Active users on Facebook would have noticed a change in the tiny icon buttons that denote “groups” and “friend requests”. The initial design saw a man placed in front of a woman to represent people, with the latter notably smaller in size. Facebook designer Caitlyn Winner decided to tinker around with the graphic, removing the “Darth Vader-like helmet” hairdo on the female icon, and instead going with a “shapely bob.”
Next, size wise. The woman is now in front of the male icon, both equal in size. Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, is more than welcoming of the design. “Facebook is a global community, and we want to represent the many kinds of people who use our service,” Sandberg said in a post on Facebook. “Symbols matter—and a small image can carry a giant message.” Like the rest of the Facebook community, we’re celebrating this change.