Facebook has a Facelift

Facebook is the most popular Social Networking site in the world, Since it has started out in 2004 the design/interface has changed quite a lot, improving functionality and performance. I came across a new project created by Barton Smith, A interactive Designer from Sydney, Australia this layout that he has created, definitely stands out above the rest, its sleek looking, functional yet keeping corporate abroad. See for yourself.


The Facebook Facelift is a self initiated project to challenge the form and functionality of Facebook. It’s streamlined, structured and linear interface is more comprehensible, enhancing the user experience and absorb ability of content.

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The Facebook Facelift is a self initiated project to challenge the form and functionality of Facebook. It’s streamlined, structured and linear interface is more comprehensible, enhancing the user experience and absorbability of content.

The home page features many new benefits: the publisher toolbar enables users to post content from any page within facebook, saving time in navigating needlessly through profiles; the streams’ two-tiered filter (content type & content contributers) also creates a more coherent structure with the core elements retaining their position throughout most of the site; and the live feed displays a constant stream of all content posted in a users network, which expands upon mouse over.

Profiles also integrate with the system more seamlessly. Just as friend lists filter the stream by a select number of people, user profiles simply filter content to a single person, creating a clearer and more comprehensible layout.

The Facebook Publisher sub site is designed to support the growing use of Facebook as a primary form of contact as email once was. The separate address, publisher.facebook.com, would be permitted in businesses where Facebook is banned, allowing users to send messages without the distractions of user generated content. The interface is a mirror of the publisher toolbar ensuring a consistent interface.


I openly accept that components of this were inspired by the beautiful Skimmer but I think there is more than enough individuality in this project to not call it a copy. I’ve never understood making things different just for the sake of it, it is a method of progression. From using Skimmer I found that the feed layout and expanded view were useful, and tried to improve these aspects through further simplification and clarity.


As this is a concept, I intentionally omitted banner advertising. However the layout has been designed to accommodate ads to the right, user content would simply scale to make space. It’s no different to a concept car leaving out, say… the engine.

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  1. Reply twitter.com/heyart October 19, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    Holy crap.  This is beautiful.

  2. Reply Marko Bon October 19, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    I dig it jacques, nice clean clear stuff.

    • Reply An1ken October 19, 2009 at 8:35 PM

      Awesome, Barton really has a eye for redesign and concepts.

  3. Reply Bill O'Neill October 19, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    I like it a lot.
    FB will not like it as there is not enough ad space.

    • Reply An1ken October 19, 2009 at 9:33 PM

      That is true, in this case they won’t be making their $1Billion a year.

  4. Reply Paul Provos October 22, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Hello from Russia!
    That is one hell of a design, why they not ask him to do new design for Facebook? He will make lots of money.

    Nice posts.

  5. Reply Kyle @ Breast enlargement December 29, 2009 at 5:40 AM

    It’s a good look, it brings it up to speed with all the other social networking sites that have gone for this minimalistic and lighter color interface craze that seems to be sweeping the net.
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  7. Reply Fábián Gábor May 14, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    This is beautiful. Where can i get this design?

    • Reply Jacques van Heerden May 14, 2011 at 8:05 PM

      It wasn’t a rolled out design, it was just a mockup! :) Sorry to say.

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