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Facebook Timeline Changes Profile Image Size

Filed in: Design,Facebook

While I was on the Detailed Image Facebook page I noticed that our profile image was larger and it didn’t align with our cover image anymore. Yep, Facebook made a change to the profile image size and I confirmed the changes with a quick Google search when I found this post “Facebook Timeline Profile image size changes to 160x160px“.

This is the quote from Facebook:

On April 26, we will be updating the size of the profile picture on all Pages. We are letting you know about this small change in advance so that you can update your profile picture on April 26. The new profile picture will be 160 x 160 pixels and will sit at 23 pixels from the left and 210 pixels from the top of the Page.

Facebook’s timeline profile image has gone to a larger 160x160px from 125x125px. The change will have the biggest effect on those who designed their profile image to align with their cover photo, it can throw things off quite a bit. I took a before and after screen shot to show what the larger profile image did to our cover photo.

Facebook Profile Image Size Change

It’s not really evident at first but you can see part of our tag line was covered up by the larger profile image and the profile image background didn’t align with our cover photo any more. The change was a minor effect to us, but I’m sure there are some pages where the effects were much more dramatic.

If you’re looking for a Facebook profile image/cover photo design template the post to I linked to above has a downloadable version.

I fixed our profile image/cover photo already, but this is just one small example of the ever-changing web environment that we have to constantly keep up with and be flexible to adapt to. To add to this point we also recently found out that the API we were using for LockerPulse is going to be discontinue and Adam is already on top of that working on a solution. Pure Adapt being a small flexible company has surely become one of our top competitive advantages.

04/28/2012 Comments (0)

My Monthly Charity March 2012

Filed in: Charity,My Monthly Charity

Basket of Hope

The organization that I have selected this month is Basket of Hope. They are an organization that gives hope to children who have been diagnosed with cancer.

The Mission is to give the hope that comes from Jesus to newly diagnosed children and their families affected by cancer or other serious illnesses, primarily by the delivery of a Basket of Hope filled with inspirational materials to nourish them mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. – Basket of Hope Mission

Like the name says, they give hope through a basket full of inspirational stuff. Baskets include anything from toys, pre-loaded mp3 players, games, movies, and more to show those diagnosed with cancer that the community cares. The baskets are for the children, but parents would also receive a tote of Bibles, inspirational books, journals, and music for encouragement.

Basket of Hope sends out thousands of baskets throughout the country to children diagnosed with cancer every year.

Learn how you can give these kids hope during very tough times at basketofhope.org.


03/31/2012 Comments (0)

Pure Adapt Site – Responsive Design

Filed in: CSS3,Design,Web Design,Web Development

Responsive design is picking up steam and it makes a lot of sense to me. Responsive design is designing a website to be flexible and adjust to the many, many devices and screen resolutions that are out there nowadays. From a pure efficiency point of view you don’t have to design a mobile site or app on top of your normal site now. Instead you have a site designed to respond to the size of your screen with a user friendly experience, which is done with some new CSS3 techniques. Now think about going to your website from a 1080p monitor to your iPhone with a continued user friendly experience without the problems a static website may pose with the change in resolution.

Check out the two Pure Adapt website screen shots below for examples of the same site in two different resolutions:

1440×900

Pure Adapt Responsive Design 1440x900

960×640

Pure Adapt Responsive Design 960x640

You can also just visit PureAdapt.com and see it in action by simply visiting the site and resizing your browser to see the site change on the fly.

How is this done? I’ll go through some of the key components to designing a responsive website below:

  • Percentages – Using percentages is the key to making a responsive design, because it keeps elements flexible. For example setting the width of a div to 90%, the actual width is different when your window is 1440px wide compared to 960px. The same div would be 1296px on the 1440px window and 864px on the 960px window. As the window size decreases this div will also decrease in size.
  • Images – To make an image fluid all you have to do is set the max-width to 100%. This works in most modern browsers where it recognizes the original size of the image and it won’t oversize it and distort it. Older versions of Internet Explorer unfortunately do not support max-width. The style to make all html images fluid is pretty straight forward:

    img{
    max-width: 100%;
    }

    For more information on fluid images see Unstoppable Robot Ninja’s Fluid Images post

