Add revenue. Reduce costs. Those are your only goals.
The sight of the stark new Google Reader ... made me feel, for a moment, utterly alone.
If America is now circling the drain, Goldman Sachs has found a way to be that drain.
I believe this has happened because Google Reader was held to a mandate of refreshing Google products under a common style guide, but from what I've been told it had no full-time user experience resource to apply that guide in a way that made sense for the nuances and needs of that particular product.
This product is important to me, and for many it fulfills the need for a source-centric news consumption product that has been overshadowed by the overwhelming push of 'social stream' products such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus. While those products are important, they don't meet the same needs that Google Reader was designed to, and Reader should not fall by the wayside, a victim to fashion.
Google released the previously announced set of changes around G+ integration and UI updates today, and boy is it a disaster.
It's almost as if Google wants to demonstrate that, yes, they don't really get platforms.
Google, why did you wreck it so?
From an information design perspective, I'd think making the design cleaner would mean maximizing space for original content. Rather it seems they did the opposite, with a thicker/more spacious header bar that pushes content further down the page.
I hate ... plussing, or whatever it's called ...
Occupy Google Reader:
If I wanted Facebook I'd use it.
No man should be on Facebook.