I've noticed lately that some of the websites I visit regularly are adopting a new and bizarre trend in Web Design: "the dotted pictures". Not sure what to call it. It looks as if a pattern of regularly-spaced dots was deliberately layered on top of all thumbnails, or sometimes it's a light grid pattern instead of dots, but the end look is similar. It looks like a dithered picture somewhat.
I personally find the effect terrible and at first I thought my browser image rendering was at fault, but I tried 3 different browsers and I can still see the pattern. Looks like it was intended.
Actually, one of the websites that used to do that went back to regular pictures. It was a newspaper website and I suspect they got a bunch of calls asking why their pics were all messed up and reversed the decision after a few months.
Has anyone heard or seen this before?
Example link: http://www.linkedin.com/today/se/editorspicks