Google’s New Image Search

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Why it sucks.

You may have not known, but just recently Google launched a new format for their Image Search.

For those that can’t see it, here it is:

As of right now, it seems like it’s only available though the use of Google Chrome, because as of right now, Firefox produces the same old (better) results:

old results

I’ve come up with a list of 5 problems, and one positive part of this change.

1. The images are too close together

There’s nothing but some small white space to distinguish between each result.  Now, that’s fine for some images, but for others it can make it impossible to tell where one image starts, and another begins, and as the images get smaller, or larger, or more ununiform, the whole layout begins to look like utter crap.

2. Stop hiding vital information

I’m speaking specifically about the dimensions and the source of the image  (the image’s name is something I can honestly live without.)  But the dimensions and source are what makes each image worth important.  I like to know that when I find images from Wikipedia, they are

  1. relevant to what I’m searching for
  2. most likely fair use

Now, if you click the “Show Sizes” button on the left, it adds the dimensions to each image.  That helps distinguish between each image better then when it’s not there, (and should be the default view in my opinion),  but it doesn’t replace the wealth of information given the old way, the only way you see that is if you hover over the images


3. The Hover thing needs to go

I know it’s the only way to get the extra information about each picture, but its annoying and distracting times alot.  The delay is too long.  The extra step required to view the details of each image is annoying, but most importantly is this.  I am a keyboard user, meaning, I hardly ever use the mouse if I can help it.  I don’t like to move my hands from the keyboard, so I often have the mouse remain in one place for a long time.  This is a problem because as I search for images, the mouse is over an image, and it will enlarge it obstructing my viewing of the other images surrounding it.

It also messes up the practice of middle clicking on links to have them open in a new  tab.  I have to click twice now to open up the new images, or wait for the hover to load before clicking brings me to the images’ page.  This is no good, because I tend to open 6 or 7 links at a time to find the one I want, or to find multiple ones to get all at once.

4. Lazy Loading is not for lazy people

Lazy loading is the practice of loading images (or scripts, or functions or anything really), only when they are needed.  Lazy loading of images means that if the user can’t see the images, such as when it would require the user to scroll down the page, the images aren’t loaded.

It’s a (somewhat) useful trick to that webdevelopers use to speed up the loading process of webpages. The problem is, that Google encodes the images in Base64, meaning that there is no link to a file that needs to be downloaded, the browser just takes this incredible long line of gibberish:

