Google gets all design on us…

March 20, 2007

In a fairly major departure from Google’s usual habits of plain, clean, white web pages they are now offering users of their personalised (read Web 2.0/Ajax) homepage an option to have a nice colourful background in the header area. The internet search box at the top of the homepage is placed in panoramic settings that change with the time of day and the weather. A nice touch, and with Google homepage gaining penetration it’s sure to attract some usage.

The ‘skins’ will be unveiled today and are sure to go down well with all but the die hard Google users. And the fact that these decorations change with the time and weather is also a new draw to get people to try their homepage for themselves.

Apparently the designs will also contain surprises, such as easter eggs that will pop out at (wait for it) Easter, and one would expect a jolly red man perhaps at Xmas…

Here’s an example:

More from the Sydney Morning Herald here.

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