  • Float – Floats are important in a responsive design because as the screen size goes down you’ll need to stack your elements on top of one another to keep a user friendly flow. If you had a set of elements floated left it should stack in order of your html, but you’ll probably have to use CSS Media Queries (more info below) to adjust margins and padding.
  • Media Queries – This new CSS3 technique is extremely helpful in keeping a user friendly interface as you decrease in screen size. It offers the ability to make specific adjustments based on your screen size which makes it a very powerful technique. It’s like using if statements on your style sheet for screen sizes, like if less than 800px div id=”nav” is 150px instead of 200px. Here are a couple examples of media queries:

    @media screen and (max-width: 800px){ /* Screen sizes less than 800px */

    #nav{
    width:150px;
    }

    }

    @media screen and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 800px){ /* Screen sizes 801px – 1023px */

    #nav{
    width:200px;
    }

    }

Those are some of keys to creating a responsive design. To see responsive designs in action check out PureAdapt.com, SmashingMagazine.com, UnstoppableRobotNinja.com and Alistapart.com example site.

Now for more information on responsive design visit Smashing Magazine’s Responsive Web Design Guidelines and Tutorials and A list apart’s Responsive Web Design article.

03/20/2012 Comments (4)

My Monthly Charity February 2012

Filed in: Charity,My Monthly Charity

The organization that I’ve selected for this month is the Sister Maureen Joyce Center of Albany, which Pure Adapt will be volunteering to help move the soup kitchen in the old St. Patrick’s School to the it’s new location at the former St. George’s Church.

The new center is named after Sister Maureen Joyce who was a former executive director of diocesan Catholic Charities, who passed away last year.

“She was so dedicated to the poor and the people in need,” said Rev. John Bradley, the program coordinator and pastor at Blessed Sacrament parish, which will continue to run its food pantry at the uptown Central Avenue parish. – via Times Union

The new Joyce Center location will undergo a $400k renovation before it becomes the new location for the soup kitchen along with other services including clothing thrift shop, medical screening, legal advice and more.

Today the Pure Adapt team will be volunteering some time to assist in the move of the soup kitchen as part of our goal this year to give more back to the community and more.

For more information on how you help the Center City Soup Kitchen, call Blessed Sacrament Church at 482-3375 or email blessedsacalbany@aol.com.

02/28/2012 Comments (0)

Long Overdue Blog Post

Filed in: Business

I’ve been on a blogging hiatus for the past few months, but I’m back with a vengeance! Not really with a vengeance, but with a Pure Adapt recap of the past few months.

  • Let me open the recap to say 2011 was one hell of a year with highs of high and lows of low.
  • We had a record breaking holiday season and year. Check out Cyber Monday 2011 packages.
    Cyber Monday
  • We have a new and updated office with real desks.
    New Office
  • We finished our hiring process and welcomed Reece to the team starting in 2012.
  • We overcame adversity over and over again in 2011 and Adam sums it up nicely in this blog post. 2011 was a tough year with a partner leaving being the biggest obstacle, but we persevered to another great year.

Another exciting year is upon us and we look forward to continuing to grow Pure Adapt. We have lots in stored for 2012 and I look forward to writing My Monthly Charity posts again.

02/23/2012 Comments (0)

New Pure Adapt Site Design – HTML5

Filed in: Design,HTML5,Web Design

HTML5 Logo

In a previous post I wrote about the CSS3 we used in the new Pure Adapt site and now I want to post about new HTML5 elements we used.

The HTML5 elements that we used are relatively easy to understand since they were in a way already being used. For example instead of naming to containing div id=”footer” HTML5 now has a dedicated tag for the footer. Simple as that. Here are the new elements we used in the redesign.

<header> – For an introduction of a document or section, could include navigation

<nav> – For a section of navigation

<section> – For a section in a document. Such as chapters, headers, footers, or any other sections of the document

<footer> – For a footer of a document or section, could include the name of the author, the date of the document, contact information, or copyright information

Definitions via w3schools.com

The elements we used are pretty straight forward, but HTML5 has much more exciting new elements to offer like the <video> tag where a link to the source can add a video to your webpage without embedding video code. Now for more information on HTML5 please visit one of my go-to sites for development, w3schools.com.

I’ve talked about the CSS3 and HTML5 that we used in the redesign, but there’s one more post about the design of Pure Adapt site featuring responsive design techniques coming. New Pure Adapt Site Design – Responsive Design post is coming soon.

11/16/2011 Comments (1)

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