Flickr’s new photo page has come out of the beta-testing stage and is now live for everyone to experience and enjoy (and in some cases, complain about.) According to the photo and video hosting and sharing website, this faster, more functional, and more image-focused photo viewing page is the final redesign based on the many, many feedbacks they have received from the community during the beta-test, promising a new photo experience for all its members.
The new design – this isn’t a complete redesign of the entire website, mind you – promises to be significantly faster than before (20x to be exact), especially during the loading of your images.
It also displays each image at the largest size possible every time it is clicked, allowing viewers to really put their focus on the photo.
To the right of new photo page is still the dark gray bar that contains the meta-data but it is now considerably cleaner as they’ve taken out all the unnecessary info and left only the important ones. That bar now contains simple icons so that each member can conveniently “Fave” and/or comment on photos, share images, add tags, respond to comments, download photos a lot easier with its new pop-up page that gives users different size options to download, and view all the EXIF information all in the same page. Additionally, it also provides small previews of photos by other Flickr members that are similar or have been submitted to the same sets and groups as the photo in focus, making them more accessible to others than ever.
This new and extensive design definitely eliminates all that tedious clicking from one page to another that users had to suffer through before. It’s sleeker in design and focuses on convenience, making the photo viewing experience a much more pleasant affair. Plus, it is noticeably faster.
Like how it is with major changes, however, we’re still expecting a lot of complaints from the Flickr members. We’re sure Flickr is too. After all, you can never please all of the people all of the time. What do you think of Flickr’s new design?