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The new design needs work

I readily accept that the new site design isn't finished but as things stand it really doesn't seem to have been thought through especially well:

  • everything is too big. I have a very large hires screen and yet I constantly have to scroll to see a complete image or page. The problem is made worse because of the unnecessary space between thumbnails which are themselves unnecessarily large. I thought the redesign was to allow better usage from tablets and phones. If I have to constantly scroll at my desktop, how much harder will things be for them.
  • the white background to everything is having the effect of making images seem darker and shadow areas less well defined. I find pages quite stark looking. The mid grey was much less stressful
  • there are numerous spelling mistakes around the site
  • when I look at the people I am following. I don't want to see their signature images and bios, which are often missing anyway. I want to see their latest pictures and journal entries. The present setup is creating a need for unnecessary clicks
  • image exif data is important to me. This is a photography site after all. Why is it now hidden away, creating a need for still more clicks?
  • I joined this site because it was about the journals. Now I find it appears to be about the profiles. More clicks again.

I have the distinct impression that you are trying to create another Facebook (heaven forbid). The queries listed above are the tip of the iceberg so far as I can see. I am quite bitterly disappointed with where Blip seems to be headed

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Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback! We will listen to all constructive feedback. We are already making changes based on this (including Image size).

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I agree that the new white background is hard on the eyes. It's also more difficult for dyslexics. If I could change one thing, it would be the white. I wonder if the old grey background could be an optional display option?

JJ46 2 votes
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It's early days but I agree with the background, it is very stark and hard on the eyes. The neutral grey was the best compromise for the widely varied images that are posted. Everything also seems to spread out on the screen, it was much easier to scroll comments on the old site.

GrahamColling 0 votes
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terrible eye strain...white makes it difficult to read comments and entry details...will need sun glasses to be here...

disdatdudda 0 votes
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hate to see names on thumbnails...it makes the page look cluttered and less polished...
would love to make a printscreen of colour thumbnails but my name on each of them make them look silly... (and self-centred?...;-)

disdatdudda 4 votes
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My eyes are watering from the harshness of the white! It took me a while to find the image exif details....this is a photography site...why are they hidden away????? I am so disappointed with what they have done

Beewriter 0 votes
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I agree that a) White background is not an improvement and b) The pictures do not fit my screen (18" Mac)

The only way I have found to get pictures to fit is to click on the Large button (only available to full members?) Pleasingly this also reverts to a better dark background - but does it distort the proportions?

alanwoodley4 0 votes
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I don't wish to be too critical but I assume you will be open to constructive criticism..

Speaking as a dyslexic....... I am finding the loss of the ability to correct typos is making my commenting even more torturous than normal.

I am also having trouble knowing which comment relates to which image. I am constantly scrolling down peoples comments to see what's going on. On popular journals this takes ages.

I also don't seem to be able to choose my own thumbnail anymore. This is quite an important feature for me as I often use it for dramatic effect or to focus attention on a certain part of the shot.

SwillinBilly 3 votes
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I agree with virtually everything. One minor point: The cute little cube for the date of each entry is RIDICULOUS! Why not keep the date to the right of the entry's title as before.

VandeGraaff 0 votes
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I agree with most of the negative comments I'm afraid:
1. pictures too big to be seen without scrolling. MAJOR MAJOR fault!
2 White background too bright . Doesn't need to go back to "original" grey but somewhere towards that would be good
3. Why use the words "followers" & "following"? Blipfoto is NOT another well known website/social media.
4. I haven't tried posting yet. I dread to think what that's going to entail.
5. Have you not heard the saying "If it aint broke, don't fix it"?

stuarteff 0 votes
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folks. this is clearly a beta launch. most places would have the sense to mark the site as Blipfoto (beta)...this would avoid all of the comments which I'm sure will be addressed in subsequent roll outs...

Maestro 1 vote
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I know it's early days and hope you will look again at the main areas of concern here, otherwise you will be losing Full Members in droves. The only positive thing I can find to say is that the site is much quicker, with no "overloads" (so far!) As far as I was concerned, this was the ONLY thing that needed sorting!

ANewDay 3 votes
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I like the new design, and it works well on my laptop and iPad mini. The only thing I have noticed is that the view numbers on a lot of my images have reduced dramatically for some reason and that Blipfolio has gone altogether.

StuartRobertson 1 vote
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I completely agree with all of the comments here and want the old blipfoto to come back. These changes are not progress. Blipfoto was very special because it was not like all the other sites out there... and now it is becoming just like all the other sites!

1DayataTime 0 votes
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I'm afraid I have to agree with everything said here. I don't mind change. I don't even mind if the change isn't what I personally wanted. But I do mind change that doesn't work, isn't user friendly, uses far more of my data than before, I can't edit, I can't look at the screen too long, I can't 'search' for a journal and have the most recent entry show, I can't . . .
I have to say that I'm very disappointed so far - I'm prepared to give it time but I really cannot believe that blippers WANTED this mess. If I had wanted to post my photos on Instagram or Twittr I would have done. Unless this is sorted I'll be screaming loudly for a refund on my life time membership and looking for a better site - and there are bound to be plenty out there that are better than this!
Oops sorry for the rant. Usually I would have given it more time for glitches to be fixed, but these aren't glitches they are poor design based on the idea that we WANTED something else. I'm sick of reading that blippers 'asked' for this. Because I'm darned sure we didn't. This is just hopeless.

