YouTube appears to reverse controversial UI redesign after backlash

YouTube logo in a web browser
(Image credit: Joe Foley)

Testing is crucial in UI design, but ideally not on a live product using a massive cohort of users. It's not clear exactly what YouTube has been doing in recent weeks and whether the UI redesign seen by some users was intended to be permanent or was just a large scale test, but it seems the platform may have decided against implementing the change following a not inconsiderable backlash.

The streaming channel seems to have reverted back to its previous UI for those users in the US and elsewhere who had been seeing a revamped look that made video recommendations much more visible. However, YouTube is always tweaking design (just see our piece on the YouTube logo history), so this may not be the end of it.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.