April 22, 2005
Screen Beans
Posted by Gordon Smith

Sinking Someone must still use Screen Beans because they have a functioning commercial website, but their career seems to me to have taken a big dive since the mid-1990s. When was the last time you saw someone use Screen Beans in a PowerPoint presentation? For me it has been ages.

When I first encountered Screen Beans, I thought they offered a nice solution to the problem of representing people in PowerPoint slides. I still think they are much more interesting than most clipart. They are nothing more than elaborate stick figures, but their simplicity was the key to their usefulness. Truth be told, I miss these guys.

So I would be interested in hearing from others ... are Screen Beans still popular in circles outside mine? If not, what happened? For me their decline seemed to correspond with their creators' efforts to make money. When they were free, Screen Beans were all over the place. Once we had to pay, well, perhaps we could get by without them. Or perhaps people just tired of them.

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