Projects/Usability/HIG/Layout/Image

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Purpose

Images can convey meaning and emotion. Preserving these characteristics is the primary focus of this guideline.

Guidelines

  • Ensure images have the appropriate resolution for their containers. Try to not scale images up beyond their native resolution - the result will be fuzzy or pixelated.
  • Don't be afraid of larger image sizes. Images are most effective when they can be seen. Tiny images lose much of their meaning (unless they are specifically crafted for small sizes).
  • For example, consider a large contact photo (left) instead of a tiny thumbnail image (right). People recognize faces faster than names.

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  • Captions can be placed on the image (left) instead of outside of the image (right) allowing the image to be larger and the content to be more immersive.

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  • Use a semi-transparent background behind the caption text to preserve contrast for legibility.
  • Try to preserve the image aspect ratio. If preserving the aspect ratio is a challenge, consider cropping the image to fill the container instead.

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