A tiny design change on Facebook shows a woman’s perspective makes a big difference


You probably didn’t notice a recent change on Facebook in the US. It’s in the friends icon, on the top right corner of the page, next to your name. For years, that icon has been an image of a man and woman, with the man in front.


Now, it’s reversed.

Few people, if any, would have noticed the change if not for a Medium post that Facebook designer Caitlin Winner wrote, explaining the process. That process, by the way, was absurdly simple. This design change was not part of Facebook’s publicized diversity push, nor an overt effort to put gender issues into the public conversation.

Basically, Facebook just hired Winner as a new designer, one of many. She noticed that a man was in front. She decided to change it. No one fought her on it, and that’s the end of the story.

This change is tiny—literally, it’s tiny on…

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