Nine business clip art fails

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10 Responses to Nine business clip art fails

  1. TC/Writer Underground January 30, 2013 at 4:24 am #

    I’m shocked you left out perhaps the most iconic bad marketing stock photo of all time. The dartboard/bullseye photo signifying “On Target” marketing/advertising/whatever.

    A staple of talent-free marketers worldwide, it’s a true classic.

    • Matthew Stibbe January 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

      Definitely. I’ve lost track of the number of bullseyes I’ve seen. I’ve probably used a few too.

  2. Allister Frost January 30, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Glorious! Nothing tells a customer or prospect “We love you” better than naff clipart and photography.

  3. Martin Tolley January 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    In education we have the original, good idea “light bulb” eeeeek. And if I never see a shiny wooden table surrounded by a balanced gender and ethnic mix of (just too old and too smart to be) students showing off their dental work, it’ll be too soon by far

    • Matthew Stibbe January 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

      The light bulb in all its variations is a classic. I can’t believe I forgot it.

  4. Sebastián January 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    We’re all laughing here in Buenos Aires. In fact, we did use one of the pictures -the lady & the graph- for one of our clients.
    Very funny.

    • Matthew Stibbe January 31, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

      It’s embarassing to admit, but I’ve used all these images at some point or other.

  5. Heide Frank January 31, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    Matthew
    Thanks for this. You’ve made my day:))

  6. John February 1, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    No ladders? No ‘climbing to success’? What is the world coming to?!

    :-)

  7. Julien February 5, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    I love the road signs. It subtly illustrates the fact that Marketing and Strategy are going in very different directions. Blame the poor clip art in presentations to the executive board for that I guess.

    The company I work for has a full internal repository of such clip arts. The fact that those visuals are created specifically for us means they are at least new to the eye, even though we cannot avoid many of the pitfalls you describe. The carefully-balanced panel of professional-looking people with perfect teeth always draws a sigh from me. Even though ethnicities and genders are kept in balance, you will notice that, more often than not, the person who appears to be in charge is either white or male or both.

    We also use the lightbulb of course, but the pictogram has now been changed to a more sustainable lightbulb (from pear-shaped to spiral-shaped) in line with corporate policy. So I guess it embodies both innovation and sustainability. Double whammy.

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