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Google+ Dimensions and Sizing Cheat Sheet

Every time a social network makes a change to their layout, design firms around the world groan about how they now have to redo a ton of different artwork. Social media is big business and companies will pay big bucks to look just right on their pages and profiles.

Google had a change of their own recently on Google+, including one major change to profile and page layouts that made the cover photo extremely large. This added a new wrinkle to the mix because now pages had different through which they had to operate. The whole cover image isn’t immediately visible when people visit the page, so there are different ways to make it work so that the messages in the cover image are portrayed properly.

This cheat sheet by Edge IT breaks down the changes for those wanting to do it themselves. It’s not complicated. It’s just annoying to have to do it so often. Can’t social networks come up with a universal sizing chart and stick with it?

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Comment by Louie Baur on April 1, 2013 at 12:29pm

@ Alexander. Yup infuriating is probably the best way to describe it.

Comment by Alexander Lau on April 1, 2013 at 12:25pm

Clunky...? more like infuriating. Especially, in the Automotive Retail world, where larger dealers have separate mailing addresses and locations for each roof. 

;-)

Comment by Louie Baur on April 1, 2013 at 12:23pm

@Rob I agree with you on that comment about bing that you typed at the bottom.

@ Alexander I love the tie in as well but it is a bit clunky to get set up especially when you have your places page with your reviews in one spot and your profile in another.

Comment by Alexander Lau on April 1, 2013 at 11:04am

Hi Rob, I presumed that Google does have the resources in place, that's the point. They just need to stop making it so painful to maintain, especially for agencies (single page owners, big deal easy to do one page). Yes, an update doesn't necessarily define that the original design was poorly executed, in fact I thought the original design was nicely done. Their changes have to be based upon usability best practices. I'm sure they've user-tested the interface through the roof (probably giving new meaning to A/B, Split and Multivariate methodology), they surely have the money to spend. Agreed - IMO, the fact that Google+'s functionality beats the h*ll out of the competitors will sadly do nothing for its popularity. I love the tie in with Google indexing, ownership of places / reviews, etc.

Comment by Rob Christianson on April 1, 2013 at 10:01am

It can be a headache, since you don't know ahead of time that it's going to happen, but big kudos to those who post templates and infographics like this for the rest of us! 

While it may be more of a social ghost-town (I'd argue that it's not Google's "facebook" anymore, it has a different kind of userbase) I think their UI and visual look is probably the most refined and best of any of the popular social networks.  @Alexander Google has droves of UI designers and architects (I met one at An Event Apart and she's excellent at her job), and a new improvement doesn't mean it was done wrong the first time. That's the evolving nature of the Internet, and Facebook and Twitter have made similar customizations during the past 6-12 months.

Look at Google+'s interface on the Web, on an iPad, on a smartphone - brand consistancy and amazing adaption. Too bad more people don't use it, since you automatically get an account as a Google user. (Same thing with Bing. An arguably better product with a nicer interface than the competition, but too late in the game to grab a big market share)

Comment by Alexander Lau on April 1, 2013 at 6:30am

BTW, I know the owner of Lunametrics, posted at the bottom of that infographic, a super-qualified group.

Comment by Alexander Lau on April 1, 2013 at 6:06am

Hours of work, down the drain. Client's DO NOT want to pay again and we suffer internally because of it. What a crock of crap @Google! Make up your freaking mind, get a usability / information architect to lead the design of the thing and stick with it. Sheeesh....

BTW, great article, gives me room to vent.

Comment by Louie Baur on April 1, 2013 at 6:04am

I hear ya Alexander!

Comment by Alexander Lau on April 1, 2013 at 6:03am

Great infographic.

However, I tell you, they are starting to p*ss me off with all these changes. We had our graphic designer create awesome collateral for a number of automotive retail clients. All of a sudden SNAP, a round avatar!? Dimensions for background images changed as well, such crap @Google. Keep it simple, why are you attempting to cut the corners off of avatars and grab a perfect circle!? Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb...

Comment by Louie Baur on March 31, 2013 at 9:44am

No problem Rick.

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