YouTube's Cosmic Panda Beautifies Viewing Experience

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YouTube rolled out a new interface option called Cosmic Panda about a month ago with relatively little fanfare. I'm a huge fan of the new look. It allows you to scroll through a playlist via thumbnails that slide left to right, and automatically loads the next video in the series. The look is much cleaner, with a dark frame around the video, and clear resizing options at the bottom.

Here's a good example of how it can really work well: PronunciationBook. The series could not be simpler. It demonstrates the pronunciation of common words, names and brands. It's nothing fancy (and commenters, of course, often beg to differ) but that's why it works, particularly if you're watching it in the Cosmic Panda interface, which makes watching a series seamless and easy. 

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Just for kicks, here are some examples from the series, but I encourage you to set up Cosmic Panda and watch on YouTube. Tell me what you think.  

Axolotl:



Onomatopoeia: 


Proenza Schouler:



Wyclef Jean: 
 

PronunciationBook via Laughing Squid


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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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