Google is allowing searchers to go back to the classic Google Image search design. In July, Google revamped their Image Search design, which provided a “tiled” layout, infinite scroll, larger thumbnail images and a hover preview that offers more information about the image.
To revert back to the old design, conduct any search on Google Images and then scroll to the bottom of the search results and then click the “Switch to basic version” link at the bottom of the page. You can see the old “basic version” for a query of [flowers] if you like and then switch back to the “standard version.”
Here is a picture of where you can find the link:
Marissa Mayer was the Googler responsible for launching this new design. She was recently promoted to a new position in the company, no longer managing web search but now on the local search side. She was responsible for the new image search redesign, Google Instant, Google News design, Google Fade In, Google’s previous web search design, universal search and more.
I should note that Google News design is reverting back to the old design slowly. The fade in feature is now gone, and so is the web search update – both replaced by Google Instant.
Update: It turns out this was here from day one. You can find a post from Websonic.nl with a screen shot of this.