Reddit, which has always been known for its rather old school and basic design, is finally changing how it looks. The move marks the first time in a decade that the platform’s user interface will change. While the redesign starts rolling out from today (April 2), only one percent of the social network’s users will be able to see it for now. Of course, Reddit plans a larger scale rollout in the next few months. Those who get the new design right now will also have the option to return to the older, more familiar design if they want.
In a post on the social network, Reddit wrote:
“Today, we’re beginning to give a small group of users access to the desktop redesign at random. We’re starting with a small group to test the load on our servers and plan to make the opt-in available to everyone in the coming weeks. On behalf of the team, thank you for all of your comments, posts, bug tests, conversations with our designers, creative ideas, and other feedback over the past year. We are very proud of what we have accomplished together and we are excited for you to get your hands on it.”
For those who aren’t getting the design right now, Reddit offered a first look through some screenshots. Under the new design, Reddit will be available in three distinct designs, including Classic, Cards and Compact. The Classic view is similar to what Reddit looks like right now, while the Card view is somewhat similar to Twitter and Facebook. The Compact view is meant for pages where information needs to be packed more closely.