Earlier this week Google redesigned the user interface of Google Reader.
I hated it.
Still, no one likes change, so I gave it a few days to see if I would get used to it.
I still hate it.
Apparently, I am not the only one. Google News is full of reports of user backlash, a Huffington Post poll suggests 66% of users hate it, and even an ex-Google, who worked on the Google Reader team, hates it!
The way I see it, this is not an improved UI for Google Reader. I don’t think it was intended to be. Google Reader has not had any new features in years and for all intents and purposes had been abandoned by Google. With the across the board UI change for all of Google’s products, Google Reader needed to fall in line–even if Google really didn’t want to touch it. And so, we end up with a tool that looks like Gmail, but looks like no actual effort went in to determining how to improve the UI.
I mean really, just look at how barren the results look and how hard they are to read in their monochrome state:
So, here’s what we’re going to do. I want each of you to leave a comment and tell us what you hate about the new design. I’m then going to forward your feedback to Google and let your voices be heard. So, be constructive and don’t be vulgar–I know that will be hard considering just how bad the design is!