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Wed, Dec 2, 2020 7:28 PM

Title pages — new version available for sneak peek

IMDb is working on updates to the Title page. The new version of the page is mobile-responsive, meaning all features are available on devices of all sizes, and has a modern look and feel — otherwise it maintains all the functionality of the current page, though some features have moved on the page.

The new version of the page is available to a limited group of fans during a beta period. During the beta, some features are still under construction, and you may encounter bugs.

UPDATE: now available!

  • Recently viewed
  • Related News
  • Awards & Top 250
  • More like this
  • Character” links are now included in the Cast section.
  • The Episodes section now includes a link to all top-rated episodes for TV series.

For more information, check out this Help article.

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9 m ago

The add-to-list function continues to behave poorly.

When you make changes to what list(s) the title belongs to, close the dialog and reopen it, the changes are _not_ reflected until you browser-reload the page. (I've also tried this with extensions turned off.)

(I include the image only to make clear the feature involved.)

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I also have the same problem, I did not think it got registered so I kept trying to add the muppet movie to my X-mas list  and it ended up  with 3 duplicates in my Christmas watch list :-(

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@bderoes hi — noted. I agree this is a bug. We're working on making lists update instantly when you add/remove a title from the new version of the page.

Champion

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@sarah It was already partially fixed a while ago: it shows the proper list ticks now, but does not push them to the top of the list, as they would appear if you refreshed the page.

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@bderoes yes! We had a few separate bugs in this feature. The last one to fix (that we're aware of) is reordering immediately when a title is added/removed from a list. Right now there's a lag.

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Hi Sarah.  First it's nice to see staff response.  Since the topic here is 'sneak peek', I'd love a nice basic response to the intent of this new format.  If you've read the feedback, there is more than just me that hates the new layout.  And to be clear, the main page is so terrible, I don't even look at anymore before going to search a title ... just massive notice and images and pointless garbage, I'm not no interested in the tid-bits that previously were occasionally fun.

I would really like to understand what the objective is with this change.  Below is an example using an old 19" monitor, starting from 'Cast', which is typically the most frequent reason I search.  Find a cast member, check other projects they have been in.

Now this is the new layout, using a standard 24" monitor.  I have way more screen real estate, and I get less information.  In addition, the layout is confusing.  There's no natural place on the screen to focus, so you're looking all over the place.  How is this better?  How is this easier?  Who is this intended to benefit?

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60 Points

9 m ago

apparently no one else cares but if you guys are gonna waste your time on a redesign, can you throw in a dark mode please? i am extremely sick of websites trying to blind me.

also the two-dimentional cast layout is annoying. if i make the page narrower, it goes back to one-dimentional but horizontal and therefore even more stupid because it requires more input to scan.

your lists used to be one-dimentional and vertical. and they were good. keep them that way. 

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70 Points

9 m ago

Hi there!

I am very disappointed with the new look!

Well, if you want to drastically reduce the amount of information on the movie page, then you succeed!

All information are there but now we need an extra click minimum for almost everything.

You can't have same page for desktop and mobile, simply because desktop is 10 times larger and what is most important, desktop is horizontal and phone is not!!!

Also, old desktop version on wide screen monitors has 50% unused space if  pages are not zoomed, but if it is, then there is 30% less information on screen! Use this 50% of wide screen and you'll get best web page on the planet Internet!

Stay cool,

best regards,

Damir

RaviNathan

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@forthehorde 

Hi, good to meet you.

You will get used to ACT_1

He always posts irrelevant info dumps.

Sometimes the info is relevant, but he does not write any sentences in natural language to provide context.

I just ignore him. 😀

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The piggybacking and shoehorning can be annoying at times, especially when the reader is left to connect the unnumbered dots.

