Raymond Wong, Product Analyst, takes an in-depth look at why he hates the new app icon for Instagram, with a blend of gut reaction to change and serious analysis from a design perspective.
Well worth a read for both lovers and haters of Instagram's new outfit.
Perhaps the worst part, in my opinion, is how the app looks like it's slanting to the left. It's an optical illusion created from the bulbous camera glyph that sits inside of the less rounded and straighter app icon shape itself. The depth of the gradient only makes it all worse, furthering the visual slant trick.