I love PicMonkey. I really do. But it’s created an insidious blog beast known as the over-collager. (OK, fine. I made that up. Sue me.) But seriously…people have gone all collage happy and it has to stop. Now. Like right this second. Think before you collage…
I don’t think that collages are completely without merit. I created this collage for my post on the NX1100 and I think it serves its purpose well.
And with the buzz of “vertical pinning” bloggers like my friend Jillian at Mommy Testers are using vertical collages as an effective way to help syndicate their content.
I can even get behind a thoughtfully curated Polyvore board. (And I still want that chandelier for my craft room…)
What I can’t endorse is a mess of a collage like this. What was I thinking?
OK, fine. I actually know exactly what I was thinking. I was thinking that my post required a picture of my trip to the store and all of my pictures from my trip to the store sucked. So instead of putting on my big girl panties and heading to the store for a second time to attempt a decent picture I just put a whole bunch of sucky pictures together in a collage hoping they would drown each other out. Guess what? It doesn’t work. It’s just a big ole collage of suck.
Of course there are other reasons to collage besides trying to hide a bunch of suck. Somtimes you’re just trying to share a bunch of features. And to that I say, “No! Please! Don’t! Stop!” Collages are not an effective way to share features. Words and pictures are an effective way to share features. A collage like this one is just a busy mess. My eye doesn’t know where to go and I’m not quite sure what you’re showing me anyway. (And yes, I just threw together this collage of my VCR. Yes, I still have a VCR. I needed it to watch The Little Mermaid the other day…) Just show a single picture of each feature and explain what it is. It’s more effective. It will look better. And it won’t make me all stabby when I look at it.
So I’m not saying NEVER collage. (I mean, I did a flippin‘ tutorial on making them for your G+ cover!) Just think about it first. Think very carefully. Is there a good reason for your collage? There is? OK then, carry on…