New design - needs improvement

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I see that a new design is being used for title pages on IMDb, and hopefully this is just a test and not something that is going to be implemented for the long term.

 

I've circled a few of the more problematic areas of the new design.

Rather than appearing in the right-hand rail, the links to additional information now appear above the title. However, the active links (example circled in green above) now appear in light gray on a dark gray background, which is not particularly contrasting and will make it difficult for new users to find the information.

The inactive links (example circled in blue above) are even worse; they're dark gray on a slightly darker gray background. Granted, they are links to information that doesn't exist, but IMDb does want the information to eventually exist, so they shouldn't be so deeply relegated to the background.

Also, I've circled in red the series title for this television episode. The series title is in light gray on a dark gray background, and is only about half the size of the episode title, which is in white on the same dark gray background. I would recommend making the series title and episode title about equally prominent, rather than making the episode title much, much more prominent than the series title.

All told, I would prefer if this design change wasn't implemented at all, but if it is going to be implemented, I would prefer if the design would avoid the extensive use of gray on dark gray as shown above.
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Santa will be delivering a small lump of coal to all the naughty IMDB staff responsible for the new design.
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Hi,
I tried to give the new design a few days to see if i can get used to it, because every change is difficult at first, but after a couple weeks the new design STILL looks BAD, or at least worse than the (very very good and useful) previous one:

1) The biggest problem with the new title banner, is that it's too BIG! It takes a lot of space in the screen and makes you scroll down to see even the basic information about a film. In pages where exists the (huge) trailer video, you have to scroll down to see even the director/writers/stars information of the movie, or even the whole storyline! This is very frustrating, NOT easy to use and certainly not user-friendly.

This problem is more serious when the title of a movie is long and takes more than one line: In that case, the banner is even bigger, so big that you have to scroll down to see the whole poster or the whole trailer of the movie! For example, a movie with a long title: "Astérix & Obélix: Au service de sa Majesté (2012)".  That page is a disaster! You even have to scroll down to see the whole poster and trailer! The same happens with many movies with long titles, and also with every series, because in the series' pages there's an extra line for the "episode guide", which makes the banner even bigger!

2) Another problem is the colours. A dark-grey background combined with white or (worse!) light-grey letters, is not a good idea! It's just harder for the eyes to read and ugly. What happened to the white (or very light-grey) background and black (or dark) letters? Why change the best colour contrast, when it's successful and working fine?

Also, the new title banner's colour is almost the same as the IMDB's banner and the advertisement banner, on the top of the page. This means too much black or dark-grey colour in the page when it's loaded, which again doesn't look nice.

3) The trailer. Suddenly, it gets TOO BIG and takes a lot of space on the screen. Also, it's wrong that it moved above other information, like storyline, directors, stars etc. The size and place it was before was just fine, most people STILL visit an IMDB page first to READ or to BE INFORMED (storyline, info, director, stars etc) and then to WATCH (trailer or whatever). The new trailer size and position only makes the site less friendly to the users.

4) The new rating system. Before we needed just one click to rate a movie. Now it needs two clicks, which means the time required to rate a movie is doubled. If it's one or two movies is not that big deal of course, but if we are trying to rate many movies, that extra time needed (and the inconvenience) is considerable. (This is not a major problem compared to the above, but it still adds to the frustrating and not user-friendly new design).

5) Another minor problem is about the "year of release" link.  (Note: i think we were all relieved to bring it back, it would be a huge mistake not to be included to the new title banner!). Now that it is back, when we move the mouse over the link of the year, the link doesn't change colour, from grey to blue like the rest links on the title banner. It stays grey. It would be nice if it turned blue, like the other links.

Overall, the feeling about the new design is that it's NOT GOOD. It's worse than before, clearly worse in all aspects: not practical, not eye-friendly, ugly, less easy to use, to the point that sometimes becomes frustrating. You should consider very seriouly bringing back the old one, or re-designing the new one to something better!
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My major cause for concern is the Watchlist dropbox. See the following video



Notice how the rating stars show through. Notice how the list are all ticked then without interaction only some (those that should be) ticked.

Nobody could call this pretty let alone good programming.
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And it is still the same. 2 weeks and NOTHING DONE to fix it.
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Now 4 weeks and it is still the same. IMDb the slowest site on the internet to fix problems...and the site that IGNORES problems the most.
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 I guess we will remember 2015 as the year that our IMDB experience was ruined...
Ruined by this awful change in page design.  A HUGE, dark, ugly, not user-friendly title banner, which sometimes is accompanied by an equally HUGE trailer. (And all these to take the place of a design which was working perfectly and there were hardly any complaints about it).
The result is that they hide other useful information and make the page viewing harder. That is the main "achievement" of this change.

