Companies like Google need to set a standard for great design. Unfortunately, this is on the opposite end of the spectrum.
The main section is not even full width! The grey gradient in the product shots blends in with the background creating weirdness on the edges. A lot of the text is baked into the images. It honestly feels like an intern applied a material design template to an old page and called it a day.
Where is the text baked? I'm able to select everything just fine. Why does the main section have to be full width?
You beat me to it haha!. :)
Companies like Google need to set a standard for great design.
What makes you think they aren't?
The main section is not even full width!
Is it a mandate that main sections MUST be full width?
The grey gradient in the product shots blends in with the background creating weirdness on the edges.
Since its a store, product shots can be of any color. Background should be neutral irrespective of product.
A lot of the text is baked into the images
No it isn't (Inspect Element pls)
It honestly feels like an intern applied a material design template to an old page and called it a day.
Never condescend / underestimate interns. A friend of mine was an intern at google, and his team was quality driven and his work was top notch. I learnt a lot from him.
Its not mandatory that main section should be full width. But it looks extremly awkward to see images (big green android logo, Nexus tablets, Google wear' shadow) getting cut off. For the user it doesnt matter whether the content is fulll width or not. but what matters is that the whitespace in the left and right should feel natural.
Also they have used high resolution image for non retina screens. So this is how their shop now arrow looks. its not circular anymore http://imgur.com/Z3SlvLg
And finally their welcome text is blue text. Its the only blue text in the entire page. Apart from being inconsistent, Users may think blue means clickable.
They aren't setting a standard because of constantly releasing shitty products like this website.
Websites don't need to be full width, but cutting off a product image and just leaving it in dead center like they've done is just amateur.
My problem isn't with the product shot backgrounds being a grey gradient. It is however, incredibly shitty to have a portion of that photo blend in with the background of the website. Again, it looks unfinished and amateur. If they had extended the images to the edges of the web page, they wouldn't have run into that problem.
On mobile so I can't inspect element, but on OS X safari, a lot of the titles were baked in.
As for your point about condescending interns, that was never my intention. I'm sure when I first started designing, my work was nowhere near what it is today. I, however, always relied on my mentors' guidance before shipping a project. This website looks like it received no love from an experienced designer because of the points I previously made.
Definitely not asking Google to shut up and take my $$.
Weird how things cut off. Too many gratuitous interactions all around. Google needs to get their shit together.
Is it just me, or does the Google Store logo in the top left look slightly pixelated? http://i.imgur.com/a9SgnEr.png
Just saw that Google has split its devices off from the Play Store. I'm liking the product photography they're using throughout.