The Avengers - heroic fantasy version
Artwork by theDURRRRIAN
Thumbnails are HUGELY IMPORTANT to the success of a video. YouTube’s algorithm considers how many people click on a video when it shows up as a related video or on the “What to Watch” page, and then how many people go on to watch the full video that is connected to it. A good thumbnail that conveys what your video is about and inspires a click is with every moment of design you can put into it.
Last year we released a detailed and complicated thumbnail design guide for YouTubers. Since then, A LOT HAS CHANGED, and it’s mostly for the better.
The best news is that YouTube has standardized all (we think) thumbnail displays (including mobile and post-video) to 16:9. So, hooray, now you only have to design your thumbnails in one aspect ratio! Some applications on Facebook still use 4:3, but it looks fine whether you optimize for that or not.
The biggest issue I have is with the time stamps not being standardized between desktop and mobile…they take up a ton of space and I find it annoying to design around. It’s nice that they’re there for users wanting to know what they’re getting into…I just wish it the desktop and mobile thumbnails displayed the same way.
The title overlay is a little annoying to design around (it only shows up in embeds, as far as I can tell (like here on Tumblr)) but it’s also very nice to have for users who want to know what the video is called and see more information without playing the video.
So I hope this guide is helpful and I just want to say thanks to YouTube for standardizing to 16:9…it’s gonna save SO MUCH HASSLE!
For all my thumbnail designing friends.
J. Michael Straczysnki has announced plans for a Babylon 5 feature film, which is expected to enter production in 2016.
Speaking at San Diego Comic Con last week, Straczsynki announced that he would soon be sitting down to write aBabylon 5 feature film, which is envisioned as a reboot of the iconic sci-fi series. JMS said that he plans to get the script locked down by the end of 2015 and the film would then enter production the following year in 2016. more
Though to be fair, without the original cast it would be really weird. But still…
I guess it’s official now.
I’ll be interested to see it but as I’ve said about many other things, why a reboot? Why not just have a new story in the same universe?
Mars. In true colour.
Just so you know, a lot of images of Mars which you’ll see have been manipulated. A lot of them have boosted contrast and saturation. So if you’ve ever wondered – images like this one are what Mars actually looks like.
Why does this not have more notes?!?
YOU ARE LITERALLY LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF A ROBOT ON ANOTHER FUCKING PLANET
If you don’t think that’s the tightest shit, you can get out of my face.
i wanted to reblog this so that everyone who sees it can realize just how amazing this is. you are looking at a photograph taken on an entirely different planet. an entire world that has been completely untouched by humanity until only recently. no human in the history of mankind has ever look at those rocks, the soil, the mountains, and the sky until now. and until we finally manage to set foot there for the very first time, no human has ever seen mars from this perspective with their own two eyes or feel the texture of the martian soil on the bottom of their boots. this was only possible by creating a robot, an actual robot, and shooting way out of the reaches of earth and with extremely careful calculations, have it safely land and deploy right where they want it. it’s a robot on another planet being controlled 225 million kilometers away, seeing and studying and sending information for us.
this is the sort of thing you would see in science fiction movies that are only a few decades old. what was only imagination and possibilities back then is now all in this photograph. im looking forward to see what happens in the coming decades
I’m so infatuated by this.
225 million kilometers away and we got it on film that blows my mind
This isn’t what the real Mars looks like, the real one’s in 3-D
Your assignment today is to just look at this for at least sixty seconds without a break.
British researchers have created the ‘new black’ of the science world - and it is being dubbed super black.
The material absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of light, a new world record, and is so dark the human eye struggles to discern its shape and dimension, giving the appearance of a black hole.
Named Vantablack, or super black, it also conducts heat seven and half times more effectively than copper, and is ten times stronger than steel.
It is created by Surrey NanoSystems using carbon nanotubes, which are 10,000 thinner than human hair and so miniscule that light cannot get in but can pass into the gaps in between.
i don’t like this
so where can I get a vantablack tshirt