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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This is not IMDB anymore is just a ugly random site ... why you ruined it ?!
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I thought the previous design was pretty much perfect, but I accept that websites always undergo change at some point. So I can live with the grey heading and having links up there if you want. But PLEASE - get rid of the trailer placement (trailers are not why we come to IMDb) and put the rating stars, plot summary, and director/cast back where they used to be (next to the poster). The rating aspect is probably IMDb's best feature and it'd be a shame for it to become unimportant (new users will barely pay any attention to it hidden away in the corner), and the plot summary and key personnel are obviously very important. Also, please make sure the year stays in brackets next to the title.
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Some time ago you were able to push back the trailer window with an arrow which was really convenient. This functionality has unfortunately been removed and it's really hard to understand why...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Date Missing with new design.

With your recent new design in the top of the movie pages, the year of the movie is no longer available. I think it's an important information that should be kept.  
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled We don't need more bad web page design.

The new format violates the first principle of internet design: the most important information and links should be clearly presented and visible at the top of the main page WITHOUT SCROLLING. Get rid of the useless pics and wasted space at the top of the page or bring back the old format.
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how many bad reviews is it going to take before IMDb realizes the members (and non-members) WANT THE OLD FORMAT BACK ???

if the designers need something to do, have them re-design the lobby break rooms, & restrooms.
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@gwmax44907

I also dislike the proposed new design. However, let's consider the quandary that the IMDb website designers and IMDb in general face: how does IMDb attract new users without alienating their core users.

I've seen multiple posts on Get Satisfaction from users that love flashy promotional pages advertising films. Here are some examples:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2488496/

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1951266/

Bridge of Spies (2015) 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3682448/

I personally dislike these special promotional pages, since I find them more difficult to use. I also find these pages difficult to read and distracting. I get headaches after viewing this pages more than a minute.

I suspect that these special promotional title pages get significantly more page views than the current standard view. I also suspect that user surveys have indicated a preference for these kind of flashy pages. I suspect that people who prefer flashy pages tend to use only a small part of IMDb's functionality and are infrequent visitors to IMDb.

In contrast, the core users of IMDb (those who use IMDb daily) generally are more concerned with ease of use, good readability, logical and consistent navigation, and sound website design practices.
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Please add (again) the year of release next to the title of the film/series.
I can't possibly imagine what made you to remove it in the first place.
It's great to know the release date of a film in your own country, but it certainly isn't enough. Numerous films have been released in countries many years after they first aired in cinemas somewhere else in the world. To not know that fact, the original release date, robs you of many things, quite often of the right perspective.
It's not unnecessary information. It's vital !!!
BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL YEAR OF RELEASE NEXT TO THE TITLE !!!
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Please add (again) the year of release next to the title of the film/series.
I can't possibly imagine what made you to remove it in the first place.
It's great to know the release date of a film in your own country, but it certainly isn't enough. Numerous films have been released in countries many years after they first aired in cinemas somewhere else in the world. To not know that fact, the original release date, robs you of many things, quite often of the right perspective.
It's not unnecessary information. It's vital !!!
BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL YEAR OF RELEASE NEXT TO THE TITLE !!!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The date of the film.

You really must fix the issue of the date of the film in the new design. People from outside of the US als wants to get right info! Exemple (see picture) The Enforcer is a 1951-movie - but all I see is the Swedish release in 1960, nowhere on the page is the info of it's proper date. One needs to use workarounds. It's plain stupid.
Why, by the way, do you change a layout and include faults? Shouldn't you improve instead?
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as of today, if i do not log-in as a member, i see the old format. (YEA !)

there is a un-intrusive column on the right with some Quick Links & other information that i find very helpful  that does not crowd or effect the old format information in any way.

i do not know if all non-members see the same page as i do, but i am greatful that this issue has been corrected for me !!!

the current page i see should be the way all members & non-members see.


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Could you please put the year back next to the movie titles? This is VERY annoying.
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I totally aree! Among the many bad changes, this one is perhaps the worst!
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technically, everything on the right side of the page is utterly crap and its also very irritating cause it diverts your attention from what you actually came to look at...IMDB is surely becoming too 'spammy' ..it was bad enough with the new design, but this newer design just 'squashes' everything to the left of the page while adding utter nonsense to the right.....I still use the old reference view as long as it exists and once its removed, I'm leaving this terrible website.
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... I still use the old reference view as long as it exists ....
In a reply on a different topic, Col noted that the Reference view will eventually be "retired and replaced with an equivalent data-centric view"  to be built on IMDb's "new technology platform."
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well that means my time on IMDb is limited...they messed up IMDbPro first, then the highly spammy 'new' version of IMDb and now this..too javascripty which makes navigation a P.I.T.A for people like me with slow internet ...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled "Add this film to custom list x" function is gone.

On each film page, there was a widget that allowed one to add the film to a custom list. This function seems to be gone with the recent redesign.

I've already tried changing the "Show reference view" and "Always display full cast and crew credits" settings in site preferences, like it was suggested in another thread a year ago, but with not success.

I have about 2000 films in various lists and would like to keep using imdb to track films I've seen and plan to see in the future.

Thanks.
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The functionality is still there, just mouse over the giant "+" (Add to Watchlist) area to the left of the title, for example ...

