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Reddit gets its first new Redesign in many years

by Harikrishna Mekala

Reddit has redesigned their platform, as the changes began rolling out to a subset of users for a trial run, making it the first time in the decade that this platform is trying to change its user interface. Reddit said that 1% of its users will see its new interface and the company is also providing the users an option to go back to the old interface.

The New Design has replaced the navigation bar with a new menu on the left corner of the webpage. The menu opens up links to feeds, subreddits the user follows. The new design has three modes

  • Classic View
  • Compact View
  • Card View

To make things more instinctive for new users, various fonts will now specify whether a link is heading outside of Reddit or pointing to another post. To promote the content creation, a big blue button holds out on the main page, r/all, asking users to post something new. And posts will now start up in boxes to keep you on the main page you’re on so that each new link won’t be taking you off from the page.

Reddit Designers have also reimagined the platform’s banner consisting of traversing planets instead of Reddit Icon. The CEO of Reddit posted saying:

“Many of us evangelize Reddit and tell people how awesome it is … then when those new people decide to check out Reddit for the first time they’re greeted with dystopian Craigslist. We’d like to fix that”

While some users think that old site is way better than the new design and for that Reddit has posted “We do not have plans to do away with the current site. We want to give you more choices for how you view Reddit.”, It is also stated that older users will hate Reddit if they didn’t follow their longest standing rule of 33% text, images and whitespaces.

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Source: WIRED, The Verge

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