Flickr's calendar view is very very cool

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 29, 2004

Flickr's calendar view is very very cool. Seen any other neat ways to display photo albums?

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RachelJun 29, 2004 at 11:10AM

The archives used to be done this way a while ago over at Grey Expectations, but the calendar-style archives went away with the redesign.

Robert AndrewsJun 29, 2004 at 11:46AM

I wonder how I would go about doing that for a moblog using MovableType... (?)

JasonJun 29, 2004 at 11:58AM

I've had the archives for my wife's photo site done in a similar way for awhile: January 2004 Archive of Indirect Sunlight.

It's powered by Movable Type. If you want details on the "how", email me.

ramananJun 29, 2004 at 1:18PM

I've been doing the same sort of thing for part of my photoblog's archives. My friend uses a much nicer calendar display for his sites index. I think this a very common means of displaying archives for photoblogs in fact. The first site I saw this done at was brownglasses.org.

But to answer your question, no I haven't really soon another cool way to present photos. There's only so much you can do with a set of thumbnails that is functional.

MattJun 29, 2004 at 1:26PM

You can do it in MT with MTEmbedImage and some template hacking. Here's my ten years archive so far.

liaJun 29, 2004 at 1:33PM

If you want details on the "how", email me.

Even better, post your solution somewhere so more people can see it.

LaurieJun 29, 2004 at 3:51PM

I've used a similar archive display for the 4 years of my Daily Digital photos. It's powered by vim.

JustinJun 29, 2004 at 5:16PM

I think Sara Flemming @ soubriquet.net uses MT in her similar setup as well.

tomasJun 29, 2004 at 6:42PM

my archives are kind of an abstracted, upside-down, color-coded calendar.

tomJun 30, 2004 at 12:03AM

I first saw that at xaiohai, and although the rest of the site was uncompelling, it was pretty cool. Might be an interesting plugin for Textpattern

bryanboyerJun 30, 2004 at 2:04AM

My Casio EX-S3 has a calendar view which displays the thumbnail of the first photo from each day. Overall it's a great little card-sized camera.

tpJun 30, 2004 at 8:33AM

I set up a Flickr account, and quickly realized that they automatically downsize your photo
to a very small byte size. The quality of the image obviously downgraded below what you
get with an Imageshack upload, with their minimum upload of 850 kb.

If there's a way around that, please let me know.

StewartJun 30, 2004 at 9:24PM

Flickr makes 4 or 5 different sizes of each image (depending on the size of the original) and keeps the original around for future use. When look at the web page of a particular photo (e.g.), the button on the left labelled 'all sizes' will show these to you (only pro users have access to the originals).

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