Project 9: Google.com Search Redesign
Hey errybody! This week’s posts were all about redesigning Google’s homepage. I really admire Google’s current simplicity, so this project was quite a challenge for me! (Not to mention I’ve never done ANY web design).
I based my design off of simple tiles that you can personalize to your common searches. I was inspired by today’s technology of “touching/swiping/browsing”… so I thought it’d be a nice interface to use for the different search fields. As soon as your search field is selected, you see a cursor and can begin typing whatever you’re looking for!
—Alli

Project 9: Google.com Search Redesign

Hey errybody! This week’s posts were all about redesigning Google’s homepage. I really admire Google’s current simplicity, so this project was quite a challenge for me! (Not to mention I’ve never done ANY web design).

I based my design off of simple tiles that you can personalize to your common searches. I was inspired by today’s technology of “touching/swiping/browsing”… so I thought it’d be a nice interface to use for the different search fields. As soon as your search field is selected, you see a cursor and can begin typing whatever you’re looking for!

—Alli

Project 9: Google.com Search Redesign

For this project, I spent 90% of my time thinking of/sketching out the layout of the page and the last 10% was spent on the execution. I put a lot of thought into what functions could be added to the page - and after several wireframes, I decided to keep the functionality of the page similar to how it is now. There’s something to be said for such a simple composition with no added call-to-actions.

For my execution, I wanted to bring Google’s color palette forward and create a vibrant, larger-than-life presence for the search function. Depending on what device you’re on, I have the map at the bottom of the browser with a scrubber, allowing the map to expand and take over the browser window. When the map search page takes over the browser, the scrubber reappears at the bottom, this time allowing the opportunity to expand the main search bar back onto the browser window - so the possibility to infinitely scrub between the two screens adds to the user experience.

I had so much fun with this project and hope y’all like my interpretation of the redesign.

//Erik

Project 9: Google.com Search Redesign
Hey there folks- Erik sure picked a doozy this time with Google.com as our starting point for this project! The one thing I felt was iconic about the search page was how simple it was with utility being the cornerstone. I wanted my redesign to still have that simplicity but also to include more functionality and update the general look.
I chose to eliminate the bright colors typically found in the logo and to do a search line instead of the typical text box. On the bottom dock, users would find their own apps for Gmail, gChat, Maps, etc. The apps would be customizable and interfaced with the general navigation throughout the partner sites.
Thanks for taking the time to check this out!
-Casey

Project 9: Google.com Search Redesign

Hey there folks- Erik sure picked a doozy this time with Google.com as our starting point for this project! The one thing I felt was iconic about the search page was how simple it was with utility being the cornerstone. I wanted my redesign to still have that simplicity but also to include more functionality and update the general look.

I chose to eliminate the bright colors typically found in the logo and to do a search line instead of the typical text box. On the bottom dock, users would find their own apps for Gmail, gChat, Maps, etc. The apps would be customizable and interfaced with the general navigation throughout the partner sites.

Thanks for taking the time to check this out!

-Casey

Project 9: Google.com Search Redesign

In my opinion the architecture of Google is pretty straightforward, I just stripped it down a bit. The pages displayed are assuming the user is already signed into google, hence the avatar on the top right side of the screen. The rest of the nav is trimmed down and is housed in the menu icon.

Google has some pretty cool features that not a lot of people know without doing some digging. I thought the use of Google Trends allowed for a bolder look with the solid color and white bold text. These are searches displayed in real time. You can also toggle between countries and see what they’re searching. I also thought about how the page would look if there was a Google Doodle for the day and I imagine it would swap out with the Google Trends. 

The user’s Google Now information is displayed below allowing for a more personalized view of the Google.com page. 

-Fran 

Project 9: Google Reskin

Happy Easter y’all! Hope its a good one! So for this project, I pretty much had no idea where to start. It’s been a while since I’ve been in the web game and on top of that, redesigning a website that I think works great  was a tough task for me to wrap my mind around.

So, naturally, I asked some of my friends, both Mac and PC users, what they wanted from their Google. And interestingly enough, I found what I needed from users of Android phones. All that research from those people can be summed up pretty well by what my best friend Amy said.

"I love how it knows my life"

She told me all these cool things that Google for Android does that I wish could do with one app let alone across all of my devices. 

So basically I made Google like a personal dashboard. You have your apps to your right that includes notifications to tell you whether you are missing your TV show, what you have on your schedule and how many emails you have. They are all customizable so you don’t have any required apps and then some free spaces; you can customize everything on your dashboard. In my perfect google world, there would be apps or tabs for every hobby, so I added a Movie tab that lets you track and save what movies are coming out and which ones I want to make sure I don’t miss in theaters. 

