22 comments

  • Klein MaetschkeKlein Maetschke, 5 years ago

    No one seems to consider ads when doing these unsolicited redesigns. There’s a damned good chance IMDB’s designers would love to do stuff like this but are totally powerless to overcome the requirements of ads/revenue.

    19 points
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 5 years ago

    i'm sure this redesign won't affect their ad-driven revenue.

    12 points
  • Jim NielsenJim Nielsen, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Personally, I miss the IMDb yellow. Yellow is IMDb in my mind. Seems like a valuable asset of the brand that was stripped out. I wonder why?

    10 points
    • Paul HegerPaul Heger, 5 years ago

      yea, they used a little bit on the movie rating site, should have used that color through the whole site...

      0 points
  • Moeed MohammadMoeed Mohammad, 5 years ago

    So much fodder for @designjargonbullshit

    The design is way overthought and overdone. All IMDB needs to do is work on cleaner typography, add a little breathing room, and update the colors.

    8 points
  • Tycho Klein SevertTycho Klein Severt, 5 years ago

    Though I like the redesign, my main question is why the heavy use of red?

    6 points
    • Catalin CimpanuCatalin Cimpanu, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

      Because IMDB is known for a red logo :D

      While the design looks great graphically, I don't think this "ThemeForest portfolio design" really fits a giant Web portal like IMDB at all (homepage at least).

      9 points
  • James Young, 5 years ago

    I'm not sure about anyone else but I always assumed much like Wikipedia, IMDB was simply the site people ended up on when they wanted to look at the bio of someone in a film they were watching at the time and IMDB was the first link in Google.

    I'm fairly sure that's got to be a primary use case for the site design and it'd be nice to see how to improve on accessing that information.

    6 points
    • Tyson SoelbergTyson Soelberg, 5 years ago

      Exactly. I'm not sure I've ever gone to IMDB for any content beyond textual. Not that some don't, but I've grown up with IMDB as a canonical resource for all data related to film and media—not the media itself.

      2 points
      • Ben Henschel, 5 years ago

        Yep, I totally agree. I'm a huge movie buff, and so I go to IMDB a lot, but it is for mainly two reason:

        1. To look up the IMDB rating a movie got when deciding if/which movie to watch. "This movie got a 8.2 on IMDB so you know it's going to be good", is something I regularly say.

        2. Look up some fact about a movie, actors, director, release date etc.

        2 points
      • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, 5 years ago

        Goto source for movie trailers usually

        0 points
  • Shrihari SankaranShrihari Sankaran, 5 years ago

    I cringed on seeing this.

    Firstly, *IMDb Secondly, "Yellow"

    Claiming to be an interface re-design, these guys ended up changing the entire identity. If one fine day I open imdb.com and see this I'll probably tell myself - "Oh damn. IMDb is gone." and move to Wikipedia or somewhere else.

    2 points
  • Hawke BassignaniHawke Bassignani, 5 years ago

    The design was nice, though it could really applied to anything: a portfolio site, a furniture store, an art museum… such is current web design trends, I guess? (Frank Chimero’s bit about websites as Dwell magazine spreads seems appropriate).

    I didn’t mind it as much as the writing. There were a lot of invented “ity” and “ize” words in there…

    1 point
  • Joshua SchoenakerJoshua Schoenaker, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Look at all those unsolicited IMDb redesigns, and not one actually 'works' better (meaning: getting what you came for) than what they have now. I guess it's appealing to be able to use full width high-res film photography in your designs :)

    Also, how could you possibly do this without using the yellow color.

    1 point
  • Kyle CookKyle Cook, 5 years ago

    Visual design aside because I love the simplicity and cleanliness; but taking away the exposed Search field on the homepage is a huge miss considering its what 99.9% of visitors are doing when they arrive. Give the user the ability to simply start searching without overcomplicating it with that overlay from the get-go. You can still have live search - but I'd simplify it maybe to the pattern apple.com uses.

    1 point
  • Dan LeboDan Lebo, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Meh, not really working for me. I agree with Moeed.

    1 point
  • Catalin CimpanuCatalin Cimpanu, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    There were a lot of invented “ity” and “ize” words in there…

    So much fodder for @designjargonbullshit

    They're French... let's give them a break when it comes to copywriting :)))

    0 points
  • Robbert EsserRobbert Esser, 5 years ago

    Over designed.

    0 points