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 reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The new "dreadful" design is back once again. Please remove it....

Suddenly I got back the new "terrible" design once again :-(  Was this planned and did this happen to anyone else as well?

For the IMDB staff: Please Please Please remove the new desgin for my IMDB account "lars-155". 
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Thank you very much in advance!
Regards, Lars.
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Looks like the new design is for everyone this time around and it's not the test phase anymore. In short, we're screwed. It's stupendous that in spite of all the people complaining for a reason they decided to stick with the ugly grey, the clunky interface, the bad everything. No one in his right mind would support the changes. It's like Imdb staff doesn't use Imdb. Perhaps they only use Imdb Pro? Is this a marketing ploy?
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You NEED to add an option in user preferences to revert to our old beloved interface. I don't like the new one. I'm looking at alternatives to IMDb.
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Why doesn't the opinion of IMDb users matter anymore?
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Did it ever? I've often raised issues with IMDb and they mostly go ignored; not even a 'thank you for your comment'. My concern on the new design seems to have passed everybody by, including other users. The dreadful all list ticked on then only those that should be ticked flash is one of them. Doesn't anybody else see this?
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I think that movie plot summary which was earlier shown just beside the movie poster(just in movies with trailers), is now being shown below the movie trailer, which is not good.
There are many people out there who don't have time or Net speed to watch the trailer. Plot summary is a universally more important thing and its not good to now require users to scroll down every time they want to see the plot summary.
I hope Imdb will reflect on this change they've made and undo it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Not able to see plot summary because of New Design and redundant Amazon Ad at top....

Because of Amazon Ad at top of Imdb pages, and the New Design under which Trailers are shown in place where plot summary used to be shown - Plot Summary is not visible and everytime you have to scroll down to see it, which is really annoying.
The foolishly strange thing is that the Amazon Ad at top is totally redundant and can be easily removed, as the same Ad is also visible now at the right side. So, now there are two Ads visible simultaneously on front page, and both are of Amazon!!!
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2 Amazon ads because they can't sell ads to anyone else maybe.
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Imdb is owned by Amazon.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled New format.

The new format stinks.  Much harder to use.  Harder to get information about a film.  Not pleasing to the eye at all.

There was nothing wrong with the page format before (not that I could see, anyway).  Why change it?!?   Change, just for change's sake???   Completely don't understand this way of thinking!   You and Apple must get along great.   Neither of you have heard, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."   You don't understand that concept at all, apparently.  Thanks for making my life just a little bit tougher.
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Going to IMDB everyday, updating my lists, rating movies & TV programs, reading reviews, searching for something new to see all USED to be FUN. It no longer is and I cringe at the thought of having to struggle to see any of that dirty white text on a dull black background. I shudder at the thought of having to make an EXTRA click to rate a title or click on the watchlist button by mistake when I should have just hovered and waited for the equally hard to read drop down box to appear. I flinch at the thought of clicking to add a title to a single list then have to hover off then hover back and see all my lists ticked for a second then flash and only show the correct list selection.

I'm not sure how much longer I can take this as my beloved IMDb has changed for the sake of change ignoring regular users comments such as "don't fix what ain't broke" while all the time making more things broken or hard to find. If IMDb had been in charge of inventing the wheel we'd probably all still be waiting for it while they messed about deciding what color it should be.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Adding movies to Watchlist.

Under this new format how can one add a movie to the Watchlist. The Add to Watchlist button appears to apply to the movies in the grid and not the movie on the title page.
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Doesn't do that for me. Only adds the current movie title (i.e. the page you are on). Please give an example showing where it is you click.
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First I have this new thing they are doing and the only Watchlist icon I see is that which is connected to the movies grid and it will only be those movies in this grid that will be considered. I cannot see any other Watchlist icon on the title page other than that. I have checked several movies out and it appears this new design is the same for all.
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"First I have this new thing"?  What does that mean, exactly, Carl?
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Please provide screen captures detailing what you mean by "movies grid" and where you see the watchlist icon.
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Carl:

Click the big "+" icon at the left of a title.  I've marked it in red here:

 

Clicking the "+" adds the title to your watchlist.
When the title is in your watchlist, a checkmark appears:

 
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Please provide screen captures detailing what you mean by "movies grid" and where you see the watchlist icon.
I believe he is talking about the People who liked this also liked... section. There is a 'grid' of six posters, with one of them repeated in a larger version to the right along with its Storyline. There is an Add to Watchlist button under that larger poster.
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Yes that is the section I was referring to. Since my posting and thanks to others with similar concerns I was able to find the watchlist feature for the title page.
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Glad to see that you found what you were looking for. Of course it would have been quicker if IMDb had included the word "Lists" somewhere near to the icon that gives no clue to what it is for until you hover over it. Yet another piece of bad design by the IMDb team.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why can't I find the "add to watch list" button?.
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Because the new design doesn't want you to.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can't add to custom list with Watchlist button.

