Designing a New Look for Instagram ➝

Ian Spalter, head of design at Instagram:

Today we announced a new look for Instagram, inside and outside the app. We created a new Instagram app icon and a set of unified icons for Hyperlapse, Layout, and Boomerang. We’ve also refreshed the user interface with a simpler, more consistent design that helps people’s photos and videos shine.

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the new design — the application’s icon looks a little too generic and the user interface feels muddy. But I saw this as an opportunity to try the service again.

I joined Instagram many years ago and eventually deleted my account because, at the time, no one I knew was on the service. Since I left, though, most of my friends and family have started using the service regularly. I’m lukewarm on it so far, but I’ve only uploaded a couple photos and followed a few people. I’m reserve judgement for now.

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