»If we want users to like our software we should design it to behave like a likeable person: respectful, generous and helpful.« — Alan Cooper
- Ian Spalter published an article on how he and his team at Instagram achieved the new design - Designing a New Look for Instagram, Inspired by the Community
- Bryan Mamaril dives into the visual execution of Instagram's new app design and points out some reasonable inconsistencies in its iconography - An OCD critique of the new Instagram logo/UI
- Also Tobias van Schneider shares his thoughts on the new icon and I think his view on this topic is one of the most grounded ones that you can find online these days, so I recommend you to watch his video
Food for thought: Bashing some big company's design decisions is a common practice these days. It's easy and convenient as you can do it from your computer at home and you don't need to deal with PMs, design co-workers and other departments. But always remember that there are other factors like restrictions, data and iteration processes that went into eventually making these decisions. It needs a huge amount of collaborative effort by a group of people to settle on certain changes that affect hundreds of millions of users.
Criticism as such isn't bad though. In fact, it's a designer's most powerful tool and it helps us to take a look beyond our comfort zone and improve ourselves and the way we work. So make sure to criticize right, ask yourself repeatedly why those decisions have been made, embrace change and just avoid jumping on some hate train.
Well, of course I also read some other non-instagram articles this week. So, let's jump right in with some additional reads that I want to share with you:
- Virtual reality: VR won’t kill UI design, AR will.
- An interesting study on Eventbrite's design journey - Eventbrite Design: An evolutionary process
- Last but not least I would like to leave you with a very intimate, emotional and somewhat different article by Lilian Chen, who I encountered first in person at this week's beyond tellerrand in Düsseldorf and who gave a great first design talk in front of an audience of a few hundred people - My Life Lately, Uncensored
That's it for this week. Thanks for reading and remember to hit me up on Twitter if you want to chat.
See you next week
guess i have to update my instagram tattoo— Casey Neistat (@CaseyNeistat) May 11, 2016
Published on May 15, 2016