Messenger IRC Theme

An IRC inspired theme for Facebook Messenger's web application.

Links

Chrome Web Store | Git Source

Tools

JavaScript (ES6), SASS, Gulp, Git, Chrome Platform APIs

Context

This Chrome extension transforms the look and feel of the Facebook Messenger web application into something reminiscent to that of a traditional IRC client. The intent of this extension was to bring the focus of Facebook Messenger back to its roots (i.e being primarily a messaging client) while retaining the full functionality of the platform. Notable changes to the overall UI and UX of the client include:

  • Applying a dark, minimal theme inspired by IRC clients
  • Moving all messages to the left-hand side of the screen
  • Modifying image previews to be less intrusive and flow better in the conversation feed
  • Removing profile pictures from the conversation feed and replacing them with a ">" indicator for your messages and a "+" indicator for messages from the person/people you are chatting with

Inspiration

More details coming soon!