Yesterday, Amazon changed their design. Oddly, though, it had been replaced with the original by this morning. Even more strangely, this isn’t the first time this has happened. About a month ago, an earlier version of this design was put online, only to be removed the next day. Are they testing a new design, but they’re not quite ready to make it permanent?
Luckily, I was smart enough to snag a screenshot of the new design:
Quite a bit different, isn’t it? They’ve cleaned-up the categories sidebar, which was cluttered and overblown, and the DHTML DIV of categories is gone as well. The logo is on its own again, instead of being embedded in a navigational tab (Apple.com-style), and it’s a little bigger than it was previously. The design, overall, is more streamlined, though I prefer the old header’s color scheme.
For reference, here’s a screenshot of the current design:
Edit: There’s an explanation of this odd behavior on Amazon.com. They’re still “still in our testing phase” so “you may not see the new design all the time.”