Whatever happened to…


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… Clipart and Wordart?  Back in the 1990s my school assignments were always full of Clipart and crazy Wordart headings. And they were usually written up in Comic Sans MS or Curlz MT (the shame!). And these fonts were frequently used on advertising flyers and signage, and all over the vintage internetz. Everyone was into it. Like so:


But as the years have passed us by, I have noticed it is only a core group of people who are still plugging away using Wordart and Clipart.  Namely schoolchildren (like my younger sister) and people who make passive aggressive misspelt signs that go up around offices or sharehouses. And I just realised I completely forgot probably the biggest place
where WordArt and ClipArt are still socially acceptable…. Powerpoint

An example of Clipart and Curlz MT in its proper context;


So I was surprised when I delved into the deep and murky parts of MS Word that I no longer inhabit, and found that Clipart and Wordart is still alive and well, with even more retina-burning options than before.  In fact, the newer Clipart galleries not only have goofy cartoons and sketches of a range of standard office and educational equipment and occasions… the galleries also now provide lame stock photography of a range of important life moments.  For example;


Child looking at world globe and man sipping OJ and reading paper are just the sort of images you need to make that company annual report or school project seem like it is worth reading. Also check out generic shot of computer keyboard and or child on playground equipment when you are looking for a bit more pizzazz on your resume.

But to be honest, these new slick Clipart options really don’t do it for me like they used to back in the good old days.  When they were really low res and extra cheesy.

Since the "kids" these days are into vintage clothes, vintage reproduction, fluoro and Wolfmother, perhaps we could bring back another relic of days gone by as some sort of ironic statement on something… anything… it doesn’t really matter.  Perhaps all the hip and happening 20-somethings climbing up the corporate ladder while wearing skinny jeans and fluoro jumpsuits on the weekends should start using Wordart and Clipart in all their documents at work, as a shoutout to the days of Web 1.0, Windows 95, Leisure Suit Larry and Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Edition 1.

Vintage Clipart could be the next big bandwagon to jump on… get on board I reckon…

2 Responses to " Whatever happened to… "

  1. PetStarr says:

    You’re so right! Extra bonus points for the excessive use of exclamation marks in the office kitchen sign too. You also could have gone for the timeless “THE SUGAR BOWL IS FOR SUGAR, NOT SUGAR AND COFFEE!!!!!!!!” or the classic “THE DISH FAIRY IS ON HOLIDAY – CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
    PS: What is with fluoro? I don’t get it.

  2. Ashlee says:

    Oh I know! Passive aggressive kitchen signs are so funny. There is also always the classic “YOUR MOTHER DOESN’T WORK HERE- WASH YOUR OWN DISHES” sign. Check out Passive Aggressive Signs at http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/. Hilarious.
    And fluoro is so wrong and not at all attractive. I thought our generation was some kind of experiment to prove this… but the kids aren’t reading their history books are they…
    Oh and Pogo is a Maltese/Shitsu cross.