Instagram will screw up your nicely laid out grid of thumbnails
The grid. That element of your Instagram profile in which your entire history of images are nicely laid out in a nice 3 image wide layout. A layout that users have known and loved for years. A layout they’ve strategically chopped up and posted their images to accommodate. Well, it’s all about to change.
No official announcement seems to have been made as yet. But, a few users have started to notice that their Instagram app layout is a little different. Whether they’re just testing the water, or it’s a new look that they’re rolling out is unclear. But Twitter is definitely not impressed.
It does make a lot of sense, though. Mobile phone screens are getting larger and higher resolution all the time. So, why wouldn’t you want to try to cram as much as you can into that space?
— Louanne Dias (@the_lou_natic) September 15, 2017
A lot of Instagram users are going to be upset that the photos they’ve so carefully chopped up and strategically posted to be 3 image wide panoramics will be broken. Not to mention those who’ve chopped them up in to a 3×3 grid.
Personally, though, I think it’s a wonderful thing. I always thought that filling up one’s Instagram profile with chopped up parts of an image was kind of spammy. I mean we can see the full image just by tapping on it, so why would we want to see it cut up? All it does is fill peoples feeds with out of context chunks of image that look awful. No matter how good the whole, a part of somebody’s foot, or the corner of a doorway is not a great photo.
INSTAGRAM MIGHT UPDATE ITS FEATURE FROM A 3-ACROSS TO A 4-ACROSS PHOTO GRID AND IVE NEVER BEEN THIS DEVASTATED IN MY LIFE. MY FEED OH NO
— nikki regalario (@spicycinderella) September 17, 2017
Some Instagram users seem to forget that the 4 column grid is not a new idea. Instagram was not always a 3 column grid of images. Do you remember when it looked like this?
It looks like Instagram may just be going back to the way things used to be, now that screen sizes are catching up to the original idea. Again, there’s no word on whether this is here to stay and this is just the beginning of a mass rollout or if they’re just testing the water, but bring it on, I say.
And if you’re worried that your 3 column layout is going to break… Well, it looked silly anyway.
Now, if only they’d get their act together and create a proper iPad app.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.