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A Simple Solution to Adjust the Profile Photo

one of our client came to us with a problem — “how to adjust the profile photo to avoid the virtual beheading”.

Recently, one of our client came to us with a problem. Their problem was not uncommon, in fact, many major online apps like Facebook too has this issue — “how to adjust the profile photo to avoid the virtual beheading”.

Suppose you have a mobile app or a website, where the user can upload their profile pic. Here, you can control the size of the photo which is to be uploaded but nobody can control how the photo will be. It can be vertical, it can be horizontal and so on…

So adjusting the uploaded photo as a perfect avatar image is a challenge. Take a look at this example –


Here, on the left size is the photo which user is uploading and on the right size is the circular shaped subject in which that image will be placed by software and shall act as an avatar image.

So if the algorithm of the app keeps the actual photo size; or even adjusts the width as per the subject’s width the end result looks out of shape. Nobody would like an avatar profile with cropped face.

And since you can’t control the type of photo a user would upload, there cannot be a foolproof solution to this issue, but with a simple adjustment, it can be handled to some extent.

Here is how —

When a user uploads a photo as a profile image, do this —

  1. reduce or increase the width of the photo to match the width of the crop area (space where the profileimage would fit). This space can be rectangle, square or circle.
  2. Adjust the height of the photo in proportion to the width.
  3. Now align the profile pic “Vertical / Top” to the crop area.
  4. Put the profile photo inside the crop area.
  5. Here you go!

A friend asked me, what if the user is on her hands with legs up? or what if he is lying on a sofa?

Well, in this case, the coders would have to develop an AI to detect the face and adjust the photo accordingly. 🙂
But in most cases, people generally upload selfies and photos with a straight face, so this simple hack would solve the puzzle in 90% cases.

Pankaj is CEO and Chief Visualiser of Chhavi. He loves film making & traveling and wasting time on Twitter 🙂 .

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Thee B-O-O-M Methodology of Great Teamwork

For any small or big organisation harmony among the team members counts as an absolute necessity.  And, it is equally essential for any individual who is seeking a job to have a good team-working skill.

Teams working in harmony and in sync generate more productivity and drive real valuable results. It is not a rocket science to achieve a great teamwork. It can be achieved following a simple B-O-O-M methodology.

So what is B-O-O-M?

Pankaj is CEO and Chief Visualiser of Chhavi. He loves film making & traveling and wasting time on Twitter 🙂 .

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The UX Ideation: What, Why & How

Every great product and service starts with a simple idea. And many a time such ideas go un-noticed.

Newton might have missed forming the theory of gravity had he let the fall of Apple go un-noticed. The awesome iPad Pro could not have designed and brought to life without the ideation for user interaction and acceptability test of smaller touch devices.

Pankaj is CEO and Chief Visualiser of Chhavi. He loves film making & traveling and wasting time on Twitter 🙂 .

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The ABC Factors that Helps a Startup Grow into a Successful Business

Riding on an UBER, I thought for a second – what a great idea it was – Being an aggregator of taxis. An idea that worked because it was unique, well timed, had potential, had backing of somebody with never say die attitude, vision, customer service and of course a pinch of luck.

Making it short, I think, there could be these three ABC factors that may help a startup grow into a successful business – Attitude, Belief & Care.

Pankaj is CEO and Chief Visualiser of Chhavi. He loves film making & traveling and wasting time on Twitter 🙂 .

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How Twitter Solved The “Don’t Make Me Think” Issue

Those who uses the Twitter on the go may disagree (and they would have their own good reasons) but for the starters, Twitter is not an easy social network to interact with. Of course, when you sign up for the first time, Twitter does recommend some good handles to follow based on the categories you like most. But even then one may not find it too helpful to keep the interest on.

Pankaj is CEO and Chief Visualiser of Chhavi. He loves film making & traveling and wasting time on Twitter 🙂 .

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Analysis of Website (Digital Campaign) of President Hopefuls of USA

I always had keen interest in analyzing & learn from the digital campaigns of President Hopefuls of America. These campaigns are well conceptualized, choreographed and implemented and if you have a flare in UX and UI designs, these websites give you an ample scope to study and learn.

This year there are 4 candidates for presidency so far, out of which 3 have their website ready.

Here is my first “to start with” review of website homepage of president hopefuls.

Pankaj is CEO and Chief Visualiser of Chhavi. He loves film making & traveling and wasting time on Twitter 🙂 .

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7 Creative Restroom Signage I Found on Pinterest

Pinterest is always been one of my source of inspiration. I use this visual discovery tool to search for creative designs, photography tips & ideas and a lot more.

 

Most of the time I do subject oriented searches on Pinterest. So this time, when I was looking how malls across the globe usage different signage, I found some cool “Restroom Signage” designs. Following are the 7 most creative restroom designs I found.

 

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(I must confess there are even more creative restroom signage, but I couldn’t post here. But who stops one logging on Pinterest? 🙂

Pankaj is CEO and Chief Visualiser of Chhavi. He loves film making & traveling and wasting time on Twitter 🙂 .

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6 Easy to Practice Productivity Boosters

Productivity is a key differentiator between those who succeed in their chosen field and those who do not.

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Productivity is a key differentiator between achieving more in less time and doing less in crucial time.

Following are the 6 easy to practice productivity boosters that i have experienced myself, put in the practice and benefitted.

Pankaj is CEO and Chief Visualiser of Chhavi. He loves film making & traveling and wasting time on Twitter 🙂 .

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5 Reasons why “Full of Surprises” print campaign doesn’t appeal (to me)

Chhattisgarh, a small state carved out of Madhya Pradesh (India) is full of surprises indeed. It is land full of flora and fiona. Yet the new print campaign of Chhattisgarh Tourism doesn’t do the justice to it.

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There are at least five reasons why it did not appeal to me.

Pankaj is CEO and Chief Visualiser of Chhavi. He loves film making & traveling and wasting time on Twitter 🙂 .

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