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I have a multi-row table view where an image represent the people who are associated with the row. Each row can have n number of people. How may I show a single thumbnail when members are more than one person?

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    Have you thought about using a grid of images within the thumbnail? How many members belong to an "image group"? A large part of this is context of the problem. Do you have to show a photo of an individual to convey the meaning of the group, or would some kind of icon designed to show a general attribute of the group suffice? – Andrew Jun 18 '14 at 18:38
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A stacked group with the face of the last submitter is what I would consider. With the ability to expand the stack and see all involved.

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  • I like this. The icon changes when new people join, so it's not just one person's photo the whole time. – Ken Mohnkern Jun 23 '14 at 18:31
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You can also create smaller thumbnails depending on the number of members. For instance if there are 2 people, you can generate two smaller thumbnails. Like this, you can generate a maximum of 4 thumbnails. If the number of people is greater than 4, you can show 3 image thumbnails and the 4th one can contain a number e.g +1, +2 to represent the additional members.

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  • Google Hangout chooses this way. With circles though. – Gildas Frémont Jun 23 '14 at 11:51
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If a (possibly sliding) image-row is not an option and you need to show all users you could consider a single morphing thumbnail showing all of them.

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(Better without causing people epileptic seizures)

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