Social Media Design: Inspiring Flickr Cover Photos
Photographer, author, writer, and editor-in-chief at Best magazine, Olga Egoraeva shares her fashion photography in her profile on Flickr. Olga uses a relatively simple background for her banner but opted for the doubled profile photo, which is a Flickr feature that makes it easy to add to a profile image.
Travis Nep Smith
For his banner image, web designer Travis Nep Smith also selected the double-profile image from Flickr, but he used his cat instead of his own image. In general, it’s a good idea to use a profile photo that shows your face to make it easy to recognize you, and that you use the same or similar images across all your social sites.
However, Flickr is by far one of the least formal of the social media sites. If you’re using Flickr just to share a few photos with friends and you’re not concerned about building a big following or using the site to showcase your work to potential clients or employers, you can definitely get away with using a pet photo for your Flickr profile image — as Travis has done.
Lesa Snider is a photographer, creativeLIVE instructor, and author of Photoshop: The Missing Manual (O’Reilly). Lesa has lots of great images to share on Flickr.
Lesa (often called Photo Lesa) showcases her travel photos and takes advantage of the large amount of storage space available on Flickr.
Author David (Dave) LaFontaine combined three nature photos to create his banner image for Flickr.
Dave started using Flickr years ago, but like so many others, he’d drifted away from the photo-focused social media site until Flickr started offering 1TB of free storage space to each user. Dave takes advantage of Flickr’s ample storage to back up images as well as share large collections of images with friends.