They are fixed and will always be on the side of the screen as long as you are on a Google page. You can click them to pull them out to reveal all your information. Or you can chose to hide all if need be. 

The last feature I added was that when you search, not only does it search the web, it also searches your dashboard in case you need to find something you have archived quickly. 

Hope you like it!

-Jenn

Project 9: Google.com Search Redesign

When approaching a beast such as Google, I had to step back and evaluate what bothered me about the current page. I noticed some unnecessary elements that could go. I do not believe the buttons to hit search are required and neither is the actual search window. I also did not like how I had to click to access a list of my commonly used Google Apps/Tools such as Gmail, Calendar, Drive, YouTube and Maps. This resulted in me pulling them into the bottom with the idea that, once signed in, those preferred apps could be switched around to include other products the likes of Google Wallet or even an RSS link for a Blogger page.

If you notice in the lower image you will see that the circle the encompasses the microphone pulses. This shows an active microphone. I propose that the voice search command is, by default, always active when Google.com is visible. With voice recognition and increased interaction with our technology I think this could really help immerse the masses in voice commands and human/technology experiences.

Jake

Project 9 Prompt: Google.com Search Redesign

In order to exercise our digital muscles, let’s redesign Google.com! This is limited strictly to a reskinning of the current site. Rebranding and/or adding any new functionalities to the home search page is completely optional. With there being already a minimal approach to the page, reimagining should require us to think hard, critically and outside of the box to create a quality solution.

Projects will be submitted throughout the day on Sunday, April 20th so mark your calendars! 

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Project 8: Invitations - Bob Dylan

My celebrity for this project was the ever iconic Bob Dylan. In his music Dylan is nothing short of unconventional so why should his 73rd birthday invitation be any different? To honor one of his famed vices, I created a mock cigarette carton to function as an envelope for the cigarette which contains the scrawling handwritten invitation littered with many of Dylan’s lyrics and song titles. Enjoy!

_Erin

Project 8: Invitations-Ernest Hemingway

For this project I wanted to go for a more historic figure so I chose one of my favorite writers, Ernest Hemingway. I also wanted to make it very true to what Hemingway himself would send out: something cut and dry and barebones. The invitation set includes a letter typed out and signed by Hemingway himself as well as a cigar emblazoned with Hemingways initials. While he would never have crafted this himself, his first wife Hadley most certainly would have created such an “embarrassing”  trinket. I had a lot of fun trying to get into his head in this project, and enjoyed the opportunity to experiment with verbiage as much as physical design characteristics.  

I would like to let everyone know that this is going to be my last contribution to The Letter Society. I am so happy to have been included in this group and have enjoyed the challenge of designing alongside all of you, my crazy talented peers. I just accepted a new job and my days are getting busier so, at this point, I don’t feel I have enough time to devote to this as I should. You guys are all awesome, and I cant wait to see the rest of the projects you come up with. 

Cheers,

Bridget

Project 8: Invitations—Blue Ivy Carter
You’re invited! To Blue Ivy Carter’s 3rd Birthday.
Well, not really, but don’t we all wish we were? I deisgned this invitation in the style of her mama’s newest album, because we all know Blue is just as flawless as Beyoncé. Behind every queen is her little princess, which is why the main visual element of this design is a cutesy little crown. I also treated the lining of the envelope and RSVP cards with glitter paper to make it all even more glamorous.
Hope you can make it!
—Alli

Project 8: Invitations—Blue Ivy Carter

You’re invited! To Blue Ivy Carter’s 3rd Birthday.

Well, not really, but don’t we all wish we were? I deisgned this invitation in the style of her mama’s newest album, because we all know Blue is just as flawless as Beyoncé. Behind every queen is her little princess, which is why the main visual element of this design is a cutesy little crown. I also treated the lining of the envelope and RSVP cards with glitter paper to make it all even more glamorous.

Hope you can make it!

—Alli

Project 8: Invitations - Elon Musk
My celebrity invitation is for this project is Elon Musk. He is a very successful and inspirational entrepreneur and has started companies such as PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, SolarCity, and Hyperloop. The mission of his company SpaceX is about advancing rocket technology and rocket science with their aims at space. So, I thought it would only be fitting that his 50th birthday (in 7 years) be on Mars. And because he is so much about innovation and technology - I decided that I wanted to create an e-vite. I had a blast (pun intended) coming up with the concept for this project. Enjoy guys!
//Erik

Project 8: Invitations - Elon Musk

My celebrity invitation is for this project is Elon Musk. He is a very successful and inspirational entrepreneur and has started companies such as PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, SolarCity, and Hyperloop. The mission of his company SpaceX is about advancing rocket technology and rocket science with their aims at space. So, I thought it would only be fitting that his 50th birthday (in 7 years) be on Mars. And because he is so much about innovation and technology - I decided that I wanted to create an e-vite. I had a blast (pun intended) coming up with the concept for this project. Enjoy guys!