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Please turn off "night mode" already.

That mode physically damages the eyes.

All the other changes are subjective, and people can easily adapt to them.

I went from navigating 50+ title pages a day over the course of 8-10 hours to navigating a few title pages a day for a split second strictly just to see if "night mode" was removed.

Turn on the "light" already and restore the white background.

The few hundred people (namely, video gamers and marijuana smokers....) who want to navigate IMDb with the

lights out (black backdrop) are free to install the "night mode" style. The rest of IMDb's MILLIONS of users

should not be condemned to the dark and have their eyesight destroyed.
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Thank you, Col Needham, that works indeed.

May I suggest creating some help screen elements that only pop up for users who already have custom lists? I would suggest a box that you can click away with the title "hey where did my custom lists go?" And then mention that they are now accessible using the huge plus sign. That would have saved me a lot of time.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled year not showing anymore.

the year does not show anymore when accessing a movie.
it used to show.why is it now missing?
it would alot easier to determine the correct movie if the year shows.
tony
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The Year of Production is gone.

The Year of Production is gone. I only see it in search results, not anymore on the full info page (where it should be next to the title). Please put this back. Note that release dats is not YOP.
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the movie title is just the title. without the year included next to it, it doesn't specify the exact movie
since some titles are short or the titles are used and repeated over and over again. we need to glance at the title and see that it is the correct movie. we also need to include that in our databases.

please put the year back in the title.

tony lochner
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled IMDB's new color scheme is absolutely horrible!!!.

IMDB's new color scheme is absolutely horrible!!! They are so difficult on the eyes b/c of the faded white schemes that I'm going elsewhere! I've counted on IMDB for years. I enjoyed the site. Now it gives no consideration for eyesight knowing ppl are on electronics constantly, wearing bi-focals, and now putting them through more hell on earth! Whoever so authorized this change can have a brick of coal in their stocking!!!
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This is getting more and more bizarre. I listened to advice here and just logged out and then back in - and old layout returned, yesss! However, people who are not registered and/or when log out, still see the new horrible look! Can someone explain this? Stop messing around, IMDb!
Is this experiment randomly used in selected countries or something? I am from Latvia, Eastern Europe. Unregistered users here see the new look. WTF?
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Please change it back or at least give us an option to choose in our profile.
Or is this site run by a dictator?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The fabebook "like" option is not available anymore on a movie page?.

With the new design of IMDB it seem that the like options of facebook is not available anymore? 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do I disable the new layout?.

In linux, IMDB loads up with the same old layout it has had for quite some time, with links to the parents guide and other stuff on the right. In windows, IMDB is now loading with all the useful links hidden in dropdown menus in a butt-ugly grey box containing the title and x/10 stars. How can I get rid of that ugly grey "Modern UI" looking box and get my old links back? I've tried switching user-agent strings and it didn't work.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The new design is awful. How can I add a title to my private list now from the t....

The new design is awful. How can I add a title to my private lists now from the title page? The handy dropdown next to the Watchlist button is gone !!
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Please mouse over the Watchlist "+" button area (there's a screen grab of this from me earlier in the thread)
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Found it !  Reason I didn't look there was that the "+" has always been synonymise with adding to the Watchlist.   Thanks for the help
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Col Needham - if you really are an official rep - why are you avoiding answers? You only seem to reply to questions about the watchlist button. 
How about the rest? Why there is no YEAR next to the movie title in the new version?
Why different people see different versions and why it keeps changing all the time? There is no logic here, logged in or logged out, new user or old user, from USA or Europe - it's a chaos! Please...
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Eve: I suppose that the reason people see different versions based on whether they are logged in or logged out, or from one country rather than another, or using one browser rather than another (if that is in fact the situation) is all part of the testing.

The problem is that the new version seems to have failed the test. It doesn't have any improvements to recommend it, as far as I can tell. If anybody actually likes the new version, they don't seem to be speaking up. Therefore, I would recommend that IMDb cut the test short and give up on this new design.
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How the test runs is fairly straight-forward. 50% of sessions will see the treatment, 50% will see the control.

Browser type, OS, etc are not specifically factored in... any session (from any browser, etc.) will fall into either test or control.
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I should probably clarify my earlier comment to say that hardly anyone has spoken up in favor of the new version (as opposed to no one being in favor). But I tend to think that if the number of users in favor were large, we would have heard more from them.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled My lists have disappeared on movie pages since site re-design.

Over the last week or so, and ever since the site design changed visually, the My Lists drop-down on movie pages has disappeared. The lists themselves still exist when accessed via the user profile but the drop-downs on the movie pages are a very convenient way to add and remove movie titles from my lists. I have tried in Google Chrome and MS Edge. Curiously, when the same pages are accessed in the Android app (but visiting the Desktop site from within the app), the old site design is still viewed and the lists drop-down is still available. Please advise.
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I'm so happy that the production year after the movie title is back! Thank you so much.
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My present pet hate is the new wider/see through dropdown watcthlist. The way it flickers, then has all your lists ticked then changes its mind and only ticks those that you actually ticked is driving me mad. Somebody need a lesson in CSS.

The previous format was JUST FINE. Why change it?

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