Shinka Design

A UI critique of PurePhoto 6/14/11

A new photo-sharing website has come onto the scene recently. PurePhoto exists in response to the growing perception of existing photo-sharing website Flickr is being filled with snapshots and family vacation photos. PurePhoto wants to focus more on professional photography and on networking photographers directly with collectors. Given my continuing interest in good photography, I decided to sign up and see what PurePhoto is all about.

After signing up, the first things I noticed were some UI problems that were getting in the way of me enjoying the site to the fullest. Right now, there are some fantastic photographers on the site, and I wanted to explore their content as well as share my own, but these little annoyances were detracting from my enjoyment.

PurePhoto certainly doesn’t have the large development team or years of experience that Flickr has, especially now that Flickr is operated by Yahoo!, but some of these UI problems are pretty basic and I wanted to address them here. Just to clarify, I think the PurePhoto team has done great job so far, the following are just suggestions on how to improve the experience of vistors and users of the site.

The Decisive Moment 3/30/11

I have entered an image into a contest to win a Fuji X100. I finally decided on this image, but there were so many to choose from. The theme of the contest was ‘The Decisive Moment’. Taking a picture at the right moment that everything comes together. I have several images that do that for me, so I ultimately had to choose. And I chose this one. The contest is hosted by Otto Schulze who I have to thank for the opportunity to win such a generous prize. Good luck to everyone who enters.

New website: Susan Grace 12/8/10

Still here 11/9/10

It’s been awhile since I’ve created an entry. So long, in fact, that a potential client was unsure if I was still building websites.

Sony updates PS3 software Apple updates Apple TV 11/1/09

I’ve recently updated both the software for my Playstation 3 as well as my Apple TV, both making various changes to user interaction. One for the worse and one for the better.

Another redesign 9/1/09

Due to the inherent difficulty of being your own worst critic, yet another new design has popped up up.

Citroën Hypnos 5/10/09

New concept by Citroën using hybrid diesel technology to get 52mpg in a car the size of an SUV or minivan.

New Design…again 4/20/09

Moon 4/10/09

The Hot Shoe Diaries 3/28/09