Hyperarts.com has a fascinating post on the correct and incorrect ways to create those tempting (and possibly gorgeous) cover photos for the new Facebook timelines. Personally, I love my son’s choice (a simple photo he took of a book and an empty glass of wine on a dock somewhere in New England.
But as hyperarts points out, Facebook has some pretty strict guidelines on the use of these 851 x 315 pixel cover photos.
For example, you’re dissuaded from using the space for promotions, coupons and advertisements. And for Facebook, a photo is a photo. So don’t design something that is primarily text-based.
To read more about Facebook’s guidelines and to see examples that both break the rules and follow them, visit the hyperarts post.