• Rick KhannaRick Khanna, 5 years ago

    Circular avatars/profile pics. Designers love it because it looks modern but is so over used. And you actually see less of the image this way. Not the ideal way to crop photos.

    17 points
    • Andreas Ubbe Dall, 5 years ago

      Avatars don't need to be square to be recognizable though. While I agree that circular avatars may very well be overused, you also have to take into consideration how they play in to the overall design's aesthetic, and in a variety of cases circular avatars may be preferable to square.

      17 points
    • Carolann Merchant, 5 years ago

      I do see this being used as a crutch for modernity.

      I disagree that seeing more of the image would be a greater fulfillment of an avatar's purpose. I only want to see enough information in an avatar to tell me the identity of a person.

      The more room you have in an avatar, the more people might be encouraged to use pictures with too much information.

      6 points
    • Jason VanLueJason VanLue, 5 years ago

      I think there is more science behind this than you might initially think. Circular avatars actually are easier for the eyes/brain to process since we're used to seeing faces in a more circular format (vs rectangular).

      6 points
    • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, 5 years ago

      Consider that it is a way to make them visually distinct, in a world (wide web) where most things are square.

      1 point
    • Jake Lazaroff, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

      TECHNICALLY light exposed through a lens creates a circular image, and square or rectangular photos are the result of cropping :D

      …but yes, it's very trendy. Sorry about the pedantry xD

      3 points
    • Ryan Hicks, 5 years ago

      I prefer circles because it feels more friendly and when it deals with avatars that's a perfect situation for the use case IMO.

      0 points
    • barry saundersbarry saunders, 5 years ago

      You do see less of the image, but faces do tend to be circular, so you're just losing background.

      0 points