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Thursday, October 20th, 2022 2:07 PM

IMDb Name Page Redesign

IMDb Name Page Redesign

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We are excited to announce the launch of IMDb’s redesigned Name pages! These pages are meant to make your IMDb experience easier and more enjoyable by providing better access to photos and videos, an upgraded view of an individual’s credits, and improved mobile navigation making it easier to view IMDb features on the go. These enhancements reflect changes suggested by IMDb customers, as well as our own in-depth research designed to enhance entertainment content, discovery, and navigation. More information is available in the FAQ on the help page.

We hope you enjoy these latest improvements, and thank you for continuing to make IMDb the world’s most trusted source for movie, TV, and entertainment content.

— The IMDb Team

 

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2 years ago

Please reinstate the star signs on at least advanced name search. This option is really helpful, and saves so much time if know certain details regarding people.

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@jabrenner​  This is independent of the new name pages; please see our reply on your separate post. 

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2 years ago

redesign is garbage. please give us an option to go back. please!

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2 years ago

This new format is counter-intuitive when trying to look through someone's credits. They take up way too much space when scrolling - why do I need to see a small image of the poster for everything? And to got to a fourth job category, I need to scroll all the way up, somehow scroll sideways through a list (which took way too long to figure out) - just like when boxofficemojo was changed, this is definitely for the worse and makes me not want to use the site anymore.

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@Hakubi​  Thanks for the feedback.  For speedy access to all of the categories, simply unselect the 1-3 default categories.  For example from https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000217/  click the three highlighted “X” buttons:

to open all categories:

For more information, see the FAQ -> https://help.imdb.com/article/issues/GMWASETVPLJYXEZE/

Hope this helps. 

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@Col_Needham​ This is a neat function. I am actually starting to super enjoy the text only filmographies, because they're even more minimalistic than some of the previous condensed versions, but when both full page and full filmography are needed this trick helps, too. 

I can agree with @Hakubi that it is a bit counter-intuitive, but I'm biased as I have odd problems adjusting to any interface. 

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@MykolaYeriomin​ Thanks, yes, there’s plenty of power and flexibility in the new pages.  As with all designs, it just takes some time to adjust and to appreciate the benefits. 

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@Col_Needham​ But scrolling through seems to take forever. And the pictures cause a larger spacing in between the titles, making them harder to read. And then if i only want to see one category I have to got up to the top and scroll sideways through the top thing?

It made more sense when one section was visible, and the others could be uncollapsed when you wanted to read them, instead of them all being uncollapsed.

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@Col_Needham​ Having to go through 2-3 stages to find what I used to be able to straight away isn't really a "benefit" IMO. No offence, but going through the TV episodes is now a chore.

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@MovieCat​ It sounds like “Text view of credits” is what you are seeking here,  please see https://community-imdb.sprinklr.com/conversations/imdbcom/imdb-name-page-redesign/6351563ae7100d725d54c0bb?commentId=6375e7985ce5a035bfebc176&replyId=6377bb5a5ce5a035bfebf02e (you may have to scroll down on Sprinklr to see my post). 

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2 years ago

...sorry but i don't see the improvement!!

tiny little pictures of the actors in "Cast Summary" is only one of the changes that are absolutly no improvement.

visiting imdb is one of my daily rutines and i must say the design was great!!

easy to navigate, good oversight of information and easy to follow details about the movie/tv show or actor/crew member.

now not so much anymore!

keep in mind, never touch a good running system

thx

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2 years ago

I see the "if it ain't broken, don't fix it" comments each time anything gets a redesign on IMDb and it should be noted that sometimes that's not how it works with the websites. Due to constant updates in html protocols and whatnot a lot of older websites who never had the money to constantly tweak the code actually started to slowly decompose and rot away. A cult pop culture website X-Entertainment is a notable example and i just crumbled one day, leaving people who loved it in a void until he site's creator opened a new one. 

Then there's another issue: I believe that until recently IMDb Pro and IMDb worked on different engines, which was basically maintaining two websites and having to double check the backwards compatibility between the two constantly.  I recognize a lot of the new features as something that was on IMDb Pro for years at this point and is actually rather useable if you adjust to it. 

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Yes, I pointed that out before, regarding the IMDb home page, or something. Sometimes upgrade are unavoidable due to the fact that it isn't always possible to replace old parts (be them hardware, firmware or software) with the new parts of the same old model, due to the model being out of print. So many layers of dependency exist, and as the tools evolve (or devolve), so too do the things that the tools are used to build. Obvious it may be that old models of tools may not be used to build new types of things, but sometimes new models of tools cannot be used to build old types of things. Weird.

