The first bandages of Flickr’s reconstructive surgery were removed Tuesday to reveal a new Contacts page, giving us all a small peak at the planned piece-by-piece makeover for the photo-sharing site losing face to prettier up-and-comers.
The new Contacts page has already been gifted to some members and will be slowly rolling out to all users of the Yahoo-owned property over the coming day, a company representative confirmed to VentureBeat.
When browsing photos from Flickr contacts, users will now be greeted with a colorful collage-like grid (pictured above) that puts friends’ photos front and center in what the site refers to as a “Justified layout.” The page also reveals high-resolution pop-up images on scroll-over and includes a light-box option for a full-screen view of a selected image.
The look and feel of this revamped page is the future of Flickr, with its design gradually being carried over to the entire site.
The Contacts page, Flickr senior product manager Markus Spiering told VentureBeat last week, is the first of many changes for the site in the year ahead. “The product is going to change significantly, and the user experience is going to change significantly over the course of the year,” he said.
Flickr will next work on the roll out of its redesigned photo upload, organize, and categorize application. The reworked tool will become available to users in March.