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Why bother?

This is part of a new series of photo posts I’m launching today that will go through the next few weeks. Feel free to send these pictures/posts to your friends–let’s get people to think about getting started managing their money.

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(When I first announced the idea, Todd from wrote me and helped out with these images. If you have graphic-design needs, he was great to work with.)

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  1. You probably want to reconsider hosting that image on flickr, since it links back to your site instead of the image page on flickr (as required by Flickr’s Community Guidelines)

  2. Thanks, I didn’t notice that. It’s fixed now.

  3. I don’t know about everybody else, but I think it’s a little weird to have the text obscuring the person’s eyes like that. Was that a conscious decision?

  4. Yeah, I’m not that big of a fan of the text over the eyes either.

  5. Thanks, guys. Yes, it was a conscious decision. At first, I felt weird about it, too, so I actually brought it up with Todd (the designer). Here’s what he had to say:

    “My only thought is that while it may ostensibly make sense to want the images to feel warm, smooth, and inviting, the end result will be incongruous with the… messages. Take, for example, [an upcoming graphic], with a smooth image of a hottish sex kitten: if it looks inviting, the message is more likely to be taken sincerely, instead of ironically…

    Either way, I can make this change (hey, it’s not my site), but I think it’s a mistake to do so.”

    The writing over the eyes still makes me feel uncomfortable, but I think that’s exactly the point.

  6. I think it would look better without the glow around the words. Probably be a little easier to read, too (not that it’s hard).

  7. Hi folks, your friendly neighborhood designer here.


    So here’s the deal: real graphic designers don’t just do things for the heck of it. This wasn’t just some “I think this’ll look cool” idea I came up with to be someone’s idea of edgy; the typographic treatment serves a purpose. Judging from the general reaction, it’s impactful on some level.


    The messages are indeed *supposed* to be unsettling. It’ll become more clear as the series continues that the quotes from the persons depicted aren’t positive or motivational (and some are outright ridiculous), and I believe that’s the point Ramit’s trying to make here. Just as you wouldn’t want to be caught dead making some of the mistakes Ramit is pointing out in his series, these people are remaining somewhat anonymous by having their eyes obscured.


    (Geez, I know this crowd is young, but has no one here seen the cover of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap?)

  8. I would move the text down to not block her eyes. You can float the text above the mug.

    The young pretty girl (prettier if you can see her eyes) will get people to look at the picture. They won’t help but read the text then no matter where it’s placed.

  9. I don’t see what the fuss about this graphic is. It’s supposed to be one of those, “I’m a safe person, I’d never get herpes” kind of pictures.

    The location of the text means that when you look at the picture, you try to look at the person’s eyes and instead, you encounter text, which you read. Not a bad idea.

  10. Putting the black bar over the eyes on the DDDDC cover is a completely different effect than the one you are *trying* to do with the pic. As you said, professional designers don’t just do things for the heck of it, but sometimes they do.