R.I.P. good old IMDB...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Problems with new header design.

I've been using the IMDB for years both as a reader and contributor and have been very pleased with this service.  However, when I logged on recently I saw there is a new design for the header on a film's listing.  I'm speaking of the black stripe with the title in white type but all other type in gray.    This is causing me problems which may have to do with my age and visual situation.

I am approaching my 75th birthday and have a condition known as macular degeneration.  This causes images to appear dimmed.   As a result I find I have having extreme difficulty reading the dark gray type on the black background.    Please, for myself and others who may be having the same problem,  consider changing the dark gray type to white so this important data is again readable.

Richard Sutor, Ph.D.
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hi Richard Sutor Ph.D.,

i too, am dissatisfied with IMDb's new format, but you have to learn to adjust.

with all the negative feedback IMDb has received, they do not seem to want to readjust to make more user-friendly.

here is a trick...

i hear this works only in certain geographic regions... USA should be OK

(in IE) log-in to IMDb.

surf around a little bit.

log out.

close browser & reopen.

go back to IMDb. (do not log back in, use as free user)

you should see the old format we have all grown to love
(this worked for me)

best of luck !!!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why did they change the top of the pages for movies/shows/etc.? . . . DON'T LIKE ....

New and improved . . . isn't.
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Design has just changed back for me. Hope it stays that way. Did nothing except noticed that dropdown box next watchlist button wasn't working. Logged out, then lost connection, logged in and, wow, back to where we were. Yeah.
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Oops IMDb has returned to the bad watchlist dropdown as shown in my VDO above. Ratings of another title show through, all lists flash ticked on then settle to only those that should be ticked.

Very bad programming.
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4 days later and IMDb has done NOTHING to fix this dreadful dropdown box
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How to back that new gray background on IMDb?.

I liked it more than old and I want it back.
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You must be the only one. How much did IMDb pay you to write that?
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Keester, Although I personally dislike the proposed new design, may I humbly remind you that there are those who prefer splashy designs over functionality.
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Yeah and I've got a Porsche. The fact that the engine is seized, the fuel tank leaks, the tires bald, doesn't matter because it looks good.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Seen it star missing?.

Recently IMDB added a blank star beside film titles that you could
click to turn blue and mark as seen, but now it's gone on my account?

It made marking seen films so much easier without rating or having to click through director's works, so I was wondering if anyone knew if it was coming back?

On another note if it (hopefully) does come back can the seen films be posted on our profiles like the watch list? Being a film student this would help so much!

Cheers
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If I have given the movie a 1-10 star rating, then I know I've seen it.  Simple, huh?
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... It made marking seen films so much easier without rating ....
If I have given the movie a 1-10 star rating, then I know I've seen it.  Simple, huh?
IIUC:
The relatively-new "Seen" feature allows users to mark a title as seen without rating it.  That feature was initially announced in October 2014, but easy access to the feature has not yet been thoroughly integrated into existing page designs.  The recently-tested title-page redesign apparently provided an easy way to mark a title as "Seen", and apparently that is what Zara was asking about.
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Yes that was the seen feature I was talking about :) Does anyone know when or if it's coming back?

Charlie, if you look at the top screenshot you'll see the blank star with "Rate this" beside the rating, that's what I was referring to.
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That option is only available on the new test version. It is not there in the current (non-test) version. I did not really like the black version, but this particular item was excellent and should be added to the current version.

Until they do this there is a (rather klutzy) workaround. Change the /title/ in the URL in the address bar to /seen/. This will bring up a page that contains the current title and any related titles (e.g. if your do this on Star Trek: the Force Wakens, you will be presented with a list of all 10 released Star Wars Titles). You can then click the 'seen' star to the right of the appropriate title(s).
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do I get back to the new new style with the black header?.
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Hey, what gives? For the last month I was happy, because I managed to get the old look back, I followed an advice here - just to log out and back in. But today the new horrible look is back and I can't change anything anymore! I keep logging in and out, but it's not helping. 
How about others, is everyone seeing the new layout now?
IMDb, why are you doing this? Why are you not respecting your members?
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Same problem, Eve. I hate it. I think Imdb is doing the online version of Cube.
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Again?? This design is really terrible. 
1)I have to see why the site trailer big screen? Meaningless In a small space must be opened when clicked want.
2)Why small movies poster?
3)That represents the film must be as large as before.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why do we have to use the new design?.

