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The visual language we have at our disposal as designers is extraordinarily rich, and as viewers and consumers of design we have become incredibly visually literate. At the simplest level we can express and understand ideas through the use of colour and symbols (in the case of road signs and computer icons, for example) but we can also reference more complex imagery - other artwork, record covers, posters and films. There's a huge wealth of visual material that we can draw upon and that our target audience will understand. Unfortunately, however, all too often designers are guilty of reverting to clichs and using the same type of imagery again and again.

How many times have you seen butterflies in illustrations recently? Or recreations of Soviet propaganda posters? How many times have you seen people try to shoehorn street art into their work? While these styles and motifs may have been effective tools in the right context, their over-use means that they've lost their impact and suggest a lack of imagination.

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