What Would Have Been the Grams
Instagram recently updated their app icon and interface. While I am very active for the trend of moving from skeuomorphism to flat design, I think Instagram could have at least tried to maintain its brand during this transformation rather than becoming a Photoshop gradient. 🙁
As of right now, I don’t have Instagram. I always liked the app, even back in 2012 when it wasn’t even available for the Android phone I had then. My designer classmates hated it for “encouraging mediocre photography” but I love the idea of photoblogging and Instagram made it that much easier. However I always found myself having trouble with updating regularly for my followers, most of whom were of my online community rather than offline friends, and updating was the only way I could stay in touch with them.
I haven’t used Instagram since last summer because capturing photos and prepping them regularly became too much trouble as my schedule became crazy in grad school. It was too hard to capture moments all the time while also trying to plan out enough time to actually live my life. I also noticed I was in an addiction to counting the number of likes as a method to seek approval for my photography. Though I do believe the power of social media is very important, maintaining my Instagram became more of a chore than anything.
Today I went through the photos on my phone taken since my last Instagram post. These are actually all the gram-mable ones I found, as I seemed to have taken hundreds of photos of my friends and I instead.
I guess the question now is, shall I return to Instagram this summer since my schedule has calmed? 😛