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182 Points

9 m ago

I find the IMDb mobile app on iOS a much more pleasurable experience than I do the web view on a desktop computer. One of the main reasons: the cast member thumbnails are optically much larger on mobile, making it easier to spot faces I'm searching for when digging into a cast. But in addition to the small photos on the desktop view, there is also a dearth of readable text presentation on the desktop view. It's anachronistic to the design sensibilities and pragmatic realities of decades past. The font size is too small for today's larger, higher-density screens (as it is for my aging eyes). The general information density is a bit tight too! It has been debunked many times over, the old wives' tale that everything must be "above the fold". People do not mind scrolling. Make the info more hierarchal, give it more air, and more pleasurable to read (much like the mobile app is). You can still have the same amount of info and functionality within the desktop app, but it just doesn't need to feel like reading a 19th-century newspaper on microfiche anymore. 

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled It's been quite some time: IMDb.com desktop view is in real need of a presentational design upgrade.

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@bderoes I had not, thank you! Looks like they're taking on a lot of the very gripes I was talking about and appears to be a big improvement.

Naturally, opening it up to public comment means the angry people are the loudest. Lots of "where's the thing?" comments where IMDb already said, "we're still working on the thing and it's coming." That's how early previews work, people.

I'm literally going through this experience right now with a major feature redesign on a very large private enterprise platform. Public comments are always taken with a grain of salt. The real objective information science is gathered in observed user testing sessions. Designs are tweaked and improved where things were missed and solidified where they succeed. I doubt that IMDb would be handling a redesign this large without an actual user testing plan. 

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182 Points

Bummer that it looks like the redesign only applies to the title page; but that's a pretty big, meaty page to update as a start and should inform all other page templates when they go to redesign those. 

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In the case of IMDb, given its track record, the reaction would the same regardless of an early preview being provided, so how early previews work doesn't matter in this context. Several IMDb visitors absolutely detest the recent redesign of the IMDb home page. They genuinely prefer the newspaper style, and I'm with them.

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Yeah, the home page is pretty awful, but it’s probably IMDb’s biggest moneymaker (prime real estate to sell movie ad promotion). I don’t fault them for doing that when they’re still providing this all for free (generally speaking). When I go to IMDb, it’s 100% of the time to put something in the search field (or look up old searches or other aspects of my account). I just look right past whatever movie ad that needs to try and coerce me into watching (latest being WW84). 

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86 Points

9 m ago

Please, please, don't put black backgrounds with white letters as the only option: for us with migraine or epilepsy this is deadly because the high contrast in the eyes is painful and even dangerous. I won't be able to use IMDB anymore if you don't offer the option to revert this and use a more friendly white background with black letters.

Thank you for your understanding.

(edited)

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62 Points

Glad I'm not the only one coming to say it out loud. Please, make the dark background an option to opt in to and keep white background with black letters as the norm. Unless you want to drive all of us with a migrane away from your site.

Thank you :)

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290 Points

9 m ago

I'm sorry, but this new interface is a thing of horror. Some poor soul's put a lot of misguided effort into making the website abhorrent like this, so I may as well put some work of my own into typing up the identifiable issues I have with it other than the fact that nowadays looking at a title page triggers my gag reflex. As a laptop Chrome user, here's what bothers me:

1 - Massive black banner at the top of the page. On the original title page one can instantly see a title's full poster, summary, director, stars, Prime Video availability, and a whole bunch of other junk on the side without scrolling. On the new version the poster and trailer thumbnail is chopped and pretty much only the title information and average rating are visible because of that humongous invasive species of a banner or whatever near the top, which would be filled with a lurid spray of ads if not for your friendly neighborhood AdBlock. Good thing I'm using AdBlock, too; I turned it off for a sec and the resulting commercial whirlwind dropped me into the Blade Runner universe, with dancing hologram ads and titanic logos decimating the sides of buildings.

2 - The "Your Rating" feature takes a full two seconds to populate. So if I want to see my little blue star rating for "Jaws" at the top of the page which, by the way, is one of the only useful pieces of data one can see before scrolling, I've gotta sit and wait. A user's personalized rating populates the instant the page loads on the old interface.

