Despite the fact that Reddit is one of the most visited sites on the Internet, Reddit has been pretty much the same for over a decade. In fact, the last time the site changed in a meaningful way was the introduction of subreddits in 2008, but last year the team was working on a redesign that outdid Reddit.com both inside and out.
As the team explained in an announcement, the purpose of the redesign is to make the site friendlier for users and to make it easier for engineers to create and maintain Reddit capabilities. The team knows that first time visitors have trouble understanding how to navigate the site. One of the main goals of the redesign is to put more control in the hands of users while simplifying the Reddit interface. 1
Other additions to the redesign include posts that open in a "lightbox," rather than a new one Steer Page, new fonts, a more prominent button for submitting new posts, and new illustrations from Snoo, Reddit's mascot.
"Snoo is already anchored in the existing Reddit user base, and I think they'll be pleased that Snoo [still] is a big part of it, but it's also a chance for the broader Internet, now an ambassador "Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian said Wired in an interview on the redesign (which you should read if you want to know more)" I'm curious that the new Snoo is a whole new generation of Redditors welcome. "
Only about one percent of the entire Reddit population will be redesigned today, but this seems to be the first step toward redesigning into the masses, and if you hate the redesign, you can always just refuse.