data:image/jpg;base64,/9j/4AAQSkZJRgABAQAAAQABAAD/2wCEAAkGBhQSERQUEhQWFRUVFhUXFxQWFRQXFBcUFRQXFRQUFBcXHCYeFxkjGRUUHy8gJCcpLCwsFR4xNTAqNSYrLCkBCQoKDgwOGg8PGikcHBwpKSwsLCkpKSkpKSkpLCkpKSkpKSkpKSkpLCkpKSkpKSksLCwpKSwpKSwpLCksLCwsKf/AABEIALQBGAMBIgACEQEDEQH/xAAcAAABBQEBAQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAQIDBAUGBwj/xAA8EAABAwIDBQUGBQMEAwEAAAABAAIRAyEEBTESQVFhgQYTInGRBzJSobHBFCNC0fBiguEVQ3LxFiWyJP/EABkBAAMBAQEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABAgMEBf/EACMRAQEAAgICAQUBAQAAAAAAAAABAhEDIRIxBBMiMlFhQXH/2gAMAwEAAhEDEQA/APVJSpELRBUJEIBUiEIAQhCAEIQgBCEIAQiVgdpO2uHwbTtODqm6k0ja/uP6R5oNuVq7WAue4NaNS4gAdSuPzz2m0KUtojvnfEDFMddXdPVecZ/2wr4tw7x0Nk7NNtmDpvPMlYrqs2+U25eai5KmLp8f7Q8a+fzizasGsaxsDzgn5rEq53WJvVqujjUcZPG5KovDW6ukncLn0UBMmLz/ADgls9NPDZzWp3p1HU4+FzwbHgLcV1GT+1GvTJNZxqNkCHbF+IkAFpO4yb6jeuHYLmdDzvzUFd8G5t5zHD5R6J7LT6Dyftph8RTe9joNMS9jrOaL35ixuOCuZP2go4oE0Xh0at0cOZHDmvnNldzXFwJG0IPMKzg89q0nN2DskHwuFnNdycL384T8i0+lESuB7Je0+nWYxmK/Lq2aXx+W52gdP6J521uu8BVbSVCEIIIQhACEIQYQhJKCKhJKEAqEiVBnIKSUhKAdKJTUIByE2USgHSklIhAEoQhAEolC53tNn/4dpcOIHU3+e5FugzvaN2kNCl3dKps1H7hd8dPdHNeOVsRNyS5x568bp+eZw+rVeSbuJM8lnNp2kaRrwPArO5NJF9tM3OgO65+ajIIPLoJHBQtLhBDp9SpPxTibiPmCfsVG1aKyYOt7yLeV9YUobOkx0VjDYeY2gYOkceC0hl5aALAE+etr8VGWS5ixqeHLjrETrrH2SYnL5p7RHlxVju3bRBtEkzyN55X9FJiKkNg8/mB/2lsaZFL3b7k6ozaaeLRPopqlPcd/8+yYxhkcrf2m3ULTaNLGCxGyZF5b4gdCJ/deu+zPPHVaLqTr91BYd+w6fD/aRbkQNy8ep0QIO6DblvC6rsJm5w+LbtGGnwu4FrtD0MH1VS9lY9slCQFC1YlRKRCAWUJEIBUiJRKAEISSgwShR1Xti5CVLYTITUJkVKmyhAOQmyhAOSFIhAKEqahAKV577VWNbTpmTtOJAJPC8Rv16L0Feb+1vBuqPwuzOrm9XEX+gU5elY+3lWKZeeR+hVai6DvhdXm2Q7J8OgVChkxO5c9y03mO1Gk0a7UHyt0VllI8vMT6ELSodnLwQt7K8iaCJHDXnvCxvLI2nFazsjyhziHOAjjB+S2MwwUvAghpgSIsSLEcL2810GHwQAsFK/DcRPI2Pks7la3nHI5etkJ9+Jc0+MDVwGpHm0k9fSjnnZ7YAcPdgQ7dG7pHou0wk7RBB0sTvDT4eo2iD5BSVsGDTLCBAkAH4dw6adAp87DuEryU0Z8LhfcRoq5okfvv1t0W/nGTOpPJZpOm7oVTbhw7d/g/UBdOOW3JcdM8s37t4+foVboWc0i0f9/v6J+yG29OfI/uq1SsGtMDpy0McNyuVFj3zIsT3mHpP+JgPXf9FfWN2RcDg6JFwWNPWIPzBWwumOcqSUIQCyklCEASiUIQCOEqIYcbyVMhAQVMOI0Qp0IMqJSIQRUSkQgFlIhCAEIQgBCEIAWB2tpBzKcj3agIPk1xI8tPRb6wu1b4psHMnlYW+qm+jx9uLqsDnOBT8Nghcb1DTads8FfpUd4Xn8t7enxzqBuDuFaZS9E1okqWiJtvXM6GjRbABSPvdRvkRwUjQr2mhlPTio8TUIFk41Aq2JqWMX6oDCzasDO0PORp58W8xpuXL1GbLrTG7iDvaf5wK3MyndaDrq2d418MiRGhWTi8GeGv20/b/pbYVz5xnYynI5/Ig8DwPPesp9Yix3T6Gy2HsJGljPQ2v5H6rPxuFhugtv5cV0Y1zZR752Xpxg8OIj8pkjnsiT1MnqtRUckEYagDuo0vXu2yrkrqc5yE2USgHJCUkpJQDpRKbKEA6UFyahALKRCEA+USo9pIXoCVEqAVTNyE7vRxCQSyklRtqSnSmDpRKbKEA4uRKahALKxu1Q/JtqHD7rYXI+0XMXUqLNlpMu1HIaH1U5ejx9ueo1wHwRe91r4d+zsTofrC4ah2oJd4hH8ut+nnLSxhmQHjoCDf5rzeWV6fFlNabDaX51QC4Gg/tBhWqD9rZIHJYlfGGntVWm3eAk/0m104dpWC7XAGTIO9Y622