A couple of months after trying out a cleaner, smooth looking interface with a small group of users, Pinterest is finally rolling out its revamped site for all its users. The social networking website said that it would be sending invites out to users gradually to be able to access the revamped look of the website.
The most important bit of change on the site is that navigation is now a lot easier. Even before you try to scroll through or view the pins, Pinterest has made sure scrolling through categories or accessing your own profile is a breeze.
The pins get larger
The top bar on Pinterest’s older design website looked slightly cluttered and most of the links were strewn around. The new layout has two drop-down buttons on either side of the screen and contain all the links you will need. On the right, you will find the profile and the "add pin" button. The left column now contains all the quick links that earlier used to be in the middle of the top bar. Categories like home, art, architecture and even men’s fashion are placed here. Options to switch between your feed and all pins are also now within this drop-down list.
The size of the pinned images has been increased to improve the visual experience of being on the site. Earlier, there was a lot of white space on either sides of an image when you opened up a pin, and more information, like repins and likes, could be found only after a lot of scrolling. The new design tries to make ample use of the entire screen by placing thumbnails from the board to the right of the enlarged image. The image itself looks like it is large enough to be viewed better.
Related pins will be placed at the bottom of an open pin
Additionally, now you will be able to check out more pins from the same board as well as from the same source. Since boards usually follow a single theme, discovery will be a better experience, increasing the amount of time spent on the site. Besides this, when you’re viewing an image, you will be able to see what other pins were pinned by other users who put up this image on their boards. Pinterest has promised that its Android and iOS apps will be updated to include these features.
In a blog post, Pinterest wrote that it had initially made the new design available only to a small test group. The social networking website took feedback from these users and made some further changes from the January version of the test site. “We also responded to some feedback from pinners who told us they hated losing their place while browsing. Now, when you scroll through pins and click on something that interests you, the back button lands you right back where you were no matter how far you’ve gone,” Jason Wilson, Lead Product Designer, Pinterest, wrote in the post.
You might not see the updated version of the website right away as Pinterest is in the process of sending out invites to the new look. Keep an eye on your email inboxes!