3 - Too much use of horizontal space. With the old interface, everything important was held within a top-to-bottom bar which is really only maybe half the webpage's full width; the space to either side was either empty, filled with ads and garbage (or just "More to explore" with AdBlock on), or relegated to be used for less important things like related user polls and lists. This maybe sounds a bit wasteful, but it actually kept everything the user should be seeing to one column in the center of the page so they didn't have to dart their eyes around in search of, say, the Metascore which in the new interface is shoved off to the side like it's useless datum. This tall, skinny bar also kept the page from having to expand or contract when the browser window's size was altered, such as if I'd wanted to shrink the window to only fill half of my desktop.

4 - The "Cast" section of the page is gargantuan and takes up 150% as much page space as the original did. Also, the writers and directors for the title are repeated under this freaking huge cast listing, making it eat up even more room with information which is already present farther up. Other sections of the page have similar problems and are far too large.

5 - Sometimes when I click on "Trivia," it takes me to a new page filled with a whole new set of horrors, the greatest of which is the total absence of the "interesting/uninteresting" feature which made the old trivia page feel interactive. Another time I clicked on my user profile and was taken to a lifeless simulacrum which was all dolled up with the new interface. Is this intentional? I couldn't get back to it. I hope it was just a site glitch, because the ghastly spectacle I saw that day was almost more repugnant than I can describe, and I just finished watching "Raw" for the first time.

6 - Almost the entire page is blindingly white. It physically hurts to look at with any kind of brightness emanating from one's computer screen. Worse still, the top of the page is jet-black, so it's like a freaking booby trap since you start at the top and it's all dark and then you scroll down into the paralyzing glow and it feels like you just witnessed St. Elmo's fire. If off-white shades were used as in the original interface, I'd probably be able to see other objects in my room after staring at my computer screen.

All this and the point of these changes is to make IMDb more "mobile-responsive?" Did somebody forget about the IMDb app? There's no need to use a mobile browser to access the site.

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94 Points

9 m ago

First of all, I actually love imdb and it was my No.1 go-to site for everything entertainment related - until I recently learned about this new design.

I am so sorry to be so negative already in the title, but are you serious about this?

This is no rant and I am really trying to not step on any toes, but it is going to be hard not to.

I am merely seeking answers and would be very happy, if you'd decide to give some.

My questions are:

1. Why do you want to change the design?

2. Do you really need to do this?

3. ...I am sorry, I really only have this single question: "Why?"

I really am surprised I can not find anything about this on this forum - does that mean, everyone here is happy with it?

The new design you seem to be not so sure about yourself (why else the sneak peak?) is really aweful.

I can not and don't want to be diplomatic with this: it is aweful.

The old design offers a neat and userfriendly experience. The clarity is perfect. Every section immediately catches the eye.

Why would you want to change this into...., well what you changed it into?

It looks like someone did it in Wordpress or Jomla - not a professional web designer.

If you take a "sneak peak" from the old design the site looses clarity at once.

There are sections not done yet:

More like this
This feature is currently under construction.

Seriously?

Everything is too big - you have to scroll right from the beginning.

Why do you need to place an ad between every section and around the main page (even if it is for a show or movie)?

You are mainly a site to transport information - you could be financed out of your bosses wallet. There is no need for this!

Or is Mr. Bezos not happy with his income?

There have to be more people thinking the same, where are you?

Please consider to say something and change IMDB's mind about this!

Thank you.

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Is this webUI change for the worse real?

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We should keep the owner of Amazon and The Washington Post out of this. While he may have some powers of intervention, we cannot reasonably expect him to use them, since the layout of the IMDb interface is probably of no direct concern to him.

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While he may have some powers of intervention, we cannot reasonably expect him to use them, since the layout of the IMDb interface is probably of no direct concern to him.

:D Hahaha, right - that is very diplomatic for "he probably doesn't give a sh*t."

