So of course I had to pick the lowly pencil to feature today. Some would say they have been misused throughout generations of designers for everything from logos to publication covers to illustrations, icons, t-shirts, boxer shorts and those magnets you put on your fridge. Along the way they have fallen out of favor by the design elite as an image solution only used by the mindless, and used poorly.
But others might say that the pencil became clichéd simply because of its inherent power. That when a solution presents itself as an effective alternative that involves their use, one shouldn't automatically exempt it because its been abused so many times in the past. The wisest amongst us might say, well maybe it just hasn't been used properly, maybe it's time it reclaimed its former glory.
Like you and me. We've been poorly used in the past and we're grateful when someone doesn't chuck us out immediately when we come to mind. Even if you haven't been abused, imagine you were a pencil and someone said, "Oh, we can't use a pencil, they're meaningless now." How would you feel?
In this age of trending, perhaps we're ready to throw out too much. Anyway, hope you find something interesting in today's images. I took the photo last night and shaped it into something that marries the words to the visuals in a way that completes a thought. Hope they serve to boost the image of the pencil to something above a throwaway cliché.
And I hope pencils everywhere feel a bit better about themselves.