“Dear Facebook, I know your stocks aren’t doing well, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give a designer a few more bucks to make things look decent.”
One morning, a few days a go, I woke up, made my self a cup of coffee, sat down in front of my computer and opened Facebook. And there it was. The horror of Facebook’s App Center banner, boldly staring at me with its awful colors, jagged typography and lame attempt at being ‘modern’ with it’s geometrical ‘decorations’.
And the worst part is – it’s still there!
How come nobody took it off? Is everyone at Facebook blind?
I’m generally not a fan of Facebook’s design, but hey, it serves its purpose pretty well, and it’s absolutely decent. But a design fiasco like this, even though a minor one, for me, as a designer and a Facebook ‘consumer’, is unacceptable. It’s basically on the same level as the London Olympics logo, making people think – How could somebody allow this? Facebook (or the London 2012 Olympics for that matter) aren’t a local plumbers website that nobody knows of, which you check only when in desperate need of the service. Facebook is a huge brand, and something like this just tells us all “Not only do we like to change our user interface and bug you all the time, we also absolutely do not care about you. We give up”.
Even though this is a minor issue, and I don’t know if all of you are bugged by it as I am, minor details gone wrong like this one are never healthy for a brand, especially a brand like Facebook, with its current problems. Were you also smitten with this horrible design detail, or is it just me?