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Psalm 23 of the Designer on a Budget

March 2, 2011

Rain clouds coming in, 4:30 2/19/11

istockphoto is my shepherd; I shall not want.
It maketh me lie down in vibrant green pastures with skies blue as turquoise and white wispy clouds
It leadeth me beside waters so still you can see pink and gold reflections of city skylines in them
It restoreth my soul with deeply saturated colors
It leads me in paths covered in artfully arranged autumn leaves
for the sake of good design.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of copyright infringement,
I will fear no evil,
for you have allowed me to make purchases of images at a reasonable price
your choice of formats and your smiling multicultural staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me overflowing with sharply focused healthy food
in the presence of my enemies whom I know by their exaggerated facial expressions
you anoint my head with oil or maybe with attractively placed sweat beads
my cup overflows and glistens with condensation.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the perfect, clean, shiny world of istockphoto

  1. March 2, 2011 12:06

    Ha! I love iStockPhoto too and use it all the time for work. It was really great until I saw that one of our vendor companies pulled an image we used for a campaign they implemented and then used the image on their own website. That was just annoying.

    • March 3, 2011 07:05

      I love it too, but it is such an idealized world. It really struck me what a weird world istockphoto is one day when I was looking for pictures of senior citizens. All the people there were gently wrinkled and smiling, with perfect teeth and no glasses. I though “Wow, these aren’t the senior citizens I know!”

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