Slack reveals its biggest ever redesign

Slack has begun rolling out a redesigned interface, adding features designed to create what its website calls "a simpler, more organized Slack." These include a new navigation bar, collapsible folders for organising conversations, and more.

Millions of teams and colleagues communicate using Slack, and the update aims to make the software easier to use. The sidebar's new collapsible folders mean that if you’re working on a project with its own channels and chats, these can now be nested under one section – handy for creatives with multiple projects on the go at once. Unfortunately, though, the customisable sections are will only be available for users on paid plans.

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The new sidebar with nesting sections (Image credit: Slack)

The new navigation bar has a search function for looking up conversations, files and other items. And in the top left is a new 'compose' button, which enables you to start writing a new message from anywhere in the app before deciding where to send it. Plus, if you get distracted, the message will remain saved as a draft (not that we ever get distracted on Slack, of course.).


Slack's new look (Image credit: Slack)

Also new is a lightning bolt icon next to the message input field. This is where you can find apps. Slack says many of these will arrive in the coming weeks, including Simple Poll and Cisco WebEx Meetings. And finally, spacing has been increased for more breathing space across the whole app. 

We're fans of the new, tidy design. Slack can be an intimidating place for newcomers, and the new look makes the old Slack look positively cluttered. With so many people working from home right now in the wake of coronavirus, this is a bold time for Slack launch a redesign, and we kind of admire them for it. Hopefully it'll help creatives keep more on top of all their projects, instead of, you know, slacking (sorry). 

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).