I have some terrible news Youtube will change there player looks on wednesday aug 10. So this will affects all websites You can read about the upcoming change herehttp://apiblog.youtube.com/2011/08/coming-soon-dark-player-for-embeds.html
This is terrible news since the new player is really ugly and will be black by deafault instead of white.
They have written on their blog how to use some severall themes. I will update my apps as soon as possible but i think there are a lot of really good designers here who can do a better job then the youtube designers.
If you want to join me in the discussion about the upcoming player please join me on the google forums so it will be not only my voice against there’shttps://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/youtube-api-gdata/m-2mwsnmIVQ/5FmNslKc_IwJ
Is still possible to change skin colors by appending the right vars to the swf file of the player, not a problem at all. The old player wasn’t that awesome, like all the players of Vimeo, DailyMotion, etc…
With all the money they have they could do a better work for sure.
I know. The black player is already on the youtube website. But on wednesday also all the embedded players on all websites in the world will look like that
Youtube has the best video streaming service but their player has never looked good (evne with the change it’s not great). Thank goodness they have their chromeless player and we can develop decent looking players.
I don’t see what the big problem is. The dark player looks better than the old.
This is the first time youtube has done something good…. they have always put it on people with no real beta and they seem to change code all the time because they have lots and lots of bugs..
They need to pay the designer of the new designs lots… but im sure they will make lots any with a portfolio linking to youtube, google… etc
Personally, I like the new player’s look. But that’s irrelevant.
You may like the new change, you may not. But if you really want them to listen to you, I’d strongly advise you to approach them in a more constructive way. Let me just point out how you could improve your chances of them engaging constructively with you:
I don’t think I can complain here because you won’t listen anyway.
Right off the bat you accuse them of being unwilling to listen to your requests. What good will come of that? There’s really no need to include that.
Then at the end you give them a backhanded compliment and insult the YouTube designers:
If you still want to hire people I am still availible because it looks like that at this moment youtube doesn’t have the quality designers and programmers such a great website as youtube deserves.
Not only does that just sound nasty, it’s rather immodest, don’t you think? You may not like their style and they may not like yours – it doesn’t mean that either of you are substandard designers. If you want to apply your own styles, they let you do that with the chromeless player. Seems reasonable to me.
I think you have a point that the light chrome probably should have stayed as the default, and allow the dark player as an option. That makes more sense to me as well. But your tone totally overshadows that argument, and to me you come across as immature and disrespectful in your post on the Google forum unfortunately. I think if you want to be taken seriously you need to be respectful and constructive with your criticism.
Sorry for the criticism on my end, but I hope this is helpful – sometimes it’s hard to assess how your own communications sound to others. I do think you have some good ideas and valid points, but if you want a company to engage in a productive dialog with you, approach them with class (and the right attitude)