Twitter Has Got Redesigned Icons

Andrew Singleton


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Twitter developers have been redesigning the platform since last year. As part of this project, last week, they updated the icons, changing their look, but keeping the overall vibe.

In their design account, Twitter showed two screenshots of the icons so you can compare the old and new options. While at first glance, it may seem to inexperienced users that everything has remained the same, there are still changes. The outlines of the pictures have become thicker, and they themselves got rid of smooth shapes. For example, the bell used to have curved edges, but now it has become quite angular. In general, we can say that the new set looks sleeker.

As the creators said, their task was to update the icons while preserving their meaning and making them relatable for each user. And we think they succeeded. Even pictures that are pretty complex in meaning are made simple and understandable. Of course, completely redesigning icons would be unwise, as people are used to them and know what they mean. Overall, the new set feels more balanced and fits in nicely with the new platform design using the Chirp font.

The developers also published in their account five principles of iconography, which they adhered to in their work. You can evaluate the redesigned icons and see how they fit with the described concepts. The update is already rolling out, and you need to either wait for it to reach your region or update your app. The updated version is available for both mobile platforms; the new set will also be visible to browser users.

Please share your thoughts on Twitter icons in the comments! How do you like the refreshed design? Do you agree with our opinion that the icons look better now? If not, please tell us why and what you would change.


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