by Lori Ann
Looking for photos to spice up your space, whether online or in your office or home? I’m a huge flickr fan, but sometimes I’m more interested in how the picture looks than what keywords were used to tag it. Thanks to several online search tools/web apps, you can search flickr photos... by color! I’ve given a brief review of 4 popular sites, below. Try them out and comment to let me know what you think!
Multicolr Search Lab - Idée Labs
(+) Lets you put in up to 10 colors, even choosing which colors to receive more weight. You can even tweak it so as to choose any colors you want.
(-) Only 120 colors show up to choose from (but see tweak above). Search results included “all rights reserved” photos.
My finds: Using this site, I entered Simple Makes' theme colors and found Graduation(angle), top, and Graduation(fan), left, both by tanakawho
Color Fields Colr Pickr
(+) Neat groups you can click on (scroll down on page) to search photos of just that set: the “Macro” and “Doors and Windows” Colr Pickrs are especially fun. Lots of colors to choose from.
(-) Only based on one color, brought up “all rights reserved” as well as private photos you can’t actually click on.
I found: In my 5 minutes of play, none of the photos I liked were Creative Commons Licensed.
Flickr Color Selector
(+) Color code options (so you can literally pick any color).
(-) Only allows you to select one color, brought up “all rights reserved” and “photo not available” photos.
I found: Nothing Creative Commons Licensed.
(+) Definitely the most fun app I found. You get to sketch a drawing, and it matches it with flickr photos!
(-) Sometimes (not always) I couldn’t tell what the results had in common with my sketch. Brings up a set number of images, with no apparent option to see more. Doesn’t allow for very precise color selection. Results included “all rights reserved” and “private” images.
I found: soloist, left, by emdot
What I’d still like to see:
Idée Labs’ Multicolr Search Lab is my definite favorite. Building on its functionality that allows me to enter in my color scheme
* a checkbox to limit my search to only Creative Commons Licensed work
* a searchbox to search only within my terms (for this post, I might want a picture of a computer with flickr on the screen... so I’d like to type in “flickr computer” and just find relevant photos
* a searchbox where I can enter my username and only search MY photos
Lastly, an unimportant note for flickr tool designers:
* it’s really unnecessary to leave out vowels in the name of your webapp just because Flickr does so... just my opinion... :-)
Are these tools practical, or just for fun? How can or do you use them to simplify home, or blog, design?
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