If you’ve opened up your Google Calendar today, then most likely you noticed a new look. I use my calendar for scheduling blog posts, meetings, phone calls and life in general- but that’s for another post.
This is the first in a series of changes that you’ll see over time. Why the change? Google says it’s in order “to make our products more consistent and intuitive so your experience is more enjoyable and productive.”
None of the changes have affected the way the calendar works. They’re all just cosmetic changes. Here’s a quick summary of the changes:
- The Quick add function is now under the down arrow next to the Create button
- Calendars selected for viewing in your My calendars and Other calendars lists will no longer display with a colored background; instead, only the arrows next to them will be colored.
- The Print and Refresh buttons are now icons rather than text links. The Print button shows a printer, and the Refresh icon is a circular arrow.
- Visual indicator icons (alarm clock icon for events with reminders, person icon for events with guests, etc.) will only show when the event is hovered over.
- The My calendars and Other calendars lists on the left are now collapsed by default and may be expanded using the small gray arrow. Once expanded, they will remain expanded on refresh or open.
- The mini month view calendar under the Create button is collapsible using the small gray arrow.
- The Save and Discard buttons and Back to calendar link are only available at the top of the event page, not the bottom.
Google wants to provide us with “a more seamless and consistent online experience” and is founded on three key design principles: Focus, Elasticity and Effortlessness.
If you have anything to share about the changes, they have provided a feedback form.
It looks like Google is preparing us for the Google+ Project. Thoughts?