According to a report by Re/code, Yahoo! is getting ready to redesign Flickr yet again. Said to be coming “within the next few weeks,” the updates won’t be as dramatic as the last revamp, but it’s definitely going to bring some welcomed changes that focus on the smaller details.
The overarching goal this time, it seems, is to simplify and unifying the mobile and web browser Flickr experiences.
The first noticeable difference is said to be the lack of text and buttons on the screen. As you can see in the screenshot above, there are plenty of both in the current version to distract you as you attempt to find your way around photostreams.
This slows down the fluidity of Flickr and makes it more cognitively demanding. The update is said to solve this particular problem by showing only an indication of your followers and a few bits of sparse text.
Another extremely welcomed change is the removal of the obnoxiously purple Yahoo! toolbar at the top. As the initial uproar made clear, it was just another unnecessary distraction from the Flickr experience.
Beyond those two notable changes, the remaining updates are said to make the browsing experience even more content-focused, taking away even more of what little white space exists and making the browser-version of Flickr similar in looks and experience to the mobile app.
As CEO Mayer promised when she first hopped on board at Yahoo!, she and her team are making a solid effort to ‘make Flickr “awesome” again.’ Since her reign as CEO began, the Flickr team has gone from just over a dozen employees to over 100, giving the site much more wo/man-power to get these updates implemented and running smoothly.
We’ll be sure to update you if and when these reported changes go live. In the meantime, let us know what you think. We doubt anyone will gripe about the purple Yahoo! toolbar going away, but do any of these supposed changes have you Flickr users nervous?