File this under non-essential-but-interesting news.
Reports are coming out that Instagram is potentially looking at implementing a black and white design throughout the entirety of their application.
As expected, it appears this is merely an A/B testing result. In a comment to The Verge, an Instagram spokesperson said, ‘We often test new experiences with a small percentage of the global community […] This is a design test only.’
Personally, I love the possibility of Instagram going all black-and-white.
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) April 26, 2016
When it comes to displaying photos on a screen, I’ve always been a fan of an interface void of as many colors as possible as a means of putting emphasis on the composition and colors in photographs.
While Instagram’s blue design is by no means distracting, it would make sense to take a more monochromatic approach to better put the focal point on the images themselves.
If you happen to see the monochrome interface at work in your Instagram app, we’d love if you shared screenshots in the comments below.