YouTube’s outline-style icons come to the web homepage

After being introduced on the Android and iOS apps last year, YouTube’s new outline-style icons are now available on the web homepage. 

Visiting the YouTube homepage today loads these new icons in the left side rail and navigation drawer. It applies to Home, Explore, Subscriptions, Originals, Library, and more, but not YouTube Music — which is a logo.

In contrast to the mobile app implementation, these outlines are never filled in even when you’re viewing a particular page. The current tab you’re viewing is ever so slightly brighter compared to the non-selected icons. It does somewhat hamper visibility.

Meanwhile, the icons are also visible in the top bar for voice search, upload, the YouTube apps switcher, and notifications.

These icons, along with a custom font, are the latest sign that YouTube has a vastly different visual identity compared to other Google applications governed by Material. This outline approach makes the icons less likely to stand out on a busy page, which is both a good and bad thing, depending on the design objective. While lighter, they also look more generic.

The YouTube Music apps have yet to be updated with this new style, though it’s been spotted in testing. 

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