OK…IT REALLY BOTHERS ME when someone says “We have good art to go with that package.” I wanna know who “Art” is.
I’m a stickler for being specific. Aren’t all editors—and shouldn’t that be part of our DNA as journalists?
So, yes, I demand that we call a visual what it is.
I want to know if the visual element is a photo, a chart, a map…whatever it is, I want you to be specific. And I think it’s OK for you to demand that, too.
Here’s what I mean:
This is art: Picasso’s “Woman in a Mirror.”
This is art. An illustration.
This is art. A chart.
This is art. A map.
This is art. A photo. A really good photo.
This is art. Really. Art Garfunkel.