Instagram update unappealing to users

The original layout (left) incorporated blue accents for the title bar and some text, whereas the recent update (right) eliminated color accents in favor of a clean black and white background for photos.

Ellie Widowski

The original layout (left) incorporated blue accents for the title bar and some text, whereas the recent update (right) eliminated color accents in favor of a clean black and white background for photos.

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On May 11, people noticed a change in one of the most used apps among teens; Instagram updated it’s look.

The logo is now a different design and color and the background of the app is completely white. The previous logo was the well-known retro-looking camera. Its replacement is now a background of swirls of orange, yellow, pink and purple with a white outline of a camera.

“I don’t really like it because I was just so used to the old look,” sophomore Shanna Bailey said. “The color is all white now. It looked better before with the blue and black incorporated into the design.”

When Instagram announced its change, officials said they did it in order to put more focus on the pictures and videos without changing how the app is navigated.

“When I went to click on Instagram, I was so thrown off. The logo was completely different, so at first I didn’t even know what the app was,” junior Carly Rath said.

The new background is all white. The only other color that is incorporated into the design is black. When a different icon is clicked, it turns black.

“I don’t really mind the background change, but I wish the logo would change back to how it looked. I liked the vintage camera. Everyone saw that logo and knew exactly what it was,” Bailey said.

The update is mostly cosmetic and does not affect the way the app is used.

“I definitely notice the changes in color, but the one thing that bothers me is when I tag someone in a post, it takes me to their direct messages,” junior Will Meyer said. “But other than that, I don’t really mind it. It makes the app look cleaner.”

While the change has its advantages, it has generated negative feedback from many people.

“I think most people don’t like the new update because people in general just don’t like change,” junior Molly Thomas said. “They are used to the routine of clicking on the app every day and seeing the same logo and same Instagram that had always been there. It’s going to take a while for people to get used to it.”

 

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