When Stock Photography Goes Bad

Virgin Money's online service login page is currently sporting what has to be the ugliest 'smiley person' stock photo that I've seen in a while:

Smiling person stock photo

Is that supposed to be a smile? Even the blending in with the background is extremely poorly done.

I like the fact that it's positioned above a security alert about protecting your information online — from the photo I'd guess that the recommendation is to write down your passwords on a notepad.

Posted on: April 1, 2007 | 3 Comments

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For an Australian Government website I am involved in designing the original designers used a stock image of Americans (did not look like Australians) as the front page graphic. We had to change it seeing it is Australian etc

lol, thanks for posting this

Oh my god, she looks so sour... lol :)

Maybe the webdesigner got some sweet loving for using the picture of the crazy girl... :)

That is rather dire. That looks like a 6-year-old child cut and paste job in Paint, and that's not even discussing the content of the image itself...

shudder

Well spotted.

That is quite incredibly shocking!

Hey, we all make mistakes, but that image has been up there for far too long…

Egads! ...and, oh no!
Looks like an ex-girlfriend of mine when she's trying to remember her passwords.
Thanks for supplying this chuckle into my day!
Ah, the over-dependence on the Magic Wand tool. I suppose you'd expect such a prominent site to have better standards than that. Quick! Someone whip-up a better one and send it with your resumé! HA!

Doug — nice one! If you ask me, she looks like someone playing Pictionary and having a hard time of it.

Gasp! - The horror!! And in this day and age!! What is the web coming to... ;-)

Wow, that is funny. I would have fired that designer in an instant ;)

It looks like she is grunting!

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