I am an image addict, I search and peruse and hunt all day long. It’s quite fun to see what all is out there on the internet, but at times it can be a bit disappointing. Here is one discovery I made not so long ago.
The Hannah Montana Best Of Both Worlds DVD Cover
Stock Photo of a Crowd.
Stock Photography is a great tool in the design world. It is wonderful to be able to quickly and inexpensively get an image of anything from anywhere at any time. If I’m sitting around in sunny California and building a snowboard website, I can click on over to a stock photo site and boom instant snowy imagery. It’s great.
But, as usual, a powerful tool means potential for misuse.
I think the defining line between good and bad uses of stock photography can be determined with a simple question: Am I using stock photography because it is giving me something I would otherwise not have access to (such as shots of climates that don’t exist around you) or am I using it because I am lazy and don’t want to put the time/effort into my design?
That’s all for the daily dose of design ethics, what do you all think?