My Thoughts on Clip Art


Today, unfortunately, someone found my blog by searching “public speaking clip art.”

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My thoughts on clip art are very similar to my thoughts on using the “flames” transition in Keynote.  When I see clip art, my mind starts screaming, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!”

Externally, of course, I’m respectful, and I’ll still continue nodding at the presenter.  However, please make no mistake: I’ve definitely stopped paying attention to your presentation.  I am, at that very moment, thinking of ways to phrase the email I plan to send you, you Clip Art-using speaker you, at the end of your presentation.  The email would go a little something like this: “Did you seriously just use a clip art image of two hands shaking in front of a globe?  You should never deliver a presentation again.  Ever.”

Nancy Duarte is a little more delicate.  Read her blog post about clip art here.  It’s appropriately titled “Cliche of the Week: Clip Art.”

“Remember how stores used to sell CDs full of ‘15,000 pieces of clip art’? Well, there was a reason it only cost you twenty bucks” ~ Duarte (Source).

“Clip art achieved cliché status during the Clinton Administration. And most of your colleagues gave it up years ago” ~ Duarte (Source).


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