If you’ve been to google today, you got to see a hideous background image — pretty, but impossible to read the font. Want to replace with the default google page? Sorry you are out of luck — at least for today. However you can choose a plain white image from Editor’s picks which changes the background to plain ol’ white background — well sort of. The google logo will be white too.

On the lower left of the screen: Change background image
Click on Editor’s Picks

Click Select.

There ya go, better than nothing, I suppose.

I’m all for creativity and customization, but I already use a google theme and all of these images clash terribly! So, this one goes under BAD IDEAS in my book. Usability testing, peeps! Give users a way to opt out and/or reset to something more plain, especially since different users have different needs, including interpreting visual information.