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Whipping out a Nice Twitter Background Image

One of the tricks in designing a good Twitter background image is to make it relevant when being viewed in different monitor resolutions. The most common ones being 1024×768 and 1280×1024.

My designer, Rajesh, recently took the initiative to design a background for my twitter account @Kiruba . We keep doing this for our clients and he felt we should eat our own dog food. I totally agreed with him.

Let me share with you our experience whilst designing the background image. But first, take a look at how my new design looks in both the monitor resolutions.

The first is the 1280×1024 version.

Here’s what the same background image looks like in 1024×768.

If you notice, it looks fairly OK in both the resolutions. It didn’t come easy. It took many iterations from our designer to nail it right. The trick is to align the position of the pictures and the URLs in the right spot. Take a look at what the real background image looks like.

You’ll notice that my logo appears twice. That’s to make sure that the logo placement come out perfectly in both the resolutions. In the 1024×768 resolution, none of the URLs will appear. That’s OK. Its a compromise one has to make. But you’ll notice that they disappear cleanly without parts of it visible.

Here are a couple of good sites in case you want to try your hand at whipping out a good background image for your Twitter account.

13 Resources & Tutorials for a Perfect Twitter Background

Twitter Background Design How-To and Best Practices

Good luck and do share in the comments section if you have designed a background for your account. Also, point out your favorite twitter backgrounds.

P.S : One of my new year resolution is to blog regularly here. I’ve been very erratic last year. Glad I sneaked in a post. My resolution lives to fight another day!

Notes from TEDxChennai

Here’s the first in the series of small tidbits from my TEDxChennai experience.

The invitation to TEDindia at Mysore was a godsend. I got to witness for real what a world class conference is and how it should be organized. Their attention to detail was astonishing.

What Scored for TEDindia: There’s no doubt that TEDindia will rank amongst the best conferences I have attended in my life. The reason why I absolutely loved it is not just about outstanding speakers but has to do with outstanding participants. Almost every person who I had met has achieved something to be proud of or is a person very high up in the corporate rung. This was the biggest lesson we took from TEDindia and applied it to TEDxChennai. We started to focus heavily on selecting great people.

Losing My Appetite: I skipped both breakfast and lunch on the day. The exact thing not to do as an event organizer. This is a syndrome I’ve had for long. I lose my appetite completely hours before a talk. I survived the entire day on 3 cans of RedBull which I had asked my wife to buy.

The RedBull Guilt: The next day morning, my wife became emotional. She read in the news that a man had died because he had consumed 3 cans of RedBull to survive a night shift. He had died of heart attack induced by excess of stimulants. That man could very well have been me.. or so my wife thought and inflicted on herself the guilt.

The Toilet Time:
I also have a psychological habit. 20 minutes before my talk, I lock myself in the toilet, switch off my mobile, close my eyes, imagine the crowd in front of me and mentally run through the talk. I never prepare for my talk days in advance. It’s that 20 minutes.

Now, if I talk crap, you know where it comes from! 😉

Customized card for TEDxChennai

A great idea by Benny who initiated the idea of printing customized card for TEDxChennai. Felix did a great job of designing it. 300 cards were printed in a single day and Raja handed the cards over to me a few hours before I caught the train to Mysore.
Now, that’s what I call team work.

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