First: it’s not perfect. I definitely don’t like the forced “Ken Burns Effect” in the slideshows, for example. And I definitely think it needs to be tweaked and refined.
And that’s exactly what I think will happen. Flickr needed a massive shake-up, it needed a bold step, and it needed to do something big. And boy, has it done it.
This design’s not perfect, but I do think there is a LOT of improvement happening here, and I like the direction we’re headed. And most importantly, it finally feels like the people at Flickr are alive again. There’s actually something happening, and it’s exciting. That’s why I’m not worried about the problems the new design does have, because it feels like Flickr gives a damn for the first time in years. So I expect they’ll listen to feedback - calm, grown-up feedback, not the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the shocked - and they’ll start iterating. They’ll tweak. They’ll adjust. They’ll improve. And it’ll become something truly great.
It’s not yet perfect, but it doesn’t have to be right away. That’s what Version 1.0 is for. Even in the dark days when Flickr looked stale and 500px (which I actually do use and enjoy for different reasons, but find to be massively overrated by the cool Internet photography celebs) was the hot new kid, I wanted to believe in Flickr, because it was always better in so many ways. And now I do.
For the first time in a long time, I have hope for Flickr.