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Let's save the poor girl on the Basecamp splash page.

10 years ago from , Designer @ Artefact

This poor, poor girl had the unfortunate task of being the permanent "booth girl" attempting to attract new users to join the service. But it honestly looks like they hired a mall photographer to take a glamour shot. The shadows from poor lighting make her look old and unattractive, instead of youthful and inviting. You can tell she's a young vibrant person from her smile, but the photo screams "I was manipulated by a Photoshop LE user!" It's overly sharpened, overly saturated, and overly bad.

I think we should save her. Write to 37Signals and let them know that good photography is important. Yes, it's not as cheap as using your point and shoot with some desk lamps in the conference room, but to the people you are taking photos of and sharing with the world it's worth every penny.

We can't let them get away with this travesty of taste any longer! Save this girl!

2 comments

  • Joe TurnerJoe Turner, 10 years ago

    You mean Joy Burke?

    6 points
  • Tierney CyrenTierney Cyren, 10 years ago (edited 10 years ago )

    I agree that it comes across badly, but I think it is a bit rude to say it in the way you have (and I'm not trying to be rude or overly critical in saying this; I apologize if I come across that way). It's nothing to be ashamed of; I get what you were trying to do, but it just didn't come across in the way I think you intended it.

    On a serious note, in the future, when trying to get people to email a company, it's a lot easier to copy & paste a standard email than it is to write your own. More people will do it if you provide the email for them.

    2 points