Recently, a stunning new concept mock-up redesign of Facebook by Aussie designer Fred Nerby captured the imagination of residents of the internet. Its sheer creativity and application wowed and dazzled us all and how we wished the social network would and could look like that.
Following in the footsteps of Nerby is Bulgarian designer Zsolt Hutvagner, who has developed a new redesign of the other popular social platform - Twitter.
While the mock-up looks ambitious in its approach, it follows a similar design ethos of what we’ve seen previously - clean lines, flat surfaces and minimalism.
While this works in Nerby’s Facebook concept, I think it’s difficult to pull off for Twitter and I don’t think it works quite as well.
Google announced a new redesign layout for Youtube channels, yesterday, much to the annoyance of video bloggers everywhere.
The Youtube community took to Twitter and Disqus to voice their concern and some even began a petition to stop this from happening.
The new design is currently in limited beta only, but Google have said it will be available for everyone very soon. Whether they will enable an option to opt out of using it remains to be seen.
The design boasts the look and feel to that of Google+. Its minimalist approach towards design has been implemented here and it’s consistent with the rest of the site.
There are two new features: Channel Art and Channel Trailer
Enables you to create and upload a banner (much like Google+) but with the option to add links to your website and other social networks.
Allows you to create a quick trailer that will only appear to viewers who aren’t already subscribed to your channel. A neat little feature.
Food video bloggers (I hate the word: Vloggers) ‘SORTED’ were given early access to the new layout, which you can see here.
The new layout will be a welcome addition for small brands and start-ups, who were previously paralysed by Youtube’s limited customisation options, which were only available to members of Youtube’s Partner Program. This gives them the flexibility to curate, customise and bespoke their channel on an even keel, adding extra impetus to its online presence.
However, for bigger brands and the predominant community members of Youtube - it’s a true pain in the arse.
Youtuber’s pride themselves on their channels - its a badge of honour, its what makes them different and stand out from the rest. Taking away the option to design its own channels means that level of creativity and individuality is no longer possible. It was no surprise that the announcement was met by anger. The new design isn’t that much of an improvement to the current layout and even though it unifies the rest of the site, it has lost (or will lose) the essence, personality and charm of millions of channels.
Aesthetically speaking, the layout resembles Google+, but integration with the social network also appears to be missing. You still will not be able to integrate with Google+ pages - a glaring omission.
Following the release of Twitter’s new video app Vine, its nearest competitor Cinemagram has updated its iOS app by introducing a new feature called ‘Shorts’, the company have announced.
Shorts enables you to create customisable quick videos by selecting 2 or 3 new cines in the order you want to appear them in. Hit process and you’re good to go.
The new feature is very similar to, if not identical, to Vine, but it boasts a slicker UI and is less buggy than its predecessor.
It seems video capability is the new killer feature that everyone wants to capitalise on. As well as the two mentioned above, Facebook have also updated its iOS app by releasing a few new features, which include the ability to record voice and video right within the app, as reported by TNW.
The app’s nearby tab has also been redesigned.
It should be interesting how users take to it and whether they will be as popular as photo apps such as Instagram and EyeEm
Both Facebook and Cinemagram are available for download right now.
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