Twitter tests rounded buttons and thumbnails…because that’s the problem?


Twitter is testing a new interface for its mobile applications on iOS and Android, which involves rounded profile images, buttons and other features. It’s unclear what advantage going “round” would bring, as the style’s adoption among app makers and designers tends to be more of a trend that ebbs and flows over time, rather than a format that’s proven to have a significant advantage over the classic and familiar square/rectangular style.

One argument for introducing rounded icons could be that it makes it easier to differentiate an app’s users from the content — like the photos or albums being posted to the service, for example. (You can see an example of this here on Quora where a Facebook designer showed how this worked in Instagram’s activity feed to…

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