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This article was published on June 9, 2015


Instagram for the Web is getting a cleaner, flatter redesign

Instagram for the Web is getting a cleaner, flatter redesign
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Instagram has always been a mobile-first platform, but let’s face it: sometimes it’s just easier to look at photos on your desktop.

Unfortunately Instagram’s Web experience has always been a bit underwhelming. That might change soon thanks to an upcoming redesigned interface that emphasizes a cleaner, flatter, design:

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For reference, this is what the legacy design looks like:

Insta old

The new look is a clear upgrade more in line with modern flat design aesthetics than the bubbly gradients of the older design, which looks more like it belongs in 2012.

While the new design shows fewer images in the same space, the large images and added white space helps each individual shot stand out more than they did in the old cacophony of images.

Your feed also adopts infinite scrolling to make browsing through images much smoother – and much more akin to the mobile experience.

instagram redesign

We’ve noticed the design only shows up in Safari though, so if you’re not seeing the design yet on a Mac, try switching up your browsers.Update: The layout seems to be working in every browser now. Instagram says the design is rolling out today and should be available for everyone by the end of the week.

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