Facebook hase new icon for Friends

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After changing the new Facebook logo a week ago, Facebook has released a new Friends icon.

The woman now stands in front of the man instead of behind him.

The new friends icon

The new friends icon

Caitlin Winner, a design manager at Facebook, wrote in a Medium post today that she noticed something off about how the faceless silhouettes of a man and a woman were initially designed. While the male glyph had broad, fully rounded shoulders, the female one had an odd indentation in the shoulder on the left side — a marker, she later discovered, for the male glyph to be placed in front of her.

“I assumed no ill intentions, just a lack of consideration,” she wrote. “But as a lady with two robust shoulders, the chip offended me.”

Though these changes may seem small, they speak to Facebook’s increasing awareness of gender issues.

She also redesigned the male icon’s hair and the Group icon so that the woman now stands in front of the two men (see below). The tweaks to the Friends and Group icons probably went unnoticed by most users, but they make all the difference. Just look at the top right of your own Facebook home page if you haven’t already. It should be noted that Winner considered placing the man and woman side by side, but for design reasons, chose to the lead with the woman, who is slightly smaller than the man.

 

The new Groups icon

The new Groups icon

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