The photo section on my blog, the main page of which I have now named COLLECTION, initially only served as an overview of the available or already used hero images for the various pages of the blog, such as posts and others. In the meantime, detailed pages for the individual photos and a world map have been added, in order to follow the IndieWeb idea that I want to publish my photos on my own site with all the information first and then syndicate them on other platforms.
At some point I implemented three different view modes for the photos, more out of a desire to play around than out of necessity: Grid, List and lastly Masonry. Depending on the device class, one mode or the other has its advantages in terms of overview.
What was still missing, however, was the option to filter and/or sort the amount of photos according to their use, as over time there are more rather than fewer and it becomes increasingly difficult to find the image you are looking for. I had already placed 3 icon buttons at the top right-hand corner for the various view modes and was faced with the decision of how to implement further control elements such as drop-down lists or similar. But I didn’t want the interface to look like “Your Company’s App” at some point, plastered with controls that distract the eye from the photos. Ideas such as folding and unfolding control panels, i.e. hiding the functionality, were also out of the question at second glance. That would only have shifted the problem.