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Top Cliché Art Schools

RankInstitutionCount
1stUniversity for the Creative Arts, Maidstone Maidstone28
2ndWrittle College Writtle20
3rdNorwich University College of the Arts Norwich19
4thUni. of Dundee Dundee14
5thNorthumbria University School of Design Northumbria13
6thUniversity for the Creative Arts, Rochester Rochester12
7thWinchester School of Art WSC12
8thEdinburgh College of Art ECA11
9thGray's School of Art RGU11
10thUni. of the West of England UWE11

Top Clichés

RankClichéTotal
1stHair/Moustache Body and facial hair really seem to appeal to art and design students.137
2ndHelvetica Bold Close but not touching. Or, even more trendy: make it even bolder and tighter! A 90s trend that just won't die.124
3rdInfographics Did you know? 98% of infographics are 100% pointless. See pie chart for details.118
4thHand Rendered No computer skills? Make some crayon drawings and call them “hand-rendered”. It sounds more fancy, plus bad drawings are trendy.111
5thBulldog Clips The perfect mechanism for attaching bullshit to a wall.105
6thPoor Typography The tutors don't know typography, so it presumably isn't important to use proper hyphens, dashes and quote marks.105
7thPoor technical execution Surely using a ruler and a sharp scalpel blade can't be that difficult. And why on earth is Pritt stick still so popular?100
8thFound Objects Other peoples waste turned into art. A cheap way of sourcing materials.99
9thPolaroids Far from dead, this photographic relic seems to live forever at art schools.99
10thCMYK What could be better than cyan, magenta, yellow and black unmixed? Many other things.99

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