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2 years ago

The new design SUCKS! - please return the site to its former look.

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2 years ago

The new IMDb Name Page Redesign is a disaster

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2 years ago

I checked out the Alpha/Beta version they did about 6 months or so ago and ALL the comments were negative, IMDB saw those comments and said "we've reviewed all your comments and will make changes to our proposed new setup" they've actually gona away, come back and just implamented their new design (which is actually worse than their proposed design!!!!) without any further consultation! IMDB READ OUR COMMENTS IT WAS PERFECT AS IT WAS PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PUT IT BACK AS IT WAS!!!!

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@8CH3​ Exactly. I was hoping they'd either give the option to choose or revert to something closer to the original since the new version was seemingly so disliked. 

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2 years ago

How can I go back to the old format?

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Old format

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2 years ago

This might be okay for films, but for TV actors it's a pain having to navigate through several screens.

It's quite user-unfriendly.

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I do wonder what the point of the "beta testing" was, when everyone said they hated it, yet you've gone ahead with it anyway?

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@MovieCat​ 

I do wonder what the point of the "beta testing" was, when everyone said they hated it, yet you've gone ahead with it anyway?

Please see https://community-imdb.sprinklr.com/conversations/imdbcom/imdb-name-page-redesign/6351563ae7100d725d54c0bb?commentId=63618fffeda63e18141b9b5b&replyId=63625232eda63e18141ba6a3 (you may have to scroll down a little to see our reply). 

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2 years ago

I muuuuuuuuch prefer the older design on names page, how to revert?

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2 years ago

As usual, every new version of IMDB pages is uglier and less practical than the previous ones. A few years ago, when the homepage was redesigned, I got rid of it in the shortcuts of my navigator and replaced it by the "Movie News" page which had kept the old design. This new Name Page has too much big pictures and videos, useless content boxes on the right side that eat one third of the page, and you have to scroll down a lot more to get the information you need. All these websites redesigned for cell phones are garbage! Please go back to more text and less pictures/animations.

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2 years ago

I entered a comment a few days ago. My email is now flooded with the responses of other people in which I am not at all interested. How do I get out of this unending circle of hell?

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@racheltkeeney​ Hello. 

You can click on the Unfollow button on the main post. 

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The alternative may be to adjust the notification settings.

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2 years ago

I really hate it. The credits are unreadable. I'm not sure why the "known for" items are considered better when the image (that thing worth a thousand words) is a quarter size. The credit text may be the same size but now that there are useless tiny images next to them I have to scroll a lot further.

Maybe I'm unusual but I don't care about the categories of credits. I don't care that an actor has directed an episode of some show. I do care about which cast members have worked together in other productions, and which directors favor which actors. I can see where you would want to include that information, but it was plenty available with the last design, and there is no need to take up so much space with new buttons and collapse features.

Seriously, I hate it. I spent several minutes convinced I was on a mobile page, starting a new tab, restarting my browsers, trying an incognito browser, etc. I finally realized that it had been on purpose, and was sad to think this was the beginning of the end of IMDb, my good friend for many years.

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Oddly, the mobile-friendly rendition of IMDb name pages is easier on the eyes despite the abysmal lack of tool-like features.

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@jeorj_euler​  We are interested in better understanding your point here? Once a page fully moves to the new technology, the mobile and desktop sites are the same, just rendered differently to suit the screen size (or do you mean the old m.imdb.com pages?)

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I'm referring to the last generation, which oddly the mobile version switched back to sometime around the 20th of November, 2022.

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@jeorj_euler​ I see, thanks.  The new pages are still in a 50/50 test so your phone must now be in the 50% of devices on the old technology.  It will eventually catch-up. 

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2 years ago

To see people complaining here is interesting, since comparably to a similar recent change on YouTube, there was a lot of work with feedback. YouTube just changed quite a few things that partially demolished functionality (for example, you can't view videos in a chronological grid from the oldest on the channel which I used all the time).  

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Yes, something that tons of visitors noticed but few YouTube content creators addressing the matter have bothered to point out. Even in the comments sections, attention to that particular detail is slightly rate. I can't be surprised, though. There are still people on YouTube prefacing the disappearance of the "thumbs down" count indicator as the absence of the "thumbs down" button altogether, which can trigger confusion. I'm constantly finding myself disappointed in the masses, because despite being mostly literate, mostly employed and mostly having common sense, most people have the expectedly average attention span, which is seemingly roughly the same for seasoned adults as it is for adolescents and children. I don't know. Maybe, people just experience information overload in many different ways. I know that on any given day, the algorithm keeps me unaware of the most popular trending stuff, because I'm always feeding it common queries for slightly or highly obscure stuff.