You probably have already heard the news, Flickr got a facelift. It’s been awhile they mentioned a redesign was coming but it was so long ago that I went to look for the announcement on RAW and just couldn’t find the post 🙂
Poor Flickr it was once the place for photographers and enthusiasts to share their work but in recent years it managed to slip away much the same as MySpace had/has. Their biggest problem was Facebook just kept on coming, suddenly you could share your work with everyone even and I mean everyone. You didn’t have to email people outside the flickrverse telling them you had just uploaded a new photo because they were already on Facebook. Ok to the purists Facebook’s excessive compression killed photos but the audience was and still is there.
Then we had Google+ pop up and it was adopted by the photography community for it’s large high quality photo displays. Since then they have leapfrogged Facebook by allowing full resolution uploads 🙂 Although some people claim Google+ is a ghost town, they must not be using it correctly, it really is an amazing place with some great people.
As a final blow to Flickr and possibly in direct competition with them was the creation of 500px. This was flick on steroids, the web design was outstanding and the quality of photos was extremely impressive. When they launched 500px it was all about uploading your very best so the talent of the world wide photography community was shown off in all it’s glory. Since then the quality may have dropped a little however the photos in most cases are still outstanding.
With all of this happening Flickr became just the place you uploaded to because you still had an account. So today they finally released the updated design, which is to bring them back into the lime light.
Probably their best feature is that everyone that includes those with a Free account get’s a full terabyte of storage to upload full resolution images! That’s right even those on FREE accounts can now upload full high resolution images. Those on free accounts will have to put up with ads though.
The design itself is bigger, Flickr is using as much of the screen real estate as possible, which is nice. The problem is it isn’t new or ground breaking. A lot of the comments popping up around the web are all singing the same song, it looks very much like 500px, Google+ and Pinterest. In fact if you head into a group the way the images are displayed, one would assume they managed to grab the Google+ code from a few versions ago and just tweaked it for Flickr.
I love full screen designs and making use of the screen real estate however spacing is important. When I click on my Photostream everything just seems a bit squashed.
The more you look at it the more it looks very much like Google+ and somewhat unfinished. There are certain elements that still share the same layout as the previous Flickr. If you click on a photo to view it larger straight away it looks like Google+ but then when you scroll down to see comments etc… it looks like they haven’t finished that section as it displays just like the old Flickr comment layout.
In closing I welcome the fact that Flickr is finally getting some love, the new layout is a huge improvement to the tired old feel, however for the amount of time it has taken to come out since they announced a new design coming I think it should have really been something out of this world, as it stands it looks like an unfinished hack job, from other leading social networks with is a shame.
What do you think?