Temporal Orientation: Left-to-right as time progresses?
22 Jul 2010 - 1:23am
3 years ago
Calvin C. Chan
Recent UI update preview of Flickr's photo page shows that they will change the chronological order when navigating the photo thumbnails. In the new design, newest thumbnail is shown on the left, then older items are trailing on it's right side. Originally, left-to-right is aligned to older-to-newer.
My question is, which orientation of "time" is more natural to you? When navigating chronological items:
(a) should older items prepend to the left of the current item, or
(b) older items append to the right of the current item?
I blog about the Flickr update and some of my observations at http://www.calvin-c.com/blog/tag/time-axis.
To try the new UI preview on Flickr yourself:
enabling preview: login first then visit this link: http://www.flickr.com/photobetaoptin/
disabling preview: visit this link: http://www.flickr.com/photobetaoptout/