I use Unsplash a lot. I’m visiting the site every single day to scroll through and see what new photos creatives from all over the world have posted to be used for free by others. There’s just one little thing that bugs me: The way new photos are being placed on unsplash.com/new.
When a new photo is posted and selected for the “New”-section, it isn’t added at the top of the page. Instead, the photo is placed based on the time at which the image has been uploaded to the site. An example: Say you visit unsplash.com/new when there are three photos on the page: A, B and C (bottom to top). A new photo is added to the page, let’s call it D. D has been uploaded before B and C, therefore it is placed below the two. There now are four photos: A, D, B and C (still bottom to top). You visit the page again and see that photo C is still at the top, leading you to believe that no new photos have been added. In order to realize that D has been added, you have to either scroll through the page again or have some other indicator.
Even though I built my own indicator using the (awesome) API and Unsplash recently added a little orange dot under “New” in the navigation to let you know when new photos have been added, I’d still much prefer to see the placing itself change. So, if anyone from the Unsplash team reads this: Please give us A, B, C, D.
Unsplash has changed/“fixed” this sometime in March 2017. Photos are now ordered by the time they were added to the “New”-section.