UX Things Weekly #003

Twitter’s new visual identity, WhatsApp backlash, Pika color picker

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Twitter updates its identity 

Twitter revealed a new visual identity to “reflect the complexity, fluidity, and power of the conversations today”.  

It’s a combination of imagery, new typeface Chirp, and animation. Crafted at Twitter with help from a design studio Irradié.

Twitter will use it for their videos, posters, presentations GIFs, as well as in the product itself.

The new typeface Chirp has been designed in collaboration with the Swiss-type foundry Grilli Type.  It’s meant to be bold, flexible, expressive, and fun. It’s also made to “reflect the voices that make Twitter, Twitter”.

Chirp is Twitter’s first-ever bespoke typeface. 

“Chirp strikes the balance between messy and sharp to amplify the fun and irreverence of a Tweet, but can also carry the weight of seriousness when needed.”, says Donna Lamar, Executive creative director at Twitter.

For a while now, Twitter is being labeled as a politically biased platform. Without going into politics, I do think that there is some truth to that. Especially with the way Twitter handles their policies.

For the curious ones, check out Joe Rogan’s podcast where things got quite heated between Tim Pool and Twitter exec Vijaya Gadde. And although not saying much, Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, is present as well.

Pika — free color picker

It’s free, it’s open-source and it’s something every designer needs in their toolbox.

Besides being free and awesome, it offers some very cool features.

  • color comparison to ensure WCAG compliance

  • always accessible with a global hotkey 

  • it’s native (only Mac though, sorry Windows users)

  • supports all formats (RGB, HSB, HSL)

If you’re looking for more, check out Sip. Not free, but in my mind totally worth it if you’re willing to invest.

WhatsApp policy backlash

If you haven’t heard about this chaos yet, it’s time you do so now. A new WhatsApp policy has been rolled out to allow WhatsApp to share and receive data with other Facebook products.

And what a weird timing that was.

As with Twitter, Facebook has been facing a lot of backlashes as well. Mostly around biased policies (US elections) and privacy issues (Cambridge Analytica). 

In the meantime, Signal and Telegram have been celebrating. Ever since WhatsApp introduced their new policies, Signal and Telegram have seen a massive increase of tens of millions of downloads.

Not sure how you feel about these messaging apps, but I’ve been enjoying Telegram for three years now. It’s fun, intuitive, has a native mac app, and doesn’t require me to use barcodes constantly.

Here’s how they compare on the personal information each of them use.

Elon Musk, however, suggests us to jump ship to Signal.

To wrap this weeks news up, here are a few laughs on this topic.

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