500px today unveiled revamped profile, photo, and discover pages that aim to deliver a better experience to the 6+ million member community. The company says the new designs are based on user feedback, have been tested over the past few months, and have the goal of “enabling and rewarding visual creativity.”
On profile pages, the square cropped thumbnails have been replaced by full aspect ratio thumbnails that let you show all your photos as they were intended to be viewed. The profile information is now front and center, and tabs leading to other sections are found below. The follow and share buttons are prominently displayed to the side.
For photo pages, 500px is now displaying shots even bigger than before. Portrait-orientation images are 12% larger, and landscape-orientation photos are 15% larger. Like with Instagram’s website, photos are “modal” — they’re pop-ups now that allow you to keep your place in the background even after clicking a photo.
Details and comments for photos now appear in a sidebar on the page, reducing the amount you’ll need to scroll while browsing the site.
Finally, the Discover page has also been redesigned with full aspect ratio photos and infinite scrolling.
“The 500px design is never finished,” 500px says. “We’ll never stop innovating, evolving, and changing to better display your photos and live up to our mission of rewarding visual creativity.”