In case you haven’t heard, Facebook released a new app called Paper on February 3rd, 2014. Once we got our hands on the app, (get it here), we instantly noticed a minimalist design, awesome animations, and an emphasis on gestures. As mobile designers and developers, it’s so much fun to see Facebook really push the limits of what a native app can do.
Let’s check out some of our favorite animations and gestures:
Look at this minimalist design in action. Compare this to your existing Facebook newsfeed!
We’re seeing basic gestures and animations in Paper – things like swipe and scroll. But, we’re also seeing some brand new animations for Facebook and iOS in general.
Panoramic view of HD photos. We’ve never seen anything quite like this on iOS!
Here’s on of my personal favorites – a drop down menu to access your profile, write new posts and access settings. This kind of menu is traditionally hidden on the left or right as a slider.
Scrolling through an album of headlines for viewing in your “Paper”. Notice how the album scrolls in a wheel-type pattern. That slight angle of rotation really adds character.
Drag and drop can be very difficult to pull off on mobile screens. With such limited screen real-estate it’s hard to accurately pick up an object and place it in another location. But, in this case, I think Facebook did a good job of ensuring the user is dragging a large item and has a clear drop destination.
And here is my personal favorite, pressing the hamburger on the settings menu. I really like how the next menu springs into place. It just feels fun!
Now that Paper is here, what do you think? Are you excited about Paper’s UI? Follow us on Twitter and let us know!