First Screenshot of New Facebook Design

The Facebook Profile Preview team just released a screenshot of the new Facebook UI that will be rolled out in the upcoming weeks as part of the Facebook profile redesign. In addition to redesigning the profile page, Facebook is making some pretty major changes to core navigation on the site as well: the left navigation menu is gone.

  • The Applications menu now sits at the top of the page, instead of on the left side. Within the new Applications menu, there will be “Bookmarks” and “Recent Applications” sections.  You will be able to add apps to your “Bookmarks” section.
  • The Search box now sits in the top menu as well.
  • The “Profile” link has been replaced by your first name and last initial – e.g. “Rebekah C”.
  • Facebook ads will now appear on the right side of the page, instead of on the left. This will make the left side seem relatively bare.

What do you think of the new design?

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This is not a final spec – you can email feedback to the Profile Preview team at

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13 Responses to “First Screenshot of New Facebook Design”

  1. Jamie says:

    if there is to be a white space to the left (they could consider extending the profile part to include this area and more room for our profiles and the ads on the right (unless you have adblock software/ adblock firefox add-on

  2. Mike says:

    Seems like they are going for a Web Operating System look, kinda neat the app does look out of place though

  3. Facebook demo new profile design says:

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  4. Caitlin says:

    No left nav? But where will all the social advertising go??

    JK. I love the “back to simplicity” idea behind it. We’ll know about the execution soon enough.

  5. Live: Facebook Discusses New Profile Design says:

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  6. ♥ Rosana Kooymans (NL) ♥ » Facebook says:

    [...] kunt ook een screen zien van het nieuwe Facebook design op Inside Facebook. Op die screen kun je zien hoe de algemene menu’s eruit komen te zien. Niet alleen de [...]

  7. Daniel Feygin says:

    Next step is to just extract the top menu-/toolbar and the chat bar in the bottom and deliver them as a browser add-on.

    Next step after that is to have your social context follow you around the Web through the browser itself rather than via contrived Friend Connect magic.

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  9. Jorge Márquez says:

    Hi there,

    Did you perform user testing or any other UCD methodologies to achieve this design?

    If you practiced this kind of methods, could you explain a little bit how the experience was?

  10. Lou says:

    I checked out the new facebook today. It was disgusting. I tried to give it a chance, but it is horrible. Information is everywhere! It’s a mess of cluttered mess! I’ve been on FB since ’04. Worst thing I’ve seen. It feel’s like a corporate myspcae. People want access immediately, they don’t want to click tabs and menus.

  11. Ryan Rhea says:

    I disagree with the new News Feed. When I finally got the new interface I instantly felt like it was a mistake. Not due to privacy, but rather design. It is hard to read, despite the icon graphics, and the page now looks just as cluttered to me as some older pages with apps… just in a different way. People are lazy… they don’t want to have to click a filter button to sort content, only to have it revert back to the cluttered “view all” mode each time they refresh the page or log back in.

    And what is the deal with hiding the info of people behind a tab? The PURPOSE of the profile page is to quickly learn about people. I’ll probably click that tab on someone one or two times in a millennium… but having that info out in the open and readable like on the old design I probably read most of that info on all my friends when going to their profiles. Nobody is going to click on those tabs on a regular basis… but they do read readily available info regularly.

    The FB team is anticipating resistance to this, and they’ve done too much work to change much. So I don’t expect them to do a whole lot unless they see a marked decline in general FB activity across the board. I doubt it will happen, and they’ll feel like this design is a good one based on that. In reality, it’ll really be because people have to use FB because it has become too important to them not to use.


  12. Matt says:

    This redesign will be the definite demise of facebook. It all started when anyone could create a profile and is the exact reason I hated Myspace. Horrible, Horrible, Horrible….

    Small changes are expected, but I’ve always gone by the motto…”If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”

  13. Miss Design: Rosana Kooymans (UK) ♥ » Facebook says:

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