iStock Launches New Site, Upgrading Search Interface

Linc Wonham
by Linc Wonham 11 Aug, 2010

iStockphoto has redesigned its website and is developing more customer-focused features for users of the world's most popular stock photo marketplace. To help promote the launch, iStock is offering members that use the coupon code iLOVEF5 25 percent off all credit-pack purchases through Aug. 15.

The new site is designed to better serve three audience types - those who shop for files, those who contribute their own work and those who require more information about the service. The "Shop" portion has been reorganized by file type with separate landing pages for photography, illustrations, video, audio and Flash files. With a new search interface in the works, the redesigned site is already considered by many to provide the most accurate search in the business.

The "Participate" section of the new site includes iStock Forums, Design Spotlight, Steel Cage and Article pages from the previous site, as well as a newly created area called the Contributor Lounge where iStock artists can get up-to-date news, keep up with trends and stats and access resources including training manuals and software downloads. The "Help" section contains a library of articles and FAQs for designers and customers, as well as information on how to get additional customer support.