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INTRODUCING: Updated IMDb.com Title page experience

INTRODUCING: Updated IMDb.com Title page experience

We are excited to announce the launch of IMDb’s newly refreshed movie and TV show pages! The renewed page is meant to make your IMDb experience easy and enjoyable, and its design represents the diverse interests of global entertainment fans. The refresh reflects IMDb customer feedback and research designed to enhance entertainment content discovery and navigation.

Please note, we are gradually launching the new design to a selection of IMDb customers. If you do not yet see the design, we expect to make it broadly available in the weeks ahead. Thank you for using IMDb!

For more information, check out this Help article.

Geodacius

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The previous design was almost perfect.

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This redesign is shockingly bad. This used to be reference site. I don't know how anyone can be expected to get sufficient information from this layout. It will actually result in me using the site less.

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70 Points

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HORRIBLE new page.  Old one was perfect, all the info I needed/wanted easy to find quickly.


Now, HUGE, takes up my whole 27" monitor.  I thought I'd accidentally used my browser's zoom feature but no.  Even used the zoom smaller and it's still the same awful layout.


Any chance I can have the old interface to use instead?  LOTS easier/more friendly to use.


If you want GIANT stuff on the page for folks who only use 5 or 6" phone screens, set your site to have a mobile layout that's separate and dedicated to that, don't force people using regular computer to suffer.

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled AWFUL new pages, GINORMOUS, I thought there was something wrong or I was on the wrong page.

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Everything is SO big now, I'm using the zoom out feature on my browser to make it more skimmable. Nine times out of ten, I'm visiting IMDB to view who's on the cast of a series or film I'm watching. Now I have to do so much more scrolling to find that information (or click Cast & Crew at the top to see the full list, which is also not what I want). I've never wanted to see videos or stills ahead of basic info about the series or film, like cast, synopsis, etc.

I guess if everything's going to stay gigantic in scale, the two-column layout for cast makes some amount of sense, but I prefer the single column. Again, it's much easier to skim that way. The cast list has long been too small compared to other elements on the page (photos and videos, mostly), so making that bigger wasn't necessarily a bad idea, but everything scaled up this way is obnoxious and too visually busy.

And those are just my gripes about the desktop experience. On mobile, I have to scroll a third of the way down the page to find the cast, then sideways through cast listing to see more than 2.5 people. It's ridiculous and difficult to use. The sideways scrolling is glitchy, too, and often ends up scrolling partway up or down the page as I'm trying to move through the cast.

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The new design layout is very complicated to use.  Please rollback to the original layout.  Its easy to consume and use.

I even created a petition to show how much I hate the new layout.. http://chng.it/P96Fm77x 

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I'm reminded of that very successful businessman who stated something to the effect of, rather than ask customers what they want, simply TELL them what they want--which explains why I've never been an Apple user. I find the new design "too much." It wasn't broken, why try to "fix" it? Will I stop using IMDB? No, I think it's the best at what it does. But will I continue to constantly give unqualified recommendations of IMDB to everyone I know? No. Options are always best to me--why not offer them?

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This is all really bred of the IMDb company not wanting the inconvenience of writing two sets of source code, for the two dissimilar experiences corresponding to the two respective kinds of devices used to access the site. Understandable, but I wish a better job could've been done, and I'm not sold on the idea that enough people actually have the slightest appreciation for the new design which is now shared by both https://www.imdb.com/ (desktop) and https://m.imdb.com/ (mobile). I plan to come up with a monkey script to improve my experience with the new format, but one major obstacle to overcome relates to the "all topics" feature, as I intend for the information found within it to be visible without me having click that neat enigmatic icon for it. I had done similar with the previous design, by simply toggling the style sheet (CSS) properties of the quick links bar, as it was known in the HTML source code.

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The thing is, with HTML5, it's not a full set of source code anymore...the same underlying information sits in a layer below the presentation layer, and all the styling can be done with style sheets - it's not complex at all. I realize it's made more complex by localizations and all the 3rd party calls they have imbedded (which is why, even with a fiber pipeline and Gig internet, it takes the new page approximately 12-15 seconds to load everything, which is a marked degradation from the previous design),  but it's still not nearly as complex as a non-technical person would think.

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Indeed. In fact, the style sheets can be used ensure, to a degree, that the appearance of a web page automatically adjusts with the dimensions of the browsing window, for all contemporary web browsers (sans the CLI kind thus far). I wish that the IMDb developers would take advantage of it. I'd like to see them explain that one away.

Geodacius

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If you build this monkey script I would very much like to have access to it plz.

