I am designing a web app UI (see screenshot below). It has a sidebar, then followed by a row of contacts, where the user can select a contact and make changes to the details and see data about the contact.
This is a banking CMS application. Contact list is accumulated based on opt-ins by customers through phone and email, hence there is no need for a profile picture or customization.
The contacts are used by the bank people to send alerts, info etc. They don't need to see a picture and right now there's no functionality to add profile picture for users, as mostly the list will be an ever changing and ever growing one.
The use case has no use for profile picture as the list of contacts is mainly random customers. Currently I am using name initials as in Google's Android phone contact list. But I still don't feel it's good. I also tried a default placeholder image but it looks boring. How can I make the list more interesting?
TIA for the community.