Here's a look at the overhauled Instagram design currently being tested

Social networks have a notoriously tough time when rolling out major new features. Users' general aversion to change can often mutate into a backlash, something that Facebook-owned Instagram has already risked in recent times by threatening to meddle with timelines. The folks at Insta have since clarified that such alterations will not be happening just yet, and in the meantime, appear to be at work on tweaking the app's design. Though still at testing stage among a small number of users, it's quite a departure from the traditional look, offering a somewhat cleaner approach. 

With tensions running high and users signing petitions to keep Instagram the way it is, a company spokesperson has told Mashable that it is just, for now, a test: 

If we're being a tad cynical, we'd guess that Instagram has every intention of rolling the new look out to the wider community in the near future. Given the hysteria that has arisen from Instagram's recent proposals, though, it makes sense that the company should choose its words and its moves carefully for now. 

As for the design, we'd say it's a slick, flattened and generally inoffensive look that follows the wider trend of minimalist app design. To do away with the colorful UI elements seems a logical step for an app that gleans much of its eye candy from the photos themselves, though on the other hand, the new look could be construed as plain and boring. 

What do you make of the appearance-in-testing? Let us know in the comments. 

source: Mashable via 9to5Mac



14. aleant36

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

I wouldn't say overhauled. Just a refreshed design. The layout is the same. Reading the title I was expecting it to look completely different from a layout stand point.

13. rsiders

Posts: 2088; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I guess I'm one of the testers as that's how Instagram looks on my phone. I miss the trending hashtags at the top but this new design is pretty cool too. They just need to add the trending themes/hashtags section back.

10. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

the current one looks better

8. TerryTerius unregistered

I think it looks good. I honestly don't get why people freak the f*** out just because of change. It's literally the only thing in existence guaranteed to you.

15. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Got to love that statement lol

7. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Looks Good ! But as usual iOS will get the update first

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

It looks terrible.. It will look much better on 2k SuperAMOLED screen..

16. DaftPunk

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

I understood that reference...

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Of course..only for iOS

11. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

It's getting tested on Android too, check r/Android. Someone has posted more screenshots too and it looks like a beta of a new app (looks terrible).

3. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Looks awful, absolutely terrible.

4. Unordinary unregistered

Good thing everyone has their own opinion. I tend to agree though.

2. NicAngel unregistered


9. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Yes, fugly.

1. JetMK

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 31, 2015

I like it. Looks pretty neat.

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yeah, preeethay neat pictures in the screenshot too! :D

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