Last week, Google celebrated the ninth birthday of Gmail. The email service launched on 1st April 2004 as an invite-only beta, and didn’t actually become a final version until 2009. Today, Gmail is arguably one of the best email services available, and is by far the best for those who use Google products each day, like Android and Chrome.
Google have just lifted the lid on a new product called ‘Gmail Blue’. It’s the same Gmail you know and love, but blue.
In the past, I’ve covered Facebook and Twitter concepts, but never Google. I’m already a huge fan of just about every Google product, as I’m an avid Chromebook and Android user, however I’m always interested to see how people thing Google could edit their design.
This concept, created by Burak Turfanda, imagines a completely new Google experience.
He begins by editing the Chrome browser, which at the moment has arguably the best design of any web browser. He’s edited it to that it has a very flat look, which fits in with what Google have been doing with Google Play recently and Google Plus recently.
It’s hard to tell from the images, but it would appear that there is a right sidebar at all times on the browser, which is where the user can sign into their Google profile. Then, when visiting other sites, it looks as if the links in the sidebar change, according to what site is being looked at. All the websites in the images are Google services, but the idea of the sidebar changing for all the most popular websites, like Facebook and Twitter, is an extremely interesting idea.
He has also edited a significant amount of Google’s web services, including Gmail, which has a slightly altered colour scheme to the one which is live at the moment, and it looks very similar to the browser. He has also redesigned the Google Ventures website.
Possibly my favourite part of the concept, is the redesign of the Chrome Web Store, where Chrome users can download apps and extensions. Again, the current design by Google isn’t exactly shabby, however this version looks simply incredible. All the images of each app has been merged together, creating a seamless tiled interface. The page is full, from edge to edge, with images of each app, with the Chrome sidebar navigating the categories.
Google has launched a live page today which guides you around the process of sending e-mails through Gmail. The website shows you how they go about making sure your e-mails are never read by anybody else, how they are backed up and virus scanned for safety, and how Google uses connects Gmail database with other Google products like Maps and Products, to ensure you have the best user experience around.
Google have opted for the now famous minimal and cartoony animations we expect to see from them. If you can’t view the live page, watch the video above to see how it’s done.