//Erik

Project 8: Invitations: Betty White’s 93rd
My piece for Project 8 came to me a little out of order- surprisingly I knew what I wanted to do before I knew who it would be for. A few months prior, I had bought a few new crafting tools and beautiful navy envelopes that were begging to be used. I used my gold embossing powder and heat gun to create the lettering and stamp. Why I chose Betty White? Not sure. Must be all the Golden Girls I’ve been watching lately. Hopefully Betty would approve. Thanks and enjoy!
-Casey

Project 8: Invitations: Betty White’s 93rd

My piece for Project 8 came to me a little out of order- surprisingly I knew what I wanted to do before I knew who it would be for. A few months prior, I had bought a few new crafting tools and beautiful navy envelopes that were begging to be used. I used my gold embossing powder and heat gun to create the lettering and stamp. Why I chose Betty White? Not sure. Must be all the Golden Girls I’ve been watching lately. Hopefully Betty would approve. Thanks and enjoy!

-Casey

Project 8: Invitations - Terrence (My Tiger)
Terrence is a celebrity amongst my friend group and those relatively close to me. He shows up in Snapchats frequently and people will ask me how he is doing. I acquired him during my fourth year of college and he has been perched atop my couch ever since. 
We like to celebrate his birthday with costumes but we have to be careful of what we wear. One time during a vacation bible school’s rendition of Noah’s Ark, he leapt onto the stage and attacked the girl wearing a gazelle costume. I told her parents that she had it coming, taunting a tiger with bad dance moves is asking for punishment.
Click here to watch everyone’s birthday wishes for Terrence!
Jake

Project 8: Invitations - Terrence (My Tiger)

Terrence is a celebrity amongst my friend group and those relatively close to me. He shows up in Snapchats frequently and people will ask me how he is doing. I acquired him during my fourth year of college and he has been perched atop my couch ever since. 

We like to celebrate his birthday with costumes but we have to be careful of what we wear. One time during a vacation bible school’s rendition of Noah’s Ark, he leapt onto the stage and attacked the girl wearing a gazelle costume. I told her parents that she had it coming, taunting a tiger with bad dance moves is asking for punishment.

Click here to watch everyone’s birthday wishes for Terrence!

Jake

Project 8: Invitations

SO, as you can probably (hopefilly) tell, I chose to design a birthday invitation for my favorite celebrity, Amy Poehler. I first was introduced to her awesomeness on SNL, of course, but once I saw Baby Mama for the first time, I was sold. I think I could recite every line in the movie. Not ashamed.

I wanted to do something bright and snarky at the same time. I also decided on a bowling party because hey, why not. I tried to make the copy fun and Amy-like by using some of my favorite quotes from Parks and Rec and of course, Baby Mama. This was my first time trying my hand at a neon light effect and thought myself pretty funny for including a burnt out light on the envelope. I chuckled.

Anyway, hope you like my invitation! It was only after I was done that I realized I forgot the best quote that should have gone on the RSVP card.

"I would rather be at Arby’s cuz there’s better food and cooler people there!"

- Jenn

Some recognition is in order

Two of our members have been a part of events and projects that we feel are worth talking about.

First up, if you go to your local Walmart you will be able to see some of Jenn DiMenna's work up on the shelf! She is responsible for the design of the Sriracha flavored Pringles. With the lively dragon conveying the sensation of getting Sriracha happy on your next meal, why wouldn't you want to buy it? That dragon is speaking to us and it is saying, “Buy some Pringles and breathe fire like me, I know you're jealous!” The product and shots of the packaging have been featured on Time magazine’s website as well. Way to go Jenn!

Next up, our only member that is still in college received a few honors late last month at the Addy Awards banquet by AAF (American Advertising Federation). Jake Nolan is interning with Purdue’s Housing & Food Services Marketing department while finishing his undergraduate degree. Through his work done while working there, he won a Silver Addy for a point-of-purchase poster he created as well as both a Gold Addy and Best in Show Addy for his involvement in a campaign for residential life.

To check out the work Jenn and Jake have done thus far in the Letter Society, click here and go to their respective pages. Congratulations to both Jenn and Jake for their accomplishments and we hope to be sharing more great news with you as it happens our members!