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This article was published on July 7, 2011

YouTube’s got a great new look, and you can try it NOW

YouTube’s got a great new look, and you can try it NOW
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Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-qualit Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-quality, compelling content for them. He previously served in several roles at TNW, including Editor-in-Chief. He left the company in April 2016 for pastures new.

YouTube has unveiled a gorgeous experimental new design which it’s called Cosmic Panda. As you can see in the screenshot below, it looks gorgeous. To get yourself switched over to the new design click here.

Although it hasn’t been officially announced, the experiment has been tweeted about by a couple of YouTubers (here and here). UPDATE: Official announcement here.

Billed as “A New Experience for Videos, Playlists, and Channels,” Cosmic Panda offers features like comments that update without you needing to refresh the page, and a gorgeous, slick design that gives YouTube a much-needed refresh in the style department. Scroll down for more of our observations.

The new video page presents videos against a dark background, making them a little easier on the eye, although the big display ad next to it kind of ruins the effect.

The channel view is, quite frankly, gorgeous, with letterbox-style thumbnail previews:

And here’s playlist view:

In all, aside from that big display ad we mentioned above, we’re impressed by this ‘Cosmic Panda’ redesign. If you try it and don’t like it, you can always switch back from www.youtube.com/cosmicpanda