YouTube Redesigns Website with Center-Aligned Look to Match Mobile Apps

YouTube has adopted a cleaner website design that has a “center-aligned” look, designed to emphasize user-created playlists — and, of course, boost the time people spend on the site.

The redesign to YouTube’s web pages is supposed to make them feel “similar to the mobile apps you’re spending almost half your YouTube time with,” YouTube web developer Yining Zhao said in a blog post announcing the change.

The redesign also lets users flip between what’s recommended and popular in the “What to Watch” section, and access the latest from subscribed channels — with both options now front and center. A new guide icon to the right of the YouTube logo (which appears at the top left-hand side of the page) provides access to playlists, subscriptions and other features.

In addition, YouTube has enhanced playlist features: The guide now provides access to all of the playlists users have created, as well as playlists from other channels they have liked.

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  1. Tim Brown says:

    Love it. I think center-aligned everything is starting to take hold, because we can’t focus on the sidebar and the content at the same time anyway. As a web designer in Minneapolis, I’m seeing more and more situations where the center-alignment seems to work pretty well. I think it evolved from Medium.com’s use of this convention.

  2. was it coincidence that Chrome just updated to allow for easier spying on us ?

  3. WufanGohan says:

    The mobile version of that admittedly worthless site has always been found wanting. People who have tried it would know what I mean. These pitiful add-ons would still hardly improve the overall experience if you are capable and objective enough to see it.

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