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Flickr Old Skool Badges

Flickr old skool badge examples

On January 30th, pre-acquisition members of Flickr received an email. For those of you who didn’t receive the message, it looked something like this. The gist of the message was that, on or before March 15th 2007, us “old skool” members would have to roll our original Flickr usernames (our email addresses) into new or existing Yahoo! accounts.

Stick Wit U

Now, I’m not going to get involved with the discussion about the merits of this decision, especially since I’m going to have to create a special Yahoo! account just for Flickr (personal preference, yes, but only because I only use my existing Yahoo! account for communication with a few specific offline organizations, and combining them with Flickr just doesn’t make sense), but I thought in the spirit of us old skool members sticking with Flickr for so long, through thick and thin, I’d whip up an easy way to display our “age” (perhaps you’d prefer “steadfastness”?). So, with one month to go until the deadline, here they are: Flickr Old Skool Badges.

Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges!

Each badge is a 48px x 48px transparent PNG, perfect for layering right on top of your existing Flickr profile image. Just right-click on the links below to save each image to your computer.

No usage restrictions, just credit me and link back here if you alter and redistribute them, and don’t redistribute the original versions (link directly to this entry).

Old Skool users rawk!


This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Thursday, February 15th, 2007.


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22 comments on “Flickr Old Skool Badges”

  1. Posted by Dave Child on Friday, February 16th, 2007.

    Heh, I like it.

  2. Posted by Matthew Anderson on Friday, February 16th, 2007.

    Thanks, Dan. Don’t mind if I do!

  3. Posted by Patrick Haney on Friday, February 16th, 2007.

    Rock on. I took the liberty of adjusting the image so the diagonal badge is at the bottom right and not the top left, since it works better with my “ph” star avatar. If anyone wants that PNG, let me know, and I’ll send it over (though it didn’t take too long to make).

    Kickin’ it old skool…

  4. Posted by luxuryluke on Friday, February 16th, 2007.

    Done, but old skool style, with emboss and drop shadow, to keep things ‘consistent’, knowhatimsayin’? I ain’t playin’!

    Here’s my PSD, too, from your auld schule source:

  5. Posted by Anton on Friday, February 16th, 2007.

    Man, I’ve had a Yahoo! account for years, so this was no big deal for me at all. I’d already done the switch back when they first did the deal. It’s so transparent, I fail to see how this is even an issue.

  6. Posted by Dan Rubin on Friday, February 16th, 2007.

    Always leave it to Anton to try and start a fight… dude, just because you can kick my ass, doesn’t mean you should ;)

    I’m not trying to make an issue out of the switch – I realize those of us who have any issue with the change are a small percentage of Flickr users, and I wouldn’t really have an issue if I didn’t already use my existing Yahoo! account for other things that have nothing to do with my online life. I actually have two existing accounts, mostly just to keep certain offline information separate, so this just means a 3rd Yahoo! account solely for Flickr.

    But back to the badges: Pat, nice addition, I’ll add it to the download links above if that’s ok with you. Luke, you’re so old skool! ;)

  7. Posted by Jeremy Hubert on Friday, February 16th, 2007.

    Man, I’m such a sheep.


  8. Posted by Matt Robin on Saturday, February 17th, 2007.


    Cheers Dan – I’ll use the Left Badge. As with Anton – I don’t see the really big deal about making the Login switch to Yahoo (piece of cake for me as I already have a Yahoo! e-mail ID for non-web design related regular mail anyway)…but, I’ll also use this badge because I think it’s right to acknowledge that I’m among the Old Skool crowd too.

  9. Posted by Marko on Saturday, February 17th, 2007.

    Neat , I’ll hook it up asap!

  10. Posted by josue salazar on Saturday, February 17th, 2007.

    I forgot to say I used this. thanks.

  11. Posted by Mark Couvillion on Sunday, February 18th, 2007.

    Thanks, Dan. A simple, yet effective way for us to exorcise exercise our elitist rights and show our superiority over those that came later.

    I’ve also followed Luke’s lead and put in some lush drop shadow.

  12. Posted by Jina Bolton on Monday, February 19th, 2007.

    I used to have an “old skool” account — but also merged it into my Yahoo account. Do I get to use one still? ;)

  13. Posted by Grant Neufeld on Tuesday, February 20th, 2007.

    Sigh. It’s a shame this badge will only be applicable until the middle of the month when assimilation into Yahoo becomes mandatory :-(

  14. Posted by Dan Rubin on Tuesday, February 20th, 2007.

    @Jina: Yeah, you can still use it, but you should change the font so it matches the Yahoo! logotype… ;)

  15. Posted by Jina Bolton on Thursday, February 22nd, 2007.

    PFFT! Like you’ll change yours when you get *forced* over. meh.

  16. Posted by Jina Bolton on Thursday, February 22nd, 2007.

    Hey, I just noticed you changed your site a little. “SXSW Web Awards Edition”. Nice. :P hehe

  17. Posted by Krystyn on Thursday, March 1st, 2007.

    I honestly don’t mind the assimilation so much, but could they make it easier to sign in? Geez. That process has so many screens, it may as well include a fingerprint scan and signature. ;)

  18. Posted by flicked off on Wednesday, March 21st, 2007.

    i’ve been with flickr since the start, and i just hate this yahoo account stuff. errggh. its just so pathetic , with no added value to the end user.

    bye bye flickr

    hello 23hq.com

  19. Posted by Christine on Wednesday, March 28th, 2007.

    I disagree with those that say there is “no value to tthe end user” as Flickr needed to do this to allow them to then offer things that they could not do before. They could have handled it all better, but they are admitting that themselves.

    That said, I’m totally stoked about adding “OldSkool” to my icon over there tonight.

  20. Posted by Eric Meyer on Monday, June 18th, 2007.

    What font did you use to create these? It’s so small that I wouldn’t be able to tell even if I were a typography nerd, and I’d like to know in case I need to create one with a custom orientation.

  21. Posted by Dan Rubin on Wednesday, June 20th, 2007.

    @Eric: It’s Myriad Pro, which looks great at 9px/10px if you use “Crisp” anti-aliasing in Photoshop (or if you set your text in Fireworks).

    I’ll send you the PSD so you can create your own versions :)

  22. Posted by Alisa on Friday, August 10th, 2007.

    Thank you so much! I’m Old Skool and I am proud!