am i missing something? what am i looking at here?
The map does not line up to the line divider above it.
but if it did would that not be creating a relationship with the tabs above where there is none? It almost makes sense for it not to line up, no?
Hey! UX and not just pretty pixels. Visually it would be more pleasing to have it align but it could confuse users.
Yep, this is Graphic Design 101 stuff. Today's word is "Gestalt" :)
Just because it looks better visually, doesn't mean it's right. Users look at visual (structure) clues, not prettiness. If they aligned, they'd mean something different.
Plus, alignment ≠ prettiness.
Plus, it you look at some other screens you see that the number of buttons above sometimes is 3, sometimes is 4.
That line moves depending on whether Swarm is installed or not. You'd need two map widths to line up both times, which is not a reasonable path.
Brace yourself, the "I could do this better" posts are coming.
It's really too bad the people at Foursquare didn't consult with the DN community before releasing this. There are obviously a ton of people who can provide some really valuable insight here. I mean, if they were told it 'looked clunky' last week this release never would have happened. :-\
What do you mean? They didn't release anything yet besides a couple of screens...
He's being sarcastic :)
Seems like a big downgrade aesthetically. They had a pretty iconic thing going on, and it was consistent.
This feels clumsy.
palette feels a bit like flickr.
Thanks for that, i was looking for it!
and bam! Yahoo acquires Foursquare.
interesting. Another big brand overhaul. From a distance, all this pink makes me think T-Mobile or something -(edit: of course, it's Flickr!).
The F is a bit superhero-y or lightning bolt...but I get it. Suppose no more/less impactful than the old identity marks.
Hats off to the team at 4SQ. This looks like a massive project coming to fruition.
"For everyone still using Foursquare to check in, you’ll need to download Swarm to keep checking in."
At this point, I think I am done with Foursquare. I don't see a point in forcing the user to use multiple apps in order to use the service. I also dislike that companies are already doing this (Facebook and Path). This make sense for companies that have a wide range of products (Yahoo, Google, Amazon) but for a single service product, it frustrates me to the core.
I dislike Google splitting up their drive apps as well. While I like that I can now effectively edit Sheets on mobile, I dislike that I have to download more apps PLUS Drive for the same functionality.
We designed it to be a mix of map pin and superhero emblem. We’ve always thought of Foursquare as giving you superpowers to explore your city, and our new logo reflects that vision. It’s coming soon to a homescreen near you.
Superpowers? Seriously? It feels like they designed the logo first and then tried to force-feed a story into it.
I really want to know what their end game is.
They're clearly frustrating and alienating a large portion of their existing user base, I have a hard time believing that this was some arbitrary decision.
I don't understand the purpose of having two completely separate apps, Foursquare and Swarm. Can anyone explain the idea behind this move? Seems backwards.
Yes, Foursquare can explain: http://blog.foursquare.com/post/84422758243/a-look-into-the-future-of-foursquare-including-a-new
The two super saturated brand colors make UI look super clunky. Also, whats with the diagonal stripes... is that just decoration?
Interesting choice going with the F as a mark since there are some negative connotations with that letter. I've never really used Foursquare before, but I'm downloading the app now!
I'd be interested to hear what signals they are replacing checkins with in order to work out how good a place is. Are they hoping that will come from Swarm?
I always thought foursquare data was the best because of checkins.
"Once you teach Foursquare a couple things about you – add tastes, follow experts, or even just walk around for a few days – the app will be 100% yours."
Until we redesign it....
I get a 70's typeface vibe off of this. Very reminiscent of some things that The Verge have done with their brand (specifically their typefaces) recently.
I dig it.
"First, starting tomorrow, we’re moving all check-ins to our new app, Swarm" ... ffffffuuuuuuuuuu. I hate this app.
I don't know what Foursquare did, but it just screwed his best product by separting checkins and redesigning this. I simply don't get it. Well, they have tons of money to spend in marketing and branding to sustain the new paths. I wish them luck.
Is this not the epitome of unbundling?
I can sort of see the reasoning behind having two different apps, one more for discovery and finding places, the other for people who actually like stalkers knowing where they are. I still think it's annoying to have two separate apps. But then again, everyone accepted the inconvenience with Facebook and their messaging app, so it probably wont be a problem. Still quite an aggressive move though.
Also, the website for Swarm looks like it was slapped together in 12 minutes. Not even a screenshot of the app? Really? Come on guys.
Personally I'm kinda into the new icon and logo. The colors aren't really doing it for me and the app design feels unfinished. The hierarchy on the home screen feels especially off. What exactly does foursquare want me to do on this screen? Everything seems to have the same visual weight.
The feel I get from the new apps is: Swarm: Where my friends at? Foursquare: Kinda like yelp.
There was a very thorough article about why they were going to split the two apps a few months ago.
I love how they created Swarm. So accurate and beautiful. But I don't know yet about the new Foursquare logo. I feel strange looking at it. They changed a lot aesthetically. They had a pretty iconic branding design, and it was consistent. I think it will require some time for me to get use to it.
First Airbnb, now Foursquare.
I don't want to believe that taking the product to mainstream means, taking out the playfulness from the brand.
Have you played with the new airbnb? The product is way more playful than it used to be. The new app is an absolute joy to use.
I personally find the icon logo a bit weak in terms of impact, but I do like the whimsical font and icon language they've gone for.
I mean.. Really? It looks like... well, like... bah, I do not like it.
Wow, thank you for your well thought out, constructive comment. I'm sure the guys at Foursquare really appreciate your quality input.
Jo, I know... I was kind of upset... It annoys me a bit the color palette. I know there are only two or three screenshots but they seem to me a bit disconnected, like they are from two completely different apps.
I have nothing to say about the logo.
See, this is the thing that bugs me about DN. Even though you've only seen a few screens and know very little about their entire process or what they're trying to accomplish you felt the need to write in that you 'don't like it.' You don't even give a reason! Now you say 'it annoys you a bit?!' What does that even mean?
I don't understand why, at every major brand redesign, everybody on here jumps on the bandwagon to say that they dislike it for whatever reason (or in your case, for no reason at all.) I would be willing to bet that if any of the people on here claiming that they don't like it because it's too clumsy or clunky or disjointed or whatever actually sat down and talked with any designer from Foursquare they would not feel the need to say these things.
It's sad to me that we think it's ok to put one another down in this way, semi-anonymously on the internet.