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90 Points

9 m ago

This is a complaint - with the new format, mousing over the pictures doesn't tell you who the actor(s) in the shot are.

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled no mouse over

Champion

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I'd suggest you use the bug report link provided at the top of the title page.

https://imdb.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eQZPqRFuIsVyc7j

Use the first choice (was broken) so you're given the option to describe the issue.

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90 Points

9 m ago

When reviewing the new version, there is a link that says "report an issue". All well and good. I click the link, get taken to the following page, where I find the appropriate option, which is "was different or missing". So far, still so good, but then when I click on that option, then click "Next", I'm taken to a page where it says "Thank you for your feedback! Your input is being reviewed in order to make improvements!" Huh? What feedback is going to be reviewed? I clicked on the option "was different or missing". What, do you have a psychic working for you?

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled can't report issues with new version

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94 Points

9 m ago

So, now that my post conveniently was moved to an already existing topic, hence obscuring the urgency or meaning about how much your new design hits the fan for other users, I have no choice to go on here, hoping the bosses read this and take it to heart.

After reading the OP in here and also realizing that this is a beta test, I had a look at the new design on my tablet and was surprised, how well it works - for mobile devices.

It still does absolutely not, in no way, work for normal Desktop Computers.

Everything that's wrong about it, has already been said by other posters in this thread - I agree 100% with them.

I never use my mobile devices for consuming great amounts of information, because I'd like to keep my eyesight and love my neck too much for exchanging them with glasses with lenes like Coke-bottle-bottoms and the mobility of a stick. Getting fat infront of my computer is enough problem for me ;).

So it would be really great, if you people could consider to simply use two versions: one design for mobile and one for desktop - technically nowadays absolutely no problem and keeping everybody happy. Isn't that what you are aiming for anyway?

As I already said in my other post, I love Imdb and I really would love to continue using it - but on desktop computers the new design is not just bad, it is repulsive.

I for one, would look for another source, if the new design like it is right now (2021/01/03) would become permanent.

(edited)

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70 Points

8 m ago

I've tried submitting feedback but whatever I picked it didn't let me add a comment, just said "thanks for the comment", so here goes...

When you search for something, get a list of autocomplete suggestions and click away somewhere on the page, the autocomplete should close but it doesn't.

It's a small yet irritating problem. Escape works but if you click away first, you need to click back into the search field and then press escape. That's just bad...

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Fasand,

The first selection on the feedback page will give you space to explain the issue.

I've reported that page's failure before, and employee replied by saying we should just use the first option.

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70 Points

Ahh, well that is another failure but I'm glad they know about it.

I'll send my comment through the form as well. then. Thanks for pointing this out!

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304 Points

8 m ago

Are there any new or improved functions to the movie pages or is the redesign all "cosmetic"?

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

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290 Points

8 m ago

Please add "seen" button to the page of serie. 
Title : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2306299/

Seen : https://www.imdb.com/seen/tt2306299/

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Series Seen Button

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60 Points

8 m ago

I am a web designer and love the new design. It is very well laid out and organized. Title pages doesn't look like from 90s anymore. I have only one problem so far. Rating a title is not very intuitive. The old design wasn't best either but the new design make it even more complicated. First, when i want to rate a title i always click on the current rating which bring me to the detailed user ratings page, not the rate button. You couldn't be able to click on the rating on the old design. The other problem is that when you try to rate a  title you have to count the stars. It wouldn't be a problem if there would be only 3 stars but there are 10 which makes it unnecessarally complicated to rate a title. It would be helpful to see the rating while hovering the mouse on the stars.  I don't mean exactly like the old design which you cannot tell if you have just rated the title or not because there is no indication when you rated a title.

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70 Points

8 m ago

I like the new page version/layout but I am having an issue (maybe I am blind) locating the feature that was on the old page titled "More Like This".  I used this quite a bit to find other movies to watch that were similar or had similar actors. 

Am I missing this same functionality on the new page version?

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled New Page Version of "More Like This" feature?