On my site, I have a list of thumbnails... uploaded from users. There's not guarantee that there will be a thumbnail, so I substitute a blank image if they don't.
See it in action here (in the right column)
You can see there are some items in the list with a blank thumbnail.
My question is, how would YOU handle this? I decided to make it blank, but can you think of a more aesthetically pleasing way to handle this?
Thanks in advance!
I'd use a fine grey x in the box, so it occupies the space, but makes clear no image is available, but a google image search for 'no image available' throws up some more good ideas, including the text "no image" in soft grey.
On social networking sites like Facebook, they put a silhouette image of a person if the user doesn't upload a picture. Perhaps you could do something similar ... some sort of generic image that either says or implies "ad." That would make things look more uniform.
I would make an image that says "no image" or something similiar. Like on the left where you have the no photo image.
Another alternative is to have the thumbnails aligned/floated to the right, so if there's no image, it doesn't give a void/jagged feel. However, if thumbnails are absolutely important to you, pushing it to the right will dilute the impact, so do consider.
If you were to use a generic image as a substitute, make sure it is not too 'loud' which might snatch the attention from the other real thumbnails.
Made an update! Thanks for all your suggestions! Take a look again and let me know what you think.