[opens up can of worms]
Some of these are pretty, but without having access to the data (and objectives, and context) behind each of these sites, there simply isn't enough information to venture a redesign.
These are fun as an intellectual exercise, but to think they're a legitimate possibility for those sites is a misunderstanding of the relationship between true design and a slapped-on coat of paint.
[gets off high horse, remembers need for coffee]
I don't think that's you stating something from a high horse, so much as it is imparting knowledge based on experience.
couldn't have said it better myself!
Even from a purely visual perspective do some of these mockups have some issues:
- The Gmail UI has many elements with contrast that's way too low.
- The Spotify app appears to have small tap targets
- The 500px redesign uses a completely diverged color scheme of gold and black with example photography that seems completely different from the ones used in 500px' actual website.
In my opinion, the Wikipedia grid is also quite cluttered and the vast use of drop shadows on the Ebay website doesn't make sense.
Is it just me or does this person not give credit to any of the designers? He links some images to their creators, but others, like the Google News, don't link to anything at all.
Unless I'm missing something, this is ridiculous and unacceptable.
It's just a mistake
Yeah, usually these things aren't malicious or purposeful. I would mention designers by name going forward.
The comments on this post are hilarious:
X should be removed on the list. X is the best.
I love how people have somehow started to think, that design is an objective decision. It is not. Even when its data driven, it can be subjective and very complex. Saying, that something should be removed or that it is not carefully curated, just shows that in your mind, you wouldn't love anything more then just blindly follow the next styleguide that tech giant X publishes.
That said, half of those redesigns is just applied material design. And most of them have really bad design decisions in them as well.
The play button in the bottom middle of the youtube video? A crisp image that fills 100vh & 100vw of the screen? Incredibly specific related products that can hardly be generated by an algorithm on a site that lists millions of products? A version of 500px that makes you feel like you look at the cocktail card of a night club and excludes 80% of the people actually using 500px?
Another attempt to get attention for a web app, disguised in curated content. I am starting to feel like I need a break from this industry all together. Not trying to hate Muzli... just... please - make good, high quality content first.