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Yes, I would love to accommodate, and I'd expect it to only be a few lines of code, with few subroutines involved. I don't know when I would do it, though, because one issue is that I don't often venture outside of observing Title Reference View and all the subpath pages (such as the parents guide section) for an IMDb title entry, so I'm ever so slightly indifferent on the matter despite preferring the previous design.

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This is maybe unimportant for most people but it annoys me a lot.

I tend to open things in new tabs and look at them later. Now let's say I'm taking a look at a title page.

I see an interesting trivia item and want to right click on trivia section and open it in a new tab. While the whole trivia box is clickable and its cursor shows it as such, I can't right click there and open it in new tab.

Same applies to Quotes, Connections, Crazy credits, Soundtracks and some other boxes as well.

Yes, text on top such as "Trivia", "Quotes", "Connection" right-clickable but while the whole box is clickable you want to right click right there and open it in new tab without trying to "aim" the correct clickable text. It's very annoying for me.

I know in previous version we had to click "See more" as well but in previous version the whole box was not clickable with a special cursor. In this version whole box is clickable but not whole box is right clickable, it's a psychological thing, when you see whole box as clickable you don't want to try to find the correct place to right click.

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@forthehorde  Thanks for the feedback.  If it helps at all, you may also right-click everything in the "All Topics" menu to open them in new tabs -- accessible from the upper right of the page just under the ratings / popularity:

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Thanks for taking your time to read my minor nuisance and responding. Yes, that would help but only if someone decides to take a look at these pages from beginning.

My nuisance occurs because it happens spontaneously, like I said, when you see an interesting trivia item for example, that's when you decide to open trivias in new tab to check others, or you see a connection item that gets your attention and you want to check other connections too.

When you can't right click there in that moment, your mind kinda feels like deceived, "but it was looking like clickable"

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Got hit with the new version today.  There are a very few things I like but it is in general much worse than the previous version. 

The unforgivable:  auto play videos when visiting episode pages.  I don't need trailers when I'm wanting to look up an episode. 

The bad: information is no longer logically organized.  Too much space between items.  It looks like it was designed by a graphic designer who has no idea about usability.

The OK:  I appreciate that there are now head shots around the character/actor listings.

All in all I much preferred the previous version.  I'll be switching over to tmdb in the future.

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Yep, all that. I've been holding on to the 'classic' as long as I could, but now they're forcing this crap down our throat. I use IMDb's data for a different website (for referencing) and this is just going to make tasks twice as long. I don't need or want the goddamned video. If I want a trailer, I'll Google or YouTube it. 

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Hi @notmyname 

Thank you for your feedback. In regards to the auto play videos/trailers - if not desirable, please note that you can disable the auto play videos by tapping on the three dots and toggling the Video previews option. (see screenshot)

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I tried that in the beginning, and it didn't work. The video were still playing no matter what I did with that option. On a slow RDP connection it was insanely annoying. I see that it is fixed now, however for me it is no longer relevant as I have switched to using other sources and/or the imdb reference view.

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I'm not impressed with the new design. Not that makes any difference to the creators or anyone else. The other design would have been greatly improved by eliminating the huge advertisements and unwanted videos.

Laurel Gonzalez, Tampa, FL

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I'm not impressed with the new design. Not that it makes any difference to the creators or anyone else. The other design would have been greatly improved by eliminating the huge advertisements and unwanted videos. Laurel Gonzalez, Tampa, FL

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I apologize, when IMDB first opens, it doesn't impress, but...after a search for a movie title, everything worked and looks great. AND the huge advertisements and unwanted videos did not appear May 26, 2021. Looks good.

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Much criticism and contempt was likewise directed at the redesign of the IMDb homepage, several months ago. I might agree that the title page redesign is not as stark and jarring as what we can observe for the homepage.

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New is not always better.  New is a piece of crap.  Fire the jerks who dreamed this up.  Fire the supervisor and manager too.  Fire the person who reviewed the feedback results and ignored all feedback.  Somebody/people appear to have dreamed up a project so as to justify their positions/jobs.  Programmed my first computer (Univac 1050) in 1966.  Retired from IT 2002.  Still run 4 pc's 24/7.  If it looks crappy on the face its probably crappy inside.

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Like every recent and terrible redesign, IMDB feels even more like a mobile app, and as this web trend has altered other sites I used to frequent because they've pretty much cornered the market in what it is they do, I've stopped looking for information about entertainment. Not entirely, but it's a fraction of the amount.

