Flickr, UX and Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons Search on Flickr Is AnnoyingYou'll notice I use a lot of images from Flickr - some mine, some others - but all are Creative Commons Licensed. I have a fair amount of images on Flickr, I pay for a pro account and have really no other issues with Flickr but one.

Every time I do a search for a Creative Commons Licensed image - really, the only ones that matter to me since I can use them legally, I have to do go through 5 steps every damned time.

(1) Do a search.

(2) Wait for results to start loading.

(3) Click Advanced Search.

(4) Select the Creative Commons search.

(5) Click 'Search'.

There's no way for me to set this as a default search type. It has been as annoying to do for as long as I can remember, through at least 3 evolutions of Flickr changing their user interface.

If there is one thing Flickr could do, it would be to fix it so that I didn't need all these steps to do what I want and, I might add, what I pay for. It's not that my $25 or so a year entitles me to controlling what Flickr does - but it really would be nice if they addressed this for those of us who contribute toward the Creative Commons and who use it on a regular basis.

C'mon, Flickr. This is really bad ux.

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Sheena Iyengar

In reality, many choices are between things that are not that much different. The value of choice depends on our ability to perceive differences between the options.

quoted in, The Choice Overload Problem, 18 Feb 2014.

Steve Jobs

A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. They don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions, without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better designs we will have

Wired, Feb 1996


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