TeeJay 1 vote
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Joe - you've let a committee design this haven't you? Your single vision was elegantly fulfilled with the previous design. I realise you are bound to get reactionary views when a big change is made but I have to ask myself is this site now better for the changes and I would have to say no, it isn't better. Too many clicks required. Too much interpreting what icons mean. A simple interface that has, in a bizarre way, lead to just too much complexity. What could be simpler than a list of worded links? Also hope you merely haven't had time to implement the little popup bar at the bottom of the pictures rather than scrapped it.

mooncoin 0 votes
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I agree, particularly when you said "when I look at the people I am following. I don't want to see their signature images and bios, which are often missing anyway. I want to see their latest pictures and journal entries. The present setup is creating a need for unnecessary clicks". Strangely, on my mobile I can see the LATEST blips by the people I am following, but on PC I can only see their signature and bio stuff! Why is it so different? And the clearer font is much better than Times New Roman but its so THIN and difficult to read! I wish Blip Central had consulted more widely BEFORE making all these changes! It all puts me off using blip now!

seascapes 0 votes
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Got to say that I miss the old animated camera icons that denoted the number of journal entries. It does seem to be change for changes sake. Apart from the speed issues I can't think of any aspect of the old GUI that presented a problem for the user. It has definitely lost some of the blip individuality now and looks more like FB. At first I liked it but now I don't see the point. I have a white car which looks nice - but so has every other f****** on the road these days! Anyway, Blip feels less sort of homely - but that may be me dealing with the change!

mooncoin 0 votes
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I would like to add one aspect regarding the exif data. It's important to me, too, but I explicitly do not want to show it on every entry. Please give me back the option to hide it.

Justtryin 0 votes
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The great beauty of the previous design was its minimalism, humbleness and sleekness. Now the blip makes very flickrish and blogspotish impression. If I could I would vote 1000 votes to get the previous design back.
I vote for the comments below, and I would like to add the following suggestions:
1) reduce the size of the top header, as it takes too much space away from the pictures;
2) allow to design user's first page: e.g. allow to have just the last picture on top - as it was earlier; or - allow to chose, how many and what size of thumbnails is shown on the page; allow to hide the profile information - like photo or description;
3) earlier it was possible to see journal entries by just using the keyboard arrows - it was a very convenient and nice way to see the photos
4) please remove the name from each thumbnail - it is overkill to read my journal name on each of my entry, when I use the "browse" view
5) the icons with arrows and the date are too big - they do not contain so valuable information to justify the size.

nisis 2 votes
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The thumbnail for the 'Avatar' is now a problem. If you don't want to insert a selfie or anything else, the thumbnail shows an outline of a head. Its DEFINITELY a MALE head! Is that fair?

seascapes 0 votes
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I'm afraid I agree with much of this, and I'm honestly not trying to pick holes for the sake of it. When a few people began grousing about the changes before they happened I thought, what's the big deal? Presumably the blip designers who dreamt up the original elegant graphics would have thought everything through. But now I'm not so sure of this at all. The white really does look way starker than that beautiful grey. Perhaps it's because you are still working on it, but the whole thing appears clunkier and unfinished, like a bargain-basement DIY website.

Skyroad 0 votes
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I really like having the place to add my comment appear at the top rather than having to scroll to the bottom to add my comment. I do wish I could edit my comments for spelling and grammar when I make a mistake and spot it later.

Skip 0 votes
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I agree with most of the above. I too have a large screen and now have to scroll to see any information above or below the image. I miss the exif. data which is really useful for someone trying to improve their photography. It seems to be harder to reply to people who have rated your photos, particularly if they haven't commented, and I do like to say thanks when someone has taken the time to look and rate my photos. Unfortunately Blip seems to have lost a lot of the things that made it different......and where is the shop?

woolyheaded 0 votes
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I would find it really helpful if Blip Central could let us know what changes are planned to the new design - that might stop a lot of comments and questions. At the moment we don't know what's going to change anyway - that might stop us jumping up and down about those things and feel reassured that they will change.

DomesticGoddess 1 vote
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I agree with all the criticism and comments here and have to say that I am also most disappointed with the lack of communication. In the past few days I have lost my enthousiasm for blipping completely.

friedaquilter 1 vote
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There is so much space on the left and right side of the photo - there is totally no reason to occupy the header of the screen.

Blipfoto slogan was - a photo a day. So - the only thing one should see instantly is THE photo of the day - all other things are secondary, should be minor and humble.

nisis 0 votes
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Dear Sirs,
please consider at least - to place the arrow, calendar pictograms as well as the navigation header on the right or left side of the photo, if a given journal is being browsed - there is so much space.
The core mission and value of the blipfoto is - a photo of the day - everyting else should be just supporting the core purpose rather than shadowing it.

nisis 0 votes