The Art of Zoom Call Background Design

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As we all know, the world of remote work has brought about a whole new level of scrutiny when it comes to our Zoom call backgrounds. Gone are the days of simply having a plain wall behind us. Now, we must carefully curate our backgrounds to convey a sense of professionalism and style. But sometimes with some creative thinking it can be downright funny.

Professional Zoom backgrounds

First, there's the classic "bookshelf" background. This is a staple among the Zoom call crowd and is a surefire way to convey that you are both well-read and organized. However, let's not forget the perils of having a bookshelf background. One mischievous cat or curious toddler can send books tumbling down in the middle of a call. And don't forget to place your books so you don't have a racy Fabio novel behind your head. Talk about awkward.

Next, we have the "artsy" background. This is where you showcase your favorite piece of art or photograph. This can be a great way to show off your personal style, but it also opens the door for some hilarious mishaps. Imagine trying to have a serious business discussion while an oversized portrait of your cat wearing a party hat stares back at your colleagues.

Then, there's the "green screen" option. This is where you can drop in any background you want, from a beach scene to outer space. However, it's not without its issues. One wrong move and you might find yourself accidentally transported to your college frat party during a call with your boss.

Finally, there's the "home office" background. This is where you showcase your professional setup, complete with a desk, computer, and office chair. But let's be real, not everyone has a dedicated home office. Some of us have to make do with a kitchen table or a corner of the living room. And that's okay! But it can lead to some unexpected appearances on your call. Like the time your spouse walked through the background wearing a unicorn onesie during a call with your boss. 🦄

Funny Zoom backgrounds

Let's think about some funny or pop culture options, rapid fire ... let's go! 

  1. "The Simpsons living room" - set the iconic living room of the Simpsons as your background, and feel like you're a part of the cartoon family.
  2. "The Office" - set the background of the Dunder Mifflin office, and feel like you're a part of the beloved TV show.
  3. "Game of Thrones" - set a background of the Iron Throne room or Winterfell, and feel like a ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.
  4. "Stranger Things" - set a background of the Byers' living room or the upside-down, and feel like you're a part of the hit Netflix series.
  5. "Harry Potter" - set a background of Hogwarts or the Great Hall, and feel like you're a wizard attending classes at the famous wizarding school.
  6. "The Simpsons" - set a background of Springfield, and be a part of the iconic town of the Simpsons.
  7. "Friends" - set a background of Central Perk, and feel like a part of the beloved TV show.
  8. "Star Wars" - set a background of the Death Star or the Millennium Falcon, and feel like you're in a galaxy far, far away.
  9. "The Big Bang Theory" - set a background of the guys' apartment, and feel like a part of the nerdy group of friends.
  10. "The Marvel Cinematic Universe" - set a background of Stark Tower or the Avengers' headquarters, and feel like you're a part of the team of superheroes.

While Zoom call backgrounds may seem like a minor detail, they can have a big impact on your professional image. But let's not take ourselves too seriously. It's okay to have a little fun and let your personality shine through. After all, a little laughter can go a long way in this remote-work world.

Mr. Goblin


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