The pictures are gigantic, and flashy visuals take priority over now minimalist text and information. It takes longer to scroll through, with less info immediately available on the page. This is partly because there is so much more white space as it displays on my computer now that it feels like massive voids exist between each bit of info, but also because the spacing and location of that info is abysmal. I don't care what data they have on the human eye's relationship with UI/UX from top ranked university research endeavor, this is fundamentally horseѕhit.

When I finally get to what most people are looking for when they visit IMDB, the cast list, I can no longer glance down a vertical list of actor names because they are spaced out in two side by side columns of big circle pictures of actors, whose faces are poorly framed because those pictures were never intended to be cropped for a social media style circle. My eyes dart all over the page trying to read visual information, and straining to do so even when looking directly at any part of it.

Rottentomatoes and Metacritic are distant memories with no adequate replacement, thanks to recent overhauls very much like this one. I disliked all of the changes they made in previous years too, just as I did IMDB when it became more stuffed with pictures and videos, but this recent trend feels especially drastic and desperate.

Making the pain of this more intense, each redesign of this type comes also with an PR writeup about how they heard our calls for a cleaner, simpler experience, proudly framing their hard work as directly incorporating user requests and feedback into an exciting new vision that NOBODY WANTS. I've seen no evidence of a human being outside a graphic design department indicate anything positive about the direction of these sites.

I'm horrified, and here's why:

As other sites have done this, I've given up on visiting. It's too hard to navigate, and too hard to look at. I'm simply less informed, and as I no longer have a relationship with these databases, I'm losing interest in movies, television, games, comics, journalism... I'm consistently disappointed by the world of information that surrounds them, which makes the art itself less interesting to engage with.

What I still, after years, don't understand is: Why does this continue?

How does the data not show that with each overhaul, engagement slips, and if the data shows engagement rising, how could that possibly be the case when so much negative feedback exists asking them not to do the things they are now doubling down on. It's forced through each time, with each site. How are they not knowingly poisoning their own wells?

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The future of the Web overall does seem somewhat bleak.

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One thing to consider regarding this trend - graphics departments and web design teams skew younger, and younger people tend to use phones and tablets much more than computers. This is one of the main reasons you see this kind of mistake made over and over and over again. Too many companies don't think about their user base when making design decisions, and designers will often design what they know. 

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@Texster It's true that they're skewing younger. This is just the natural progression of any industry. However, the problem is that websites are not mobile apps. Mobile apps are designed as they are for a reason. It's a screen the size of your palm meant to be navigated by fingertip. You need larger images and text to accommodate the smaller screen. The extra whitespace is necessary because of the imprecise nature of a touch interface. Web pages are (or should be) designed to be viewed on displays orders of magnitude larger and navigated by the pixel perfect precision of a mouse. This lets you have smaller images and text so that more information can be displayed on screen at once without needing to scroll constantly and whitespace should only be used sparingly for aesthetic and navigational purposes because it serves no functional purpose when it comes to finding and clicking a desired location. The two designs are completely antithetical to one another and cannot be merged. If you merge the two design philosophies then one or both will be severely compromised. In this case, it's the websites that are being hamstrung and crippled in their usability, not the apps.

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Take a moment to ask yourself why I would ever, under any circumstances want the names of 10 actors to occupy my entire screen. 

Did you do it? Did you ask yourself that question? If so, you have now spent more time thinking about the user experience than whoever designed this layout for you.

This is amateurish garbage, and it's embarrassing for a site of this stature. IMDB is an information source, and you seem to be designing with the intent of making it as difficult as possible to access the information we need. 

Until this is updated or reverted, I'll just have to use Wikipedia to find information on movies, I guess. It's a terrible layout for that purpose, but still nowhere near as bad as this. This is unusable.

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Often the now LARGE pictures are not even chosen from the film concerned, but totally out of context for that movie.

- eg the star was an attractive teenager / young person in the film, whereas the pic used is from decades later, pension age +, totally misleading as to the contents of film.

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Очень-очень плохо. От белых букв на черном фоне ужасно устают глаза. Уже через 10 секунд нахождения на сайте от дискомфорта хочется закрыть страницу. Ничего невозможно найти. Огромные картинки и мелкий текст. Неинформативно и неудобно. Как вернуть старый дизайн? Какой садист придумал? Мои глаза болят!!!

schitlipz

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Exactly what I was thinking... to the letter.

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I've been maintaining directly to the 'traditional' so long as I should, but now they're forcing this crap down our throat. I use IMDb's records for a specific internet site (for referencing) and that is just going to make duties twice as long with your social.

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