Looking at an app like iBooks, it’s easy to see the connection between reading a classical book and reading an iBook. The intuitive UI that is included so that you can highlight, bookmark, and reference words is almost instinctual. And now Facebook is making the transformation. It’s exciting to me and should be for you. This is a chance to change how we consume and interact with media. It’s a major part of life for many of us and any opportunity to change or enhance the way we use our devices to do this is welcomed.
I had heard and seen many of Facebooks plans for layout and UI changes, even though we’ve seen few that greatly change the overall experience. When I get to use Paper on Feburary 3rd, I expect to be pulled in by the minimalism and intuitiveness mentioned before. The first demos of Paper that I’ve seen remind me of another app I’ve come to love in the past year, Medium. I had always imagined what a Medium app would look and feel like, and Paper isn’t too far off.
Having a category system is always a great idea when it comes to content management, the large websites we build in WordPress are a great example of this. Because after all, Facebook is just another web page that happens to have millions of dollars backing it every week. There’s something about placing full screen photos on a white backdrop that we really like. It’s easy to look at, it focuses us on the content, and it looks great on all platforms. Medium has done it from the beginning and we now see it in Paper. It’s as if Facebook and Medium had a baby.
I’ll leave it at this, Paper is a much needed refresh from the previous Facebook UI. Though this doesn’t seem to be a substitute for the full blown website or even the Facebook app, I believe it encompasses most of what we use it for and bundles that within a new more beautiful experience that Instagram and Twitter don’t offer. I’m looking forward to using this app and seeing if it changes what people post and how I get my media.