Google is again on a path to get makeover for its user interface. Usually Google’s attempts are typically intended to make user’s search option easier. But this time things don’t appear that way. This is due to the reason that the new user interface has more white spaces.
Currently, Google displays search results in the middle, search options and navigation are along the left hand side bar, and knowledge graph at the right hand side bar. In contrast, new interface has top down navigation, filters and search options. All the options are given at the top of the search result. That’s the basic difference between older and new interface. Another major difference can be noticed at the left hand panel which has been left wide open and blank. It would not difficult to say why these spaces have been left blank. Obviously, it’s for advertisement.
Many experts have even speculated the new format of the Google’s result page as organic results in the middle, advertisements at the left side bar and knowledge graph at the right side. However, there is another class of experts who think that this makeover will make screen resizing easier, means it will support tablet screen. Conversely, many think that new UI will make searching more complicated. Many others believe that Google is going to insert the gray Google+ sidebar in the left blank side bar, in order to integrate their social network along with their core search results. After so many speculations it would be really exciting to watch the final look of Google’s new UI.
In 1983 when internet was launched, anyone could have hardly imagined that someday there will be billions of users trying to access it from different corners of world. Since 1983 when it was introduced the number of internet surfers has crossed the scale of 2.5 billion people. Moreover, there are currently 11 billion devices across the globe constantly being used to access web. However, the situation has reached the saturation point where we are running out of space.
To create connection with any device each device is suppose to have an IP address. IP address consists of digits and numbers which are used to identify any device using internet such as computer, phone, ebook, reader, tablet, etc. This address enables devices to find and communicate online with others. Without IP address it is impossible to access internet. It is very similar to phone numbers without which you cannot call any anyone. Surprisingly today, like phone number we are also running out of IP addresses. In lack of IP address it is possible that a single user have to share one IP address with multiple users or with the entire neighborhood. Not only will it be unsafe but also unsustainable.
So far the technology we are using provided the space for 2^32 addresses (almost 4.3 billion). But now new IPv6 can increase the capacity to 2^128 addresses (more than 340 trillion, trillion, trillion). The figure is more than enough for unforeseen increase of user in future. It has to be implemented as soon as possible or else we are soon going face a big trouble, although internet society has planned to launch IPv6 together with IPv4. Entire transition will take time to complete and some users might have to upgrade their home routers or probably have to install latest operating system to enable IPv6 to work in parallel with IPv4.
In web design, you will quite often hear people talk about symmetry being the ideal way to create websites, but there are arguments to suggest that this is not always the case. An asymmetrical design – that is, one containing elements that do not create a mirror image – can be highly attractive and effective in their own right. They, too, can be balanced – just not with perfect halves.
Images In asymmetrical web design, you can use images to balance out your text – for example, a large chunk of text on one side of the page can be mirrored by a large image on the other. You do need, however, to ensure that both the text and the image complement each other and work together (such as a cupcake on a baking website).
Foreground and Background A newer introduction to the world of asymmetrical web design is the idea of using background elements to balance out foreground ones. This creates an interesting background dynamic that doesn’t normally exist (it is much more functional as a part of the content as well as functioning as a backdrop). This is often done with layers, as it creates depth.
As anyone who works in web design will tell you, balance is one of the key fundamentals to coming up with a good website – this is probably why symmetry is often lauded as being the way to go. By using images and the elements of the background and foreground, however, you can create a more asymmetrical design that is both balanced and attractive.