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Title in Primary Images Answered

Dear Instructables Authors,
Does anyone find the current trend of putting the title of an ible in the primary image as visually offending as I do? The format of the site puts the title right below the image in a concise and legible manner that doesn't interfere with the image of the project. Why clutter your image with unnecessary (often poorly chosen) typography? Please stop.
Sincerely,
Aesthetically Repulsed

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Kiteman

3 years ago

When the images get shared, such as by Twitter or Facebook, the text title is often not included, it's just the URL and the thumbnail, and the URL is frequently shortened.

Having the title in the image is thus more informative and visually attractive. The first time I did it, I got significantly more views, and when I asked some people who know these things, it was because my thumbnail was "blog friendly".

It works best, though, if you put a little thought into the image, and crop it to almost square, which means that the title never loses big chunks of its text.

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caitlinsdad

3 years ago

I am offended they did not use "Comic Sans" font.

It's a graphic design choice. I prefer the picture do the talking.

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M3G

3 years ago

It depends. When the text is discreet and doesn't seem out of place in the image I have no issues with it. However, when the text fills 2/3 of the image and doesn't fit with the image in terms of colour and font I find it a little distracting/tacky.

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makendo

3 years ago

I have mixed feelings about it. I've used text twice in mine, both when there was blank space that I felt needed filling but I couldn't find a good angle without it. Just like the photos themselves, it can be done well or poorly, and I have no real evidence that it makes projects more or less clickable.

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Downunder35m

3 years ago

Hmm, I'm not offended at...
Maybe because I use text in my images as well...
And I don't have a problem if someone adds text to an image, it can even help in case someone posts a copy elsewhere.