BBC previews new site design

The BBC has given its website users a glimpse of its new design.

A significant relaunch is expected in the coming months.

The redesign will introduce a new visual style that will be a move away from the existing widget-style nested design to a more contemporary look. The new design will replace the left-hand user guidance in favour of central navigation across the site.

Bronwyn van der Merwe, head of design and user experience at the BBC, said the new design would be applied to BBC news, homepage, search, iPlayer, programme pages and the embedded media player.

As part of BBC's new visual language typography, pictures and video are embedded deeper. The Corporation will introduce type over images, or use embedded video as the primary picture. The redesign also integrates social media elements into the web site.