Facebook Redesign by Roland Hidvegi

Facebook is the second most used website and first social network in the world. It has shaped billions of lives, allowing people to stay connected with each other or to meet people you haven’t seen in ages. We have seen a lot of redesigns, but this one caught our attention for its minimalistic and clean look. Obviously, Facebook has a huge and strong team of Designers that works on dozens of projects, but it’s always interesting to see what other people can do to improve a product.

As Roland says –

In this Facebook Redesign I tried to modify some minor things to provide a more delightful experience to the users. The avatars changed to circles following the common pattern. I used the similar layout for the person and pages with a ratio based flexible grid system (2, 5, 3). Finally I used the fresh colours and updated the typefaces as well.
As Roland mentioned in his brief description, he worked on multiple UI elements to improve User Experience. He built a new set of icons which feature an outlined style rather than a filled one. In this way, he managed to make the content cleaner and lighter.
Regarding colors, Roland used bright tones, such as Green, Blue, Orange and Red to emphasize particular elements. He had a particular attention for the icons, transforming the current skeuomorphism-style set to a flat one. In this way, there is more consistency on the platform, also given by the grey-only set of icons in the left navigation bar.

The current Facebook design lacks of readability for the comment sections, because there aren’t real visual divisors between the author, comment and actions. Every element seems too cluttered, which makes the content difficult to analyze and read. Unfortunately, Roland didn’t try to resolve this issue. It could have been interesting to see his take on this situation.

In Conclusion

Roland did an awesome job  in redesigning Facebook. He improved a lot of elements and sections of the social network, but he covered only the surface of it. Again, it could have been interesting to see more UI elements and further studies of this redesign. For now, we can treat it as a successful visual improvement with some interesting UX suggestions.
Author: Roland Hidvegi
Project source: Behance