tkdAx50I/ZSvbx0WE7tpTjSTyKip9tGzcR6lPSfKNmsOCj7mdVTbnzH3kfJWaeKa4WKFQx2WMM23cVzGY0NhxG4fLd6RPzXYU3LBzmhL3HlP+Pp6KsU8k6YTMEX+ENM7oBJv5df5KX/w2vWGy2Gje55sPSZXXZJhm0qe24eIi3Kd31WqMpfVpkvJazc1pix0kj6J/Vs9InFjfybWWVB3bWg3YxrT0aBPlZWlxfZTap4mpTJc5u6STAINp6LtF6HByeeO64fkcX08tQIQhbMCoSSiUAISIQCyhIhAKlTZQlacJ3YVbEUTbZjW88FalNcbhFIxtEbwnGiOCHndMFR90/4vkiCmU2BmisU3yqFdtS8OHorGEmL6oC1KJTZSpgspJTS9IagRsj5VLOsM2pQqtcAfA49QCQfOVYxNXZlLjGfkTvc1w9QVFynr9qkr59x+V1i438JnZMCTB3qu7Ka9NgdJvu5cYXdY/AgxBIjSFRxOHmG8d++Fy3LvUdmOHW6sdhcO+pSIqgwZAnQ2+iu43sc0xskj5rXySgAGtAgNstepQm41XJn73Hbjj9uq8ix+RVadSGv32046Qr+XUcWR4tg8PAZJ6GAu5zLImvMxJ/m9QYTL2ixLhyJKf1LrVR9LvcY2Cw+Id71FgjeDHyIWzgcA4GTblr81uUMEAE+tACmxU6Z77Kpi8E2prPTep6zlDRtKW1+4tvwUsaRoCB5TaVXrOr0HNa57n0z7pdu5FX8HVBEOMNFzxlGKqd4WmCQzQb3E6TyU6PE/KKIFZ9Q8B6x/krc/EBZuFpw1We75r1ODHxwjyvk5+fJf50s/iAk/EhQlg4qOVu59Lf4kI/EBVHOACQ1BuRsaXPxAR+ICph6BzQFzvwjvwqUJdkoC46qIQqRPFCnI4u94UMqXuoG1oTW4qJTpRPWcJBCTvCoRWkJpeiHUjgVJ3kBRuriFHReHCSYSt7Guk3fIOJVZ5TZVEsOrymtfdRC6A8hAWccbnyCuYpk0GLNxGI2jPJTVceHUwyLhY67i99PO69Use5p/SSI3WJH2VTC1TUrtgW38AB/lXO1mHIrO4Oh3qIPzlYGHxrqYIAkEgkiJt9fJYZTVdeOW5Ho+Dwxa0Hdx+qmNQjiubwHaYbAggmLDaAvznRWzmmKBBNNjmO02XEujnIH1XJXoz00KeN8Wy/15K13AMH5rMxWFeW7cQ4XjgN4VnLsWSLqSy/izia5YLXWVWxhO9XcaJWVValaUh4fKGv3qFoTtq3mnCvTWwFAFhneformHox4W3Op5DisPCvqkkNIDLecrp8JTDG8SdTvJ5rbiw8qw5eXwx/6s0qVhDEB9/d80oxcQAlGL1neu/bzdFfTBUBp3iE8u1un0HzabwnsaU61G19CoxqAFaxFMRG9Q4fDFol5E/ZGy0Ust5JoS7JmQPCbFTUsLG9OZDSNrFKyiJ1QcOReU+owuEhFo0b3YB1QpcHRkeIIS9mqVKoGl1nYvEGbARvCn20d0NmearKJlSU3WRtpKLSbBTjBP3hG9BBtJpRj6ndN23iAFHhz3nibcJeXY1dJA5OaCVLWwzmCSAJTqdHw7W0ByVbLQpYU7zCkdTA5pcPgnvEtKZVy2qJMTCjaiVSNmwTwQAZG5Z7g7mpq2FqxZjo10tCJO9Dbnu2OHEMeOBafqPuuVpUmxA1K7LP6Jdh38QJ9NflK85r4iqwyxpM6EXI4rLk6rfj7jscDljRRNhJB81vYKkQxvGNF5rl2a1iTZzRYeIG874C6Gg3ECC0tDpjZJ2ees8Fw5bleljcbi7PvxpbqqhoBrpboTccD+ywKmfVQB3lEvcdHUyCeHihX8BmJ0qMc0n9LtbqcqPTQqBUq1NXCbdFUruUVpFN1lHWfAQ98Ksw94+BpN/wBlUZ51uYK1OTwJXDZF7UamGxDmVx39DaIjR7BOrHbxyPyXcmzCORHyheCYy1R44ON+q6/jd7cXyf8AH1nkNXCYyi2thyHsdzu072uG48lo/wCj0vhC+a/Zh21dgMW0uJ7moQ2q3dsnR8cWzPlI3r3Xth2qqYZ1DuQxwqG5dPuxILY1XVbI5ZLXQf6VT+ELOqUKUkcFLk+YvrMLnQPJc/22x9ShSfVpRLRNxqo8v0enSUctpPAMSVZ/02mdWhc57Nc7fi8G2rUjaJMxpYwurVRKIYJmmyPRBwbPhHopUJ9BgZzhYeNkRI0VFjXAgH0W5mrgItuWa2q6BtASplNOhK0JVaWC59PdKfLdjS06popM5equYTLmVHt8UNaDLNxO5K8mJzGq4xY/SIhOObLaOVURu15rLxtKm18NAhT54bPxyVKuKDxDrjgjD4htP3QrAe34Qnd8z4An547HjkqYnHbcbSi2mc1qYXANquIiLSrv/jTeKrzx/SfGs1mfbDNlrVfbVc4Ak7tElfs03ZPiP8Ktsyaw8Zsotx30rVUHsuPMLe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into the above picture of immaculate Matt Damon, that whole process negates the purpose of lazy loading images.

