Google Image Search Gets Textless, Infinitely Scrolling Redesign

Today, Google's launching what they're saying is the most radical redesign of Google Image Search since 2001. The new, Bing-esque results page is just pictures, naked of text, and they load dynamically so you can scroll for-ev-er.

TechCrunch says that clicking an image in the new design will bring up a bigger preview and information on the picture. Clicking again will load the site that contains the image in the background. So long, annoying Google Image Search frame on top of the original page!

Update: Google's blog has a post on the refresh, here's what they say is new:

* Dense tiled layout designed to make it easy to look at lots of images at once. We want to get the app out of the way so you can find what you're really looking for.
* Instant scrolling between pages, without letting you get lost in the images. You can now get up to 1,000 images, all in one scrolling page. And we'll show small, unobtrusive page numbers so you don't lose track of where you are.
* Larger thumbnail previews on the results page, designed for modern browsers and high-res screens.
* A hover pane that appears when you mouse over a given thumbnail image, giving you a larger preview, more info about the image and other image-specific features such as "Similar images."
* Once you click on an image, you're taken to a new landing page that displays a large image in context, with the website it's hosted on visible right behind it. Click anywhere outside the image, and you're right in the original page where you can learn more about the source and context.
* Optimized keyboard navigation for faster scrolling through many pages, taking advantage of standard web keyboard shortcuts such as Page Up / Page Down. It's all about getting you to the info you need quickly, so you can get on with actually building that treehouse or buying those flowers.

Google's also announcing Google Image Search Ads, which will let advertisers seed their own photos in GIS results. Thankfully, the new infinite scroll redesign should let you zip right past those. Look for the new design to pop up in your Google soon. [, Pic - Thanks Roman]