Shutterthyme's Blog

September 7, 2009

Visual Cliché

Filed under: Introduction to Digital Art and Design — Mia @ 6:22 am

Water Droplet

ASSIGNMENT 6:  part 2

Webster’s online dictionary defines cliché as:

1 : a trite phrase or expression; also : the idea expressed by it
2 : a hackneyed theme, characterization, or situation
3 : something (as a menu item) that has become overly familiar or commonplace

Nearly twenty years ago when I used a stock photo, similar to this one, as the foundation for a “Quiet Inspirations” logo, the image was beautiful and fresh. I still think the image is beautiful but it is now common and overused.  When an image makes it into the PowerPoint backgrounds for the Microsoft Office’s everyday use, I consider it “hackneyed.”  The image of a water droplet splash, with it’s concentric circular ripples that reach beyond the focal point, is my example of of a visual cliché.

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