I'd like to find a way to create recognizable avatars automatically. We are working on a cloud application and for one segment of our target audience it's very likely that people will upload images/avatars to their profiles (eg. media and model agencies…) but in many other segments they won't (eg. IT management, investment companies…). The application is created for small and medium business teams (up to ~80 people).
The way these avatars will be generated should be very simple (preferably one click, regenerate with another). Colors (maybe even form) should be recognizable and distinguishable.
The reason: second segment is dealing with sensitive data and users - I think that here pattern recognition (via recognizable avatars) is important and would be helpful. These users are dealing with creating policies and managing rights thus a failure might have serious consequences.
Do you know good examples for auto-generated avatars? (LayerVault is good, but I think the generated pattern is too complex)
ps. LayerVault avatar generator: http://blog.chrsl.net/post/33418067409/layervault-lets-users-generate-avatars-from-a