Caitlin Winner, Facebook’s design administrator, has been changing a few symbols around the online networking platform to help highlight ladies all the more conspicuous. Her most recent symbol redesigns incorporate the Groups and “Friends” symbols on Facebook.
Facebook Puts Women before Men With Its New “Friends” icon
“As a woman, educated at a women’s college, it was hard not to read into the symbolism of the (old) icon; the woman was quite literally in the shadow of the man, she was not in a position to lean in,”
The old symbols used to highlight male outlines overlaid on female outlines. Presently, the symbols highlight the female before the male outline.
“My first idea was to draw a double silhouette, two people of equal sizes without a hard line indicating who is in front,” Winner said. “Dozens of iterations later, I abandoned this approach after failing to make an icon that didn’t look like a two headed mythical beast.”
The “Friends” symbol used to have one male and one female outline. The “Groups” symbol used to have two male and one female outline, with a bigger adaptation of one male outline before the other two. Nonetheless, now the symbol has a bigger, conspicuous female in the front of two male outlines.
The Facebook likewise inconspicuously updated its logo textual style not long ago with a custom typeface that was made by the in-house design group. The new textual style replaces the twofold story “a” with a solitary story “an.” It’s additionally thinner than the old textual style.