During its annual F8 conference last spring, Facebook announced that it will be introducing a new “simpler” design for its desktop platform. Now, the design is nearly ready to rollout with some people already having a sneak peek at the new feel.
A long time coming
According to a previous press release, Facebook promoted that “FB5” will enable a smoother experience with less clutter. Ultimately, there is supposed to be a lot more white space.
However, according to Mashable, a dark mode will be available to turn on in the settings, which will switch this white space into black matter. Although, it won’t automatically turn on like computers or smartphones that have dark mode capabilities. Instead, users will have to manually toggle with the settings.
A familiar face
Altogether, from what we’ve seen so far, the redesign largely resembles what the current Facebook mobile app looks like. Moreover, the white background and the clean menus look familiar.
Furthermore, the prominent blue banners have mostly been omitted with this edition. In fact, if the pages on the mobile app were all spread out, it would be a near match with the new desktop design. The site has been tested by hacker Jane Manchun Wong over the last few months.
Facebook gradually adopts parts of their website to the new web infra
The new site handles the legacy parts by putting them in an iframe. This feels very similar to how their mobile apps handle similar scenarios by opening certain routes in WebView pic.twitter.com/seWCftPeAH
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) December 3, 2019
This familiarity is likely to be exactly what Facebook intended as it will give users a consistent experience across the board. The mobile app is generally fast and easy to use, so a user-friendly experience won’t be lost with the switch.
“We’re rolling out FB5, a fresh new design for Facebook that’s simpler, faster, more immersive and puts your communities at the center,” Facebook stated in its press release from F8 2019.
“Overall, we’ve made it easier to find what you’re looking for and get to your most-used features. People will start seeing some of these updates in the Facebook app right away, and the new desktop site will come in the next few months.”
Freedom of choice
The new-look is reported going to be universally introduced by this spring. However, if users determine that they don’t like it, they have the option to revert back to the old one.
There are always users that won’t like any sort of change. Therefore, there will be some that will be reluctant to see the benefits of the switch.
However, after a few browses on the platform, most people will get used to it, just like they have with previous upgrades.
On the new Facebook website, the translucent gradient behind profile cover photo is actually a stretched out, downsampled, blurred version of the cover photo with a gradient on top
This blurry version of the cover photo is processed and cached through GraphQL on demand pic.twitter.com/mAiGfAAL3U
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) December 5, 2019
Hopefully, with this introduction, dark mode will also be introduced within the firm’s mobile app. It already has introduced it on Messenger but several users would benefit from its implementation on the main social media app.
What are your thoughts on what you’ve seen so far from this redesign? Let us know what you think in the comment section.