Karen Belz
May 11, 2016 11:03 am
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If you woke up this morning and noticed that your Instagram icon looks completely different, don’t worry — you’re not alone. Instagram just unveiled its latest update — it features a whole new app design, which strives to put more focus on your shared photos, without muddling up the navigation. On their blog, they note that the new look was “inspired by the previous app icon,” mentioning that “the new one represents a simpler camera and the rainbow lives on in gradient form.”

I decided to give it a bit of a test run, and trust me — it’s definitely user friendly. (While I consider myself to be pretty savvy with technology and apps, I still can’t really navigate around Snapchat without like, an in-person tutorial from my sister, so user-friendliness is definitely important.)

Your feed will look pretty similar to how it’s always looked. In fact, if anything, it’s a tad bit classier. I’m digging the all-black text, compared to the blue and white color scheme the app had before. It makes the photos stand out a bit more, which was Instagram’s intention.

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When uploading a photo, the editing tools and filters are also up close and center. I actually didn’t know you could even edit photos before, so I thought this feature was completely new. Turns out, I just never knew where to look for it. (And yes, I swear I’ve had Instagram for longer than a week.) Having this feature available right before uploading will totally change my Instagram game.

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In general, the new layout is a lot simpler, which makes it seem as if Instagram knows that the one thing that sets it apart from other apps is that it’s the top place to share vibrant, fun memories. Without the confusion. It’s not trying to be anything else, which is pretty admirable. Regarding their changes, I couldn’t find anything I disagreed with. So while you might be hesitant when you see that bright new logo, fear not. Instagram is just trying to clean up its design, and make it way easier for you to share your ultimate favorite photos.

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