18 Mar A picture paints a thousand words
‘A picture paints a thousand words’ is an old English idiom that means a complex idea can be conveyed more effectively through the use of an image, much more than a description can.
As with most old sayings, there is some debate about where this phrase first originated. Examples can be found in print as early as 1911 but it is thought that the phrase picked up in popularity in 1921 from an article by Fred R. Barnard in Printers’ Ink, an advertising trade journal at that time. The phrase was used to promote the use of images in advertisements on the sides of streetcars. And this kind of advertising was obviously successful and caught on. Even though that was nearly 100 years ago, we’re still advertising in the same way. For example, you frequently see adverts on the sides of busses. It’s just that we’ve expanded. Now we advertise on every bit of space we can find, but we still use vehicles as a way of getting our message across.
The phrase was something we’ve heard a million times before but it’s something that we really believe in. An image is a fantastic way of getting a message across. When you think about it, that’s what a logo is! Images can do wonders for your business if you use them correctly.
In the advertising world, you don’t often have a lot of space to use, so a long wordy description of your business isn’t going to work. Plus, images are a lot more eye catching and memorable. A picture really does paint a thousand words. If you’re looking for a business that can produce your graphics in Manchester, contact us here at Digital Revolution to see how we can help!