There is no drop down list next to the Watchlist button to add a title to your custom lists. I've been through site preferences and the option to 'always show cast and crew' and 'show reference view' are Not checked. I don't want to add to watchlist then move to custom list with edit list. The option was perfect as it was with the drop down on the wishlist button. Do I need to subscribe to IMDB Pro just for this feature?
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Really really awful. 

Is there an option somewhere to switch back to the old, non-tailpipe-sucking design?  For me the killer is the loss of the +Watchlist button with pulldown to choose which of my lists I'm adding to or want to jump to.  That's gone now from all but the newest movies.  It's gone from all TV Episode pages (the way I track what's aired, what I've watched and what's in queue) - so now what, I have to go into the list from my profile page, click edit, and then search for program and episode one at a time.  Gross loss of efficiency for users.  Diminished usability from coders with diminished capacity?  Or was this a MANAGER'S idea.  Because it blows dead.... well, maybe you get the idea by now. 

So when and how do we get to leave the guinea pig trials and choose the old version? 

Because This, from my perspective, is a failure, a flop.  A BOMB. Zero Stars.  A Rotten Tomato.  Hm.  Maybe if the ship's sinking, I oughta get the flock outta here....
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You can access and add/remove from any list by mousing over the watchlist "+" list to the left of the title, as in:

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Hi Col,  Thanks for replying!  Would it be possible for the old schoolers (with dumb phones) here who still use those antique desk/laptops to be able to toggle to the version you had before you had the compulsion to "make things better"???

Thanks!

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+Charlie Roberts :- It seems that ur comment makes sense and is meaningful, but I am not able to quite get it. Can you please do the favour of elaborating what u r trying to say here?
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Abhay . . . Perhaps my use of complete words (and not Twitter shorthand) threw you off.  It is a sarcastic way of saying that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Cheers!

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Yep I got that Charlie, but not the sarcasm. I guess I am one of those old schoolers u mentioned in ur comment, but not sure as the definition was not clear. I'll appreciate if u can explain that to me.
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Abhay . . . R U dense?  U need 2 work on UR reading comprehension.  Or . . . switch to Clingon . . .
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I am sorry, English is not my native language. May be I am dense(and I don't know what that word means!) And even if I choose to work on my reading comprehension, it will definitely take some time. I don't know what Clingon is. The question here is that do you have enough tolerance and generosity to elaborate urself here?
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Abhay . . . sorry for the communications problems but I expressed my view on this topic as clearly as I am able . . . yes, it was a bit sarcastic but I really can't simplify it more.
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It's Klingon not Clingon.
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ABSOLUTELY AGREE!
CHANGE WEBSITE BACK THE WAY IT WAS! PLEEASE

Changing websites like this has become an infuriating epidemic!
Constantly 'updating' websites for no REAL reason!
Result? Websites become convoluted, over-crowded, confusing and often just plain stupid.
Sometimes it's a legitimate effort to cram more and more info and features...but seriously, it's beyond ridiculous in most cases.
ALL big business/companies have great websites because they've been around for years.
The sites are functional, effective, intuitive(for the user).
This is where they should STAY/STOP.
WHY FIX what isn't broken?!
When the user has to re-learn where everything is (layout), or worse, now can't find what they want or waste more time accessing it, the site has FAILED!
We(users) have increasingly short attention spans...so cramming sites full of useless 'innovations', fluff, pop-up, pop-out, sub-sub menus, fluff, jazz, more and more and more, is COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE!

If you have a department who's job it is 'to make the website better', perhaps that is the problem!
(this is the ONLY reason I can think of, for constant website updates/re-designs/overhauls: I.e. They would be out of a job if they did nothing, so they have the impossible task of constantly adding more, or switching things around)...

