A few weeks ago, we unveiled the path to Basecamp 4. In that announcement we laid out the plan to transform Basecamp 3 to Basecamp 4 over the next 8 or so months. Today marks the start with a handful of new features, updates, administrative improvements, and a visual refresh.
A fresh face
To kick things off, we wanted to freshen things up. Basecamp’s last visual refresh was about 4 years ago. It felt time to modernize, make better use of space, and update the overall look without making vast, sweeping changes that would render Basecamp unrecognizable. This isn’t a brand new wardrobe, it’s better tailoring of your existing clothes.
We’ve taken inspiration from HEY.com, our brand new email service (tried it yet?), and gone wider and simpler. You’ll see more horizontally — more projects on the home page, more docs visible in Docs & Files, more preview text on Messages, etc. Going wider also means on some layouts we save vertical space so you can see more without scrolling. Further following in HEY’s footsteps, we’ve updated the typeface (it’s the default one on your system), simplified headers, lightened and warmed up the background oh so subtly, and pared back bits we just didn’t need. We’ve also cleaned up comments and Automatic Check-ins in a big way. Overall, it’s cozy and familiar, but fresher, lighter, and makes better use of today’s wider screens.
Here are a few before and after shots, but the best way to see the changes is to experience them by logging into your account and checking it out. It’s live.