It’s the little things
I saw these two posters ready to be hung in an elementary library. I was amazed.
I showed this picture to two teachers and said “Can you believe this?” They had no idea what I was talking about. I was sad.
OK, let’s get passed the whole crappy idea and the fact that they’re wasting wall space that could be put to any kind of better use.
Look at these posters. The food looks horrific. It’s low level cafeteria food. One of them has the food on the floor. I wouldn’t feed that crap to my dog, let alone my brain.
Why is there mustard with the Mexican food? What the hell is that neon green stuff with the nachos covered with a few dessicated olives?
Seriously. Someone may have spent money on these posters or at the very least took the time to laminate them and then put them on a wall. That might have worked in the 1920s but kids today have seen decent images. They’ve been marketed to. They know that even McDonald’s food looks good in posters.
I know it seems I’m making a big deal about nothing. Maybe, but I see this as a good example that we aren’t paying attention to details and are still living in a world where those kind of crappy posters might do something other than be objects of mockery. Comic sans, clip art and crappy posters simply don’t cut it in a world of media saturation. They just make us look lame and clueless- even in elementary school.
We need to pay attention to details. We need to think hard about the media on our walls. We need to think hard about what we make and what kind of impact it makes. This stuff matters. It is by no means the only thing but it’s part of the game where we’re sorely lacking.