https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JelenaBraum

Hideous childish new design

I have just opened the app and was shocked at how hideous the new design is. I don't want to be looking at it. Is there any way to keep the old design? I liked learning with Duolingo, but I am afraid I'll have to stop using it now. The look makes me feel nauseated. :(

January 18, 2019

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

You can swap to the www.duolingo.com web portal which still has its professional look and feel.

But be aware that staff has announced that they will bring the mobile app UI to the website somewhere in 2019.

Introducing Duolingo's redesign: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29997264

January 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scilling

the www.duolingo.com web portal which still has its professional look and feel

When the current look and feel of the Web site was first introduced, it was not regarded as “professional”, but rather as having been “designed for children”, or having a “kiddie-aesthetic”. [Dr. von Ahn’s response to that feedback was “You should channel your inner child :)”.]

January 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JhonEdisonOrtiz

But be aware that staff has announced that they will bring the mobile app UI to the website somewhere in 2019.

Is that serious? That'd be awful!

January 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Introducing Duolingo's redesign: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29997264

January 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FredrikVC

I think my biggest concern about today's culture is how easily we take offense at things. That includes changes to the UI.

Yes, I'd like to be able to see my strength without having to run a Chrome extension or having to go to Duome. But that's a minor complaint.

Yes, it looks to be aiming at a younger audience. But it's still usable.

The only significant complaint I've heard about the redesign is that the font size is smaller, which affects those people with vision issues. Other than that, it's merely a question of taste.

As long as I can still use it to learn a language, I'll be sticking with Duolingo.

January 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JelenaBraum

I don't think it's offensive that Duolingo changed the design; I just think that the design is unbelievably ugly, and I am pissed that I cannot continue learning here (because I don't want to surround myself with unnervingly ugly things, which is, of course just my own choice). It's a pity because I really liked the style of learning, and I could learn on my commute to work, which is now harder to do since I cannot use the app anymore. Secondarily, it's a pity that Duolingo makes changes that are pretty useless even if they weren't utterly ugly, instead of adding useful content and features (like something to use lingots on except, again, pictures). As for the younger audience... I am not sure how many toddlers will be joining Duolingo now but I hope they enjoy the app design very much. :)

January 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

@JelenaBraum

Why don't you get an Android mobile device and downgrade to a much older / previous app version (APK from an archive site) which does not yet contain the new UI frontend design?

Are you on IOS or something?

January 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JelenaBraum

I didn't know it is actually possible, thanks!

January 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dima_hashimov

I use web so it doesn't matter to me lol

January 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

IOS or Android?

You can downgrade to a previous app version by downloading the APK file from an archive site and manually install this.

January 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LesterOlso

I am not certain that this is the best place for my question or concern, because I mainly seek improvements in the new design for people who use Duo on Android cell phones. I have two practical concerns. One of these is that I cannot read my own typed input for an answer, because the space is small and the text scrolls. There needs to be ample space so that a person can proofread their own answer before submitting it. In addition, if you get an answer wrong, the reddish block is now so large that one cannot read one's own answer to compare it to the "correct" one. What this means is that I can no longer always figure out what I did that was incorrect. Sometimes, for example, the error results because the dictation put a different word in than I thought that I said. Or a single letter is incorrect, but I missed it. Might the format be improved in both of these respects to make the learning experience a better one. I still have trouble with the size of accent marks on letters, because they are much too small to see easily. But this was also a problem with the earlier version. Thanks for your consideration. I appreciate the resource for learning as a Plus member for some years now.

January 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LesterOlso

I should add that, in the old version, you could move the reddish or greenish block to see materials under it, but this no longer seems to be possible with the new version. I should also mention that you can try to move your typed text to see the first words, but, at least on my Android phone, the top of the first line of text is cut off, which makes proofreading needlessly difficult.

January 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LiamRobert232195

i agree that the new design looks awful. I would encourage anyone to use the app lingodeer for an alternative

January 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cerenadia

I'm not particularly fond of it but I can live with it, only because my priorities are just that I am learning my language(s) right now. BUT, MULTIPLE times, on the desktop site, I will get the flashcards with the "what is this word" type question, and it will repeat the same word... One time it was the SAME word EIGHT times in a row. :/

January 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryMcC

I just found another glitch. On one question the answer boxes were over the stuff to translate. I got over that by scrolling and peering between the boxes.

However the correct answer was the top one and it wouldn't scroll down far enough for me to select it.

I ended up having to quit the practice and lose my XP because it was impossible to complete.

These glitches need sorting ASAP.

January 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryMcC

They are going to get fed up of me. I'm reporting everything issue, every time it occurs

January 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JelenaBraum

I can live with many things, but I cannot concentrate in the new look. I tried the app today and I just made 10 wrong answers in a single exercise on a skill where I am finishing fourth level (mostly writing father where there was grandfather and things like that - just concentration issues). I had to switch to the computer, where are usually do a mistake or two max and I was immediately back to my usual success. I will use duolingo on computer while there still is the more reasonable design, then I am either out or I'll try to redesign it through greasemonkey skripts. It's a pitty I won't be able to use my cell to learn anymore. :(

January 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryMcC

I don't mind the look out for it too much but it's very glitchy.

Tonight half my questions had the answers already posted.

My sight is bad so I have my phone set to have everything as large as possible, icons etc. This seems to have reached the App and I can read it okay. On the downside the right and left hand icons on the top row don't show. I can just about tap the one to change languages but the settings one goes off the page to the right completely.

Hopefully they can sort all these issues out soon.

January 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryMcC

I have managed to get over the issue of the boxes with wurd choices in not showing properly by changing the settings on my phone. A little bit annoying to have to that each time I use Duo but not a huge task.

January 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/p8c
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jelenabraum, i think the real problem is that the paid duo staff simply does not ask for user comments on proposed changes. rather, they simply announce changes they have decided to make without our user input. the changes do by and large seem to cater to children rather than serious language learners and i wonder how much say Pearson or google has their fingers in this duo pie because of the constant, non-user-friendly changes that seem contrary to learning. frustrating, annoying, rude, etc. on duo's part in my mind.

May 19, 2019
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