Concept Designer Imagines A Cleaner, More Futuristic Instagram iPhone App [Video]

Like many of you, I love Instagram. It’s one of my top 5 most used iPhone apps. Lately I’ve started to get tried of Instagram’s user interface. While the app’s design has certainly evolved over the years, the overall aesthetic has stayed the same since 2010. I really like the minimalist, Metro-ish design taste, and apparently so does a concept designer named Stephen M. Levinson.

Stephen has uploaded a short video of how he has re-imagined Instagram, and it looks awesome. “I redesigned parts to be a bit more intuitive to gestures, removed the top menu bar that felt unnecessary, and I wanted to make the shots look like actual polaroids,” he told TechCrunch.

I’m not sure about all of Stephen’s design choices, but I love the idea of Instagram having a more gesture-driven interface. What do you think?

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  • CharilaosMulder

    Some of the aspects of the concept UI are pretty neat. I’m not a fan of the removal of the UI bar at the top. It tells you where you are and the back button tells you where you’re actually going back to.

    As a side note: I absolutely hate how many apps adopt facebook’s “swipe to reveal menu” in favor of the tabs bar on the bottom. Example: on the old youtube app, I’d tap on playlists on the bottom. On the new (Google’s) youtube app, I have to swipe to the side (1), tap on my profile (2) and then tap on playlists (3). Not to mention how much of a bad practice it is to load that many screens, apart from the extra actions the app forces the user to do to accomplish the same.

  • duncanfurg13

    I totally just watched this video while listening to Alex Clare’s ‘Too Close’.

    It was epic.

  • Jairo

    I’m a big fan of the swipeback method used in Safari for mac and Swipeback for iPhone. I hope Apple adds it to Finder later on

  • JaredABurnett

    I like most of the ideas in this. Every app designer should study Path’s UI before releasing their app. It’s flawless.

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