The new Redbubble layout…. I like it. Being a business owner and having some experience with web design may give me a different perspective. It seems I’m the only one who does like the new layout. I think the reason most members don’t like it is because they see Redbubble as a forum. It’s all about the comments and replies on works. So any change which down-plays that element will be seen as a bad thing.
Don’t get me wrong, I think the community part of Redbubble is extremely important, so those criticisms are perfectly valid. But consider how you would improve the commercial appeal of the site for buyers who are not active members (and probably not interested in the chatting). What changes would you have made to make that side work better? If that is to be considered at all, something has to give. After all, there is only a certain amount of space on each page.