21 January 2021
Google Search for mobile is undergoing a major design overhaul. The announcement was made by the company on its official blog citing Aileen Cheng, a Google designer. The redesign emphasizes making it quicker for users to find the relevant information while going through the knowledge panels as well as numerous search results.
The blog post starts by mentioning that the new design will let users focus on the information instead of the design elements. This will specifically be correct for the knowledge panels. The team has made texts bigger and bolder so that the written content is easily scannable for the human eye. In other words, the attention should now go first to the text than other visual aspects of the search results.
The search results will now be shown in Google's own fonts that it has been using on Android for quite some time. It is also already available in many Google apps like Gmail, Photos, Drive, and Maps. The font change is also said to help users in getting the information faster but is mostly related to bringing consistency across all Google products.
The redesign minimizes the use of shadows and focuses on the edge-to-edge aspect. It is said to deliver more visual space and breathing room for Search results and other content to take center stage. Google is further bringing the rounded design philosophy to different aspects of search like rounded icons and imagery. The inspiration for this has been taken from none other than Google's own logo, search box, and magnifying icon.