ARGH: Pinterest gets its first makeover with new profile design

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Pinterest profiles have all received a fancy new redesign, but are dedicated fans and typography geeks happy with the new layout and slightly different use of fonts?

Today Pinterest has received its first big makeover since it became the number one online destination for pretty photos and holiday day-dreaming.

Earlier in the week Pinterest’s CEO and co-founder, Ben Silbermann, revealed there’d be a redesign coming to the platform soon when he spoke at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, but we weren’t expecting it quite so quickly.

Go and visit your Pinterest profile now (it is Friday after all) to see the new changes. They’re not that drastic, but your profile info and default photo are no longer at the side, they’re at the top of the page. This means there’s more focus on your content, especially the most recent photos you’ve been pinning, which you’ll see appear bigger than the rest.

We’re trying to embrace the new design here at Shiny Shiny, but as we’re such fans of Pinterest AND huge typography geeks we’re not quite sure how we feel about it all, especially the fact the board titles are now all in a rather formal serif font on the main profile page. Let’s all take deep breaths now. One. Two. Three.

There’s no indication whether there’ll be more changes over the next few weeks, but at the moment the profile pages and board pages look pretty different, so maybe boards will get a revamp soon too. Who knows.

UPDATED: We’ve had a few angry comments, so decided to add in a quick poll. Let us know what you think…


Becca Caddy

16 comments

  • I hate it too! Surprised me when I went back into my account and found everything looked different. I had stopped using it recently because I found Clipix.com. Clipix is similar but has other features that I found to be helpful like privacy options. I think that after this update im just going to give up using Pinterest all together and switch over to Clipix.

  • i absoulutly hate the new pinterest. it didnt need to be changed, the new design makes it harder to repin stuff. when i go to repin stuff it sends me all the way back to the top which is totally frustrating. I hope pinterest changes back or i might have to stop using it. it is terrible. the layout is blech. hideous. hope they make the decision to change back or they are going to lose a lot of members and activity.

  • I really really don’t like it! I’m comfortable with change, but not when it’s for the worse! It’s way too busy and cluttered looking. Confusing at first sight and makes me want to avoid it. Bring back the clarity! Please!

  • I really really don’t like it! I’m comfortable with change, but not when it’s for the worse! It’s way too busy and cluttered looking. Confusing at first sight and makes me want to avoid it. Bring back the clarity!

  • I SO agree with everyone, this is very frustrating, to see the quality of this site going down like that…I just wish the pinterest team will take our opinion into consideration…

  • Actually I am on Pinterest because it is NOT Facebook. – So … WHY make it look like? Hate the new design and what’s even worse: All the pins I created on my own are for the dustbin now. – This strange re-zing done by pinterest really spoils old pins. *baaaah* – Wonder whether it’s worth to create new ones … just for the next redesign??

  • The UI is too big and in my face. Terrible and unimaginative design. There’s no sense of practicality at all.

    Also, there’s a bug: the “Activity” section doesn’t show the pins where I last commented on.

  • AGREE with everyone. Whoever made this decision should be shot. seriously, its horrible. and ruins the visual appeal of the site that everyone was drawn to to begin with. BAD MOVE. They should offer a choice between the 2 formats and I guarantee most will choose the original lay out.

  • I just HATE it! Can’t believe it will stay like that, it just looks wrong. It didn’t need any makeover, I don’t see the point. I dislike it so much that I’m contemplating leaving it if it stays that way. Pinterest is NOT facebook, why are they trying to look like it??? Give me my original pinterest back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • the new board format stinks…its not supposed to look like a facebook album, but a pinboard!!the font used for boards must change ASAP

  • If it ain’t broke why fix it? I loved the visual purity of the original and now it looks a condensed version of the Facebook timeline. it now looks like a site under construction. Hate it.

  • HATE IT! It’s harder to see the overall theme of a board and if it is worth clicking on or not, since it just focuses on one large photo. Much harder to quickly scan through someones list of boards and actually tell what they are.

  • I just HATE it! Can’t believe it will stay like that, it just looks wrong. It didn’t need any makeover, I don’t see the point. I dislike it so much that I’m contemplating leaving it if it stays that way. Pinterest is NOT facebook, why are they trying to look like it??? Give me my original pinterest back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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