And now I present Initials Avatar
I double as the JIRA administrator at my job. So today a user ask me to switch their profile avatar back to the colored background with their initial. I searched for any clue on how to revert avatars in JIRA and found nothing. Then I had the bright idea that I would just change it at the database level, yeah that wasn’t a great idea either. At this point, I thought I would just tell them it is not possible but that would make me look like a chump.
So I went about looking for a solution on GitHub and found something that almost got me there. With a bit of code here and there, some pixie dust for good measure I came up with a very crude implementation of Initials Avatar. I was quickly able to generate a new “initials avatar” for the users and just distributed them to those who preferred the “initial avatars” over regular ones.
I was pretty happy, but I remembered how difficult it was to find a website that done this for me. So being a good web citizen I decided to create a website where anyone can come and create their own “initials avatar.”
So how do you do this? Well, pretty simply you head off to http://initials-avatar.com/ enter your initials, pick a background and, foreground color then some magic happens, and you get a new shiny avatar with your initials.
Here are some not so important things that might or might not interest you
- The initials are restricted to three characters. Any character after the first three initials will be ignored
- You can enter the hex code for your color omitting the hash symbol ‘#’ aka pound aka number
- If you’d like you can use RGB values. An example would be RGB(195,79,76)
- Then normal word colors can be entered, pink, blue, orange, etc.
To save the avatar right-click on it select the option “Save Image As.”Click the Save! button
With creating this website, I truly stood on the shoulders of giants. I built the site using Bootstrap, Sinatra, Heroku and source from GitHub.
It was a great learning experience and what was even more awesome was using some of the Ruby I have recently learned to get things up and running.
Enjoy and go ahead and create yourself a new avatar http://initials-avatar.com/.