Twitter announced yesterday via its Blog an overhaul of design changes to roll out across twitter.com and its mobile apps. Two years after its last major redesign, Twitter decides it’s due for a new look. For the most part, things are looking good.
The app is now peppered with design choices that are, mostly, taken from user feedback. Writing for the Blog, Grace Kim, Twitter’s VP of User Research & Design, notes that, “[Twitter] listened closely and kept what [the users] love. And for the things you didn’t, we took a new approach to fix and make better.”
Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s new:
- A left sidebar housing Profiles, Settings, and Privacy is now available and prominent in the app. It functions similarly on the Android app, which takes cues from the Material Design language.
- Links to articles and websites now open in Safari’s viewer in the Twitter app so users can easily access accounts on websites they’re already signed into.
- Twitter is opting for a redefined typography with bolder, more prominent headlines. In addition, Twitter has chosen to switch to rounded profile pictures from the previous design’s squared ones.
- Updated icons. The most notable change: the reply icon. The arrow is now replaced with a speech bubble, a decision informed by the number of people who mistake the icon as a back button.
- Tweets now update instantly with reply, Retweet, and like counts allowing users to see conversations as they’re happening—live.
What do you guys think? Do you like Twitter’s new look? Drop your thoughts in the comments!