Instagram is changing its iconic logo – here’s why
Published 12/05/2016 | 08:43
Instagram has ditched its logo for a new purple, orange and pink icon, as well as redesigning its app to make its menus and background entirely black and white.
The former logo, a retro brown and cream camera with a rainbow stripe that harked back to the iconic Polaroid cameras, was instantly recognisable, but has been radically changed.
Instagram said the new design reflected how the app, bought by Facebook for $1bn four years ago, had transformed since it was created.
When the app (which was originally called “Burbn”) first became popular, it was known largely for its photo filters and effects that gave images a retro edge. Many people would even take their photos from Instagram and put them on a different network such as Twitter or Facebook.
Today we’re introducing a new look. You’ll see an updated icon and app design for Instagram. Inspired by the previous app icon, the new one represents a simpler camera and the rainbow lives on in gradient form. You’ll also see updated icons for our other creative apps: Layout, Boomerang and Hyperlapse. We’ve made improvements to how the Instagram app looks on the inside as well. The simpler design puts more focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app. The Instagram community has evolved over the past five years from a place to share filtered photos to so much more — a global community of interests sharing more than 80 million photos and videos every day. Our updated look reflects how vibrant and diverse your storytelling has become. Thank you for giving this community its life and color. You make Instagram a place to discover the wonder in the world. Every photo and video — from the littlest things to the most epic — opens a window for people to broaden their experiences and connect in new ways.
But over the years it has become a massive social phenomenon in its own right, a major platform for celebrities and advertisers, as well as supporting videos, animations and drawings. The app now has more than 400 million users.
In other words, Instagram is no longer just an app for making your dodgy breakfast and pet photos look somewhat passable.
“We've been inspired by all the ways the community has grown and changed, and we wanted to create something that reflects how vibrant and diverse storytelling on Instagram has become,” a spokesman said.
Instagram’s supporting apps – Boomerang, Layout and Hyperlapse have also been given new designs with the same colour scheme.
As well as the new logo, Instagram has also changed its app to a new black-and-white design for backgrounds, icons and menus. The more muted design is intended to make photos stand out more, although there have been no changes to how the app works.
The changes will be made in an update to Instagram’s Android and iOS apps on Wednesday.