Flickr, the image-sharing website where I've been uploading and sharing my artwork since 2007, implemented a major redesign last week.
Wired Magazine called it "slick" and "photo-rific," but many artists who also use it to share drawings aren't happy. They say it is a "nightmare." Some are so upset that they are circulating petitions to Marissa Mayer, CEO of parent company Yahoo, to Change Flickr Back!.
Is the new design really worse than good old clunky Flickr already was?
To form my own opinion and perhaps offer some perspective, I looked for old pages via Wayback Machine and assembled some before-and-after comparisons.
I think the changes are an improvement. I would never go back to the previous look, where thumbnails dominated most pages and forced you to click to see every image. I love how the photostream pages look now, with images filling up the screen. The black background on image pages makes the artwork standout, though it'd be nice if users could customize it with their color of choice.
Flickr looked the same for so long, I worried it would get sold or shut down. Now, that would have been really upsetting!
The redesign proves that the site is alive, and that makes me happy.