Monday, July 15, 2013

Facebook and Google+: Sizing It Up!

I don't expect the good folks at Facebook and Google+ to start communicating, let alone coordinating ANYTHING, anytime soon.

They are responsible for every hair on my head that I've pulled out lately, namely for their ability to create “double work” when it comes to artwork for a personal profile, pages, or events.

So many sizes! Google+ sizes are longer than Facebook’s and not quite as tall.

Here’s an example from one of the shows on Groovy Reflections Radio. I created the Facebook event art first (714 X 264): 

Then I just elongated the artwork by adding some yellow on either side and sliced the bottom off a bit (this took me all of 5 minutes). Not the best solution but it works in a pinch (1200 X 300):

And here’s an example where I spent a bit more time trying to make it all fit, first Facebook (again, this is event art):

And here is the Google+ version. I find it a challenge to have less height to work with and had to slice some heads (poor Marcia Marcia)! The area for copy was a bit leaner too:

Could never remember the sizes I needed to work with I found myself looking up on the internet the correct sizes over and over. Finally wised up and created this handy little chart:

Feel free to print it the chart above and stick it on your refrigerator (just kidding). How ‘bout your bulletin board or maybe tape it to your desk instead?

Hope you find it helpful. I've found myself creating more and more cover arts and event art pieces so having this handy is a big help! It would be even better of course if Facebook and Google+ could choose some universal sizes. Ha! Not going to happen anytime soon (if ever).

Ah, yes, shapes of things. The Yardbirds sang about them back in the 60's (see below). Luckily, we're only dealing with rectangles here! If your social media efforts are too square, contact us via our websiteor say hello on TwitterFacebook, or Google+ 


Shannon Grissom said...

Very helpful! Thanks Gerry!

Gerry Wendel said...

You're welcome Shannon. Needed to sort it all out so I figured I'd pass the learning along!