Creatives Respond To Facebook’s Round, Minimalist Redesign
By Kylie Woon, 08 Sep 2017
Composite by DesignTAXI, images via Facebook
In case you haven’t noticed, Facebook’s rolled out a redesign that’s left creatives raising their eyebrows.
The design makeover consists of improved readability in the form of increased color contrast, circular profile pictures like those of Twitter and Instagram, as well as updated icons and WhatsApp-style comment boxes that are round—very round.
“Ugly as sin,” tweeted one designer-photographer about the new icons.
Others were quick to draw comparisons between Facebook’s new look and the Twitter redesign a few months ago—a makeover that endured its own share of taunts for the spherical design.
Of the similarities between the two redesigns, one Twitter user quipped: “Feels like a boring rap battle between competing UX teams.”
Another complained that with fake news and online abuse rampant on social media, a “shit redesign” was the last thing anyone asked for from Facebook.
Like it or not, it seems that the rounded icon trend has really come full circle. One can only imagine how the internet will react if Facebook goes through with the colorful gradient comments section idea it is allegedly toying with.
Read highlights of the responses to Facebook’s redesign below, or get updated on all the Facebook design changes here.
Us to Facebook: please find a way to tackle the fake news, online abuse and hate speech on your platform.— Chris Godfrey (@ChrisPJGodfrey) September 7, 2017
Facebook: here's a shit redesign
Facebook interface suddenly looking like recent Twitter redesign feels like a silent, very boring rap battle btwn competing UX teams— T謝 (@t1ffany4scale) September 7, 2017
Facebook's icon redesign is ugly as sin.. what were they thinking??— Aaron Goldstein (@BecomeAPrime) September 7, 2017
I finally got the Facebook redesign rolled out to me...finally figured out what weird sorta-messaging app people were screenshotting was.— Josh Sand (@JoshSandDesign) September 6, 2017
Did Facebook just poach the designer that did Twitter's recent redesign and assigned them to work on the mobile app icons?— Tobie Langel (@tobie) September 7, 2017
I don't mind the redesign of YouTube and Facebook as much as I did the Twitter redesign some months ago.— Maqui Castelo (@CaliforniaMaqui) September 6, 2017
[via Facebook Newsroom, opening image composite by DesignTAXI, images via Facebook]
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