YouTube experimental redesign rolled out today. Dubbed “Cosmic Panda,” it boosts the old, cluttered, entirely-too-white video portal into the realm of contemporary Web design in many ways. It’s about time, but I’ll take it–it’s pretty good.
Videos are set against a dark background to lower the contrast between the page background and video content. Thumbnails are bigger, and on playlists they show up immediately below the playing video. Videos come in three sizes rather than two, plus full-screen. And the Like, Add to, and Share buttons are visually set off from the video controls to cleanly separate viewing from organizing.