Though it can’t magically do away with meetings, the new Google Calendar is designed to help you get things done. Updated with a more modern palette and a responsive layout, new features allow you to get the deets on conference rooms, add docs or spreadsheets to your calendar invites (no more excuses for skipping out on meeting prep), and coordinate between multiple team members with side-by-side scheduling views. The Verge also called the redesign “infinitely prettier,” we simply call it Material.
A clean new color scheme and icon set supercharged the visual hierarchy of Google Maps. The refresh also helps surface the most relevant on-screen information, like gas stations if you’re driving, or train stations if you’re mapping a route in transit mode.
A timely update brought new UI and an uncluttered look to Google News on desktop. Though not a balm for this year’s fast-paced news cycle, the new layout deploys the use of cards, which make it easier to scan headlines and uncover different perspectives on the same story. There’s also a dedicated column for customizing updates based on your own interests—putting you in control of the news.
This year, YouTube got a brand new logo! Designed for a multi-screen world, the mark can be pared down to a simple red icon on smaller screens. Material Design principles dominate the latest desktop version, with a fresh and intuitive interface, that includes a cinematic dark theme. The YouTube mobile app also started rolling out new gesture controls, including a double-tap to fast-forward or rewind.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t give a shout out to our own newly redesigned site, which features a new news section, a handy collections feature that caters to specific topics or product areas of interest like fonts or designing for the next billion users. We’re particularly keen on how the new site gives readers an at-a-glance sense of what designers are up to at Google.