These Major Websites Made Awesome Design Mods for Marriage Equality

Which one do you think is the coolest?

The White House

The White House quickly changed the look of its icon on Facebook and tweeted #LoveWins. (Photo: Screenshot)

With the news that the Supreme Court has recognized the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to enter into same-sex marriages, the Observer surveyed some of the top websites looking for interesting ways that they marked the news, with special design elements, animations or other ways of permitting their users to show support together.

Here’s what we found:

Twitter

New icon for the official @Twitter account. [Image: Screenshot]

New icon for the official @Twitter account. [Image: Screenshot]

Twitter promptly changed the logo of its official account, @Twitter, but then we noticed that it did perhaps the most interesting design element. Anytime someone tweeted #LoveWins, a rainbow heart character followed. Tweet #Pride? You get a rainbow flag character. More on that here.

Facebook

Facebook

Our own Sage Lazzaro, using Facebook’s new Pride filter on her profile photo. (Image: screenshot)

Facebook made it fast and easy to show your support for the news. Go to this link and you can make a filtered photo like the one above.

Also, Facebook Stories released a short film about Justin Kamimoto, a young leader of the LGBTQ community in California’s Central Valley, according to a spokesperson for the company.

Google

Google's homepage shortly after SCOTUS announced the marriage equality decision. [Image: screenshot]

Google’s homepage shortly after SCOTUS announced the marriage equality decision. [Image: screenshot]


Google’s homepage modification is pretty modest, as you can see above. We’ve reached out to the company to find out if a Google Doodle might be forthcoming (like this one for Alan Turing). That said, the front page links to a video on YouTube that starts with coming out stories and ends with same-sex marriages.

In Google New York, the logo on the building has been updated. This could have been for Pride weekend, but the timing works either way.

BuzzFeed

Buzzfeed

Buzzfeed homepage following SCOTUS news. (Image: screenshot)

BuzzFeed modified its main logo with a rainbow motif and, naturally, linked over to loads of Pride-related content. It also added a new button at the top of the screen to get readers to their LGBT news and posts as rapidly as possible. Finally it updated its Twitter logo, with a rainbow modification.

Buzzfeed Facebook photo. (Image: screenshot)

Buzzfeed Facebook photo. (Image: screenshot)

Boing Boing

BoingBoing rainbowed its logo and did a map of the US on a post showing LGBT marriage legalized everywhere. (Image: Screenshot)

BoingBoing rainbowed its logo and did a map of the US on a post showing LGBT marriage legalized everywhere. (Image: Screenshot)

The more interesting part of what BoingBoing did was its infographic. In a way, it’s pretty simple: where’s gay marriage legal in the US? Everywhere, now, so the site spread a rainbow flag across the whole country in a post following the decision.

Techcrunch

Techcrunch's homepage, at the top, following the SCOTUS decision. (Image: Screenshot)

Techcrunch’s homepage, at the top, following the SCOTUS decision. (Image: Screenshot)

Another rainbow modification to the top line of the site. Not on its logo, though: TechCrunch underscored the whole header of its page with a logo.

Vimeo

Vimeo set this up for Pride Month but then noted the Supreme Court decision in a blog post. (Image: Screenshot)

Vimeo set this up for Pride Month but then noted the Supreme Court decision in a blog post. (Image: Screenshot)

It looks like Vimeo had its logo modification ready for Pride, but then it turned out to time well with the marriage equality news, as well, judging by this blog post. The site both modified its logo across all but its front page and it made a collection of relevant films, hosted on the site.

LinkedIn

No mod in the main icon at the top of  the screen, but it updated its own pages icon on the site. (Image: Screenshot)

No mod in the main icon at the top of the screen, but it updated its own pages icon on the site. (Image: Screenshot)

The social network for professional contacts didn’t modify the main symbol across the site, but it did change its own icon on LinkedIn’s own page on LinkedIn.

Reddit

Reddit aliens following the SCOTUS decision (Image: Screenshot)

Reddit aliens following the SCOTUS decision (Image: Screenshot)

The aliens on the main page are #ProudtoLove.

Tumblr

Animations on the Tumblr dash. (Image: Tumblr)

Animations on the Tumblr dash. (Image: Tumblr)

The blogging platform made its Tumblr ‘T’ animated, with rainbow colors, on the dashboard. Keeping with the GIF spirit, the staff blog also has a celebratory animation.

Also, check out these TED talks on the LGBT experience.

[This post has been updated with LinkedIn, Vimeo, Tumblr and Reddit]

 

These Major Websites Made Awesome Design Mods for Marriage Equality