This is kind of sad in a way, they really popularised Square photos socially. Thought this was quite a cool Photography edge.
People are already posting landscape and portrait images using hack-y solutions anyway. So this is just legitimising existing user behaviour.
I don’t want this.
me either whack af
Noooo! There was a beauty to keeping the user generated content controlled. It almost was their sui generis proposition.
This is kinda like twitter allowing more than 140 characters. Sigh.
Yes, there was a beauty in keeping with the square format, but Instagram focus is on growth & engagement. At least they are not allowing people to put autoplay music apps on their pages.
Allowing more than 140 characters on Twitter is not a bad idea if they can keep the 140 character feel. Some designers believe truncating tweets at 140 characters could do the trick.
oh please lord no. It's the same as with instagram: If you tweet you have to compress your message in 140 characters, that leads to more efficient tweets. If we now may have the whole bible in a single tweet, the twitter headquarters should burn.
I disagree. The thought and it's manifestation behind constraining is to help consumability. The moment you set lose these precise design boundaries, you're breaking the novelty of the model. Look at Yahoo News Digest for example. Limited consumable amount of news articles, condensed, twice a day. That's the beauty of it; which leads to engagement -> forms a habit.
Had similar thoughts, Daniel and Bilal. However when you truncate a tweet, it means you only see what's within the 140 characters, you'll have to take a second action to see more. Previously that action involved going to another site, like tweet longer, Tumblr or something similar. This is also preferable to those "tweet storms" that can take over your feed.
curious to see how the grid view will look.
Grid view is still the same. Photos show as square from the center.
So the sides are cut-off? That's not gonna be good...
See my post below I linked to two posts, it still show as square for now
I'm not really sure how I feel about this change, but Mike Krieger (Co-founder, Instagram) is on Product Hunt doing a mini AMA.
Some key excerpts:
@rrhoover a large part is learning from the community. We added hashtags way back when because people had started to use multiple accounts to organize collections, Direct because people wanted a way to communicate 1:1, photo tags because people were using the captions. And non-square because 20% of photos already were :)
@adammash I'm especially excited about videos...landscape videos are so much better: https://instagram.com/p/6IxwFpgBcz/
Would be nice if IG focused on supporting quick switching between multiple accounts like Twitter's mobile apps.
This is a good decision. Square photos are compositionally limiting and most people hacked to get around it, which resulted in a lot of ugly white and black bars. Instagram is the only photo-sharing community I'm a part of and I'm excited to feel like I can share landscapes and portraits now without ruining the flow of my grid.
Makes 100% sense, any naysayers are just being supremely anal.
I really hope Vine doesn't pick up on this
vine is twitter at least, so they should have more thikning power than instagram/facebook.
Part of Instagram brand was the square format. I'm curious to know what the product design team feel about it and if it was a decision from the top or just something they actually see a need for.
That's what i feel like, there's a danger you could say it's just a glorified photo sharing platform now...
hasn't it always been?
I'm excited for this change! No more faking it with Afterlight.
Just updated the app and it does not work. Icon is not showing up.
I'm having the same ish. Boo!
Poor image squaring apps! Haha
Brace yourself: Vertical Videos are coming.
I like it, but I guess this will break so many sites that pull images from the API and present on a square grid. Also, probably isn't the best day at the office for instasize, squaready, cropic etc.
Not sure if I'm going to use it. I actually prefer the white space / letterboxing that's generated when using apps like square ready so don't think I will switch.
Ah I waiting for this for a long time
I don't think this is a bad things at all. In fact I think that Instagram is thinking about the people that uses others apps to post non-square format... and it's a great move.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but they kept only the square format in their camera shooter.
Never saw this coming. Fiance told me she saw a non square photo on instagram and I told her it was prob letter boxed with white. She bet me $20 I was wrong. Obviously, I lost $20.
I feel like the whole point of Instagram were the constraints. I believe it not only made for a better product, but made us better photographers.
To quote from Frank Chimero’s The Shape of Design:
Limitations and frameworks, however, need not be given to us only by someone else; they can also be a self-initiated set of rules that open the door to improvisation. Many of the greats have used limitations to encourage their work: Vivaldi wrote four violin concertos, one for each season. Shakespeare’s sonnets follow a specific rhyming scheme and are always fourteen lines. Picasso, during his Blue Period, painted only monochromatically. Limitations allow us to get to work without having to wait for a muse to show up. Instead, the process and the limitations suggest the first few steps; after that, the motion of making carries us forward.
This is a nice change, I like landscape photos much more than the instagram standard 1:1 aspect ratio. Actually I take almost all of my pictures in landscape and I have to crop them to fit instagrams aspect ratio. It's great that this is being natively supported without having to edit in a frame.
Against all our comments... I posted my first naturally landscape photo!
Hey! The web interface cropped my photo! https://instagram.com/spencer/
this makes me sad.
I don't particularly care, makes sense as the community scales, but nonetheless it was sort of cool that the limitation forced a certain amount of creativity and overall aesthetic that was unique to the product.