesign lets you minimize it while you navigate elsewhere around the website.
Additionally, you can log out while your video uploads and opt to be notified by email when the upload is complete, freeing you up to carry out other tasks.
It’s clear Smith has put a lot of thought and planning into this comprehensive makeover to create a more immersive and engaging user experience.
Check out a short introductory video below, and find out more about his project here.
Designers, what do you think of his concept?
The new look homepage lets you browse videos by category
The video section page features videos grouped by color according to their content
The revamped video page plays videos in a pop-up lightbox, while the icons in the black control bar have been given a subtle tweak in redesign and layout
The mini video player feature lets you minimize videos while browsing the rest of YouTube
Choose from pre-loaded templates or create your own background to customize your channel page
The chat function lets you interact with subscribers through chat or video chat, and shows you who is online
Uploading videos is a breeze with the ability to minimize uploads to the bottom of your screen, while you navigate elsewhere around the website
[via Ziarekenya Smith, video via Vimeo]
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