Enough already! Depending on the function of the site or course, a website should be a simple outline of the entity with a FEW clear links (via simple menu) to what people want.need. PERIOD.
it's not complicated. That's all we want and all we need.
</rant>

p.s. I used to be a website designer and have a lot of experience in design/PR/sales/advertising. (I'm not just a crazy person... I love iMDb and just want to to get back to the simple, effective and easy to use site it used to be)
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Seems the biggest area that people have problems with is the Watchlist icon. Many seem to not know where the old, famous, easy to find and understand Watchlist button went. It is there but not immediately seen. Does IMDb not want people to use it? This is surely a case of "A word is worth a million icons". Just add the word 'lists' and/or make it yellow, as it was, would help a lot.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Where's the "Add to Watch List" link?.

There used to be a link. Right now, I'm looking at the IMDb entry for a certain movie. I want to add it to my watch list. Is that no longer possible?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PROBLEM: Website overhaul is terrible, go back to older more simple formats!.

Changing websites like this has become an infuriating epidemic!
Constantly 'updating' websites for no REAL reason!
Result? Websites become convoluted, over-crowded, confusing and often just plain stupid.
Sometimes it's a legitimate effort to cram more and more info and features...but seriously, it's beyond ridiculous in most cases.
ALL big business/companies have great websites because they've been around for years.
The sites are functional, effective, intuitive(for the user).
This is where they should STAY/STOP.
WHY FIX what isn't broken?!
When the user has to re-learn where everything is (layout), or worse, now can't find what they want or waste more time accessing it, the site has FAILED!
We(users) have increasingly short attention spans...so cramming sites full of useless 'innovations', fluff, pop-up, pop-out, sub-sub menus, fluff, jazz, more and more and more, is COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE!

If you have a department who's job it is 'to make the website better', perhaps that is the problem!
(this is the ONLY reason I can think of, for constant website updates/re-designs/overhauls: I.e. They would be out of a job if they did nothing, so they have the impossible task of constantly adding more, or switching things around)...

Enough already! Depending on the function of the site or course, a website should be a simple outline of the entity with a FEW clear links (via simple menu) to what people want/need. PERIOD.
it's not complicated. That's all we want and all we need.
</rant>

p.s. I used to be a website designer and have a lot of experience in design/PR/sales/advertising. (I'm not just a crazy person... I love iMDb and just want to to get back to the simple, effective and easy to use site it used to be)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PROBLEM: Website overhaul is terrible, go back to older more simple formats!.

Changing websites like this has become an infuriating epidemic!
Constantly 'updating' websites for no REAL reason!
Result? Websites become convoluted, over-crowded, confusing and often just plain stupid.
Sometimes it's a legitimate effort to cram more and more info and features...but seriously, it's beyond ridiculous in most cases.
ALL big business/companies have great websites because they've been around for years.
The sites are functional, effective, intuitive(for the user).
This is where they should STAY/STOP.
WHY FIX what isn't broken?!
When the user has to re-learn where everything is (layout), or worse, now can't find what they want or waste more time accessing it, the site has FAILED!
We(users) have increasingly short attention spans...so cramming sites full of useless 'innovations', fluff, pop-up, pop-out, sub-sub menus, fluff, jazz, more and more and more, is COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE!

If you have a department who's job it is 'to make the website better', perhaps that is the problem!
(this is the ONLY reason I can think of, for constant website updates/re-designs/overhauls: I.e. They would be out of a job if they did nothing, so they have the impossible task of constantly adding more, or switching things around)...

Enough already! Depending on the function of the site or course, a website should be a simple outline of the entity with a FEW clear links (via simple menu) to what people want/need. PERIOD.
it's not complicated. That's all we want and all we need.
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p.s. I used to be a website designer and have a lot of experience in design/PR/sales/advertising. (I'm not just a crazy person... I love iMDb and just want to to get back to the simple, effective and easy to use site it used to be)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do you add a movie to a specific list you have created? It used to be easy, ....

How do you add a movie to a specific list you have created? It used to be easy, now the interface has either hidden or eliminated those functions.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do you add a movie to a specific list you have created? It used to be easy, ....

How do you add a movie to a specific list you have created? It used to be easy, now the interface has either hidden or eliminated those functions.
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Come on IMDb it's about time you made the new hard to find watchlist button more visible. That silly little + icon to the left of the title just doesn't hack it. Every time I come here I see more and more people wanting to know where/how to add items to their lists.

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