I feel a bit sorry for Myspace, which fell from grace so spectacularly it became a social media punchline of the early 2000s, a nostalgic staging post on route to the Facebook-Twitter axis of everywhere. But yesterday something extraordinary happened – MySpace released a teaser video showing off its new look and, whisper it, it looks pretty darn impressive.
The clean, crisp, stripped-back approach is a world away from the eyeball-battering of the existing site and design types have been queuing up to admit that it looks really rather good.
Of course the problems with Myspace run deeper than aesthetics and it will take much more than a swanky redesign to reverse its decade of decline. But it could be the opening salvo in winning back some of its lost credibility and its design team deserves a great deal of credit for creating something that has raised so many eyebrows (in a good way).