I think that the smaller the screen, the worse it looks. On a large screen you see the video plus a significant amount of the teacher's profile, but on a smaller screen you just see a couple of lines which does look odd. I haven't tried it on a mobile.
I get why they're doing this; I suspect that the video is a vitally important selling point for a teacher and I certainly wouldn't book a lesson from a teacher who didn't have one. But that said... I wouldn't bother watching their video unless I liked the rest of their profile either. Good writing is as important to me as speaking. To me, then, this puts the cart before the horse.
I don't think it's an improvement. Quite the reverse, in fact... but not enough of a reverse for me to be overly worried about it.
I don't think so.
For me watching at a video-profile first when I'm looking for a teacher is essential and the most significant thing I do. After watching at them and listening to them for about 5 seconds I know/feel whethet they are suitable for me or not. However, sometimes I don't follow this my 'hunch' and try to take a trial lesson because of their interesting background in their profiles.
I agree. I access italki from my phone and... that look isn't something I can enjoy.
Former layout was much better.