• Alex MartineauAlex Martineau, over 5 years ago

    I use Reddit daily, and I commend and have mad respect for the design team and their effort. I actually love the re-design and think they improved on an incredible amount of things.

    Sadly, the overwhelming majority of the platform's user base will freak out if you change just the settings icon from blue to light blue. They are simply too adverse to change for this to be successful. They find it as an attack on their way of life. For a community that wants to be 'inclusive' and 'progressive', they cannot let their dear layout be tweaked or new features be added because it'll ruin their habit.

    They are impossible to please and will act irrationally at this.

    As a design community, we should support these efforts since the more these projects are successful, the more large companies and communities will want our services.

    8 points
    • brian andrichbrian andrich, over 5 years ago

      Yeah, I hate it when users complain that they're forced to relearn patterns for questionable means.

      1 point
      • Andrew Richardson, over 5 years ago

        This behavior is never going to change, it's hardwired into us, as designers we need strategies to be able to introduce large design changes to a large community.

        Having done a large redesign of a side project recently I can say it's very stressful. Even if the project is positively received for 80% of the user base that 20% that has issues often is the most emboldened and passionate and will have a huge voice.

        1 point
    • Duke CavinskiDuke Cavinski, over 5 years ago

      You're right. I'm actually curious how the dynamic plays out for those who tilt towards the mobile apps, which appear to have a lot more latitude in terms of design and feature updates.

      0 points