Google has a bigger Search Box and many observers find it big and ugly. It is surprising how a move from a 13-pixel font for the search box, up to 17 pixels can have such a visual impact. This same font size is used for the list of possible searches that is presented by the Google Suggest process. If this change is not yet apparent in your part of the world here is what the Google Search Box with the Google Suggest list looks like.
Below the Search box, the buttons also are increased in size and are now more square:
The thinking behind this change is not at all clear, given so many adverse reactions.
The official word is that the Google Search Box is now S-U-P-E-R sized. Marissa Mayer, Google’s Vice President of Search Product and User Experience introduces it as follows:
For us, search has always been our focus. And, starting today, you’ll notice on our homepage and on our search results pages, our search box is growing in size. Although this is a very simple idea and an even simpler change, we’re excited about it — because it symbolizes our focus on search and because it makes our clean, minimalist homepage even easier and more fun to use.
It is perhaps something that only its Mother could love.
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