Now, I do understand that this lazy loading of images is required to make the “infinite scroll” work, but, there are other ways you can do that, specifically, something along the lines of the way wallbase.net has their infinite scrolling set up.  You can scroll forever, and not have to wait for the images to load, and that’s the way it should be.

Right now if you scroll too fast you are treated with a gray box with the dimensions in the lower right while you wait for the images to load.  If you scroll too fast, you can miss the images entirely, not good.

I’m all for the infinite scrolling, provided it works well, right now it’s working subpar.

5. Return the grid structure.  It works.

The grid is nice, professional, streamlined, usefull, clean, simple, elegant, perfect.  Everything was the same regardless of the size of the image, and that made it easier on the eye to scan the page.  Right now everything looks cluttered, thrown together, and very amatureish.  It’s like they just output the results and didn’t care about the looks of it.

The only thing I absolutely love about the new layout is the way the images are shown when you click on them.  With a lightbox effect of the image overlain on the page, and clicking the X removes the frame and brings you to the context of the page.
(although, after 9 years I have grown used to the frame being horizontal as opposed to vertical, but that’s a change I can live with)

Funnily enough, 3 and a half years ago Google changed the Image search interface, and there was a similar uproar of dislike, and within a month, Google changed it back to the old way.

Hopefully, this new search will last less then half as long, because it is not user friendly at all.

One response to “Google’s New Image Search

  1. I used it today and I was VERY disappointed… layout was difficult to scan over quickly and the two clicks to open the image was extremely annoying… I also dislike the layover on the page the image is on. I really hope they change it back.

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