I hate the new design of these sites. I want to use the old design. A really really bad design. (New design is TERRIBLE!!) How can I go back to the old design? Please get a return old design. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Thanks for Warning Us about the New Format!!! Not!.

Yes the warning was great.  Told way in advance of what will happen.  Hey you even gave us a chance to give feedback.  Really great thank you.

End sarcasm.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The redeisgned website hell!.

Isn’t it nice
when you visit a familiar website you can easily navigate because you have used
it for so long you instinctively know where you want to go? You do what you
want and can move quickly because you've done it so many times it has become
like the neighborhood you live in.  You
have favorite locations you visit regularly and others you bypass because they
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navigate your cyber neighborhood with ease!

Then
one day you return and some arrogant lunatic has shuffled all the buildings
around!  Repainted them all in different
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favorite shops because the inconsiderate, thoughtless meddler has so completely
transformed the entire neighborhood that you can not even find your own
home!  This is what happens when a
webmaster redesigns a website in an attempt to justify his continued
employment!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled With the new format, when I click on a movie, I can't figure out where to add it ....

The new format doesn't seem to have a place to add to watchlist... 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Where has the button gone for adding a movie to a personal list?.

How do I now add a movie to my personal list?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled With the new format, when I click on a movie, I can't figure out where to add it ....

The new format doesn't seem to have a place to add to watchlist... 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled With the new format, when I click on a movie, I can't figure out where to add it ....

The new format doesn't seem to have a place to add to watchlist... 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled the drop down list button disappear ?.

i can not anymore add a movie to one of my own list, now i have only "create a new list" as choice
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ok sorry i found it :with The + just before the movie name
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How I go back to old display settings?.

This new display setting in which the trailer is shown on the movie page front with black background - I don't like. How can I switch back to the default display?
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JC - hover on the green ribbon over the poster.  It will activate a dropdown with your personal lists.
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I only wanted to say that I am not a fan of the new design at all. One problem is that it takes two clicks to rate a title and if you slightly move away with the mouse, the rating window disappears. Very annoying.

In terms of adding title to lists, it's equally bad. You need to scroll over watchlist to add it. If you click watchlist, it gets added to your watchlist, which I do not want. It's a very unnecessary change in my opinion. The old design was superb.

I had the new one a month ago, then it went away about a week ago and I was glad. Now it's back. And it still sucks major balls. Get rid off it please.
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Joe Lee  
Thanks for the tip. On my version I hover over the grey plus sign just to the left of the title and all my lists appear. Thanks for helping clear this up JC
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And the drop down is a total fail. All lists ticked then only those that should be ticked all in a matter of a split second. Crazy. IMDb have totally ignored this problem.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled New design doesn't let me rate.

When I tried rating the big short today it suddenly didnt work anymore, i treid other movies but they also dont work.. I think this is the first time im rating movies since the new design. I can still rate from lists but cant rate from the pages itself. Anyone else have this problem?

Really dont like the new design.. dont understand why so many companies change stuff to "improve" their sites when it just makes things look fancy but work less easy and streamlined. Bloody "innovation" for sake of "progression".. (sorry for the rant)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Where has my watchlist button gone?.

Usually at the top of each movie/tv episode, there's a yellow"+ Watchlist" button, which I use to show that I have seen it. Today, despite trying every account (as it appears from other posts that Facebook creates another account), I cannot locate this button. Through it, I add these shows to my "A Life's Work - everything so far" list. When I access my profile, I can see both of these lists, so they're not lost, but I cannot work out how, owing to this new, complicated layout, where this yellow button has gone in order to add to my lists.

Please help.

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There's a large + (plus sign) to the left of the movie title. Click it and it changes to a green tick signifying you've add the title to your watchlist. If you have lists a drop down will appear if you hover over this plus/tick. Watch it flash and show all your lists ticked and then in a split second later only show ticked those list that you have actually marked the title in. Very bad programming; an issue IMDb seem unable/incapable of fixing. They only manage to ignore it.
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I'd like to join mine to the list of complaints of the new design. The thing I dislike the most is the new way of rating. Now I have to make two clicks in order to rate a title, when before it was just one, easy movement made by scrolling my mouse over the stars. A small change, but a bad one.


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