One of our core values at Instagram is a focus on craft. Well-crafted products should be not only pixel-perfect, but also intuitive and responsive — giving people a sense of agency and control over their experience.
When it comes to Instagram Lite, we believe that performance is a key aspect of craft. Unlike designing for Instagram on iOS or Android, where someone can lean on the power of hardware for processing-intensive transitions and gestures, when designing for Instagram Lite, we think a lot about how to design experiences that reduce the necessity of processing power. For example, we may remove animation in a few key areas such as Stories Viewer or Camera to deliver as performant an experience as possible.
Instagram Lite also provides touch feedback, the visual reaction displayed after someone taps a button or other on-screen interactive feature. The intention of this cue is to remove uncertainty about the app’s performance and to confirm a person’s action. For example, after a person creates a bio on Instagram Lite and taps the Save button, the button illuminates to confirm that the app is saving the bio text. This feedback is important because elements can take a significant time to load on slower networks.