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The Forge's new site highlights great design and a terrific team

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The Forge Web Creations has a new site design and I really like it. I’ve had a chance to work with Sue and her team and they are terrific to work with and are doing some really interesting work. This design just highlights some of the talent there. These are great people to work with!

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The new Google Plus design looks a little like Facebook's Timeline

You’ve probably started seeing tweets and posts about the new Google+ design. It’s live on my profile and this is what it looks like for me:

Paul Jacobson - Google+

The new Google+ design feels a little claustrophobic. The top and left bars seem to make the middle panel that much smaller. I also can’t help but notice the similarities with my Facebook Timeline. The main banner image is a little narrow on Google+, though.

Paul Jacobson

Here is the promo video. I like the direction and probably need to spend more time with it getting used to it all.

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Google abandons the + in Chrome

I also noticed a small change in the Chrome tab bar when I updated to the current version (version 17.x):

I noticed yesterday that Chrome no longer displays a “+” inside of the new tab button.

Chrome new tab buttons
Above: the new tab button for the previous versions of Chrome on the left and the new tab button on the right.

At first, I thought it was a bug. I quit and restarted Chrome with the same results. I tweeted about it and quickly got a few confirmations that it’s not an issue just on my computer, but a recent change in Chrome, and a few other people thought it was a bug as well.

Here is some information about this apparent bug that turns about to be a design decision: Chrome and the blank new tab button. Its a little weird and you’d think Google would be a little more sensitive about dropping a ‘+’ in its browser.

Yes, I realise this is a little obtuse but that’s how I roll.