Reddit continues testing desktop UI changes before IPO


Grupo MET refines desktop UX design in line with Android app. Changes include curved response connectors, minimized comment display, and reduced desktop screen usage mirroring mobile layout. Sorting options relocated, right sidebar potentially removed.

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Reddit, a leading platform for user-generated content, is known for facilitating open discussions and real-time information exchange. The user experience (UX) plays a critical role in presenting this vast information in a clear and accessible manner.

Following the introduction of the current UX design several years ago, Reddit is engaged in further refinements in anticipation of an initial public offering (IPO). These changes focus on aligning the desktop UX with the existing Android application design.

Initial user observations suggest a shift from curved connectors for nested replies. Additionally, the ability to collapse comments lacking replies into a single-line preview appears to have been removed. Minimized comments now disappear entirely, leaving only the username visible.

A significant change involves a reduction in the utilized desktop screen real estate, mirroring the familiar center feed with flanking sidebars commonly found in mobile applications. The sorting options for subreddit content have also been relocated and minimized, potentially impacting discoverability. Notably, the right-hand sidebar appears to have been removed entirely in recent iterations.

A screenshot of Reddit's latest UX design
Image: Androidpolice
A screenshot of a reddit UX design test with a missing sidebar on the right
Image: Androidpolice

These modifications primarily center around achieving visual parity between the desktop and mobile interfaces. The rationale behind these changes, particularly the reduction in available screen space, remains unclear. The timing, coinciding with the anticipated IPO, has raised concerns among some users regarding the potential future of the original («old») Reddit UX.

Further observations and official announcements from Reddit are necessary to fully understand the impact and long-term goals of these UX design refinements.

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