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Facebook Makes Subtle Changes to Design

Not as Controversial as Last Major Redesign

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Facebook has quietly made a few changes to its design. It’s not exactly a huge overhaul that will provoke the backlash that last year’s big redesign did, but just a few simple things that people shouldn’t have too much of a problem with.

In fact, consider yourself "on the ball" if you’ve even noticed them without being told about them. One difference is just a straight border look, as opposed to the rounded corners that were on the social network. This is something the Facebook team has been debating, with reasons why both are good ideas, but ultimately, they decided the straight approach was more in tune with what Facebook is about.

"As part of the effort to simplify our visual style, the design team recently decided to go back to our square corner roots," says Facebook’s Alexandre Roche. "In doing so, we hope to champion cleanliness and the razor cut look that Facebook is known for."

Facebook Before

Before

Facebook After

After

Another change you might notice is tha the blue header bar now extends the entire width of your screen. The other change has to do with Facebook ads.

One nice thing about Facebook ads from the user perspective is that you always have the power to show Facebook your approval or disapproval. This is important since these ads are highly targeted based on your personal information (from your profile).

Before, Facebook allowed you to give an ad a "thumbs up" or a "thumbs down." That was simple enough, but it wasn’t exactly consistent with the approach used on regular Facebook content like status updates, which of course include the "like" feature.

Facebook evidently decided they might as well make the whole thing uniform, because now instead of the thumbs up/thumbs down, the options are now "like" and "x". They work the same way, but they just fit better with the rest of the site now.

Facebook Makes Subtle Changes to Design
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  • http://www.homesolarpowersystems.org Home Solar Power Systems

    Facebook’s design is very simple and its really cool. There’s not much change in advertising.

  • Chris

    Do you think webpronews could learn something from this design change? Like having < 50% of your page being actual content is possible a “Bad Thing”. Actually find the article in this mess of images and elements just isn’t worth the effort.

  • greenhoney

    naah, massively preffered the rounded edges. straight isn’t always clean.

    the top bar i don’t care too much about, but its a bit distracting because it extends over the plain white margins.

    ahh well.

  • http://www.deanflory.com Dean Flory

    I personally prefer the rounded edges as it’s “softer” and less generic. While the straight corners are likely easier for them to produce and code it’s clearly more generic in appearance and not as humane.

    Facebook has always seemed to make the right choices though this design choice seems more about processor cycles on creating the rounded corners of avatars than user experience.

  • http://www.bikeshopcastlehill.com.au Home Solar Power Systems

    I like that, really a cool one!!