Google presented me with the following search result layout today. It’s a very clean and attractive design, not to mention extremely functional. It’s clear that Google has FINALLY hired a usability expert.
Word on the street is that Google has changed the layout of their search results page in order to increase their revenue per search. The change is a repositioning of their sponsored links—which are purchased through Google AdWords.
I’ve provided before and after shots of the layout changes below: