I love Flickr!
Flickr: The social network that has shaped today's world of photography.
The social network that became the best place for image lovers on the internet.
A precious source for photos and visuals.
The home of museums and institutes that offered the world the best image archive on the internet.
I am a Pro Member of Flickr since 2005 and back in 2008 I even used the site as my website for some time.
So when Yahoo!, who owns Flickr, asked me to create a part of the new, revised edition of Flickr, I was more than excited. We previously collaborated on the London 2012 Yahoo! coverage so I knew they knew they were a pleasure to work with.
Flickr has decided to replace the default avatar used for new accounts. The old avatar (aka “Howdy”) is retiring, and will be replaced with more vibrant options. As part of the upgrade Flickr will be displaying avatars at larger sizes throughout the Flickr product.
The new avatars had to reflect several key aspects of the Flickr products and community:
• Flickr is photo / photography centric
• Colorful - include the use of our brand colors
• Individual / personal
Flickr avatars will continue to be shown as square images. They must work at across a range of sizes including those listed here: 48x48 px, 96x96 px (retina), 150x150 px, 300x300 px (retina).
Orientation & Background
"We love this!" the Yahoo! group told me about our last work for the Olympics. They wanted to find a way to keep the same visual language but scale it down to the size of an avatar.
I previously called this kind of illustration "Neo-Futurism" and sometimes "Neo-Cubism". The great school of Futurist "Aeropittura" and the later movements of M.A.C. (Movimento Arte Concreta) and other mid-century artistic idioms have influenced me. Credit is always due to my teachers Nino Di Salvarore, Carlo Nangeroni, Augusto Garau for having introduced me to Gestalt psychology and to the love of pure form and color. Garau's studies on "Continuum Cromaticum" and Rudolf Arnheim's ideas about color harmony are behind the color palettes and juxtapositions.
How It's Done
The most common question I receive is "how do you it?". I always include a line mentioning all software used in my work. But many people believe that there is some hidden magic software wand that has created these shapes. Sorry guys! No magic wand of any kind. Just many hours of work trying to choose the best forms. And of course many years of studies on Gestalt, Design and Color theory.
The Flickr Avatars