Google Gets A Facelift: Themes For Your Homepage

Say good bye to the plain old search box on a white background. If you want to say good bye that is. Google added custom themes to your personal home page today. You’re still welcome to keep the old standard, but I’ve already got a new theme.

From the Associated Press

Sprucing up its famously plain Web site, Google Inc. is offering a new option that plants its Internet search box in panoramic settings that change with the time of day and the outside weather.

As soon as I read the news I logged into my personal home page and found a link in the upper right to select a theme. When I clicked the link here’s what I saw

Once you select and save a theme Google presents you with a text box to enter your location. The location is because

This theme will dynamically change to match your time of day, including local sunrise and sunset times.

I tried a few themes and they all look pretty good and are supposed to contain “easter eggs” that will open if you click in the right place at the right time.

Google plans to offer additional themes each month and may eventually accept user created themes as well. I’ve been hoping Google would offer something like this ever since they started offering personal home pages.

Download a free sample from my book, Design Fundamentals.


  1. This is fantastic! I don’t know how long this has been available, but I can also get headlines from The Economist, plus The Onion, and a local weather forecast. They’re collecting all the data in the world about all of us, but it’s nice they’re at least giving us some quality toys in exchange.

  2. Forrest the themes became available as Monday turned into Tuesday, but the RSS feeds have been available for awhile. Yahoo has the same thing and it was quite some time before Google, though Yahoo just recently improved the MyYahoo home page. You can also try a site like Netvibes, which also has the RSS feed ability.

    They’re all pretty cool and make it easy to keep up with what’s going on. With the Google home page the info you keep there will also affect your personalized search results so getting other people to add your site to their home page will help your pages show up a little more often for those people.

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